Tonight my fella and I are heading out to visit some friends and play Arkham Horror, because we're just that damned cool. Or, uh, we've passed our high school years and realize that board games are actually fun and who gives a crap what other people think. Also, Lovecraft is freaking awesome, and I love the way the board game takes his mythos and turns it into a game where it's just as important to remain sane as it is alive.
Remaining alive is a key point in the next story in Raising Hell: Demonic Gay Erotica, which happens to be mine. But I've been skipping past my tales in the various anthologies I've been perusing for this project, so I'll move onward and discuss staying sane...
"The Priest's Redemption," by Jay Starre
On first glance this seems like a story with a few usual suspects - closeted priest, internal doubts, and a desire that has made the priest cast out someone for whom he felt too much. But when a priest on a mission in Africa starts attempts to cast out the demon possessing a young man, the demon speaks of the man's desires, and soon the priest is desperately trying to hold his mind - and his faith - against the oncoming surges of tantalizing seduction the demon offers.
I liked the twisting of this tale, which leaves the reader guessing right to the end whether this tale could possibly have a happy resolution for everyone (or anyone). Starre brings a feverish and dark edge to the sweaty almost-hallucinatory trial of the priest. Solid (and sweaty) read.