Genre: Erotica; Kink; Supernatural; Occult; Short Story; Gay
The last thing Silas Cromwell expected was for a book to change his life. When a rare first edition book from a famous 19th-century Occultist ends up in Silas’s lap at an auction, life as he knows it suddenly changes. Pressured into performing one of the rituals from the book by a friend, Silas gets a tease of regret. Now Silas can’t sleep, is having nightmares that end with him waking up terrified. Something obscene, dark and deadly wants Silas and he isn’t human. Bazaduil lusts for Silas and won’t take no for an answer, even if it means tricking and seducing him. In a life where being told ‘there are no monsters,’ it will be one lie Silas will have to face. Will Silas be able to ignore Bazaduil advances or will he submit to this demon’s twisted agenda?
An M/M Black Monster erotic short story that has dubious consent, a tad bit of bondage, informal dominant/submissive play, implied mpreg, breeding kink, tail kink, and monster sex.
Silas finds himself in the posession of a rare occult book with which he quickly becomes engrossed. Inadvertently summoning a (male) demon, he must employ all of his wits to avoid being overcome with the lust it inspires, and losing his soul for all eternity. On the other hand, to not submit to the demon will render him incapable of relief for the rest of his life. What exit strategy will he conjure up to propose?
There is a strange sense of fulfillment (no, not the way you’re thinking though there is that too) and hope weaved in. It begins with a successful, albeit lonely, man who seems to be mostly drifting along life now. Through the story’s journey, as he battles desire and the supernatural, he starts to ascend to a different existence which is perplexingly strange, but not neccesarily unwanted.
‘The Devil’s Bargain’ is intelligently written from both grammatical and creative standpoints. The premise seems simple enough, yet the plot is interesting and engaging. The main character and his plight are endearing. The imagery is vivid, including the kinky sex. Being a fan of demons (in both sexual and non-sexual ways), I can assure that the steamy scenes in this tale are better than any demon themed porno I have seen to date.
It is a short read and while enjoyable, I loved it so much that I could definitely read a novel based on these characters and this setting. I appreciate that the author lists topics in the description (and in the front of the book) which some readers may find offensive or triggering. I do not personally need content warnings, but when dealing with something of this nature, I think it’s thoughtful that they are given. I’ll be awaiting future publications from Rian Fox.
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