FiveStars What a fantastic series! I devoured this very addictive omnibus in a single self-indulgent sitting. PRICE deftly SPINS stories full of humour, gore, suspense and sex. She even wades - ever so cynically - into the muddy waters of romance. Michael and Wild Bill are a perfect pairing. Both leads are carefully nuanced and wonderfully charismatic. I loved the way the perspective bounced between Michael and Wild Bill from book to book. Both unique voices come to life beautifully. Price adds depth to her men subtly and carefully with a touch of caustic humour. Her men might wear eyeliner, but they definitely don’t sparkle. This is a very sexy read. Price has a wickedly dirty imagination and her vampires EXIST in a state of permanent arousal. The result? A never-ending string of implausible (yet very hot) encounters in the most unlikely places. And the cover art. I sort of zoned out staring at the cover of Vertigo, and I just might have been drooling by the time I got to the cover of Mannequin. Highly RECOMMENDED.
I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. Sarah
FourStars I choose to read this book because it was out of my normal pick range. I'm SORRY to say it just wasn't my type of book. But I'm not letting that fact stop me from giving an honest review. The writing was very descriptive and the story flowed very well. It was a fast paced plot, a little gruesome at times. But it was a vampire thriller so I did expect some of that. At times I was confused whose POV I was reading. The journey that Michael and Wild Bill take you on is incredibly unusual. Michael is out for revenge and falls for Wild Bill, who seems kinda laid back. They go on a trip to kill vampires that are killing people.Read more ›
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MICHAEL - raunchy and beautifully twisted, this broken waif wears eyeliner and packs wooden stakes. His vamp hunting plans develop a kink however, when he meets the self-proclaimed WILD BILL. Unpredictable and sexy, these characters will take you for a bloody good ride.
Jordan Castillo Price is known for writing characters that live and breathe but Michael and Wild Bill go one step further - they reach out and grab you!
Price is one of my favourite authors in any genre. Her writing style is direct and powerfully evocative. I love all her work but Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary is the one that I keep rereading over and over and over...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Great, Great StorytellingSept. 15 2009
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It's almost impossible to categorize the Channeling Morpheus story. Is it thriller, horror, romance, mystery, urban fantasy or travel journal? Part of the reason I love this story so much is because it is all of these and so much more. There's social commentary, action, hot, hot sex, and a growing, living relationship between a down-to-earth vampire and a fledgling vampire hunter. And are there any of those overused, I-am-hunter-you-are-prey-I-shouldn't-love-you-but-I-do lines? I don't recall there even being a one. Wild Bill and Michael have more pressing concerns, like getting together in the first place all across America and Michael's disturbing habit of killing people.
JCP is wonderful with creating hi-impact scenes, with a fast pace and great detail with very little actual scene-setting. JCP describes the most horrific events, but what exactly is so terrifying: the events themselves or Michael's response? JCP puts a human face upon all of the characters, the main two and supporting cast alike.
I fell in love with Michael and Wild Bill's story, and I'm sure who-so-ever reads this book, will, too! The author is just that good!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
First of a series, - I hopeJan. 10 2010
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I am a fan of the PsyCop series, and expected something similar. This book is interesting, has good character development, and should spin off an interesting and varied series, if the author can keep exploring this new area - to wit, vampires, and goth type would be vampire killers.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Josh Lanyon, the PsyCop series, or interested in Paranormal events and their possibilities.Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary this book is much better edited than many published in the m/m genre, and is well written, so you can follow the story line without getting annoyed!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary by Jordan Castillo PriceJan. 21 2010
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Payback (Channeling Morpheus) by Jordan Castillo Price
Michael is a boy in hunt. Not for a one night stand but for a vampire. His best friend, Scary Mary, was murdered by a vampire and Michael has spent years to track down the monster. But Michael is not a bold and daring vampire hunter, he is only a goth boy with no much experience of life: in the parcel where he hides the stakes he also takes his favourite eyeliner...
Then finally he finds the club where the vampire prowls. But when he is there he is cruised by Wild Bill: a handsome and selfconscious man, the type Michael will be glad to hook up with if he isn't waiting for a vampire. And then the vampire, Gray, arrives but Wild Bill refuses to let them alone and he tags with them. Maybe Wild Bill will be the key of success for Michael?
The story is very short, less than 40 pages, but it's very very good. I like a lot Michael, so naive and innocent, so pure. And Wild Bill is the right man for him, so bold and sexy. I would be glad to read the de-virgination of Michael by hand of Bill.
This is the first in a series, and I hope the following enstallment will be a continuing story on Michael and Bill. Cause I want so much to read what happens to them!
Vertigo (Channeling Morpheus 2) by Jordan Castillo Price
In the second enstallment of the Channeling Morpheus series, the focus changes from Michael to Wild Bill. This time is Wild Bill's voice who tells us the story and Wild Bill is also the new target of the amateur vampire hunter Michael.
