Sometimes I find a story about Succubi and there’s a problem. Sometimes that’s the writing, sometimes it’s the characters. On occasion it’s too short, written poorly or there is something else that just isn’t right.
In the case of this work, my problem is that, save for the character’s name, the entire story is, word for word, a copy of one that one of my favourite authors, M.E. Hydra, published many years ago. That’s a problem for me in two ways. The original author sis not republish this work as a stand alone work under a new name. That means, most likely, that omeone else took their story and released it under their name.
And that’s exactly what happened here.
- Title: Summoning the Succubus
- Author: Bellatrix Reneaux
- Length: 14 Pages
- ASIN: B00TT68SXC
- Publishing Date: February 18, 2015
- This work at Amazon.com
The work tells of:
Alec visits his crush at a new age store and is given some magical bubble bath in order to help him relax. Little does he know that the mixture contains something delightfully sinister.
This particular story was originally published as part of the collection: A Succubus for Christmas and Other Tales of Devilish Delights in 2010. You can find the original work here on Amazon and here on the SuccuWiki.
I reviewed the original collection and noted that the original story was:
- Bubble Bath – A man enters a shop and finds himself purchasing a container of bubble bath with some very unique effects. Really a very hot story for the start to the inevitable finish. A really unique means of a Succubus being summoned and one that will stay with me for a while I think. Lots of questions left at the end, but overall a nice, tightly written short Succubus story.
You can find my original review of the collection that this work appeared in here on the Tale.
It’s quite clear that someone just changed the main character’s name and that’s all they did before publishing this work as theirs.
My thanks to M.E. for commenting below and confirming my suspicions. This is a very, very lousy thing to do. It’s worse still for all of the other works this person claimed as their own. I hope to see Amazon remove Bellatrix Reneaux from their site immediately.