A review of Cthulhurotica
This is a book several friends suggested to me as a ‘must read’, perhaps not so much because they thought it was an amazing collection but rather because of its theme and how much I enjoy Lovecraft’s work and how much I love erotica. So, I had some pretty high expectation going in, expectations this book did not fully deliver on.
First, let me state, some of the stories in this anthology are quite good, very erotic even. Even among the less erotic ones, there isn’t a single story I can point to and say, ‘this story is poorly written.’ All the authors compiled here are talented. However, more than a few of the stories compiled here is not what I would call erotica. When all the sex in a story takes place ‘off screen’, that is not the sort of story I’d label as erotica and as a reader I am disappointed.
I was also highly disappointed by the illustrations published throughout this book. Again, the artist has the talent required for the job. The pieces were quite nicely done. It was only the subject matter and scenes from the story that were picked to be depicted that left me scratching my head. I mean, if you are going to illustrate a story where in the main character engages in lesbian sex with a oiled up chained captive girl and then a beast comes out of the shadows with tentacles ready to ravish them both (probably the best and certainly most erotic story in the book), why in the world would the illustration accompanying that story be of the main character walking down a flight of stairs fully clothed? I don’t understand. If it was fear of making the images ‘too pornographic’, maybe it would have been best to not illustrate the book at all.
I all around felt like there was, perhaps, a bit of a fear to ‘go there’ holding this collection back from being all that it could have been. This is why I’m giving this book 3 out of 5 stars. It’s not a ‘bad’ book. I just don’t think it lived up to all that the concept behind it promised.