Beauty, Sex & Terror

A Collection of Short Stories and Essays on the Rapture of Sex, The Power of Hope and the Tragedy of Human Existence

Fiction - Anthology
224 Pages
Reviewed on 01/11/2024
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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Beauty, Sex, & Terror by Malik Touré is an anthology of six short stories. The book opens with Malik relating his tragic childhood after his father's shocking murder, leading him and his mother into a life filled with harrowing trials and tribulations. In another story, Malik roams the streets of Kansas City and finds himself deeply affected by the struggles of homeless people, and a chance encounter with a stranger that leads him to contemplate further. Enraptured by the charms of a young woman at a posh clothing store, Malik strikes up a conversation that leads to an unforgettable erotic experience involving two beautiful women. After spending a cold, dreary night in a restroom stall, Malik ponders the meaning of human existence, eventually finding a ray of hope in the form of a kindly old man in the morning.

Beauty, Sex, and Terror is a captivating collection of stories that explore the human condition through the ups and downs of a man's life. Inspired by his own experiences, Malik Touré has written a moving collection with six short stories that highlight the juxtaposition and duality of life, entrenched in pain, suffering, and hopelessness, as well as love, joy, and hope. Narratively rich and emotionally evocative, these stories explore themes of despair, homelessness, spirituality, fantasy, hope, and the resilient nature of the human spirit. Touré layers his stories with poignant commentary about society and the human condition, which adds depth and makes them even more thought-provoking for the reader. I thoroughly enjoyed this collection, and if you love short stories too, I highly recommend it.