I stumbled across a short story on Amazon the other day and I thought the premise of the story was interesting as was the possibility of a Succubus, or a being like one, appearing in it. Now, unfortunately, a Succubus doesn’t appear in this work, but the being that does is interesting in her own way and, I thought at least, was close enough to a Succubus that she should be talked about on the Tale a bit…
- Title: The Graveyard Night
- Author: William King
- Publishing Date: September 1, 2011
- Length: Short Story (14 Pages)
- ASIN: B005KK7X9Q
- This eBook at Smashwords.com
- This eBook at Amazon.com
- The author William King’s website
The story is told as:
Erabys was a Paladin once, a warrior-wizard sworn to the cause of Light. That was a long time ago. He’s something else now and there are times when not even he is sure what. He does a lot of dirty jobs in a city where even the Angels are corrupt.
Now Erabys must aid a tomb robber who has strayed into the wrong crypt and awoken a lamia, a vampiric female demon, part-snake, part-succubus. His desperate quest takes him into a monster haunted Necropolis to face his darkest fears.
Erabys is a wizard for hire, and Baalan a grave robber needs his help, and that beings a neat little story of this universe that I rather enjoyed reading. The author does well in explaining the universe, as much as is needed for the story, and more so makes both characters interesting and real to the reader.
Now of course the villain of the work, such as she is, is the recently deceased Lady Ayesha. What is interesting about her, at least now, is that Baalan has found that she is alive in her tomb… And she isn’t human any longer.
She has been transformed into something called a Lamia. Now those that have played Dungeons and Dragons might recognize that word, and you can read about that here in the SuccuWiki, but in this case, Ayesha isn’t that. She is more like this more classical version of the myth you can read about on the SuccuWiki as well.
In this work, a Lamia is described as a union of the undead and a demon that creates a being that is a half woman, half-serpent being with powers of persuasion similar to that of a Succubus. That makes Ayesha, when she appears, very interesting in that she isn’t like the typical creature of evil.
She’s thoughtful, at least to Erabys at least, and I thought that in her own way she was more of a seductive being in doing so. I don’t personally care for a “evil” being that is evil for the sake of it and in this case the reasons for her transformation make a good deal of sense and fall nicely into the method of a Lamia’s creation in this universe.
The author has written other works in the fantasy realm such as Death’s Angels, The Serpent Tower and Guardian of the Dawn, which are interesting short works on their own, but to me this work and the character of Ayesha was the best of them.
I’m giving this work four pitchforks out of five.
I have to admit that Ayesha reminds me of my Succubi Queen self, and that perhaps makes the latter half of this story is what gives it the rating that it has from me…