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Hungry For You by A.M. Harte

February 19, 2011

Hungry For You by AM Harte

“There is no greater drug than relationships; there is no sweeter death than love.”

Love is horrible. It’s ruthless, messy, mind-altering, and raw. It takes no prisoners. It chews you up and spits you out and leaves you for dead. Love is, you could say, very much like a zombie.

In this haunting short story collection, anything is possible—a dying musician turns to tea for inspiration; a police sergeant struggles with a very unusual victim; a young wife is trapped in a house hiding unimaginable evil….

With Hungry For You, A.M. Harte explores the disturbing and delightful in an anthology that unearths the thin boundary between love and death.


Full Disclosure: I didn’t spend money to acquire this book. I just happen to be exceptionally fortunate enough to know really awesome writers who in turn know other writers, or who happen to stumble upon my reviews of work by writers they know and think “I need to send my books to her.”  Kait Nolan, thank you, whether you know what for or not. 🙂 Let’s just leave it at being awesome?

My frustration with Anthologies is very much like Heather Faville’s: I. Want. More.

Short stories are such huge teases.

Having said that, this haunting collection of short stories left me with an insatiable appetite. But, um, not for human flesh, or, you know, braaaaaaaaaaaains. Nope, I’ve got a fever. And the only thing that can cure it? Is more work by A.M. Harte.

Although, if you want to throw in some cowbell, that’d be nice too.

Right. Less irreverence, more review.

Ms. Harte really took Zombies to a whole new level for me. She took the mythos, turned it on it’s head, and spun it right round. Multiple times. Threw them all in a box and then went way, way out of the box. Especially when you consider that the entire collection are little more than love stories.(She said, as if love stories are somehow small, fragile things she knows they’re not.)

Ms. Harte writes with such beautiful subtlety that I really needed to pace myself reading Hungry For You. I could not go through the stories at a dead sprint, I needed time to let the stories simmer in, to really take in the full effect of the passion that drove the majority of the stories. It was a winding experience.  I loved it!

Because these were the sort of stories I’d been hoping to get when I revamped this blog under ‘Fiction with a Dark Side’. This exploration of the darker side of love, the lighter side of death, the grays and in betweens.

Usually with anthologies, I like to go through the stories one by one and tell my readers here why I liked them. I’d really like to do that now but the temptation to give something away is just two great. One of the best things about Hungry For You is the subtle, yet powerful twists. I read each slowly, with awe, trying to anticipate ‘how is she going to do it this time’, and often than not, I failed, delightedly. Too caught up in the stories.

Well, ok. I totally saw how Swimming Lesson was going to end but I’m pretty sure she just threw that one in there so we can feel smart for figuring it out.

I really enjoyed every single story (all eleven of them!)-because every single story reeked of creativity and bit of tragedy and oh-don’t act like you all don’t know I’m a hopeless romantic complete masochist.

However my Favorites were:

Hungry For You – Yep! The Antho’s name sake is a story. “A police sergeant struggles with a very unusual victim…”

A Prayer to Garlic- This one is just so delightfully quirky I can’t even think of a way to describe it without completely ruining it.

Dead Man’s Rose – “A young wife is trapped in a house hiding unimaginable evil….”

The Perfect Song-“A dying musician turns to tea for inspiration.” Were I forced to choose, I would have to pick this one as my favorite. One of the driving concepts behind it-involving tea- just tickled the heck out of me and I think any writer, aspiring or pro, could relate to the protagonist’s frustration.

This a brilliant collection that I recommend to any Zombie lovers (especially those of you that like to see new takes on the mythology, you’ll get them in spades in Hungry For You ) , those of us who like our fiction on the dark side, or for readers who love love, no matter what it does to you.

Hungry For You is available at Amazon Kindle stores Us and UK, and Smashwords, and is set to release in paperback in March! (When I hope to have some money to snatch it up in my hot little hands with.)


20 Comments leave one →
  1. Jaylie permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:23 pm

    I’m hungry for print!

    • Soleil Noir permalink*
      April 21, 2011 12:19 am

      And why wouldn’t you be? 😀 Good luck!

  2. April 20, 2011 7:39 pm

    I’ve been struggling with reviewing this collection myself, and you really put in words my feelings quite well. (See I’m already failing at english just talking about reviews of this book).

    It’s just so original, and different and new. I’m not normally a huge zombie fan, because it feels like each zombie apocalypse has been done before, but these zombie stories really got to me.

    My personal favorite was Hungry for You – maybe because at first it feels like the traditional zombie story, and yet it ends up so different.

    Anyway, great review!

    • Soleil Noir permalink*
      April 21, 2011 12:19 am

      @Jan, I know. Sometimes? It’s even harder to review the books that really got me simply because I feel like I’m failing at putting into words just how much I enjoyed it. But thank you! And Good luck with the giveaway!

  3. April 21, 2011 1:03 am

    I’m hungry for print! Great Review!

    • Soleil Noir permalink*
      April 21, 2011 2:39 pm

      Thank you Jaidis, good luck with the Giveaway!

  4. Bonnie permalink
    April 21, 2011 6:30 am

    I’m hungry for print!

    Reckon you’ll be getting a lot of those comments 😉 and you can never have too much cowbell. Or can you? Hmm…

    • Soleil Noir permalink*
      April 21, 2011 2:34 pm

      The answer is No. You can never have too much cowbell.

  5. April 21, 2011 10:33 am

    I really enjoyed reading the reviews that Anna linked to, and though it was tough to pick my favourite, Soleil your review won out. I found it hard to pick a favourite story, as it changes each time I re-read the anthology.

    I’m with you too though, in that it would be great to get my hands on a paperback copy, so I’m crossing my fingers to win one of the prizes.

    I’m hungry for print! Paperback print!

    • Soleil Noir permalink*
      April 21, 2011 2:37 pm

      Thanks WA_side! Good luck with the Giveaway!

  6. denise permalink
    April 21, 2011 2:07 pm

    I am having such fun with the cage match this week. I am finding really interesting folks that are new to me. I signed up for your blog and am looking forward to what you have to say. I have never been much of a zombie fan, but you have made this book sound like a new twist that will give me a chuckle. I’m hungry for print!!! Thanks for your efforts.

    • Soleil Noir permalink*
      April 21, 2011 2:36 pm

      Thanks Denise! Good luck with the giveaway.

  7. Shellie Sakai permalink
    April 21, 2011 5:56 pm

    I’m Hungry for Print!

    I love me some zombies! So after your review, I will wait until I lose the giveaway and then I will go buy the ebook! 😀

    Thanks for the great review!

    • Soleil Noir permalink*
      April 21, 2011 11:07 pm

      Aww, thank you Shellie. Good luck with the giveaway!

  8. April 22, 2011 1:14 am

    I’m hungry for print.

    I must have skip something from the previous post. But I just found that this book is anthology. So I will not only find one or two stories. I’d find a bunch. YAY


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