Feb 25 2017

A Drawing Morrigan Aensland YouTube…

What I find to be a very interesting art in progress YouTube today. The work is a lovely portrait of Morrigan Aensland that I think is so very lovely…

If you cannot see this video on YouTube, please try this link.

As always, here is a screenshot of the finished work from the video as well.

Morrigan Aensland by Marlon Teunissen

Morrigan Aensland by Marlon Teunissen

I particularly like that Morrigan isn’t over-endowed in this art. There’s a classic simplicity in this art which focuses upon Morrigan’s character and personality more than i think it does with her cleavage.

Her expression, that look, which to me seems to be her pondering something and wondering about it, is one of the most adorable looks I have seen in art of Morrigan and it’s just lovely…

 

Tera

Feb 24 2017

A Review of My Lady of Hell: Contract with a Succubus by Melissa Miranti

My Lady of Hell: Contract with a Succubus by Melissa Miranti

My Lady of Hell: Contract with a Succubus by Melissa Miranti

There are some book summaries that offer up a story that seems like it will be interesting. The promise of something a little different or perhaps the hint of a character, or characters, who’s story turns towards the unexpected. Offering up something that seems like it should be a long, winding path towards the climax, but instead turns into a story that doesn’t quite seem to know where it’s going until the very last, is a bit of a problem.

The thing about succubi is that they know what a soul fantasies about, would do anything for. Given that, within the framework of a story, the succubus, whoever she is, should know exactly what she wants as well. What happens when neither they, nor the soul they encounter, aren’t really giving that need, but instead only toys with it?

The work tells the story of:

Long before the human race began its conquest of the Earth, the demons kept watch over us, and were able to sense which of us would serve them best. Many humans had latent abilities and desires that fit with their plans, and the demons would take these individuals down to Hell. But choice is the only thing sacred in Hell, and no matter what, a human could refuse to serve.

The demoness Cereina was the greatest of all succubi, and though she has power, she needs sustenance. Jared, a human with an attraction to demonic women, and a possible source of magical energy for Cereina, presents a tempting target. She needs to ensnare him, and convince him that serving her is the right choice to make.

Jared fantasies about one thing, and one thing only which brings him to the attention of Cereina who simply cannot ignore such a tempting morsel offering themselves to her pleasures. The delights of a soul’s needs are something delicious and Cereina does so dearly want to devour this needing soul and make him her own.

From the summary I really expected something of an involved story that told something of Cereina, about Jared’s wants, the way things worked in Cereina’s reality. I was hoping for something in which there was some character development, a succubus that was something more than just being dominant, overpowering and pushy. Overall that really didn’t happen, which was really a disappointment.

The single problem with this work is the rush that things happen as the story is told. There’s not much time spend in developing the characters, telling of why things are happening in any sort of real detail either. Cereina’s demands upon Jared are held to her demand he cave into her domination over him, and that didn’t work for me on a lot of levels. It’s a shame that there wasn’t time to really tell more about Cereina beyond what she looks like, her dominate attitude and a bit of a hint about her world and what happens there.

In the same way, Jared’s not really taken to the point of him being more than a plaything overall. The opening offers something, but it’s drowned out by a scene of self-pleasure that leads very quickly to Cereina making her appearance. As that happens, Jared’s not a character so much as a doll for Cereina to play with, and I really wish he’d been more present in the work, a real foil to Cereina instead of what he turns into.

The erotica is a single hot flash between Cereina and Jared, which for me didn’t have a lot of heat in it because of how fast the scene played out, the real lack of a connection between them as well was a problem. I’d have liked that scene to be more seduction than it was, first, and as well I would have liked the submission aspects to be more than the fleeting moment it was.

The dialogue needs some help, it’s a bit flat, not sounding quite right at times and I think that having more of a building up towards the climax would have made the story a lot stronger as well. the work is far too short for what the summary promised as well. I’d really would have liked to see Cereina in Jared’s world, drawing him in slowly, having a series of encounters before revealing herself, then continuing with her temptations with him. That feels like the story that would add what’s missing here. The background, the attraction, and the needs each of the characters have beyond the sex itself.

Three out of five pitchforks.

The book summary promised what I thought would be something interesting, but the actual work didn’t manage to get past the beginning to find the middle and then collect itself into an ending that meant something. The work, much like Jared, was lost within itself and by the time it found where to go, the rush to the ending left so much story behind never told.

Letting the story develop, perhaps by making the story about more than the one single moment that it turns around, would have added a lot to things. Cereina is interesting, perhaps the author will come back to this work, adding to who she is, and why things turned out as they did.

That, I feel, is the missing piece that would bring this more towards what the book summary promises.

