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  Music of the Night

Music of the Night

  These four tales of mythic monsters, who embody our deepest and most secret desires, evoke wilderness and wonders lurking below the familiar surfaces — splendid, coarse, or startlingly everyday — of modernity.  
  — SMC  
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"From the moment of reading the "true" story of the Phantom of the Opera . . . I was drawn into a deep, dark, yet highly erotic world that Suzy Charnas brings to life. I enjoy reading all things paranormal, but this book delves deep into the emotions of the characters. . . Each story is deep, slightly dark, and on some level it hits where we think our darkest thoughts, though most of us never act upon them. Suzy Charnas has tapped the deepest parts of our lives and brought them out in these stories . . . What a wonderful collection, that I recommend to anyone who wants something different!"
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"The Hugo winning, Nebula nominated short story "Boobs" is one story I find myself re-reading over and over again.  . . . a young girl, having come of age over summer break, begins 8th grade and is ridiculed for her new adult body by her fellow students.  . . This story is so well written that I found myself cheering her on as she gets revenge against the immature boys she has to go to school with." 
Fantastic Reviews
  "To my great pleasure, when I opened this book, I found stories demonstrating great variety and originality, instead of yet more tales about cookie-cutter sexy supernatural monsters. The book begins with the stunning 'Beauty and the Opera or The Phantom Beast', with its delicate revelations about the way in which disfigurement and acceptance operate within as well as between people . . . "

  "Four compelling stories showcase Suzy McKee Charnas's persuasive storytelling gifts, putting her unique spin on horror-movie classics. . . A witchy neighbor claims atypical mushrooms are physical manifestations of "Evil Thoughts;" Fran wonders where her evil thoughts will next manifest, when the mushrooms die off from the cold."

  "A psychotherapist agrees to treat . . . a 'vampire' - but the therapist soon believes that he is exactly what he claims to be. With her own life spiraling out of control, Floria finds herself inspired by her patient's singularity of purpose."

An Excerpt:
The thing is, it's like your brain wants to go on thinking about the miserable history mid-term you have to take tomorrow, but your body takes over. And what a body! You can see in the dark and run like the wind and leap parked cars in a single bound.

Of course you pay for it in the next morning (but it's worth it). I always wake up stiff and sore, with dirty hands and feet and face, and I have to jump in the shower fast so Hilda won't see me like that.

Not that she would know what it was about, but why take chances? So I pretend it's the other thing that's bothering me. So she goes, "Come on, sweetie, everybody gets cramps, that's no reason to go around moaning and groaning. What are you doing, trying to get out of going to school just because you've got your period?"

If I didn't like Hilda, which I do even though she is only a stepmother instead of my real mother, I would show her something that would keep me out of school forever, and it's not fake, either. .

But there are plenty of people I'd rather show that to.

I already showed that dork Billy Linden.

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