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My short stories are publicly available on other web sites that showcase erotic fiction. Inevitably, they have attracted the critical attention of some of the readers. These readers are not professional reviewers, but that does not necessarily mean that their observations are the less valid. In the interests of shameless and blatant self-promotion, I include here reviews that have been complimentary to my fiction. These reviews are already publicly available.

 


 

Amityís Vow

 

 

Amity's Vow



 

Crimson Dragon

 

Amity works as a servant to the Duke. Her duties include the standard serving wench fare -- preparing and serving meals, cleaning, mending. But her life has always been difficult, and she would gladly work hard to survive in this world. However, her life is made even more difficult by the constant sexual demands placed upon her and all the other wenches used by the Duke. If it were not for her undying spirituality, she would have taken her own life long ago.


Her life takes an unexpected turn when the young, incompetent Duke picks a fight with his far stronger neighbour and the King refuses to intervene.


Bradley has found his focus. His prose tackles tough moral subjects and many of them. Here, Bradley focuses beautifully on Amity and her life, allowing us to assimilate his messages in a subtle manner. I cared about Amity; hated the villains that abounded in this tale. And that is what is important to a true story teller. Even while Iíve never been in a position like Amityís -- I could still relate to her and what she was feeling.


A word of caution. This story is not for everyone. There is a great deal of violence and angst -- it is not a particularly happy story. However, at least for me, Bradley pulled me into a different world and while I abhor some of the actions that took place there, it was with definite purpose that Bradley showed it to me.


Sit down. Take a deep breath. And fall into another world.

 

 

Rating: [10,10,10,10]

 

 

 

 Ascension

 

Ascension



Crimson Dragon

 

We meet Sally as she wanders home, a typical twelve-year-old with twelve-year-old problems. Until she arrives at home and we discover that Sally has problems well beyond her years. Can she ascend beyond her environment?

 

As always, Bradley makes the reader consider -- really consider -- his topic. Today, Bradley is tackling the darker and damaging side of underaged sexual encounter: the more plausible results of debauchery gone to excess. This is not a world where sex with children is glamorised or encouraged to the reader. It is not pretty. It is not sexy. It is not erotic. And one must consider whether the real world should be any of those things when it comes to underaged participants.

 

Bradleyís purpose with this story is not erotic, so I hope that he (and readers) understands the significance of the zero in Eros below. I intend it as a compliment and a measure of success.

 

Amongst the waves of paedophilic tripe that abound the newsgroup these days, this story is like a breath of fresh air, disturbing as it may be. Perhaps, it is nearly necessary. 

 

 

Rating: [10,0,10,10]

 

Blessed by Nature

 

Blessed by Nature



Crimson Dragon

 

On the beautiful island of Saint Lucia, a member of the French Empire, Edenism, the new social fad, has taken hold. In a world only slightly different than our own, Anne-Marie stands on her balcony, nude, watching the servants as they move about the estate grounds cleaning the grounds or building structures. Suddenly, Nicholas appears.

 

Nicholas is the new gardener, hailing from British Virginia. Nicholas is full of strange and new ideas, which earned him a one way ticket out of his homeland. And while his unusual ideas interest and shock Anne-Marieís complacent view of the world, itís his unbelievably huge example of maleness that initially catches her eye.


And it is with this member that I take issue. Before you get all excited, no, Iím not taking issue with the mutant, freakish nature of it. Many authors seem to have a fixation with size, and I suspect Bradley is making a subtle point with the nature of the blessing. Rather, I must take issue with the depth of detail. While I suspect Bradley was making a literary point, I found the detailed descriptions of Nicholasí schlong a little overboard to the point of tedium. While it may simply be my preferences, I suspect that had Bradley been describing a particularly deep vagina or endowed pair of breasts, I would remark in the same way.


As always, I enjoyed Bradleyís metaphorical comments on the state of the world. In this story, Bradley explores imperialism, caste, complacency, servitude and the status quo. Some might find this unusual, and even preachy, in a piece of erotica, but for me at least, I like that Bradley has something else to say than only that of sexual import. If anything, Bradley may have tackled a few too many issues with this story. While interesting, and Bradley does do most of the social commentary justice, it might be perceived by some as a lack of story focus.


