Heroes are boring. Seriously, how much effort does it take to be good? Fortunately, we don’t know! The Butt-Thology authors are back again with their latest action-packed, suspenseful, horrifying thriller…Butt Villains On Vacation. Okay, it might be a comedy.
Find out who Designation Enforcement are pursuing at The Flaming Skull B&B, if retired villain Drunkboy can find love without accidentally killing someone, what happens when Assassin Bandit’s travel agent books him into a resort with the good guys, and why villains and arch nemeses Master Malevolence and The Fluffy Bunny have morning sickness symptoms after hooking up with each other!
This anthology is straight up fun. Each story had me laughing through parts of it and smiling through the rest. I truly enjoyed each of the stories in this anthology. There wasn’t a single one I wanted to skip or skim through. It’s always a joy when you find an anthology where all of the stories are good.
Master Malevolence in The Tail of the Fluffy Monkey by Kage Alan
This was a fun story. I liked how Dylan and Chi Kit were so clueless yet extremely bright at the same time. They had deviously brilliant schemes for making people suffer. I wasn’t a fan of how these two were cheating on their boyfriends in this story. However as a plot device in this story and the reason behind the cheating, I can accept it. The ending was perfect. That one last laugh brought the story full circle and let me know these two are going to make it and happily.
The Flaming Skull B&B by Ally Blue
I have to say this story was a joy to read. The names for everything other worldly made for some great reading and laughing. Kynn-ang-Peen and RJ are very sweet together but how they start was the best part. Watching these two overcome language, cultural and planetary barriers was equal parts hysterical and adorable. The reference to Lovecraft was pretty awesome and makes me want to see that explored a tiny bit more. I liked the reasons Kynn-ang-Peen had for opening the B&B in the first place. He was so earnest in his desire there. RJ worked hard to help Peen achieve that goal. These two together are wonderful and you can tell they’re going to be together as long as they can. The ending is perfect for them and gave me the closure I wanted for these two.
Attack of the Undead Enema by T.C. Blue
This story was what I was expecting in an anthology about villains. I loved the world T.C. created. How powers happen and their limits. I adored Jake and Griffin. These two are an unlikely pair but wind up so good together. I was fascinated as Jake’s past unraveled on page. There were hints dropped throughout the story to make you want to know more. It was done in a way that got me intrigued by the location and how Jake’s past plays a part in it. Griffin is a bit of an unknown but it seems to be on purpose. The plot line with the ex was really interesting but it wound up raising more questions than it answered. I did like how Jake proved himself willing to do whatever it took to protect Griff. I would love to know the answer to some of the questions raised at the end of the story. However Griffin and Jake are definitely going to be together for many years to come.
Hero Land by Kiernan Kelly
This story was quick but fun. I enjoyed the setting and how I was brought into the world quickly and made to feel I was there with very few words. I was intrigued by the split between heroes and villains in this world. It was interesting how each side had their own set of rules to follow. Assassin Bandit and Golden Adonis were such fun characters. They were both a little over the top but so enjoyable. I really enjoyed seeing how these two reacted to each other and how they handled themselves in the middle of the Code 69. The ending was a cute happy for now. I want to know how The Golden Adonis handles the obstacles ahead and if these two make it long term or if they’re just a fling to each other.
About The Authors:
Kage Alan lives in a suburb of Detroit, MI with his husband, named Honorable Husband, and their fish and shrimp, who are affectionately named and answer to “fish” or “shrimp”. He enjoys leaving Fangoria Magazine out in the open in the bathroom knowing full well that Honorable Husband can’t resist looking at the awful pictures and asking if they own the movies…that he’ll NEVER watch. Kage lives in fear of his husband’s Hong Kong Grandmonster and is the author of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Sexual Orientation, Andy Stevenson Vs. the Lord of the Loins, Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell and the short story Spacehunters: Master Elite and the Maternal Order of Loganites Beyond Uranus featured in the Butt Pirates In Space anthology.
Ally Blue is acknowledged by the world at large (or at least by her heroes, who tend to suffer a lot) as the Popess of Gay Angst. She has a great big suggestively-shaped hat and rides in a bullet-proof Plexiglas bubble in Christmas parades. Her harem of manwhores does double duty as bodyguards and inspirational entertainment. Her favorite band is Radiohead, her favorite color is lime green and her favorite way to waste a perfectly good Saturday is to watch all three extended version LOTR movies in a row. Her ultimate dream is to one day ditch the evil day job and support the family on manlove alone. She is not a hippie or a brain surgeon, no matter what her kids’ friends say.
Contrary to popular opinion, T.C. Blue was not raised by wolves. Nor did she spring, fully formed, from the forehead of a god, instead entering the world in the usual manner.
A true jack of all trades and master of none (otherwise known as flighty and unable to make a decision and stick with it), she currently resides near the east coast where she does her best to avoid politics and religions as a general rule.
T.C. can usually be found sitting in front of her computer, trying to wrangle rabid and numerous plot bunnies, though her muses insist that she not be too hard on the poor little fluffy things. (Poor little fluffy things with sharp teeth and claws, but whatever. Muses don’t seem to care much about the possible bloodshed if the bunnies think T.C.’s not writing quickly enough.)
Kiernan Kelly lives in the wilds of the alligator-infested U.S. Southeast, slathered in SPF 45, drinking tropical, hi-octane concoctions served by thong-clad cabana boys.
Actually, the truth is that she spends her time locked in the dark recesses of her office, writing gay erotic romance while chained to a temperamental laptop, drinking coffee, and dreaming about thong-clad cabana boys.