Jun 07 2015

A Review of Give The Devil Her Due by Marc Cabot

Give The Devil Her Due by Marc Cabot

Give The Devil Her Due by Marc Cabot

One of my most loved and adored Succubi characters is a certain Succubus named Lily who is one of the main characters in the Hell To Pay series by Marc Cabot. I have reviewed all of the works in this series previously on the Tale and you can find the review of the first book here, the second book here and the third work in the series here.

I simply loved each of the stories and in each one, the thing I most enjoyed was how Lily changed over the course of the books, how Simon also changed over time and what that meant to the two of them in the end.

Recently Marc released a bound collection of this series with the added bonus of telling the story of what happened… after. When the series came to a close with the third work, there was the question of what would be the reaction of the Devil to what Simon managed. A miracle given has a price… but what is the price?

This work tells the story…

  • Title: Give The Devil Her Due
  • Author: Marc Cabot
  • Length: 274 Pages
  • ASIN: B00YOAC9G0
  • Publishing Date: June 1, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

Simon Marshall was a trust-fund playboy enjoying the good life that being handsome, smart, and rich can bring. Then he met Irena, the beautiful Czech club girl who turned out to be a lot more than she seemed. When the dust settled, Irena was dead and Simon found himself thrust into the world of the supernatural without a clue as to how to survive there. And when Simon’s experiments lead to his summoning a succubus named Lily, the temptation proved too great. Now she’s his for a year – and then his soul is hers forever.

Simon and Lily have the world at their feet and their choice of exotic playmates. Lily can give Simon anything – or anyone – he wants, and the erotic possibilities are unlimited. Between Simon’s wealth and Lily’s power, they’re off on a sexy version of “Around the World in Eighty Days.” But both of them know the clock is ticking. Both of them will find that what they thought they wanted won’t seem so important when lust turns to love even in the heart of a demon. And maybe, just maybe, they can find a way to change their destinies.

Even if there is a way out, though, there’s still the small matter of Lily’s boss – the Devil Himself. He’s not amused by the attempts of mere mortals to thwart him, especially for something like… Love. Can Simon and Lily ever be safe from the wrath of the Lord of the Pit?

Or will the Devil’s Huntsman find a way to collect from both of them?

This is the story of Simon, who discovers that magic is real, that succubi are as well, but also that one particular succubus named Lily is the most real of all. A year of lessons, exploration and hope comes to a singular moment when the choice to ask for the impossible is made and in the moments after even the impossible is real.

I have written that I loved this series dearly, that Lily is one of my most favourite succubi characters, and how much I adored how Simon’s life and Lily’s come together and how things unfold for them both. This work places the entire Hell To Pay series into long full length novel and in doing so the work stands up quite well. There are some interludes between the larger chapters that connects things nicely, but there’s something more.

At the end of the third work, there was the hanging question of what was the cost of Simon’s plan and what happened to Lily as a result. This work concludes this part of Lily and Simon’s tale in a way that is simply perfect. It ties up nicely some loose ends, offers insight into why things turned out as they did, but more importantly, the conclusion does something more. It tells of something that was core to the series from the beginning and in the end turns out to be the meaning behind all that came to be.

It’s passionate, loving, spiced with a bit of adventure, mystery and, yes, there are some questions left at the end. All of that fits perfectly and just made me love Lily and Simon even more. In the face of what comes for them, there’s a singular purpose to Lily and Simon. Seeing that finally out in the open between them, seeing Lily’s reactions to knowing, truly, something she never knew before and being given something she never could have imagined is rewarding.

Reading the series as a whole, to once more see how things went from a magician summoning a succubus to that single universe changing moment reminded me of how well the author writes, how strong his characters are. Story, I have said many times, matters. This work has story, has the characters to make it sing, and if they happen to have some lovely heat along the way, that just makes everything so much better.

A joy to read. I’ve come to love Lily and Simon dearly, with all of their quirks, moods, and more. This novel is a wonderful expression of how succubi should be written for one, but most of all, it tells of an author who knows, with certainty, how to tell a story and tell it well.

Five out of five pitchforks.

It is a wonderful moment when a story is told fully, completely, and with all of the emotion, love, and strength that the characters have to give. Telling that story, bringing to life something exceptional is, by far, the most wonderful gift that any author can share.