Both Nicholas and Anne-Marie were delightfully human. I liked the characters immensely, and the storyís underlying Eros.

 

 

Rating: [10,9,10,10]

 

Color Bar

 

Color Bar



Crimson Dragon

 

Tizzy arrives from the big city to meet her sister in Tramsville where the only bar that will admit her is a grungy hole at the Breckenridge Inn. When Edith is late, Tizzy finds out the hard way, that life in the South isnít quite the same as life in the North.

 

I was going to push some buttons, pointing out that the title was misspelled. After all, I happen to know that Bradley uses British spellings. What could be worse than misspelling a title? And then I realised that this is done with clever purpose. I suspect that it might be something that many people will miss.

 

Bradley, as often is the case, explores racial tensions and inequity. The story isnít about the sex, and certainly doesnít glorify the treatment of Tizzy, but rather seeks to shock and expose racial inequity for the monster that it is. I was going to score this story with a zero in Eros, and that is probably what Bradley would expect and desire for this tale. Iíd even scored it thus, until I began to write the review and think more about what Bradley had written.

 

You see, there is subtle Eros in the story, if only in the expression of humanity that instils this piece. Eros is not simply the blind application of sex, and the score below certainly does not reflect the quality, pleasure or heat of the sex scene that was inevitable in this story. No, rather, Iíve given the Eros score below to reflect the expression of humanity that Bradley achieved here, both with Tizzy, and her sister, and even the bartender. It is more of a sororal Eros, rather than a sexual one. I hope this doesnít confuse too many people. Ah, read the story, if you want to know what I mean.

 

Now, having said all that, as you might imagine, the story is a downer. And while it is certainly a well-written, worthwhile downer, I wasnít in the mood this time. Nevertheless, everyone should read stories like this, if for nothing else, the depth, and commentary.

 

 

Rating: [10,9,10,8]

 

Cottage Life

 

Cottage Life



Crimson Dragon

 

Dot is a liberated girl of the 1960ís. As some of you might know, the 60ís were a tumultuous time -- a time of experimentation, a time of upheaval. This is the story of Dot, who is killing time at the cottage, hanging around unclothed, because thatís what one did to protest societyís repression. And she is waiting for Bill, her brother, and Sam, Billís friend and lover, to join her and alleviate some of the boredom of being a flower child. But even being as liberated as she is, Dot finds herself wondering about Billís current obsession.

 

This story gives us a window into the times. We watch as the three young reactionaries wander through their lives, through psychedelia and music and dope. I really loved the glimpses into a different time and lifestyle than most readers would be used to, I reckon.

 

I was a little disappointed in the ambiguity of the piece. While Brad does a wonderful job of presenting the time and the character of the era, I was left hanging a little. There didnít seem to be a focus, or a message, here beyond an exposition of the times. I wanted to see further -- to see what happens to the three teens, what their decisions and lifestyle wrought upon them and how they learned and/or grew from the experience.

 

However, I did like the story as written. Even if nothing else, it is a wonderful glimpse through the window of time, and that alone makes it worthwhile reading.

 

Rating: [10,10,10,10]

 


creamfields


creamfields

 

Tainted Lime

This is the story of the Creamfields festival, which takes place every summer in the UK, and one particular girl who thumps, jumps, and pumps to the music as the Ecstasy takes over and the people sheís with become more and more sexually attractive and they are suddenly naked and dancing and fucking while the relentless music drives them on and on.

As lime who is a little bit past his prime, Iím more than a little uninformed about the current music scene. But this story made it come alive for me. The beat of the music, the feeling of the drugs, the raging dancers: I was swept away by all of it.

Iíve been looking out for Bradley Stoke stories for some time now, and I knew it was only a matter of time before I found one that caught my fancy. This is the one that did it for me. Itíll do it for you, too.

                                                            Rating: 5 - Exceptional

(This review is taken from The Tainted Lime Reviews Issue #33, by TaintedLime@aol.com (http://www.asstr.org/~TaintedLime/)).

 



 

Cyberwhore

 

Cyberwhore



Crimson Dragon

 

Alone, millions of miles from home, Kevin finds himself desperate for companionship. And sometimes, when one is desperate enough, one can deceive oneself into seeing something that isnít there. Only unlike most prostitutes, Sindy is ready and willing to do anything -- well almost anything. Some things are beyond even Sindyís capabilities with her perfect breasts, her insatiable sexual drive, long tanned legs and willing mouth. And Kevin needs to learn this
the hard way.

