Jan 06 2013

A Review of Misty Shalimar – Modern Day Succubus by Pamela Parkman

Misty Shalimar - Modern Day Succubus by Pamela Parkman

Misty Shalimar – Modern Day Succubus by Pamela Parkman

One of the things that I have found hard to find is a story about Succubi that has a good deal of humour in it. Sex isn’t a problem, some strike and conflict isn’t one either. But for some reason the idea of a Succubus having a concept of humour seems to be something that a lot of writers cannot manage to make work for them. But when a writer gets the humour, the setting, and the Succubus herself right, that’s something special…

  • Title: Misty Shalimar – Modern Day Succubus
  • Author: Pamela Parkman
  • Publishing Date: April 19, 2012
  • Length: 78 Pages
  • This work at Amazon.com

The story tells the tale of:

Through no fault or desire of her own, Misty Shalimar, a God-fearing freshman in college from rural Ohio, finds herself transformed into a modern day succubus on her 18th birthday. Under the direction of her Incubus father, Professor Nomed, she finds she must strike a delicate balance between satisfying her newly heightened sexual desires, and bringing to justice the repellant sexual offenders who seem to be increasing in numbers every day.

With a nice mixture of humor, adventure and sex, Misty weaves her way through this trilogy of three short stories while trying to come to terms with her new identity and the realization that her life can never go back the way it was.

Misty was your ordinary, everyday, run of the mill college student. She was, that is, until one night things get a little out of hand and, by accident, she killed her boyfriend. The next morning she discovered that she was changing, in both body and mind. Soon after, the Professor arrived, told her she was a Succubus and he was her father. And then Misty’s life changes and things go off the rails from there.

The one thing I have to say about this story is the humour in it. There is much to laugh about here and enjoy. One of the things that found hilarious was the Professor’s love of baked goods and needing to visit every Waffle House in existence it seemed. Misty’s self examination of her life, and how she deals with it, can go from funny to sad in a moment, but, the funnier aspects of it, especially when she starts swearing for no reason that she understands at first, was delightful.

There are hints of what Misty looks like in her more demonic form and I thought that the feelings she has in the aftermath of those transformations was a good touch to the story. I can understand why she would be itchy on her back afterwards.

Misty and the Professor do have a sense of morality, which I thought was real and well explained. Misty doesn’t just feed on anyone, the Professor is very sure that the ones that she does so “deserve” their fate in what they have done in the past. All of those reveals being very self explanatory really.

The work is split into three short stories that take Misty from discovery to action and then, finally, a revelation about the Professor that I didn’t expect at the beginning of the story. It also draws in someone form the Professor’s past which I though added to the story well.

There are, of course, quite a few sex scenes in the work, and there are some violent moments in it, but they do not overwhelm the story which I appreciated. It’s more character development driven, if that development is attached to a group of odd, slightly unique ones. Which isn’t a bad thing at all.

The writer tells a good story and there wasn’t much that drew me out of it. Mind you, the one thing that did was their use of “Succubuses” as the plural form of Succubus. That really should be Succubi, but then I am nitpicking a little bit. They have an excellent feel for humour and how to use it in telling a story which just made this more delicious a read.

It’s a shame that this work ended where it did, I would have liked to see more of Misty and the Professor. It’s nice to have two characters play off each other so stellarly, to have their little quicks make them both much more real, and, in the end, having characters that are real makes you care about them.

That’s what I look for in a story, and this work more than gave me that enjoyment…

I’ll give this work four pitchforks out of five.

Quirky, fun, and really if this becomes a series I will be reading everyone of the releases. Misty is one of the most interesting Succubi that I have seen written, the Professor is an amazing character as well, and I would be unhappy if this is the only time she appears…



1 comment

  1. avatar

    Well, those last two sentences tell the whole tale, don’t they?

    I was kind of wondering what makes her a “modern day” succubus. Maybe it has something to do with the plural being “busses” instead of “bi” . . . or not.

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