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message 1: by Octobercountry (last edited Apr 23, 2015 12:02AM) (new)

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Each of the Gothica books contains three or four novellas based around a central supernatural/paranormal theme. (Hmmm, maybe I should have posted this in the "Paranormal" folder, but these books are part of a series, so I don't know....) At this point there are three volumes in the series:

1. Stitch
2. Bones
3. Claw

I really enjoy Kim Fielding's work, and since she contributed one story to each of the collections, I was eager to give the series a try. I figured it didn't matter where I started reading because all the stories are independent of one another, so I began with volume 3, Claw . (I get a kick out of shifter stories!) Here's the rather long blurb for this volume:

Beasts lurk in the shadows of wild and forgotten places and in the hearts and souls of men. They are the stuff of dreams and nightmares, but are they feral and savage, or just misunderstood? Creatures of myth and legend stalk these tales of dark desire and animal passions. Three men come face-to-face with such creatures and find they are much more than they seem. While there is danger, there might be unexpected benefits as well, if they can accept the impossible and dare to venture into the primordial regions where nature and the beasts still reign. Three acclaimed authors of gay romance explore the boundaries between man and beast and the place where their worlds overlap.

Isolation by Jamie Fessenden
When Sean’s marriage breaks up, he returns to his hometown, hoping to find the childhood friend who meant everything to him in his teens. He finds Jack living in a cabin, surrounded by the forest he always loved, and the two begin to tentatively repair their damaged relationship. But a large animal has been seen prowling around the edge of town, and soon Sean comes face-to-face with the beast. Jack insists the creature isn't dangerous—it's been coming around the cabin for years. It isn't long, however, before Sean discovers a far more disturbing connection between his friend and the beast.

Transformation by Kim Fielding
After being caught in bed with another male student in 1886, Orris Spencer is declared an abomination by his wealthy father. Orris is promptly banished from their Fifth Avenue mansion and sent across the continent to Oregon. Now Orris must try to find a place for himself on his brother’s farm and figure out how to deal with life as a pioneer. When he’s called on to help protect the livestock from a predator, he’s not at all certain he’s up to the task. Then he meets Henry Bonn, a strange and intriguing man who lives in a cabin in the hills. Orris’s attraction to Henry may not be an abomination—but it may prove a greater danger than banishment.

The Black Dog by Eli Easton
Constable Hayden MacLairty is used to life being dull around the tiny hamlet of Laide on the north Scottish coast. They get occasional tourists, “monster hunters” interested in the local legend of the Black Dog, but Hayden thinks that’s only a myth. A rash of sheep killings, a murdered hiker, huge footprints, and sightings of the Black Dog force Hayden to rethink the matter. With the help of Simon Corto, a writer from New York doing research for a book about the Black Dog, Hayden tries to figure out why the enormous hound is reappearing. Hayden finds himself strongly attracted to another person for the first time in his life. But between the danger stalking the hills, Simon’s inevitable return to New York, and Hayden’s mother’s illness, true love may be more of a phantom than the Black Dog.

I was pleased with the collection and enjoyed each of the stories, though I would have to say that Eli Easton's entry The Black Dog was my favourite. So if the blurbs catch your interest, I'd say go ahead and give this a try; the quality of the writing is good. I feel certain that at some point I'll check out the other collections in this series as well.

The cover of this one is quite creepy, I thought. In fact, the illustration may be creepier than anything that actually appears in the book, but that's fine with me---I don't want to get too scared when I'm reading!

message 2: by Mercedes (new)

Mercedes | 373 comments I liked the First one the best. The second one a little less. So I am actually going to wait for reviews before reading the 3rd.
K. fielding is usually autoread for me but I have not felt inspired to read her last two stories.

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