 

In Cyberwhore, Bradley chose a focus and flowed languidly from presentation to the inevitable conclusion. This is not necessarily a happy, Hollywood story, no siree, but it is satisfying in a way that many erotic stories in this forum lack. It has character, growth, plot and atmosphere -- a true story.

 

This story is certainly worth reading. If you are looking for decent fiction amongst the chaff -- grab this one.

 

Technical :   10

Eros :   10

  Character/Plot :    10

Crimson  :   10


 

Divine Love

 

Divine Love



Crimson Dragon

 

In a convent tucked far into the countryside, nuns have forsaken worldly possessions, living in poverty and denial. All has been voluntarily foresworn -- physical love, clothing, and perhaps even understanding. When Sister Love enters the convent, Sister Divine is torn between conflicting loves -- her devotions to the Lord above, and her desire for the tall black nun that shares her humble worldly abode.


As usual, Bradley pushes us to consider our world. Here, he asks us to consider the role of religion, and sex, and God, and love. Iím not sure exactly where Bradley was heading with this, and what the ultimate conclusions are, but perhaps that is exactly what Bradley wants us to think about.


This story is heavy, without doubt, but Bradley somehow makes the naked nunnery something far more than a typical male fantasy stroke story, even while supplying us with hot sex amongst the themes.

 

 

Technical :   10

Eros :   10

  Character/Plot :     9

Crimson  :   10

 

Freedom in the New World

 

Freedom in the New World



Crimson Dragon

 

Thasra is a slave. When I first began to read this, I was afraid that I was reading another Slave of Gor impersonation. I couldnít have been more wrong. Thasra is a slave in perhaps the most literal sense, dragged from Africa against her will into the clutches of the white devils in the New World. The New World that, ironically, represents freedom and democracy and adventure. That is, if you are white and a landowner it does. If you are black and a woman and constantly afraid of the masterís whip, well, the land of the free isnít quite the Eden advertised.

 

Bradley takes us deep into Thasraís mind, telling her story, using contrast, sex, and imagery to drive into us the horror of her existence, the inequity of the times. This isnít a fun story, nor is it meant to be. The caution in the codes is quite correct. But that isnít to say that the story isnít worth reading. The commentary and the insights are well worth the effort to read it. While it is disturbing, perhaps we need to be disturbed sometimes. Bradley hits the theme and the topic dead on. While thereís a definite sexual element, the story is not about the sex beyond its use in the story, and doesnít pretend to be. Thatís a good thing. The eight below isnít an indication of failure to provide eros, the story was never intended to do so, and so the score there is actually a reflection of success. Youíll have to read the story to understand what I mean.

 

I truly enjoyed it.

 

Rating: [10,8,10,10]

 

Lady Cyrrh

 

Lovely Thasra is a slave belonging to the boorish Enoch Evans, who alternately lectures his slaves about American democracy and bangs the hell out of them. It is early in the 19th century, and slavery is still legal in the states. Thasra submits to her masterís attentions while reflecting on the irony.

 

Eventually she does something about it.


Iím always a sucker for a historical sex tale, though this wasnít so much a sex story as a character study, and, as the author explains, a rumination on American freedoms. Still, the sex was handled well, and if it wasnít exactly arousing (and I hope no one gets aroused by a young black womanís humiliation) it was interesting to read and felt true to life -- I felt like I was present in the scene and feeling all the protagonist did, the benchmark of any good story.

 

Rating: [A]

 


The Fix

 

The Fix



Tainted Lime

A lonely, fifty-year-old man is out walking through a crummy part of town. Heís looking to feed his compulsion for prostitutes. One of his usuals gets picked up by someone else before he can get to her, and he has to settle for a woman who looks like she just broke out of a drug rehab center.

This story is not pretty. The man is pathetic, and the girls are almost ghastly. Itís a sad situation. The ending fits with the tone of the story, although it comes out of the blue.

The reason to read the story is to appreciate the ugliness of it. The sex is creepy and isnít much of a turn-on, but itís still an artful and vivid story.