Michael is young, very young, and also eager for love. When with the help of Wild Bill he killed the vampire responsible for the death of his dear friend Mary, Michael has not finished his work. He nominated himself the man who has to kill all the "bad" vampires, but now he knows that not all the vampires are "bad" and Wild Bill is among the good ones. And Michael wants his night of love with him before continuing his mission. Even if Wild Bill is not all willing to share that night with him.
Michael is grown; from the frightened boy of the first book to the little teaser of this one. And Will Bill is aging... oh well, he is starting to feel the burden of a lonely life and he also is unable to forget Michael. Michael is all what he is no more: young, open and eager of life.
The story is very short, little more than 40 pages, but it's very interesting. I like these little sexy scenes between Michael and Wild Bill, always ending with a next appointment planned between the two. It's also a game play, first the ball is on one side, then it's the turn of the other man to play; where, when and how is a decision of the man with the ball, and the other should play by the rules... of love.
Can't wait for another chapter in this very good series.
Manikin (Channeling Morpheus 3) by Jordan Castillo Price
At the end, Michael and Wild Bill's relationship has an "official" recognition... In the first book, Wild Bill seduced and abandoned Michael, in the second book Michael seduced and abandoned Wild Bill... it's obvious that both of them are playing hard to get but that they want to be together. And so in the third book, Wild Bill again rescues Michael from a very dangerous situation involving a rogue vampire and this time he remains also in the aftermath, to share an hot night with Michael... what will happen the morning after maybe we will know in another chapter.
Michael is a young boy, and even if he has seen terrible and unbelievable things, he still remain a lonely boy running away from his family and maybe from a world that doesn't accept a gay goth guy. In a way, the world that Michael apparently wants to destroy, the vampire underworld of unsuited and unstable, is also the world that accepts Michael. Wild Bill is part of that world; a vampire who didn't want to be, an undead who still tries to live as a mortal, who cares for wordly things like fashion and, even if he doesn't want to show it, cares for Michael's feelings. Wild Bill tries to give to Michael a "normal" relationship, made of sex and sharing, a relationship the young boy needs to replace his lost family. Maybe Wild Bill tries to give to Michael what he lost when he became a vampire, at least the boy can have it.
And sex is a really important part of this urban paranormal series; truth be told, sometime I skip a sex scene to read the "story", after all how much original you can be describing sex? But Jordan Castillo Price makes the sex scene a very important element of the story, every detail is important and you are compelled to read it; she is so good in doing that that you can almost feel what Michael feels...
Tainted (Channeling Morpheus 4) by Jordan Castillo Price
Michael and Wild Bill are living together since two years. They are still wandering around in the van Wild Bill gave to Michael and like a strange family in perennial road trip, they live of drugstore and diner. Nor Michael or Wild Bill feel the necessity to set down, but Wild Bill's perception of Michael is changing; he is beginning to worry for Michael's health and comfort. Wild Bill is always ready to satisfy every little desire of his boy, from the material to the sexual one. But more than Michael's cravings, what worries most Wild Bill is the slowing but continuing wasting away of Michael. He is more thin every day that passes, and even if the Twiggy's look is good on him, Wild Bill fears that vampyrism is claiming hm.
Michael and Wild Bill's relationship is tunnelling in everyday life. The role are forming, and Wild Bill is assuming that of the wise man; before he never has to worry of home or stability. Now he has another man to take care, and Michael is so young.
Michael is like a teen, he never worries of food or clothes. Give him a new high tech toy and he can go on for day without eating or sleeping. The only thing that seems capable to distract him is sex, he never pulls back when Michael involves him in a new sexual adventure... maybe he is shier than the older man, public sex is something that he is still not comfort to. Sometime it's like if Michael is more worried to display his gayness than the fact that Michael is a vampire.
There is no more doubt that Michael and Wild Bill are a couple, no more thought on leaving, nor on Michael or in Wild Bill. They are not yet like a normal happy gay couple, more like two drifter who chose to walk together.
This last chapter on the series, is more sweet and less gothic than the previous one, it's like an aftermath of a climax, things are settling down.
Rebirth (Channeling Morpheus 5) by Jordan Castillo Price
Michael and Wild Bill are still together and still in love, but maybe the wandering life is starting to wear down Michael, and maybe, even if he would never admit it, also Wild Bill. And so this fifth chapter begins with Michael coming back home like the prodigal son: but what family, even if a loving one, would be happy to see their son throws away all the chance of a good and steady future? the gay news could be overcome, but the fact that Michael doesn't want to go to college is all another question.
