It’s Rainbow Snippets time! This weekend, I’m sharing again from an anthology I edited called Myths, Moons, and Mayhem, which features nine paranormal stories of male ménage a trois. It launched yesterday and has already received some great reviews.
This snippet is from “Inside Man” by Clare London, a touching tale of a ghost who’s desperate to feel the delights of having a human body again. He spends his nights hanging out in local pubs, watching hot men but never being able to touch them—until one night, a tear in the veil between the dead and living opens up new possibilities.
This snippet opens the story and gets right to the point. While it’s not explicit, it’s definitely erotic, so please skip this one if you’re not of the age or in the mood to enjoy it:
I haven’t had the luxury of a cock in hand for a long, long time.
Not my own, and not anyone else’s. Because that’s what happens when you snuff it. The loss of corporeal touch, that is. You get used to it over time, believe me—those early days of stepping through the back of a sofa, grabbing for a handhold when you fall and watching your arm just pass through a decoupaged coffee table; they’re thankfully in the past—but that doesn’t mean I don’t miss it.
You know what I mean, right? There are times when sexual need is a pure, unadulterated agony, when the desire is as mentally strong as ever, but the limbs won’t respond.
Clare London is the author of 20 novels and novellas in the gay & male/male romance genre. She took her pen name from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with her other day job as an accountant. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. You can check her out at www.clarelondon.com.
And you can read more from “Inside Man” in Myths, Moons, and Mayhem, which is now available in ebook and print.
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11 thoughts on “Rainbow Snippets: A lonely ghost longs for male love in “Inside Man””
Huh, I don’t think I’d ever considered the possibility that a ghost with that particular…need…would not be able to at least take care of business himself. That’s a bit depressing.
This is the very beginning. It gets less and less depressing as it goes along. Some might even say joyful. 🙂
Aww, poor guy. Harsh to be left with the desire, but no way to deal with it. ?
One of those things you never think about until it’s too late.
I’m hoping not to be thinking at all when it’s too late … 😉
Sounds depressing…and frustrating! Loved this – thank you. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by!
Being a ghost must be so lonely.
At least for this guy … but hopefully not for long. This story *is* a romance, after all.
Very encouraging and thoughtful comments from you all – and yes, that “problem” was exactly what inspired me to write the story ;). I hope readers enjoy the creative solution I found… 🙂