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Welcome to the Psycho-erotic Horror shed of Hertzan Chimera
Newsletter Dated: 7/19/2003 1:56:22 AM

Subject: BFGS REVIEW IS A STUNNER

Erm,

even though I can't upload any new articles, books, stories or News to AuthorsDen, it seems that I can still send out Newsletters.

I am still receiving some very kind reviews of all my work on AuthorsDen and it's great that so many people are getting so much "joy" from my non-normal works.

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Speaking of non-normal, I recently received this stunning review of the Chimera/Severin short story collection BFGS.

BFGS, by Hertzan Chimera and Alex Severin

Reviewed by Mark Orr

Synthesis is the act, and sometimes the art, of taking two separate things or ideas, and melding them together to create a distinct third. Literary synthesis is widespread in much of the writing being done these days, both online and in traditional publishing. The phrase of the day is ‘crossing genres’. Paranormal mystery, romantic suspense, humorous fantasy.

Erotic horror.

In BFGS, Hertzan Chimera and Alex Severin have synthesized a delightfully gruesome series of brutally amorous stories. This collection is not for the faint of heart or mind, but if the reader has the stomach and the balls to delve therein, the rewards are significant. Each of these stories is a carefully crafted fusion of love and death, fornication and mutilation, sex and horror.

And they are stories, not merely gynecological examinations wrapped in elements of fear and loathing or Penthouse letters filtered through psychopathia. They actually have plots, often brilliantly conceived. Nor are the sexual and the horrific gratuitously grafted into the storylines. Rather, they are intrinsic to the whole that is, in each case, so much more than the sum of its parts.

Chimera and Severin deftly play the reader, simultaneously tugging at both the viscera and the gonads, attracting and repelling with each tale, involving the reader’s lizard hindbrain intimately with characters far more fully developed that the Sims who so often inhabit short stories these days.

In the process, Chimera and Severin’s individual talents merge into seamless poetic prose that is reminiscent of the Marquis De Sade at his most extreme channeled through Jack Kerouac at his most obliquely direct, with one notable (and deliberate) exception. These are truly dangerous visions, and if Ellison ever does compile the third volume of the trilogy of anthologies he began over thirty years ago, he could do much worse than to seek out these authors for inclusion.

The exception leads off the book, appropriately. KODA is a deranged back and forth exchange between Chimera and Severin, an explicitly terrifying experiment in ranking, a horrifically erotic game of dozens that is the place where the fusion begins. From that point on, the synthesis is complete, and all that’s left to do is enjoy the ride.

Or perhaps I should say the meal. BFGS is arranged like a menu, light hors d’oeuvres before, meaty main courses followed by fruity desserts of appalling, and appealing, texture and taste.

Inherent in the concept of erotic horror is the compelling need of the characters for sexual experiences beyond and apart from those lusts inhabitants of any sane world would admit to having. It is this facet of the genre in which Chimera and Severin shine best, with an admittedly dark light. Their characters seek and find things in the night that fulfill and destroy them. They embrace both with equal fervor, to the delight of any reader brave enough to go where the citizens of these dark worlds venture.

The titles alone are compelling enough; “Coat of Many Cunts”, “Star-Crossed Motherfuckers”, “The Compelling Iridescence of Her Flesh”, “Black is the New Black”, “Boyfistgirlsuck” (from which the collection takes its title). The stories are just as compelling, and repelling, locking onto the mind and heart and colon like a tractor beam from Hell.

This is not an easy book to read all at one sitting, not because it is poorly done, but because it is so well written. BFGS has already engendered a good deal of notoriety, because of the skill and passion poured into these grotesquely sensual tales. Tiny minds that cannot wrap themselves around the lethal loving within will flee from it, but for the reader willing to expand his or her horizons beyond the norm, it will challenge and delight. BFGS reminds one of something Oscar Wilde once said, to the effect that the only obscene books are those that are badly written. By that standard, BFGS is not at all obscene. It is erotic, and horrifying, but if the reader is open to experiences outside of his or her comfort zone, BFGS will be a treasured reading experience.

BFGS is available as a trade paperback direct from Massacre Publishing via http://boyfistgirlsuck.co.uk

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Mike


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