And so Michael and Wild Bill are again on the street and since the chance with their natural family didn't go well, why not try with a vampire community? mmm, things are not easy, and maybe out two heroes are not fated to be a normal couple with a normal house and a front garden, and maybe a puppy... even if, truth be told, I can see Michael as a college student coming back home everyday to Wild Bill, and then the two falling in a routine with the sunday lunch with Michael's family... and maybe also the author is seeing beyond Michael's gruff exterior, since one of the most sweet and sexy scene of all the book is when Wild Bill tenderly washes out all the make-up from Michael's face, to see, for the first time, the real man under it... and it's not a real man, it's barely a boy, with all the dreams of a boy.
Little by little, Michael and Wild Bill are learning to build a world for their own, a world where a vampire and an hunter can fall in love and having an happily ever after... maybe...
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JCP's Channeling Morpheus series is a dark and sexy urban fantasy...March 24 2015
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Format: Kindle Edition
The paranormal sub-genre (vampires/werewolves/shapeshifters) has been done to death over the course of the past several years, which is why it took me so long to get around to reading this series for the first time, back in 2012. I’ve been a long time fan of JCP’s PsyCop books. In fact, Victor and Jacob are right at the top of my list of all-time favorite fictional couples, so it wasn’t anything other than my own paranormal burnout that kept me from digging into Michael and Wild Bill’s world. After all, how many permutations of the vampire mythos can there be, really? Bram Stoker introduced Dracula to popular culture over a hundred years ago, and authors have since been re-creating the mythology and giving it new twists to keep things fresh, and expanding on all the metaphors for sex. But even still, there’s only so much that can be made new from an old concept.
Or so I thought.
Jordan Castillo Price has put her unique stamp on some of the old tropes, keeping some concepts in tact while debunking others, to give Wild Bill and the rest of her vamps an original and uber-erotic spin in the centrifuge, definitively separating them from the herd. There’s no need for metaphors for sex in this series, because the sex is entirely literal and incredibly seductive.
Michael and Wild Bill are two halves of the same whole, in an entirely symbiotic relationship that survives, thrives, and has become a physical and emotional imperative that connects them in spite of the fact they sometimes practice an open relationship. They are distinct yet entwined by something deeper than love. They’re bonded by blood and a metaphysical link that makes it impossible to think of one without the other. They’re yin/yang and it works perfectly within the circles in which they move.
This is one of those series I can see myself reading over and over again. Why? What makes some books immanently re-readable? For me, it’s something that all my favorite authors do better than others: dialogue. It isn’t enough to simply tell a story. What is essential for me is to “listen” to the characters and the way they speak, the way they relate to each other, the way they interact and react to each other. That’s not to say plot is unimportant; it is. But becoming emotionally invested in what’s happening in the lives of the characters is the ultimate payoff.
And I feel like I hit the jackpot with Michael and Wild Bill.
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Diary of a Bibliophile ReviewMarch 24 2015
Jesi Lea Ryan
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I love this series so much! Glad to see the author is releasing it it in a box set now. Here are my thoughts on the books in this set:
PAYBACK introduces us to Michael and the tragedy that started his mission to kill the monsters who hunt at night. I immediately liked him and felt for his loss. I've never met a vampire I didn't like, but Wild Bill has shot right up to one of my top favorites. In this book, the reader doesn't quite know what to make of Wild Bill. Is he an incredibly likable bad guy? Is he a good guy who is unfairly misunderstood? I think his ambiguity here makes him intriguing.
VERTIGO continues the story in Wild Bill's point of view. Michael's on the hunt again...this time he's looking for Wild Bill for a whole different reason. Bill should stay away from the homicidal vamp hunter, but the chemistry between them won't let him run away. I think my favorite thing about this book is seeing how these characters click into place with each other. The writing is fabulous and subtle. I didn't mention this in my review of the first book, but dang the sex in these books is hot! Keep a fire extinguisher handy as you read.
MANIKIN opens with possibly the most creepy scene I've ever read. I felt everything Michael was feeling as I read it. Beautifully horrific! What I liked most about this book is it is the first time I really feel Michael and Wild Bill are a team. A dysfunctional team, but a team none-the-less. I mean what's a vampire doing hanging out with a vampire hunter anyway unless they are both seriously twisted? Again, top notch writing.
TAINTED - Uh,oh....somethings wrong with Michael. Wild Bill sees the changes, and if it's what he's thinking, it isn't pretty. On a positive note, the guys are growing in their relationship. No, it isn't hearts and flowers, but what they have feels much more real than many love stories. Which leads to the question, is this book a romance? Not reeeeely. Well, sort of. Each book has a separate plot that is independent of the relationship, but without the relationship, I don't think the story really works as well. So we will call this a paranormal romance. As always, Wild Bill's point of view is a delight. But I applaud the author's choice to rotate POVs. Very smart decision.
REBIRTH - This while book revolves around family. Not every family is healthy, so it is sometimes necessary to create your own. I sometimes forget that Michael is still so young. He really could use supportive parents. But that's not going to happen, and while I'm sad for him, I'm happy he has Wild Bill.