Loren Rhoads's Reviews > Demon LoversDemon Lovers
by Inara Lavey (Editor), Kilt Kilpatrick (Goodreads Author) (Editor)
Loren Rhoads's review May 09, 12 · edit
Read in May, 2012
I always assumed that the succubus myth was about personifying our subconscious sexual urges, a way of externalizing something inside ourselves that frightened us because it seemed so out of control and impossible to resist. In DEMON LOVERS, the myth has been modernized to embody the power struggle that is sex with a stranger.
And these demon lovers, both incubi and succubi are always strangers, picking out a victim and pursuing him or her. The poor mortals never stand a chance. Often, they don’t seem to mind.
The stories range from band members selling their souls for fame to UPS women getting more than a signature upon delivering a package, from love at the carnival to historical romance, from randy tow-truck drivers to something out of the Arabian Nights (one of my favorites). Several stories involve demons – or partial demons – meeting their matches. At times, one of the demons is a vampire, which I suppose should have been an obvious pairing – two hungry creatures snacking off each other – but the idea hadn’t occurred to me before. Another twist that surprised me came in the two stories where the victims’ problems were solved by a pregnancy, either in the succubus or brought on by the incubus. Pregnancy would have seemed to me to be the ultimate surrender of power, but in both these stories, it’s what saves everyone involved.
My favorite story in the book is mine, of course. “Never Bargained for You” features Lorelei, the succubus from “The Angel’s Lair,” which appeared in SINS OF THE SIRENS. I wanted to write about a predator who knows more about her prey that he can guess about himself, and who pities him for his lack of self-awareness. I wanted to make the predator sympathetic and I wanted to write about guitar-players’ hands. Most of all, I wanted to write about what really happened to Led Zeppelin on the verge of their first US tour…
My second favorite story is also about a band member who stumbles into something grander than himself. In Kilt Kilpatrick’s “Shine for Me,” sex becomes a sacred act, a form of worship and sacrifice all at once. I like that the author stepped outside the Christian mythology to show an older, no less inspiring embodiment of female hunger.
The stories run the gamut of sexual predilections and authorial skill, but the standouts make this book worth loading into your e-reader. Just don't blame us for what dreams may come!
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