The Safety of Unknown Cities

The Safety of Unknown Cities Pages in Printed Book Winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel from the Horror Writers Association Exclusive Introduction for The Overlook Connection Press edition by Lucy Taylor Lucy

  • Title: The Safety of Unknown Cities
  • Author: Lucy Taylor
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  • Page: 116
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  • 284 Pages in Printed Book Winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel from the Horror Writers Association Exclusive Introduction for The Overlook Connection Press edition by Lucy Taylor Lucy Taylor s The Safety of Unknown Cities is one of the most impressive debut novels centered around relationship driven fiction catalyzed by horrific events mostly realistic, 284 Pages in Printed Book Winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel from the Horror Writers Association Exclusive Introduction for The Overlook Connection Press edition by Lucy Taylor Lucy Taylor s The Safety of Unknown Cities is one of the most impressive debut novels centered around relationship driven fiction catalyzed by horrific events mostly realistic, sometimes supernatural The Safety of Unknown Cities is very much a supernatural horror novel Indeed its sexual, its graphically written, but its also an affecting and powerful novel about heartbreak and the untimely destruction of childhood If reading the book strikes familiar chords, the resonances might be with either Clive Barker for an unflinching approach to highly charged subject matter, or with Poppy Z Brite for sheer candor adventurous novel of a quality that absolutely demands an audience Edward Bryant, Locus Magazine

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    About "Lucy Taylor"

    1. Lucy Taylor

      LUCY TAY LOR was born in Rich mond, VA, and never really got the South out of her sys tem, as evi denced by the fla vor of South ern Gothic in many of her works She s the author of seven nov els, includ ing Danc ing with Demons, Spree, Nailed, Sav ing Souls, Eter nal Hearts, and the Stoker award win ning The Safety of Unknown Cities Her sto ries have appeared in over a hun dred mag a zines and antholo gies, includ ing The Mam moth Book of His tor i cal Erot ica, The Best of Ceme tery Dance, Twen ti eth Cen tury Gothic, The Year s Best Fan tasy and Hor ror, and the Century s Best Hor ror Fiction.

    309 thoughts on “The Safety of Unknown Cities”

    1. Reminiscent of the early works of Clive Barker, Taylor weaves a stunningly graphic horror tale about a sex-addicted young woman, Val, who travels the world, sampling the cuisine of the flesh, but never truly finding what she's searching for. Then she hears of a mythical City where every desire and perversion of the flesh is welcomed, and becomes obsessed with finding it.Pursued by a psychotic and spurned lover, Breen, Val finds the City, but the pleasures, and horrors, of the flesh may be too mu [...]


    2. This is a crazy-ass book but I think I read it in one sitting. I was completely enthralled by Val's journey into strange lands, which were expertly detailed by Lucy Taylor. A rich blend of horror, erotica and a bizarre journey, this is the one that pegged Taylor as one of the true masters of the genre.


    3. My god! I really wish I hadn't read this book.I knew before I started on this one that it wasn't going to be a light read, but even knowing that, I certainly didn't expect it to be quite so intense. It starts out with our protagonist, Val, travelling around from country to country and city to city as she always does. Being wealthy she can do as she pleases and so seems to have dedicated her life to the pursuit of pleasure, but even pleasure gets a little tedious after a while and she begins to t [...]


    4. I blundered across Lucy through a Facebook/Smashwords 'free read' of her newest book "Unspeakable and other Stories." She's the kind of blistering, overwhelming talent that makes you want to throw your word-processor out the window, listen to what your Momma told you, and go flip burgers.This stuff is like moonshine - unapologetically raw, earthy and profane but with an intellectual wallop equivalent to the Borax 20 mule team or a brontosaurus or an mad elephant or something. I dunno. I'm still [...]


    5. Recently I was read the Horror Writers Association's On Writing Horror. One of the latter chapters dealt with writing erotic horror and therein Nancy Kilpatrick writes that the "story needs to perform on both levels equally." That is, it must succeed as both erotica and horror. The problem is that after finishing this I'm not sure it succeeds at either; the erotic parts cover every lurid deviation to the point of either indifference or repugnance and the horror is ground almost entirely in revul [...]


    6. Reread it on a whim and I'm giving it one more star. Of course I disliked the ending, but then again I'm an epilogue-elitist, so there you go. The Safety of Unknown Cities is a story of fevered lust, depravity and hopelessness, one that's written to upset and possibly disgust you. Is it horror? Is is erotica? It's a mix of many things and mostly this vagueness does not work in its favour. Still, the writing is good and won't disappoint you (also, evident Clive Barker influences, which can only b [...]



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