Rating: 5 - Exceptional

 

(This review is taken from The Tainted Lime Reviews Issue #37, by TaintedLime@aol.com (http://www.asstr.org/~TaintedLime/)).

 

 



Just Friends


Just Friends

 

Antheros

 

Iím a fan of Bradleyís work His is one of the best prose around, with a subtle choice of words that makes each sentence seem chiseled. ďJust friendsĒ tells about Sophie and what being a porn star makes to her persona.

The story is told nonlinearly, jumping from past to other past to present, with quick scene changes. I think it works very well and is part of the attractiveness of the story, but Iím sure Bradley must have received emails complaining about it.

What pleases me most about this story is that it avoids falling into one of the two typical stereotypes that most stories here would: Sophie is not a nymphomaniac who is absolutely delighted in having sex all day long, but the story does not paint the picture of redemption either. The sex is described in a raw, mechanical sense, suitable for the tone of the story and the way Sophie sees it. Third-person narratives are often told in a sided view, sympathetic to how the main character sees the world, and this is used by Bradley to imprint into the reader the dryness that Sophie sees it. The story brings the image of a see-saw, Sophie changing and Justin changing as well, each one seeking for what the other has.

The very end of the story struck me with a note of sadness. Sophie is probably thinking that sheís responsible for changing Justinís behavior and for losing his friendship---what she cared the most in that friendship.

 

 

Koochy

 

Koochy


Crimson Dragon

 

Sex. Drugs. And rock and rollóeróhouse music. Bradley follows Janine and Edie, two friends, into a North London house party where the drugs flow freely, the music pounds heavy, and the scent of sex is in the air.


Janine loses Edie temporarily while dancing in a rhythmic fog, then finds Edie holed up with an anonymous guy. Shocked and hurt, Janine begins wandering, and finds Molly, a shaven-headed, pierced occupant of the house, where she finds solace, and maybe revenge, or maybe something else.

I honestly didnít think Iíd like this story. Itís only me Ė some weird aversion to heavy drugs and heavy house music. I know. I know. Iím reviewing sex stories, right? Focus. The London/French slang is daunting, and sometimes tough to follow for those not into the scene.


But you know what?


It doesnít matter.


This is a glimpse into a different world, at least for me. Bradley brings it alive, and the girls, the party, the atmosphere comes to life for the reader in a way that I honestly didnít think would be possible for me. In that, I have to admire what Bradley has done here.


The sex is hotódefinitely more than stroke fiction. The characters and the plot are all in place. I didnít see a single technical flaw.


Bradley surprised me with this. This is an excellent tale, and even with my prejudices, or perhaps because of them, I have to say that overall, I really liked this story.



Rating: [10,10,10,10]

 



Lonely as a Cloud


Lonely as a Cloud


 

Crimson Dragon

 

Albert meets Hannah on the African savannah. Hannah has travelled to Africa in an ill-fated attempt to defeat Writerís Block. You see, Hannah writes Sex Poetry -- perhaps a little like you or I. Albertís views suffer culture shock as Hannah reveals who she is, and contrasts her life with his.


This story is a telling exposition of the cultural and societal differences between Western and African civilisation. This isnít the first time that Bradley has found meaning in opposing viewpoints, exposing the fallacies and the differences between the cultures. Indeed, this is much more than mere interracial sex.


Overall, another meaningful, contrast exposition.

 

Rating: [10,10,10,10]


 


Love is Blind


Love is Blind


 

RedHairedandFriendly

 

A pretty little Ď sits on the description line of this heart touching story of a woman who runs through her memories as she wakes up in the morning and spends some love with the she loves and adores. A soft read of passion and commitment. A love many would find odd, but probably sweet. A blind woman and the man she adores probably wonít make you ďget offĒ but I donít believe that was the pointÖ it was something deeper, or else, something just plain sweet. Enjoy this short story. 

 

 



Naked on the Train


Naked on the Train


 

Crimson Dragon

 

Emerald is travelling to her all-girls school in the English countryside. At first, she hopes that she might maintain her train compartment to herself, perhaps to pleasure herself thinking about her imminent return to school, with her liberal friends populating her fantasy. But at the next stop, Beatrice ducks in -- completely naked. You see, Beatrice, too, is returning to her all-girls school, but Beatriceís school is a naturist paradise. Ironically, Beatrice, the naked one, is the innocent party here, and Emerald works herself around to becoming naked herself, and enticing Beatrice to discover the other joys of being naked.

