Book Review: Obliquatur Voluptas (A.K.A. Rope Burns)

Obliquatur Voluptas. The anthology formerly known as Rope Burns. I ordered a paperback copy, and soon afterward, I read that the book had been taken down on the amazon.com website. Just when I thought they wouldn’t be shipping it, the banned version showed up on my doorstep. Perhaps there was an employee feeling feisty, and they sent it my way. We’ll never know.

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Aside from that, I was immediately intrigued when I saw the initial post about this book. I haven’t seen much erotic horror floating around, and it sounded like a great mix of genres. The two often go hand-in-hand in horror films and books already, so it’s not all that shocking to see an anthology in this realm. The collected stories cover a wide range of horror tropes and sexual interests. There are some unique ideas at play, and several standout stories in this bunch.

My top five from this collection are:

-MINISTRATIONS by Michael Patrick Hicks

-TO BE FED by Shaun Avery

-MARKS by Sommer Marsden

-FOUR HEADS ARE BETTER THAN TWO by Jeremy Wagner

-MY DOLL LIKES TO EAT by Ralph Robert Moore

It’s sometimes difficult for me to rate anthologies due to the variety of writing style and skill that may be involved. For this one, I did go through and rate each story individually, and then based my overall rating on the average. The stories listed as my top five were all 4 or 5 stars for me. There were a few stories that just didn’t grab my interest, and I DNF two of them because of that.

Overall, this was an entertaining bunch of stories. I would be on board to read another volume of this anthology (and can think of some authors I’d love to see featured) or one similar to it in the future.

3.5/5 Stars

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