Book release (international):

Publication date: September 2011
Trade paperback
256 pages
ISBN # 978-1573447164
Publisher: Cleis Press, USA

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The new anthology from Mitzi Szereto, author of the controversial and much talked-about novel Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts!

Lie back and relax and listen to the wind howling outside your window as you read these stories in the flickering light of a candle, the absinthe you’re sipping warming your body like the caressing touch of a lover’s fingers…

The supernatural – it has always evoked excited shivers, both fearful and sexual. Red Velvet and Absinthe offers readers a collection of unique and original stories that conjure up the atmospheric and romantic spirit of the Gothic masters and mistresses, but takes things further by adding a generous dosage of eroticism to the brew. Full of paranormal thrills and chills, this is the ultimate erotic romance! Red Velvet and Absinthe features an international cast of writers, including a special foreword from bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.

“Scintillating and suspenseful, this homage to Gothic fiction is a winner! Red Velvet and Absinthe scores with both sexy and scary thrills.” – Caridad Piñeiro, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost

“Scorching hot and deliciously sinful, Mitzi Szereto’s collection of stories of dark and preternatural hungers will have you panting for more.” – Adrian Phoenix, critically acclaimed author of The Maker’s Song series.

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Mitzi Szereto is a bestselling author, anthology editor, blogger for “Errant Ramblings: Mitzi Szereto’s Weblog” (, and the creator/presenter for the web channel Mitzi TV (, which covers “quirky” London. Her other books include the recent release Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts, In Sleeping Beauty’s Bed: Erotic Fairy Tales, The New Black Lace Book of Women’s Sexual Fantasies, Getting Even: Revenge Stories, Dying For It: Tales of Sex & Death, Wicked: Sexy Tales of Legendary Lovers, the Erotic Travel Tales anthology series, The World’s Best Sex Writing 2005, and the popular M. S. Valentine erotic novels. Mitzi has pioneered the erotic writing workshop in the UK and Europe, teaching them from the prestigious Cheltenham Festival of Literature to the Greek islands. Her outspoken views on the erotic literary scene have made her a trendsetter, cult figure, and frequent interviewee, earning her a reputation as the author and editor who has put the “literature” back into erotica. Her anthology Erotic Travel Tales 2 is the first anthology of erotica to feature a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Originally from the USA, she lives in Greater London.