Radford, Wade. “Dirty Sexy Deadly”, Wade Jay Radford, 2013.
Four Original Stories
Although I have already reviewed three of these stories separately, a book with those and an additional story with the title of “Dirty Sexy Deadly” has now been published and I want to give my impressions of them all. There is darkness and debauchery in this collection and I mean that in the most positive of ways. Radford gives us four amazing stories with amazing characters, twists and turns and lots of sex.
The two part story “The Serotine at Dawn”, is a psychological thriller with elements of murder and secrets and some really strange sex. Part one sets the scene in nine short pages and part two brings us to a sense of closure although I am still thinking about what I read. The main character is so craftily created that I have a feeling that he is going to be with me for a long time.
When I got my copy of Radford’s “The Serotine at Dawn”, I met a word I was not familiar with and had to look up what the word “serotine” means. The moment I found out, everything fell into place. A serotine is a late bloomer and here the word fits perfectly. It is a word that we do not use in our language today and interestingly enough, my computer’s spell check marked it as misspelled.
Radford is a young writer and I find it amazing how much at home he is writing dark erotica with psychological leanings. We meet Alexander Thomas-Kidder who is in jail having been convicted of sex crimes. As criminal profiler, Larna Lay speaks to him we are given a look into his mind. Lay has her own motive in talking to him. She hopes that she will learn more about crime which will help her career but I do not think she was ready for what she heard. Thomas-Kidder has a mind that has become warped as a result of the crimes he has committed and he tells her all about himself, those he has loved and his sexual history. More than that I cannot say aside from I was fascinated by the characters especially Thomas-Kidder. He appears to be quite charming until he opens his mouth to talk about himself. Radford has captured him perfectly and has created an unforgettable character.
This is unlike any story you have ever read—the story pulls the reader in and does not let him go and this takes great skill to do so.
I have said before, erotic literature is perhaps the most difficult to write and that is probably because there is so much of it. It is always difficult to find a new hook so when I was asked to review this short story, I readily agreed especially while thinking about Britain’s erotic literary tradition. I also found it appealing that this is written by an actor who appears in a film that I recently reviewed, “Sex, Lies and Depravity”.
Xavier projects an image of danger yet he is the kind of guy that is lusted after. He is a hustler who radiates an aura of sex and desire and because he can be had for the right price; he is intense and he is popular. There is something very sexy about this young rent boy and Alessandro wants him. Alessandro himself is a hot looking man who probably has no trouble getting what he wants—he is in his 30s and a dark good-looking man. The desire between the two is mutual—Alessandro will quench his thirst for Xavier and Xavier will quench his thirst for fine wine and decadent sex.
Because this is short, I cannot say much about the plot without giving something away. However, the character of Xavier is sure to find a place in the erotic literature of today. He represents, to me, at least, the forbidden fruit that we all want but are either afraid of or afraid that he is not for us. His persona entices and tempts and he can change a life into one of action and adventure.
“Dream Lust” is an escape from the realities of life and the real world. But how far are you removed from reality if your reams include your best friend? What happens when you awaken all sticky from a wet dream you had about him and how much do you really want him? This is quite a graphic look at friendship that one of the friends wants a bit more from. We listen to the ramblings of the narrator who wishes that friendship had quite a different definition. I may never look at my best friend in the same way again
Wade Radford is a new writer for me and I predict that he is someone to keep our eyes on. I was immediately pulled into each of the stories and read them in one sitting. The only question I have is what can the writer do to top this? He has set a high goal for himself but I rest assured that he will be able to do so. He shows us that it is not necessary to write a long novel to make a point.