There is a remarkably subtle eros here, brought forth both by sexual content and simple characterisation of the girls. We can see the setting and the plot unfold with crystal clarity. Truthfully, I was a little upset at Emeraldís sometimes shallowness, but Iím also sure that Bradley intended for me to be. In that, it works.


I didnít see any technical faults here. The story captures you and gives you a sexy romp. I particularly liked the endnotes, and Bradley gives us a nice preamble that includes a story synopsis before you even read it. Nice features, but itís really the story that counts here, and it certainly is worth reading.



Rating: [10,10,10,10]

 


Night Out


Night Out

 

Tainted Lime

At the outset of this story, Bunny and her mother are screaming at each other. Bunnyís mother doesnít care for Bunnyís revealing clothes, but Bunny doesnít give a fuck what her mother says - sheís going out with her gang.

 

Bunnyís gang of girls hangs out in the park, sucking cocks for cigarettes and beer. They are a raucous, lewd bunch, and when Steph, one of the proper girls from school, happens by, one of the posse pisses on Stephís shoes.

 

Bunny is embarrassed by the pissing incident, though. And the next day, as the rest of the gang skips school to recover from their hangovers, Bunny apologizes to Steph. They even have a decent conversation. Bunny begins to feel a tug of arousal for the good-looking girl from the right side of the tracks.

 

This is an interesting story. Bunnyís gang is brash, obscene, and shocking. Bunnyís attraction towards Steph is a classic attraction of opposites. How the attraction works itself out is a great idea for a story.

 

Itís a good story, and the ending is spectacular.

 

Rating: 5 - Exceptional

 

(This review is taken from The Tainted Lime Reviews Issue #24, by TaintedLime@aol.com (http://www.asstr.org/~TaintedLime/)).

 

 



Party Slave


Party Slave


 

Crimson Dragon

 

The solar system is a different place in the future. Machines do the lionís share of the work. Unemployment is rampant. Society has its rich and its poor. Hmmm. Maybe the solar system isnít so very different.

 

Zee, a black girl recently out of school, travels to Theseus, located on the outer edge of the solar system. There she visits Anastasia, an old flame from college. Out on the distant edges of colonisation, Zee is unusual not only for her skin colour, but for her dress and her more conservative sexual upbringing. You see, Zee isnít used to open orgies, incest and totally casual sexual experience despite her college escapades with Anastasia. But she can get used to the idea.  But when Zee discovers Themira, Anastasiaís sex slave, the sexual ďliberationĒ begins to seem excessive and Zee has second thoughts.

 

I found this story a little heavy. All right, Iíll be honest. I found this story exceptionally heavy. The ďcautionĒ code is certainly appropriate here. Bradley touches on a huge number of social and sexual issues in this tale.

 

There is certainly sexual content here. I have to admit to being uncomfortable with some of the genres that arenít really mentioned in the story codes, including incest, anal, MM, toilet sports, heavy BDSM and sexual slavery. The sex isnít really the focus of the story, but for some readers the sexual content might be a wee bit extreme if unwarned. Then again, some will really like the multitudes of experiences portrayed. Too much for me, but Iím a relatively conservative Dragon.

 

Iím also unsure if I liked the ending. I know what Bradley was trying to show, but I found it oddly unsatisfying, if also scarily realistic. I think thatís what Bradley was going for, and so, I believe heís succeeded in his endeavour. It did make me think.

 

As with all Bradley Stoke stories, this is certainly worth reading -- just be prepared for a heavy tale.




Rating: [10,8,10,6]

 




Peace Returns


Peace Returns


 

SelenaKittyn

Peace Returns earned a lovely green ďEĒ, so I had to check it out. A dark look into the darker world of addiction lived entirely backwards. This story is strangely disembodied, although itís appropriate for the theme. I didnít necessarily enjoy it, but itís not one of those stories you read to enjoy. Not light summer reading.

