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The first volume of stories about the interrelationship of horror and sex features outstanding works by masters of the fantasy, suspense, and horror genres.


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The first volume of stories about the interrelationship of horror and sex features outstanding works by masters of the fantasy, suspense, and horror genres.

30 review for I Shudder at Your Touch: Volume One: Four Tales of Sex and Horror

  1. 5 out of 5

    Doug

    For a collection of stories that mix horror and sex, there’s hardly any sex or horror in them. It’s a collection of quirky comedic-slash-satirical stories. They don’t terrify. They don’t titillate. They barely amuse. Of them, the Stephen King is, maybe not too surprisingly, the best. It’s the first decent King work I’ve read in a long time and I better understand King’s popularity after reading and comparing these shorts. His characters are so detailed, the voice he gives them so colorful, that For a collection of stories that mix horror and sex, there’s hardly any sex or horror in them. It’s a collection of quirky comedic-slash-satirical stories. They don’t terrify. They don’t titillate. They barely amuse. Of them, the Stephen King is, maybe not too surprisingly, the best. It’s the first decent King work I’ve read in a long time and I better understand King’s popularity after reading and comparing these shorts. His characters are so detailed, the voice he gives them so colorful, that you can forgive the short-comings of the story itself. The concept of his story is a good one (though not especially scary or sexy). A slow-witted, clueless housewife accidentally shoots herself in the head. Bullet lodged in brain, she has visions of Jesus telling her all the things she doesn’t know about her husband, but should. It’s fun. The scene where she sticks an eye-liner pencil in the hole in her head to see how far the bullet went is as squeamish as it gets. Not a bad story, but it does feel somewhat pointless at the end. Still, for this one alone, I knock the whole book up a star – but it’s hardly what the editors promised. The rest of the stories feel cheap compared to King’s. The Ruth Rendell story that follows is a fairly straight-forward tale of a cheating boyfriend and his pissed-off ex. It has some surprises in it, but the characters are thin, the plot is thin, and Rendell hardly puts any work into this at all, only enough to get a basic story told. The third story is a parody of a vampire story, not worth going into. It might satisfy a certain sense of humor, but not mine. The last story actually has some sex in it - not particularly sexy sex, but at least we're getting closer to what the marketing department promised - about a suicidal girl who gives Death a call one day. It’s got some humor to it, but again… Maybe the editors ought to rethink what they’re doing here.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    The revelations of 'Becka Paulson -- Stephen King (***) A glowing future -- Ruth Rendell (*****) Cleave the vampire, or, a gothic pastorale -- Patrick McGrath (****) Death and the single girl -- Thomas M. Disch (***) The revelations of 'Becka Paulson -- Stephen King (***) A glowing future -- Ruth Rendell (*****) Cleave the vampire, or, a gothic pastorale -- Patrick McGrath (****) Death and the single girl -- Thomas M. Disch (***)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Santiago

    This turned out to be a quick reread of some of my favorite stories. The cover was different and I was lulled by the list of authors and tales. This is a good read and some stories are better than others. Mr. Joe

  4. 4 out of 5

    Corinne

    ~ The Revelations of 'Becka Paulson -- Stephen King - DNF A woman shoots herself in the head by accident but just covers it with a band-aid and tries to forget about it. Her painting of "Jesus" starts talking to her, telling her things she would never know including what people do behind closed doors and how to build electronics. I was a little bored, not really a high interest once we get into the Jesus talking part. Unfortunately we hear about a couple of kids being molested and I'm done. So f ~ The Revelations of 'Becka Paulson -- Stephen King - DNF A woman shoots herself in the head by accident but just covers it with a band-aid and tries to forget about it. Her painting of "Jesus" starts talking to her, telling her things she would never know including what people do behind closed doors and how to build electronics. I was a little bored, not really a high interest once we get into the Jesus talking part. Unfortunately we hear about a couple of kids being molested and I'm done. So f'n tired of hearing details of kids getting molested. ~ A Glowing Future -- Ruth Rendell 2* a guy comes back to his old girlfriend to claim his belongings. He is a dick. skipped ~ Cleave the Vampire, or, a Gothic Pastorale -- Patrick McGrath ~ Death and the Single Girl -- Thomas M. Disch

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dane Divine

    This was great. Some nice twisted little tales in there. Stephen King's tale of the housewife- awesome. Then there was Death and his dysfunctional penis, that made me laugh. The others are not as memorable. A strange vampire who doesn't really do anything, and another about a man who cheats on his girlfriend and gets beautifully rewarded for his behaviour. There sex isn't really a part of these books, as in it's not erotic/a, but the horror is good. This was great. Some nice twisted little tales in there. Stephen King's tale of the housewife- awesome. Then there was Death and his dysfunctional penis, that made me laugh. The others are not as memorable. A strange vampire who doesn't really do anything, and another about a man who cheats on his girlfriend and gets beautifully rewarded for his behaviour. There sex isn't really a part of these books, as in it's not erotic/a, but the horror is good.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I don't usually read horror as a genre - but this was recommended to me, as a way to broaden my horizons. I actually enjoyed it! I don't usually read horror as a genre - but this was recommended to me, as a way to broaden my horizons. I actually enjoyed it!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    NSFW but not lurid either. Enjoyable

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Galay

  9. 5 out of 5

    Clarence Reed

  10. 5 out of 5

    Paul Swearingen

  11. 4 out of 5

    kc

  12. 5 out of 5

    Will Knox

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Hall

  14. 5 out of 5

    Zada Kent

  15. 5 out of 5

    Vicki Hyatt

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ryon Keith

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shelby

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ronnet

  19. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  21. 5 out of 5

    LaTonya Reed

    I was expecting more horror in these short stories and honestly they were scary at all.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Wood

  23. 4 out of 5

    Xeno6919

  24. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

  25. 5 out of 5

    Curtis Ng

  26. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jan

  28. 5 out of 5

    Susan Hanlon

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ashton

  30. 5 out of 5

    Meli

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