 

Tera

Feb 24 2017

A Review of the James to Jamie series by Zayna Noble

James to Jamie series by Zayna Noble

James to Jamie series by Zayna Noble

Succubi seem to be appearing more and more in stories about gender transformations of late, but that comes with two possible outcomes. Either the succubus is part of the story, or she’s at the edge of the story and not really all that involved. The former is, for me, more interesting. Having a succubus part of a story, only fleetingly, does not make the story a succubus story as a whole.

A review of the James to Jamie series by Zayna Noble this time on the Tale. The series is made of three works, but as they are available as a collection, I will review the series as a whole rather than the individual works by themselves.

There are some gifts that are given with the hope of understanding, There is the expectation, or the hope, that something better comes from the gift itself. Sometimes that gift turns out to be something more than it was meant to be.

  • Title: James to Jamie
  • Author: Zayna Noble
  • Length: 68 Pages
  • ASIN: B016OXHE4Q
  • Publishing Date: October 14, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The series tells the story of:

The complete James to Jamie collection:

James has a secret desire, a persona that he wants to become: Jamie, a busty blonde woman! His visit to a magical potion shop is his first step on changing his gender, seducing his roommate, and opening up to new desires and kinks he didn’t even know he had…

  • Hard Sell: James is a pro when it comes to resisting the tactics of salespeople, but when this particular saleswoman can read his deepest desires like an open book, how can he possibly say no? Enter Lala the succubus, owner of a shop of curios and artifacts, each with a lewd purpose. When she hones in on what James is there for, to swap genders and experience life with a hot, curvy, feminine body, she turns on the charm. Lala is ready to offer James a test-ride he can’t refuse. After all, if the shop is equipped to change a built man into a bouncy fox, it’s bound to offer something hard and thick for the new woman to experiment with.
  • Trick Play: Now that James has everything he needs to begin the seduction of his roommate, Brandon, all that’s left is to put the plan into action. He’ll transform into Jamie, dress in a frilly pink dress, and turn on the charm. At least, that was the intention. When Brandon barges in on James mid-transformation, the two friends discover they share a certain kink. As Brandon makes the change into busty Brandi, Jamie feels conflicted. Swapping genders together wasn’t quite what she’d had in mind, but as their libidos skyrocket, she finds it harder to complain about the turn of events. Still, she can’t help but feel that something is missing… Thankfully, an extra blue potion is all the girls need to add something hard and filling to their fun.
  • Stick Shift: James has had about enough of Brandi’s antics. It’s one thing to see her prancing around, buying sexy new outfits at every store in the mall, but the thing that irks him the most is that he wishes he could be the one doing the prancing! He returns to the potion shop with Brandi in tow. The potion shop sales-succubus Lala has a solution that she promises will make everyone happy. A combination of products that she lets Brandi and James try before they buy. With no other way to salvage the situation, James becomes Jamie once more, though this time the transformation comes with something extra. A big, juicy something extra. With her new assets and a new frame of mind, Jamie sets to teaching Brandi which of the gender-swapped men wears the pants in their new relationship…

A story about needing, but that needing a succubus to make the need be true. Perhaps not in the way expected, but most definitely fulfilling a need. For isn’t that what succubi do? See into your needs, find a way to make them real? But what happens from there is your problem and the bill might be more than you expected it to be.

While this work has a succubus as one of the main characters, she isn’t what the story is about. It revolves around two characters desiring a transformation and Lala, the succubus of the work, is the one to make that possible. She’s a store keeper of dreams, wants and desires in a world where the supernatural is an everyday thing.

That part of the story really isn’t explored, it is simply taken as being normal and the work continues on from there. I loved Lala dearly for her bemusement, the suggestiveness of her expression and actions, but most of all I adored her making the other characters explore their hidden desires through the series.

There’s actually a good balance between erotica and story for the most part in the work, though when the erotica comes into play the story is pushed aside for a time. Eventually however the development of the characters comes back and they do develop, grow and discover who they are and what they desire.

I felt the author was more involved in the story when it wasn’t erotic than when it was. They seemed to want to tell a story, with a little erotica along the way. There’s some futa, some gender swapping, a little bit of mind control. The mixture works well for the characters within the erotica and without there are consequences to their actions, some of them quite permanent, which make events interesting.

Taken as a series, there’s enough time for character development, telling the story, exploring the characters in all of their forms. There’s even enough time for Lala to manage quite a lot of teasing, seduction and fun of her own. The single thing I think was missing came to the skimming over of the universe, how it came to be that having succubi being an “ordinary” thing happened. That should have been explained a little bit for the sake of completeness.

