A Brush with Darkness

A Brush with Darkness Florence After making a grisly discovery one night I needed proof that there was still goodness in the world I never dreamt it would come to me during my next commission with a subject whose ver

  • Title: A Brush with Darkness
  • Author: Erastes
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  • Page: 472
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  • Florence, 1875After making a grisly discovery one night, I needed proof that there was still goodness in the world I never dreamt it would come to me during my next commission with a subject whose very name means lightYuri was glorious in his otherworldly beauty, surrounded by a bright halo of iridescence, but I detected a fierce darkness lurking underneath the surfaceFlorence, 1875After making a grisly discovery one night, I needed proof that there was still goodness in the world I never dreamt it would come to me during my next commission with a subject whose very name means lightYuri was glorious in his otherworldly beauty, surrounded by a bright halo of iridescence, but I detected a fierce darkness lurking underneath the surface Sketching all night, I could hardly wait to capture his likeness in a painting For Yuri has stimulated not only my creative urges, but my sexual ones as well.His very presence infuses me with joy and passion, but what will happen if my patron should discover our trysts Dependent on his good graces, I can t afford to lose his support But I fear the time will soon come when I must choose between restoring my family s fortunes and obeying the temptation of the muse before me

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    1. Erastes

      Born in Essex, England in 1959, Erastes attended Southend High School for Girls.Erastes is the penname of a female author who lives in Norfolk, UK She drew her inspiration to write historical fiction from works such as Gaywyck by Vincent Virga and the novels of Mary Renault Erastes was the Director of the Erotic Authors Association for two years and is an active member of the Historical Novel Society She is the moderator of Speak Its Name, an influential blog dedicated to gay historical fiction.Erastes has been writing since 2003, and details of all her books and short stories can be found on her website.Her second novel, Transgressions, was one of the flagship releases by Running Press in their M M Historical Romance line which is being marketed directly at the existing romance market and was shortlisted for a Lambda award in 2010.Her releases for 2011 are Mere Mortals Lethe Press in AprilMuffled Drum Carina Press in JulyJunction X Cheyenne Press in NovemberErastes is represented by The Schiavone Literary Agency, Inc.BibilographyNovels NovellasMere Mortals to be published by Lethe Press in March 2011Muffled Drum to be published by Carina Press in July 2011Tributary published in Last Gasp by Noble Romance Publishing novella Transgressions published by Perseus Books novel Frost Fair published by Cheyenne Publishing novella Hard Fast published in Speak Its Name by Cheyenne Publishing novella Chiaroscuro published in Night Moves by Aspen Mountain Press December 2007 novella Standish published by PD Publishing November 2006 novel Short StoriesRight Hand Man published in Unmasked II, erotic tales of gay superheroes by STARbooks.Whatever the Risk published in the Queer Dimensions anthology by Queered FictionThe Snow Queen published in the I DO anthology by MLR PressIf you can t stand the Heat to be published by Cleis pressDrug Colours published by Lethe Press in Best Gay Short Stories Show Don t Tell published in MEN Magazine March 2008Fire Ice published by Cleis Press in their Erotic Alphabet series J is for Jealousy Lifeline published in Alyson Book s Cruising anthologyDrug Colours published in Cleis Press s Where the Boys are Urban Gay Migrations AnthologyRibinks published by The DrabblerThe Bird published in Alyson s Fast Balls Baseball AnthologyMatelotage published in Alyson s Treasure Trails Pirate AnthologyLucky published in Love in a Lock up by StarbooksIn the Dark published in Ultimate Gay Erotica 2007 by Alyson BooksTen Kisses published in Connections by Iris PrintMy Best Customer published in Travelrotica by Alyson BooksPetard published by Clean SheetsHis Story Teller runner up in Torquere Press Do it yourself competitionBright Souls published by Alyson Books in Ultimate Gay Erotica 2005Sin of the Tongue published by Torquere PressLifeline published by Torquere PressBright Souls published by Torquere Press

    686 thoughts on “A Brush with Darkness”

    1. How exciting! A new Erastes release (or will be on Monday, but you can preorder now). I always look forward to a new book from Erastes because there's something so intelligent about her writing that calls to me as a reader, and this book was no exception.The story begins with a grizzly murder on the streets of Florence. Michel is an artist, newly arrived in Florence and at the mercy of his scheming benefactor, Signor Bettano. He stumbles upon the murder but is cleared of all blame. Signor Bettan [...]


    2. I should begin this review as honestly as possible and tell you that I don’t like historical novels. It is true—they are normally the last type of book I would grab down off a shelf. I love history but so often historical novels have a difficult time keeping modern day from creeping in to the text and that, quite frankly, irritates me. So, I did not like historicals…until Erastes. Erastes made a liar of me. For you see, I LOVED this historical—so very much!A Brush with Darkness is that w [...]


    3. Genius. Absolute genius. The author paints with his words, laying each layer of words as the artist laid down his paint, building the world from the ground up.The narrator comes off as unreliable. It actually reminds me of Rough Canvas. The author manages to capture part of the essence of art, the ephemeral, intangible, but immeasurably intense wisp of genius that inspires masterpieces. The difference between that and this is that the LI in Rough Canvas acted as a steadying influence. It was a p [...]


    4. WTF? This is completely absurd. I get mysticism, mystery, preternatural love and whatnot, but this book (novella, whatever) made no sense.Let's start with the good things.As usual, wonderful writing and a very atmospheric, realistic setting. There were a couple of italian words with the wrong declension, which, as a native, threw me out of the story, but I can get past that.What bothered me, you ask? Well, let's see if anyone can answer these questions.1. The vampires. Just something. Tell me so [...]



    5. When I got this book, I didn't realize it had paranormal content. The description I read didn't hint at that, but I still enjoyed the book. Taking place in Florence, the main character is an artist with an arrogant patron who belittles him constantly. When he is requested to paint a mysterious man, he falls in love with him and the two are soon more than just painter and model/client. While the book has paranormal touches (think vampires), there is also mystery surrounding the death of the artis [...]


    6. 3 1/2 Stars ~ A young artist in 1875 Florence is forced to accept a patron in order to support his family. Michel knows his patron is the cause of his family's financial ruin but is unable to prove it. Taking a commission to create a portrait for the very influential Guildeccias, Michel is aware that this could be his salvation. And when Michel meets the model, a young man so beautiful he resembles an angel, Michel becomes consumed with need to paint him and with his desire for the man himself. [...]


    7. 4-1/2 StarsThis novella by Erastes has a little bit of everything I love: historical, paranormal, love, and mystery. I won't tell you just what Yuri is even though it's not much of a surprise once it's revealed, at least I was able to guess it. A well written tale that is chock full of intriguing characters, both good and bad, that had me hooked from page one. It was a little shorter than I would have liked but it is also one of those that probably would not have been any better than it already [...]


    8. This was just an ok read for me, which actually makes it disappointing because it's by Erastes whose writing I absolutely adore. As always, it was written beautifully, but the plot and the characters didn't hold my interest. Even though I usually like short stories/novellas, this one didn't work for me as IMO the short length doesn't suit Erastes' style. Her beautiful use of language is something I would prefer to savour over a longer, deeper read.


    9. I wish I could give this book a rating of 3.5 rather than 3! I have to say that I really enjoyed this short novella, but from the beginning up until the end I could not get rid of the feeling that this is just a small chunk of a story ripped out of a long good quality book. In my opinion this book had no beginning and no ending. No depth and no character design. And that is sad, because the story is good.








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