Many times I come across a work that has all kinds of glowing reviews. They speak of something positive in the work, that it is worth reading. While I accept that everyone’s tastes are different, I can’t always agree. There are some works that simply do not have anything in them for me to enjoy.
I’m not one for cheesy B-grade slasher movies, and I have spoken many times how the appearance of succubi in those films always means there blood and gore. Finding a work that revels in that, and really has the succubus appear for less than a page, doesn’t mean there needed to be a succubus in the first place.
- Title: Suck A Bus
- Author: Mark Allen
- Length: 25 Pages
- ASIN: B008SLBOAS
- Publishing Date: August 3, 2012
- This work at Amazon.com
The work tells the story of:
Five college students decide to spend a weekend at a cabin in the woods. All Jim wants to do it tell his best friend Karen that he loves her … but there is something lurking in the ancient cemetery that feeds on dark, forbidden desires and is far more interested in bloody carnage than romantic kisses.
A group of friends go out in the woods together. A possession comes when one of them does something foolish in a cemetery and things go very bad, very quickly.
This work reads very much like the script to a B-grade slasher movie. Not one turn or twist is unexpected, not one character isn’t stereotypical, and by the time the work comes to a close, the ending wasn’t at all a surprise.
While the title suggests there is a succubus in this work, there’s no real actual appearance of her. There is a possession and things go bad really fast, so the possessed character might be a succubus, but that’s never really made clear. Even when there is a clue about the succubus, it’s taken from second hand perspective, a discussion, and that doesn’t really go anywhere.
The work is full of tropes, stereotypical characters, and being so, I didn’t find anything, or anyone, to really care about. The entire focus of the story is in how quickly the blood flows, how bad things get, and then rushing headlong into the ending which comes as no surprise at all.
If someone was looking for horror movie cheese, then this might be the work for them. For anyone looking for a story with succubi, this isn’t it. There isn’t one to speak of, and what might pass for one only appears for a couple of paragraphs. Then the usual tropes take over and the succubus herself is long forgotten in the spilling of blood and the disasters that befall everyone involved.
Zero out of five pitchforks.
The entire work, everything that happened was telegraphed from the first page and that was disappointing. The actual appearance of the succubus herself was less than a page and she didn’t actually appear in the story. Really this is more of a script for a television movie and not a lot more.
Simply not appealing to me, and when it was over the only thing to do was sigh and shake my head.