Interesting characters, a story which holds true to itself. The erotica in all of its forms plays well and I liked the work quite a lot. I just wish there was more detail about Lala beyond her being sexy, smart and seductive. A succubus is more than that and Lala does portray that well.

Three out of five pitchforks.

I liked Lala for her style, her bemusement and how she acted as a succubus as a whole. She wasn’t the central character in the story of course, but she made everything happen. I’d like a story about her alone, perhaps telling how she decided to get into the business she is in. I think that would be quite the story to tell.

 

Tera

Feb 23 2017

Succubi Image of the Week 475

Occasionally there are pieces of succubus art that tend to show a slightly violent aspect. Much of that comes from how succubi have been portrayed of course. There are very few works of this nature that I care for and this time on the Tale I’ll share one such image that leaves me… wondering.

Anais succubus by AngelaLara

Anais succubus by AngelaLara

This work is by an artist on DeviantArt called AngelaLara and you can find the original page with this art here and this artist’s page on DeviantArt can be found here.

There’s a certain level of… I’ll call it Dungeons and Dragons feel to this art. There’s a touch of the “evil monster” in this character, a tone of violence, but there is still a hint of her sexuality as well. Beyond this, I find myself wondering just what her story is. I’m unsure if she really is evil, or more seeking revenge in some way, and I would be happier with the latter than the former.

The detail in this work is fascinating to me, the textures in her skin, clothing, wings and hair. Her red eyes are a stark contrast to everything else and I can’t help but wonder if they being green or yellow might have been a better choice overall.

Quite a lot to think about in this art, and in doing so the thought of a story might be starting…

 

Tera

Feb 22 2017

It’s a costume that is far from being too hot…

Too Hot Sexy Devil CostumeI feel like there is a running theme these past few weeks in the costumes I have been looking at. Besides the usual awfulness, there’s something else. The descriptions are simply laughable for what they attempt to make the costumes be. Some are “classy”, others are “sexy” and then there is this, which calls itself “Too Hot”…

This is called the Too Hot Sexy Devil Costume and it comes with the jumpsuit, which has an attached tail, a chain belt and the horns the model is wearing. The shoes are not included and it sells for $45 US. Adding a pair of shoes like in the image would push this to about $120 US.

But why would you?

The tail is awful, the horns are the ones I truly dislike, being but hair clips and nothing more. The chain belt I cannot understand what the point of it is. The cut of the jumpsuit around the model’s cleavage looks shoddy too.

I will admit there’s a little bit of a 70s disco vibe in this costume, very little. Perhaps that’s something for me to build upon somehow…

The tail has to go, the horns as well. The chain belt goes directly into the trash. The jumpsuit itself needs some hemming and some work on the fringe around the cleavage too.

I think I can do better than this and it won’t be anything this trashy… But it will be a lot hotter.

One pitchfork out of five.

The idea interests me, the result really doesn’t…

 

Tera

Feb 21 2017

A Review of Ravaged by the Incubus by Lex Templeton

Ravaged by the Incubus by Lex Templeton

Ravaged by the Incubus by Lex Templeton

There are some stories in which the characters have little in the way of being complex. They are single-minded, having but one purpose and nothing more. This leads to a story that is missing a hook, a means to make it more interesting than the sex itself.

The theme of domination appears quite a lot in stories about incubi, they acting like alpha males and taking what they want from the women they encounter. But that’s not an interesting story. In truth it is boring, unimaginative, and, on occasion, leaves a loot of consternation.

  • Title: Ravaged by the Incubus
  • Author: Lex Templeton
  • Length: 22 Pages
  • ASIN: B00YSXZ1YA
  • Publishing Date: June 2, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

Jane is a paranormal investigator on the hardest (and wettest) assignment of her life. An old bed-and-breakfast is haunted by a sexually voracious male demon named Auluxor. Not even strong-willed Jane can resist his supernatural powers of seduction, which keep drawing Jane back to him for more. Complicating things even more, this incubus is looking to reproduce, and thinks he’s found perfect mother material.

Jane tells the story of her encounter with an incubus and what happens to her, around her, and beyond. Not all creatures are single minded, but when it comes to an incubus, they most certainly are.

The work reads as mainly a series of porn scenes interspersed with a little bit of plot along the way. Written from Jane’s perspective, her character’s tone makes things read oddly overall. While that defines her character, some of the running commentary suggests she’s less an investigator than she is a porn starlet in the middle of a porn movie.As well, the story is very short, the creation of Jane’s world is interesting, really I would have liked more about her overall than what was revealed, but the porn aspects of the work kept getting in the way of telling her story.

The incubus, Auluxor, is brutally dominant, quite over the top in his being, and just felt too much like a stereotypical male demon looking for a woman to control and do things to. He is a thin character, really having less than a stellar personality and little or no emotional bearing save for the sex drive that consumes him, and through him, Jane as well.

