is by SS Hampton, Sr. from Melange Books. INTIMATE JOURNEYS is an awesome book sure to satisfy readers of every genre. It is a collection of thirteen short stories that include a variety of entertaining and sympathetic characters.
Here's a brief glimpse of three; a lusty and determined incubus who has a young woman cornered in a church, a middle-aged Army National Guard soldier facing demobilization when the Army withdraws from Iraq, and my personal favorite, a curious traveler who listens in on a lusty sexual afternoon tryst through a motel room floor heating vent.
Hampton's stories have the power to make you gasp, swipe away a stray tear, and laugh out. This is a book I highly recommend to all adult readers.
SS Hampton, Sr.
Every journey through life is an intimate journey simply because it is someone’s personal journey. Sometimes the journey is like being alone in a small boat at the mercy of wild ocean currents, and sometimes the journey is like being part of a crew in a strong ship with billowing, wind-filled sails.
The most intimate journeys, though they are polar opposites, involve the unparalleled pleasures of sex and the inevitable unknown of death. Both are an experience unlike anything else; one is sought by everyone, while the other is avoided by everyone – for as long as they can. Sometimes these polar opposites complement each other.
However, alone or with a companion, ultimately all journeys through life are intimate in nature.
Archaeologists accidentally set free survivors of an ancient race, who require sexual sacrifices to bring back more of their kind.
The Christmas Queen
A young man returning home for Christmas encounters a legendary succubus who wants him for her lover.
No. 55 Cherry Apple Court
Believe it or not, sometimes within a gated community there are worse things than a home owners association.
The Whisper of Ereshkigal
An immortal Sumerian in love with a human woman is finally discovered by pursuing goddesses determined to take him to the underworld.
A frustrated incubus has a young woman cornered in a small country church, and he attempts to entice her to leave her sanctuary.
An unusual group of female artist-collectors descend on a city at the edge of the Rocky Mountains before Y2K.
The Samar Café
On the eve of joining his combat ship during an interstellar war, a young sailor spends the night with a prostitute, with surprising results.
A Harsh Lesson
A female military officer dons a haunted Waffen SS jacket and attends a costume party, where she intends to kill a Senator.
An Aztec goddess claims a lover from the same family line every 52 years, and now it is time for her to take a new lover.
Dawn at Khabari Crossing
As the US combat role in Iraq ends, a middle-aged soldier faces the uncertainty of demobilization and returning to Ground Zero of the Great Recession.
Beween Flagstaff and Gallup
They say curiosity killed the cat, but what happens if it didn't, and the cat is still alive?
A married sutler, unhappily retired and in ill health, remembers the example of the love of a young 7th Cavalry trooper for an Irish laundress.
Grandpa's Bon Qui Qui
While deployed to Afghanistan, an older soldier in a May/December relationship must decide if the young woman really loves him, and if he really loves her.
For those of you who aren't familiar with SS Hampton, Sr., he is a full-blood Choctaw of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, a divorced grandfather to 13 grandchildren, and a veteran of Operations Noble Eagle (2004-2006) and Iraqi Freedom (2006-2007). He continues to serve in the Army National Guard, where he holds the rank of staff sergeant.
Hampton is also a published photographer and photojournalist, an aspiring painter, and is studying for a degree in anthropology. His writings have appeared as stand-alone stories and in anthologies from MUSA Publishing, Melange Books, Ravenous Romance, and Dark Opus Press. He also has stories in Horror Bound Magazine, Ruthie’s Club, Lucrezia Magazine, The Harrow, and River Walk Journal, among others. In 2012 he has another story forthcoming in an anthology from Edge SF & Fantasy (Danse Macabre), as well as a new book releasing from MuseItUp Publishing.
I’ll be back Wednesday with a new menu. Until then…