Elaine is an ordinary human with ordinary dreams, maybe a little too shy for her own good. At least that’s what she tells herself, until she is kidnapped off of a city bus by a strange and charismatic man named Ghalib who has come looking specifically for her. Ghalib definitely isn’t ordinary. He isn’t even human. He’s a Dream Architect, one of the beings who create dreams for humanity. His world is the realm of passion, imagination and nightmares, where humans may be kept as pets, or personal slaves. Ghalib is obsessed with Elaine, whose vivid, erotic dreams he finds irresistible. If Elaine is to contend with Ghalib on her own terms, she’ll have to do more than let go of her shy, inhibited waking manner. She will have to realize her own dreams. (F/M. F/F, M/M)
Story features sex with a sentient being not of one’s own species. (Larry Niven’s term)
Edgar Dalman, a repressed researcher, stumbles upon an ancient artifact that leads him to the mysterious Miss Casimir. Tormented by lustful dreams of this woman, he seeks her out, coming at last to confront the object of his desires and the weird secrets hidden beneath her estate. (F/M)
Submissive Tia agrees to meet her arrogant Master Seth at an abandoned house in the woods for kinky outdoor sex. When she discovers a seductive faun called Pangea in the house she finds his charm irresistible. Tia is compelled to chase the faun into the woods. Pangea introduces her to the Sapphic mermaids of the river and his slave and lover The Stag of Artemis, a mythical man under his control. Can Tia find the strength from her encounters to face up to her bullying lover Seth? (M/F, F/F+, F/M/M)
Edras has grown accustomed to his life alone on the mountain, hunting and foraging and selling animal skins in the nearby town. When Dragon falls from the sky, almost dying, Edras chooses to take him in and nurse him back to health. What blossoms is a friendship, and more. So when Dragon tells Edras of the real reason he was flying over the mountain, Edras fears another loss in a long line of many. (M/M)
Natalie hates living in Wesley House, where an infestation in the plumbing leads to tentacles boiling up from the shower drains and girls sighing suspiciously above the hiss of running water. She’s not one of the perverted Hentai girls—the ones who like living in Wesley—and there’s no place in her controlled life for that sort of pleasure or abandon. She focuses on her violin lessons, her marine biology studies, and her petition for a new room assignment. When a group of girls force her to encounter the tentacles, however, Natalie discovers a scientific puzzle. Instead of the rapacious beast she expected, she finds a vulnerable creature in need. Trying to help it leads to Natalie’s first taste of rebellion, her first experiences of being seen as a “hot girl,” and her first awakening to sexual pleasure.
For years, the shape-shifter Mariss had moved among the rich and powerful, changing face and body, re-inventing identity, always seeking the most unique erotic experiences. Never appearing as the same person twice, Mariss played a dangerous game, risking exposure to the humans with each tryst. The game, and possibly Mariss’ life, are put at risk when one beautiful young woman says three terrifying words: “I See You.” (F/M, F/F, F/GQ)
Edo, Japan Isamu, hailed as the veteran of 500 fires, has spent 17 years as a machibikeshi, protecting the delicate paper-walled homes of Edo during windy monsoon season. Ryo, the water dragon etched on his skin, has been a source of comfort throughout this time—and an object of longing. The chief of the brigade wants the aging Isamu to retire, but Isamu fears that if he does, the great dragon will no longer be interested in protecting him.
In ancient Nippon, a cold, virgin princess shut herself away in palace tower. Meanwhile, the Dragon God Mizuchi released his elemental fury upon the land. Floods swept the land as the mighty Kawashima River broke its banks. As the dragon’s rage and power grew, the girl found her sexual desire inflamed by the god’s wrath as never before by any mortal suitor. (F+)
Attempting to raise a dead warrior, Alrekr, from his barrow mound, three companions quickly outrun their luck. Folkvardr must travel into Ironwood to rescue his lover Unnr and her slave, Huld, from Alrekr the undead corpse, even if he must face Angrboda, the ettin of Ironwood herself. (M/F, F/F)
Ilya, self-appointed protector of his Croatian coastal town, hates Nikolai, the one man who has never bent to his will. Meanwhile, the gods—Perun the Thunderer and Veles the dragon god of the underworld—do combat in ancient times. Ilya and Nikolai discover the battles of old may not be so far in the past, and that each of them may be closer to the gods than they could have imagined. (M/M)