This story is free at Amazon through this Friday.
“Just a Phone Call Away” is what is charitably known as “erotic” horror, and is therefore only appropriate for adults. Ummm, that means explicit sexual content, if you were wondering.
But, it’s really more about control than sex, or the lengths that people are willing to go to to recapture control once they’ve lost it. Is it erotic? I dunno. Is it disturbing? Yes. Will there be blood? Oh, most definitely.
This story received an honorable mention in Datlow & Windling’s Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror Ninth Annual Collection in 1996. When the guys who bought it turned it into their editor at Pocket Paperbacks, because this was originally published in Hot Blood: Seeds of Fear (1995), she singled it out as her favorite of the collection.
Anyway, it’s normally 99 cents, but free til Friday. Here’s the link, go get it!