 



 

People are Strange

 

People are Strange



Crimson Dragon

 

Bradley takes us behind the scenes, where Moss, Miguel, Laura and Sylvia are making a European stag film. Moss watches and waits not so patiently for his turn at the action. Meanwhile, the girls, together, and then with Miguel, play their parts for the camera, the audience, and the director.


This story combines a number of interesting elements. Bradley takes us backstage, presenting a rather different perspective on the entire porn film genre. The combination of the character, and the setting shows, perhaps, a rather bleak outlook on the production of these films. Overall, it was different and didnít seek to needlessly glamorise what must surely occur behind the scenes.


And I canít help comparing to what we all do here. Why do we write as we do? The answer is simple.


People are strange.


(But what about Dragons?)



Rating: [10,10,10,10]

 



The Price of Prejudice


The Price of Prejudice

 

Crimson Dragon

 

In the war-torn Third Reich, two girls find each other amidst confusion of passion and prejudice. Tanneka and Erika live in an unspecified occupied country, and through the fragmentations of that time, they end up at the same school. There, Erikaís fair Aryan looks attract the darker Tanneka. And one night, after curfew, while studying Nazi propaganda, the two girls fall into each othersí arms and find out what love is all about.

 

Well, that is until one of them is forced to choose between ideology and love. The result might surprise you.

 

I liked the story, even though the themes were exceptionally heavy, even for Bradley. Bradley certainly makes us think. Some of the images in this story arenít going to leave me for a while.  As is often the case, the themes of prejudice and hate and sheer cruelty of our brethren are difficult to overcome, even at the best of times. I canít say that I liked some of the underlying messages in this story, but that doesnít matter.  You see, what Bradley has written here is realistic, even if it isnít an entirely happy story. Read it. Youíll see what I mean.

 

Technical  :     9

Eros  :     8

Character/Plot  :   10

Crimson  :   10


 

 

The Scarlet Parcel

 

The Scarlet Parcel



Yotna ElToub

Bradley excels in giving the feel of an English village: its delights, controversies and prejudices. I grew up in such a village and this is so finely observed I think our author may also have done. Heather, an enforced singleton with a young daughter, feels the isolation that only a truly well honed circle of disapproving ex-friends can enforce. Despite this she revels in waiting for Gerryís arrival. Although isolated and disapproved of, our heroine (and I use the word advisedly) is not beaten, and she keeps her beloved cottage and life-style at the centre of her pragmatic approach.

 

I swear Bradley walked through my village, and I expect anyone who has lived in a village would feel the same. Both from the physical surroundings and the sniffy indifference of the Ďgossipingí classes. The feeling that Heather is a threat is nicely done. Although it was her partner who up and left, she would be an Ďavailableí and a Ďdangerous womaní. You can almost hear the snorts of disgust and hastily muttered comments. Curtain twitching at its best.

 


 

Sliding Sideways


Sliding Sideways 


Daniellekitten

Okay, this one is different, not a premise Iíve read before which is a fact that I can appreciate. The idea of sliding sideways into another parallel universe and stepping into the body you are in that universe where you donít know who runs the government or if you are married or single, or even if you have a home. Itís a wild idea that is done well in this storyline, and is very enjoyable. If I had any problem at all with this two Lit page story it is that it ended much too quickly. I would have enjoyed more of the story. Great job. It ranked a five from me.



The Tally

 

The Tally


Tainted Lime

Amy is an anal retentive sex worker who keeps a detailed diary of her sexual statistics. She has bedded more than 3000 men and women in ten years, and she takes great pleasure in the records she has made of each encounter.

And then one day a new woman shows up at the sex club where Amy works. Lucinda is different. When not on stage, she dresses plainly. She is aloof. She doesnít do men. All of which makes Amy crazy with lust. While they fuck aggressively on stage, Lucinda refuses every advance to get together after work.

Amy becomes obsessed and follows Lucinda after work one day. And what do you think happens when they finally meet away from the club? Read the story to find out!

The Amy character is compelling and artfully drawn. I liked the way Amyís obsessions with sex and Lucinda are revealed.

Bradley Stoke is a talented author, and this story was an enjoyable read.

 

Rating: 5 - Exceptional

 

(This review is taken from The Tainted Lime Reviews Issue #24, by TaintedLime@aol.com (http://www.asstr.org/~TaintedLime/)).