Anthology – Wicked Watchers Looking at the Lads

Author: Nephylim, Sara York, LM Brown, Lily Sawyer, Victoria Blisse, Julie Hayes, AJ Jarrett
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: House of Erotica
Genre: M/M Anthology
ISBN 13: NA

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

 

This anthology is a collection of seven stories, all centering around the concept of voyeurism in one way or another.  They are all very short, but with some interesting concepts in a couple that I wish would be explored more in a longer story.   The watching is done both with and without the knowledge of those being watched.

All the stories are set more as a scene of the watching, due to the very short lengths. Some very noteworthy moments:

Boy, Can She Dance involves a homeless boy, disowned by his family for being gay, who has taken to looking in people’s windows as he huddles by the houses to get warm. He doesn’t have anything besides his sleeping bag and some dumpster found food.  He likes to see the people being warm, together, being human.  When he is watching a woman dance, he has sad hopes for a moment, I wanted to bring him home.

The Passion-Bringer was one of those I wish would be a longer book, because the concept:  people have been taking medication to suppress passion, to keep the peace.  Now, it turns out it has destroyed the social structure of the world and it is now legal to stop the medication.  There are people still frightened of their feelings, so come to the Passion-Bringers to learn how to feel again.  So interesting.

My favorite of the seven was The Watcher, the final story.  Nathanael is a very, very rich man who remains hidden after a disfiguring accident.  He owns the hotel he lives in, and has cameras installed in all the public areas.  He finds someone he likes to watch.  This was another one I wish had been a full length story, because his history and the future would be such a great read.

This is a decent anthology about its topic, though the stories are very short.

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