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The Moon-Haunted Heart

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The 50 very-short pieces in this collection of mature literary fiction range from as many as 4,000 to as few as 50 words, exploring the human condition through the lens of disability, pan-sexuality and erotic mysticism. Brief, richly atmospheric vignettes sit close to longer, more conventional mainstream stories. . . all distilled within that secret place where love and ma ...more
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Published February 12th 2016
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Emmanuelle Maupassant

As the author declares, on entry to this anthology, we see all that is ‘distilled within that secret place where love and madness meet’.

He tells tales ‘of mortality and desire, of nostalgia, regret, isolation, loneliness and longing’, and he invites us to scrutinize ourselves as sexual beings; only in so doing can we know ourselves.

Diverse in style and in content, they unfailingly explore the human condition, in all its madcap glory.

There is cleverness, playfulness, wit and wisdom, light as wel
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Spencer Dryden
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Moon Haunted Heart is a collection of 50 stories by Terrance Alden Shaw with a tantalizing by line: "50 Stories from that secret place where love and madness meet". It's an apt content warning and description of his focus. For the most part the collection is not the standard fare of short form erotica. In his biography Mr. Shaw's work is described as 'psycho-erotica', an exploration of the inner landscape of thoughts and feelings that arise from seduction and surrender to sexual urges.

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Devi Ansevi
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
By turns beautiful, disturbing, humorous, thought-provoking, intriguing, eye-opening, occasionally heart-breaking, The Moon-Haunted Heart is a sensual, lyric feast, from first page to last.

In addition to short stories running the gamut from philosophical to lusty, this book brims with jeweled vignettes, with pivotal moments in character’s lives, with surprises, with the prose equivalent of haiku. And the occasional awe-inspiring essay. My favorite, “The Purview of Small Minds,” deconstructs the
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Reader B
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In his introduction to this collection of stories, Terrance Aldon Shaw states quite succinctly what they are about: “Not what was, but what just as easily might have been. The would’ves, the should’ves, the could’ves, the haunting maybes and the melancholy might-haves.” This is a collection of fifty stories – written in the remarkably short span of eight months – told through the lens of a sometimes latent and sometimes upfront eroticism, by an author who is perhaps approaching an age when regre ...more
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Terrance Aldon Shaw (TAS to his friends and fans) is a native of the upper Midwest, where most of his stories are set. TAS specializes in erotica and in mainstream literary fiction with strong erotic content and adult themes. He reviews literary erotica and blogs about issues of concern to authors of adult fiction on his site, Erotica For The Big Brain. A proud independent, TAS has published a num ...more