Hope. A simple little word isn’t it? But in truth it isn’t… It can be both a boon and a curse. You can have hope and make dreams be true, or you can lose hope and fall into… quite literally.. hell.
It is, I think, one of the most rare things for a Succubus to have. They are not expected to have hope, nor are they allowed to hold it in them.
But in spite of that belief…. There is hope. And when it appears… Then things change…
- Title: Curse of the Succubus
- Author: Scarlett Skyes
- Publishing Date: December 28, 2012
- Length: 18,000 Words
- ISBN: 9781301168224
- ASIN: B00AUA6YBE
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It tells the story of:
Mary has been cursed to roam the earth as a Succubus until she is impregnated by a man who loves her rather than lusts after her. Centuries of evidence convinces her that such a man can’t exist until she meets Clinton but can they fall in love before her curse brings the entire town down on top of them?
There are many things to like about this work and the first of these is Mary herself. While she does not have the appearance of a Succubus in the traditional way, that meaning she has no horns or tail, her tale of how she became a Succubus is really, for me, one of the most engrossing parts of it. It isn’t so much the how it happens, but what she sees, feels, and thinks that is a change from how such things are normally done. While there are some echoes which harken back to the more… brutal legends… It isn’t about that so much as how Mary tries to deal with being cursed to be a Succubus.
This means that she cannot stay in one place too long and there is something odd about her eyes. Two very important threads in the story which come to haunt her over and over again. Thinking about what the curse means, it makes a great deal of sense what happens as things progress along.
The hardest part of the work is when Mary has managed to lose her hope, force it away from her and try to live what life she has. But then, that’s when she meets Clinton and then the story becomes very interesting. The emotional confusion over him from Mary is intense and very real and true to who she is. More so, the reveals about Clinton are heartbreaking and make him a strong presence in the story as well.
It’s his past, the way things unfold for him, and what, ultimately, he has to face in understanding Mary, but also seeing within himself that ties the threads together perfectly. I did feel that at one point, when he confronts Mary about what she does in the town, that he felt a little less true to who he is. His language changes a bit and while I could understand why that happens, it just didn’t seem right for the words he uses to come from him.
That is a little nitpick I know, but, really after getting an idea of his personality in my mind and his voice as well, that change just… felt odd. I did mention hope for Mary, and in truth there is within Clinton a hope as well. It’s the connection of both, the need to believe in hope and the loss of it, that makes the connection, the spark between the two… perfect.
There are moments that are erotic, but they are not crass. No, they are for the two of them, exactly what they should be. The moment when for Mary, her hope is rekindled and for Clinton the hope he was shown comes clear. Truly one of the most passionate, wonderful scenes that I have read in some time and it left me wanting so much more when the last page came.
Beautifully written, warm, real characters in a situation that both forces them together and at the same time has them draw from each other. It’s not often that a Succubus story makes me cry, and this one did at so many turns.
The story ends, regretfully, at a point which leaves so many questions unanswered. I won’t spoil those questions here but to say that the mark of a good storyteller is to leave you wanting more when the story is done. This one certainly does that and I will be looking for the next tale of these two whenever it should appear…
I hope it will…
I’m giving this work five out of five pitchforks.
The story isn’t over and I really do look forward to what the future holds for Mary and Clinton. There is always the dark around them, but then, there is also their own light to help them. And I do, so very much, look forward to what the future brings…
For it is hope.