When they finally come face to face, the plot falls away, the porn scene begins. It isn’t erotica, there’s no emotional connection, Jane is at Auluxor’s mercy. The end result of the encounter is clearly noted in the book summary, it doesn’t come at all as a surprise. The work ends on a note which seems to be at conflict with the beginning of the work and how the story was framed.

Lacking in heat, the sex scenes didn’t have anything that attracted me, nor did Auluxor’s domination of Jane. There was a feeling of a “fantasy” domination which just took Jane’s character from having some strength and turning her into a slave, not a submissive, there is a difference, to Auluxor.

The work needs another editing pass, there are a number of spelling mistakes, the story is told in a monotone for the most part which makes the text a bit difficult to read. Auluxor has no depth, Jane’s character is sadly not taken very far. There’s almost a helpless resignation to events at one point which I think reflects my feelings about this work. I resigned myself to a story that didn’t grow, didn’t go anywhere and resulted in an ending that was telegraphed long before the story started.

Two out of five pitchforks.

Overall the work is more porn than erotica, the characters are rather two-dimensional overall. There’s a real need for more editing, better prose, and something more than just sex. There is a plot, it tries to be something in the work, but it just can’t get past the constant sexual drives which control the work as a whole.

 

Tera

Feb 21 2017

A Review of the Taken series by Lee Clarkson

Taken In The Temple of Forbidden Lust by Lee Clarkson

Taken In The Temple of Forbidden Lust by Lee Clarkson

A review today of a series of works in which the themes revolve around an incubus, or similar being, being summoned and the telling of what comes afterwards. There’s also a very strong D/s and BDSM theme to the series of works as well, which I have some issues with, but I’ll get to that in time.

The works are specifically focused on male domination over male submissives, which I thought was interesting when I started to read the telling of these stories. My problem however comes in that there’s a level of pain and suffering, not to mention abuse, which took away what otherwise was some very good storytelling overall.

The work tells the story of:

The arrogant sorcerer Saerlin Wyvernwood is so confident in his abilities that he’s decided to take on a deviant pleasure cult all on his own. In the midst of plundering this temple he runs afoul of its unholy guardian, a demon who can’t wait to sink his teeth into the sorcerer.

Demons are summoned and the summoners find themselves not being the ones in control as they had thought they would be. One must be the dominant, another the submissive, the question is what forms that submission takes and who, in the end, has to pay.

Overall the characters have depth, there’s some plot and at times the erotica has some heat in the telling. There are some characters that are one-dimensional in their thinking, in why they do things, or what they desire however. That said, I didn’t really care for the dominant incubus or incubus-like characters overall because they weren’t quite written with what felt like a good understanding of how a dominant would act with a submissive.

The series is male centric, both in themes and erotica, and there are some moments where it works well. I didn’t enjoy when the submissives were hurt, in pain or suffering however. I don’t personally subscribe to that aspect of D/s relationships and when it appears I find it very difficult to enjoy the story it appears in.

The erotica borders on porn levels mixed with the harsher, and more violently darker directions that some D/s stories seem to find themselves turning towards far too often. While in this series, that’s an aspect of the characters, what they desire, and in some cases need, it’s a bit of a difficult read at times. Male/Make domination doesn’t always have to be a matter of one having to be more “male” than the other. It can be something more driven by the characters themselves than the erotica.

The works are very short, there’s very little time spent in developing the characters or building a story to support them. The works tend to start out well, having a story to tell, but the moment there’s a hint of a male submissive being put into their place, that story is pushed aside for the erotica, which didn’t hold heat for me.

I’d have liked more plot, more told of the characters. It would have been nice for there to be a willing submissive giving themselves to their Master in a way that didn’t require them being broken, either physically or otherwise. Abuse of submissives isn’t something I like or appreciate. It’s a shame that the story couldn’t have found a better way to allow for willing passion than forced ones.

Two and a half out of five pitchforks.

Overall, the main thing that bothered me was the harshness of the characters, the suffering and abuse that the submissives had to endure. I personally don’t enjoy that sort of story and as such I found it very difficult to find my way into the series.

I’m sure there are some readers who will enjoy the series for what it is, and while the dominant male over a male submissive has some appeal, there comes a point where the heat can’t overcome the hurt. I’ve read other works in which the D/s relationship is told more fully, more robustly and this series don’t come up to that level.

Again, it is a matter of taste, my past experiences colour my view I freely admit. It’s a shame that I couldn’t find my way into the story because I did love the submissive characters very much. I just didn’t like how the story took them in directions that made me shake my head in sadness.

 

Tera

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