Monday, November 22, 2010

Kenn Dahll, Samhain

Title: Samhain

Author: Kenn Dahll

Rating: Four Siren Stones

Genre: Paranormal

Sub-Genre: Gay Male

Keywords: M/M, Devil, Orgy

Word Count: 5,476

ISBN E-Book: 978-1609823900

Price: $1.99

Publisher: Excessica


Reviewer: Sally Sapphire


Samhain, the ancient Gaelic term for the pagan harvest celebration has morphed in what we now know as Halloween. Major features of the holiday include costume parties in which guests portray historical figures or character types–the skimpier and sexier the costume, the more fun the party.

Gene is all decked out in his gladiator costume ready for a wild party at his friend Jim’s house on the Intracoastal Waterway. Jim is rumored to be into Satanism and witchcraft so Gene is not surprised by the larger than life-sized statue of Lucifer in the foyer. More disconcerting is the miniature replica of the devil which appears at various times as Gene enjoys the pleasures of sex with a female who turns out to be a shemale, her straight male lover, a lesbian with a strap-on dildo, her female lover, and an oversexed young twink among the assortment of guests.

Gene drinks a lot but doesn’t do drugs, so the confusion he faces as he’s brought before the Satanic statue is inexplicable; but the pain as he is impaled on the Horned One’s large hard appendage is undeniable. His mystification increases over the next few days as Gene learns the significance of his fellow guests’ costumes, the implications of his own garb, and the true nature of the Samhain events.

Kiki Howell, an established erotic paranormal author has this to say about Samhain: “But, as I continued to read, the tale got increasingly darker, which being a big fan of Halloween, I found myself slinking down in my chair much like I do when the scary music from a horror film comes on. This was not so much because I felt it was going to be scary, but as the tone deepened and the images became more demonic, I was bracing for what was to come which was heightened by his constant entwining of the paranormal and the erotic elements.”

Warnings: This title contains graphic language, m/m sex, multiple sex partners, and satanic sex.


Wow, what can I say that isn’t already summed up by the cover blurb? This is an intensely sexual story that doesn’t waste a lot of time on setting the stage. We begin with a first-person description of Gene, our narrator and sexual focal point for the story, and a quick overview of the party/orgy setting. Supremely self confident and, perhaps, a little conceited, he finds himself a seat and waits for the sexual adventures to find him.

It doesn’t take long.

With the other guests in costume, it’s a mystery as to who is joining in on the fun. The sexual activity starts out simple, if you can call a foursome with three genders and toys simple, but quickly grows in both passion and complexity. By the time the great statue of Satan is introduced, we’re just starting to become aware of the darker undercurrent to all of the sex. The sudden revelation of fear and pain as Gene finds himself impaled on Satan’s monstrous member is almost enough to jolt the reader out of the story, but it is resolved so carefully, and so quickly, that we’re drawn in deeper than ever before.

The sex here is hot and varied, with a little something to appeal to just about every kink. Fortunately, the writing is strong, which keeps the reader from becoming lost in the jumble of body parts and sexual appendages. Finally, it must be noted that the supernatural element is definitely dark, and may be off-putting to some. However, those who approach it with the right expectations certainly will not be disappointed.

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