There are some concepts that have to do with the idea of Succubi and Incubi that are very interesting. The question of their offspring, if they could have them, is one of them.
What if there was such a thing, a being that was both Succubus and Incubus? What would they be like? How would they act? What would they have the power of? Beyond those questions a larger one remains… What is their personality? Who and what are they to themselves? Sometimes that question is one that can be reflected upon others as well…
- Title: 13th Floor: The Sincubus
- Author: Stephanie Burke
- Publishing Date: 2007
- Length: 60 Pages
- IBSN: 978-1-59596-171-6
- This work at Changeling Press.com
The work tells about:
Ash is old, even for a vampire. She’s seen too much. She no longer feels. She thought she wanted to die… until she meets… him. Her. It.
Nightshade. A forbidden child, a creature that never should have existed… and it wants to feed. Ash is perfect for the task — sex and a meal all in one nearly perfect package.
But when worlds collide, anything can happen… on the 13th floor.
Ash opens a door and finds herself in a jungle world with but a single being inhabiting it. The creature calls itself a Sincubus, half Succubus, half Incubus possessing the sexual characteristics of both male and female with the more demonic appearance that Succubi and incubi are told to have. The being confronts her, challenges her, and in the end makes Ash realize something very important to her.
The concept of the Sincubus is an interesting one. Partly of two worlds, not really of one, and refused by all to really exist. Like the being’s parents. able to see what others desire and make that real in many different ways. But also with that comes a violent, animal-like personality and action that moves from passion to threatening at the drop of a pin. Not fully whole wether in physical form or emotional, peace does not seem to be possible.
I found it difficult to follow the words and thoughts of the Sincubus as they seemed to be more animal than “human” for the most part. When the moments with Ash went to its dislike, the threats came out and violence happened. I found that a bit hard to accept. I also didn’t quite like the underlying threat to Ash which was either to have sex with the being or be devoured by it. A ploy perhaps, but in the end I just found going back to that threat over and over again… unsatisfying.
The erotic parts of the work were interesting in their own unique way. The melding of sexuality within the being, the needs it has and what it brings out in Ash was quite different from most stories that involve Succubi or Incubi. But again the violence of many of the moments didn’t do much for me.
I feel, for some reason, that the act the Sincubus put up was more for Ash’s benefit and might not have been what it truly was like. There were some interesting questions that I wanted to have some sort of answer for, but they did not appear for the need to get to the next entwinement of bodies and what followed from that point forwards.
At the end, I found the concept more interesting than the story itself. That was disappointing because I was expecting more. I’ll also add that the image used on the cover of this work really doesn’t do justice to what the Sincubus looks like. I don’t think there is an image that could really. But the one thing that I think, to me at least, would have made this better for me would have been less “animal” and more “animal passions.” Being a creature, whatever that creature is, does not mean you must be an animal first.
I’m giving this work two out of five pitchforks.
The story felt a bit scattered, slightly too violent, and had tones that were difficult to follow sometimes. The Sincubus is an interesting concept, fascinating really… I’m just not sure the execution of what it is comes out right. At least for me.