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Deep Inside by Polly Frost
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Jul 23, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: romance-erotica, signed-arc, collections, owned
Recommended for: erotica fans who like intelligent stories
Read in July, 2008

Just in case a blurb at the front of the book from Ron Jeremy saying “If I directed some of these fantasies, I’d either be the world’s greatest adult-film director… or I’d be in jail.” isn’t enough to get you to check out this book of ten supernatural erotica stories let’s move on to a proper review.

It’s amusing that Frost starts this collection out with a virgin sacrifice/Catholic school girl combo, “The Threshold”. Frost doesn’t just pop main character Cameron’s cherry, she takes the reader out of their normal world and over her own threshold into another world. In this tale Cammie must chose between the weird, magical promises of a girl who might just want to do her harm and promises of a special, extraordinary life over the fate of becoming just as ordinary as her mother. Best of all is the unanswered question Frost leaves behind, making the reader wonder whether the real story was a girl’s voyage into womanhood or whether a greater story was lost to teenage passion.

“The Orifice” is a wild, startlingly sexy tale of fetishes. It’s more than that, because the characters are more than just their piercing/pain fetishes. Frost manages to take something considered “weird” and “freaky” and not just explain it to readers but to make it sound incredibly appealing, amplified by creating a world where the wildest sex dreams can come true.

“The Dominatrix Has a Career Crisis” is about a horribly self absorbed woman who suddenly learns that coasting by on artificially inflated self esteem and glorying at other peoples’ misfortunes will only take her so far. The transition from the previous story, an incredible erotic piece, to this one is a bit jarring. This is almost a social science fiction piece in the speculative commentary vein of Jennifer Pelland and Paolo Bacigulpa. Despite it’s obnoxious main character it’s amusing, and a complex tale with an erotic BDSM flavor.

Addressing sex addiction to the point of making it a squiggly, wet, separate creature “The Pleasure Invaders” follows a desperate cop, addicted to the erotic touch of seemingly unintelligent aliens and yet charged with stopping the important of this contraband. Frost nails the addict mentality, threading even the non-sexual parts with a heightened sense of eroticism that puts the readers directly into a mind obsessed.

With “Viagra Babies” Frost keeps to the science fiction flavor and continues from sex addict to what happens to those naturally resulting from sex addiction. After a pandemic of Viagra street use humanity gave birth to urban legend quality monsters. Children born from the hypersex unions are medicated and isolated lest their supernatural sexual powers drive the Normals mad. Viagra Babies also die shortly after turning eighteen, a hallmark that both the main characters are quickly approaching. A dark science fiction spin that pits sexual heroes against a twisted evil, it’s also the only story with a male main character.

From there Frost delves into the speculative realm of horror with “Imagine It” a disturbing, dark tale amplified by its fierce eroticism. Here Frost journeys into a mental mystery, the female rape fantasy. Traveling on a dagger’s edge between the powerlessness of the act itself and the perception that all the power is with the female if she or her gender can make a male so out of control that he seeks to take it back, Becca, a best selling sex writer, has been objectified by her readers, herself and even her therapist. She finds confronting and conquering her feeling most liberating, in terribly unsettling ways.

Following it up with a softer take on horror is “Playing Karen Devere”, a tale of a Hollywood lesbian couple who play more than screen parts after they have several close encounters (in the name of research) with a sexy, empowered female serial killer on death row.

“Test Drive” thrusts us back into the future, where the trend of the porn industry pushing technology to new heights (like it did with VHS and camcorders) continues. By this point humanity has completely lost its gender identity in its seeking of pleasure and perfection. Blake is a sex toy maker looking for something new and different in a very satisfied world. Her business partner’s latest sex video unleashes a monster that’s been long forgotten–The Male Libido. This tale is touched with humor and an amusing dose of irony.

“Visions of Ecstasy” takes us back to horror with a paranormal tale of a psychic who tries to save a woman destined to die in her search of a sexual thrill. But neither the man she thinks is a killer, nor the woman she thinks is the victim are quite what they seem. This another hot little fetish tale that’s perfect for the asphyxiation crowd.

Finally is “Deep Inside” a legend-inspired tale of a “voodoo penis” and the drive of males and females to find the perfect substitute for each other. This one is a more ordinary tale, the characters and history glanced upon in favor of a plot with a dark end.

These tales are surprisingly good, but more than that, they’re humorous and insightful as well, not just about what people do, but exploring through sex why they do it. Titillating and erotic, sure, but Frost also makes sex one more aspect of the human mind, not merely about the body and instincts.


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