Review: 'Will of the Alpha', edited by Rechan and Kandrel
That is especially true of this anthology of a dozen short stories. “A little over a year ago”, co-editor Rechan says in his Forward [sic.], “I noticed that there was very few furry media products aimed specifically at titillating the audience’s kinks. […] This book has a little something for everyone, be it orientation or fetish. Within these pages you’ll find extensive bondage, pony play, puppy play, flogging, objectification and power exchange. […] For your comfort, the stories have been organized by severity, with the first, ‘Savage Toys’, being the lightest, and the final story ‘Attachments’ being the most intense.” (p. 5)
The cover labels this “a BDSM anthology”. BDSM is defined by Wikipedia as standing for “bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, sadism, masochism.”
‘Savage Toys’ by Kandrel is narrated by Rupert, the very proper fox partner of Sir Humphrey, the decadent dragon gentleman.
The cuffs had been the first thing Sir Humphrey had requested. We had taken tea, sat prim and proper like gentlemen, when he had asked the question. ‘Tell me of the southern savages, Rupert.’ It was his favorite topic: salacious news of recently-discovered tribes, with customs so alien and fashions so unique. (p. 6)
Sir Humphrey wants to try out all these alien customs, especially those involving lots of bondage. The picture of the small, impeccably-dressed fox clambering over the immense dragon to tie him in cuffs and gags and chains is amusing.
But the dragon’s eagerness would not last indefinitely. I was running out of innovative ways to restrain him, and when the wonders ceased arriving, I had no doubts that my tenure as ‘Sir’ would be short-lived. (p. 11)
Rupert must balance his life of luxury and ease as Sir Humphrey’s paid companion with his sense of when the dragon is tiring of him.
‘The New Toy’ by Ianus J. Wolf is Simon, a new cougar member of a gym whose well-toned, close-knit clientele are heavily into games of bondage and dominance. Simon is eager to be accepted as a regular member. He agrees to become the personal toy of Michelle, a dominatrix rabbit, and Terry, her stallion husband, not really knowing what he is getting into. He finds out, in graphic detail.
In ‘Furlough’ by Mangi, Charlie, a brown wolf, gets an involuntary one-week furlough (without pay) from his dead-end job. He spends the week at Divine Dreams LLC living a fantasy where he is Jason, an employee working on an important project who is kidnapped and sexually tortured to make him tell all about Project Darius. The more he holds out, the more he is tortured by a sexy arctic fox – which is just what he wants.
In ‘Breaking In’ by Sparf, Alan, a small wolf, is constantly belittled at work by his boss, Mr. Simmons, a larger wolf. To help Alan relax after work, his friends take him to a club where he gets a chance to be a masked dominator. His first “client” turns out to be his hated boss! Can Alan exercise enough self-control to keep from seriously injuring Simmons?
‘Of Pets and Amour’ by Elijah Lapso is a one-page poem from a dominator to his love-puppy.
‘Missed’ by Rechan is about the longstanding lesbian dominatrix-slave relationship between Miss Pendigrass, border collie librarian, and Rachel, mink teacher; and what happens to that relationship when Rachel gets interested in a male.
In ‘Dinner Theatre’ by Ashe, CJ Bennett the hare and Ryan Archer the white tiger are secret homosexual lovers in a Master (Ryan) – Slave (CJ) relationship. When CJ’s polar bear business client learns of their secret and tries to blackmail him, Ryan and CJ’s boss have a surprise for him.
In ‘Memories’ by Tarl “Voice” Hoch, a rabbit woman shopkeeper catches a wolf shoplifter and cuffs & binds him in a chair while waiting for the police to come. Taking advantage of the situation, she proceeds to slowly sexually molest him. Gee, it’s taking the police a long time to arrive …
‘Sweetly Sadistic’ by Elijah Lapso is another short poem; a sequel to the first one. Love-puppy sure does like to be dominated!
‘Infinite Loop’ by Nathan Cowan is the only story here that is s-f instead of fantasy. The protagonist is Dr. Travis Walton, a human, or rather a second Dopple of the original wealthy Walton, activated after Walton was murdered and his first Dopple disappeared. Even though he feels mentally sure that he is a continuation of the original Walton, he is legally dead, his property has been given to his heirs, and nobody is looking for his killer since the authorities are sure that she is also dead (which Walton does not believe). Since the humans will not listen to him, Walton argues mostly with “chimerae”, artificial man-animal hybrids like Sentry, a NorBio Fidelus guard (a Doberman dog-man). Walton eludes his protectors and escapes to an isolated cabin that he knows about that is inhabited only by Persephone, a lioness-human sex-slave. Walton intends to start looking for his real killer, just as soon as he is through having graphic kinky sex with Persephone …
‘The Leather’s Always Blacker’ by Whyte Yoté is about Rike, a buck, who gets into a comfortable online Master/Slave relationship with Bill, a donkey. Rike wants to meet Bill RL. Is he sure? Yes! So Bill gives Rike his address, and Rike goes there, and … it’s not at all like he expected.
‘Attachments’ by H. A. Kirsch tells of the first really intimate meeting of Leo, a red fox, and Dary, a ‘Doberman-like’ dog. Leo knows that Dary is into ‘KinkFest’ stuff, but he doesn’t realize what that really means. Leo doesn’t want to disappoint his lover, so he agrees to go a little further than he intended to, and a little further again, and a little further still, and …
If the stories and poems are not graphic enough, the illustrations by Dbull (Timothy Dzon), one per title, leave nothing to the imagination. The anthology’s front cover by Kadath should be enough to let the reader know what he or she is in for. FurPlanet has given this an NC-17 rating