For bringing Lily to life, for giving Simon purpose and, most of all, for showing that really anything is possible… Thank you Marc. For this, most of all, made me so very happy to see unfold…

While this work closes the story of Lily and Simon for the moment, it is just for a moment. The future, whatever shall be, will be wonderful to see…

 

Tera

Jun 07 2015

A Review of reVerie by C.E. Black

reVerie by C.E. Black

reVerie by C.E. Black

There are two things that happen from time to time in a work that bother me. One is when succubi or incubi are mixed with vampire legends. Personally I have issues with that because it makes little sense to me.

The other is when the story doesn’t seem to get its feet under it until well into the story. I understand the need to build a work, set up the story, and then move on. But moving from the core of the story into something that really has very little to do with the main plot, save for pushing a character in a direction, and taking what feels like forever to do so is a problem.

  • Title: reVerie
  • Author: C.E. Black
  • Length: 37 Pages
  • ASIN: B00MZDFZVY
  • Publishing Date: August 22, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

It tells the story of:

At least once a week I would have a recurring dream of something I didn’t understand, nor remembered ever happening. A house I desperately wanted to see, but never could and then there was him. He was the man of my dreams, my reverie, and my worst nightmare… reVerie

Claire has a job she hates, a coworker that she’d like to see run over by a bus, and overall finds her world just being one disappointment after the next. Her dreams on the other hand, offer something she desires, needs and wants. The problem is that when the dreams are over, she doesn’t remember them. But perhaps the universe can see its way to making her dreams closer to her own reality.

As a whole the work is written well, tells an emotional story, and the ending is very satisfying. The problem is that the beginning of the work wanders from the core story more than I think it needed to. There’s a lot of time spent in the office where Claire works, the interoffice politics and, honestly, that really was the weakest part of this story. It felt like those scenes were tacked onto the story afterwards to give some background to the world that Claire deals with every day. Considering that the core of the story revolves around Claire and the incubus of the work, Andreas, I just didn’t see the point to the extra strife that was shown around Claire.

Andreas isn’t a stereotypical incubus thankfully. He is however a mix of both incubus and vampire which for me has always been a problem. Setting that aside, which is actually rather easy to do he is more incubus, more about seduction, and more about caring about Claire. He has a fascinating personality, expression, and focus on Claire that in their dreamscape makes for some very hot erotica that I enjoyed. There are questions about him that aren’t answered by the end of the work of course, but one is and in the end, it is the one that really matters to Claire. When she remembers it.

The idea the author has of Claire forgetting what happens in her dreams puts a barrier into the story that makes you wonder how, or if, she will get past it and be with Andreas. The way that unfolds was nicely unexpected and I enjoyed the climax very much for how the loss of dreams is turned into something much better and makes the work end on a note that is the opposite of how it begins.

I would like to see another chapter, more to be told about these characters and there is a clear path for that to happen in a warning that Andreas gives to Claire at one point in the work. I think that would be an intriguing tale told in that the question of dreams forgotten works for both of the main characters.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

The core of the story is really very good. It’s the scattered story at the beginning that takes forever to unfold that just takes a lot of the good out of the work overall. Mixing of myths is a slight problem as well, but in the end that’s overcome by the reveal at the end and the characters themselves.

 

Tera

Jun 06 2015

An adult film with Succubi in it… and I can’t find it?

I’ve often wondered why it is that there aren’t all that many adult films in which one of the characters is a Succubus. It seems to me that with all of the angel and devil themed videos that are out there there would be a good number of them with Succubi in them.

Sadly, this isn’t the case and it’s really a very rare thing to find a movie like that. Completely accidentally I came across a movie called Psycho Sexual which seems to have a Succubus character in it. Now it seems like this movie, and a second one called Psycho Sexual 2 were released by Penthouse Films several years ago.

What’s disappointing in that is the complete lack of information on the films. There’s just about nothing on either of them and, to be honest, I thought they really didn’t exist.

Until, that is, I found a trailer for the first movie in the series:

And if you cannot see the trailer here on the Tale, try this link:

https://vimeo.com/72984358

Along with the trailer, there is a summary of the first film, Psycho Sexual, which is:

A succubus is a female demon or supernatural entity that appears in dreams, who takes the form of a human woman in order to seduce men, usually through sexual intercourse. Starring Jennifer Dark, Aiden Starr, Nicki Hunter, Amber Rayne, Kimberly Kane and Ash Hollywood.

And I also discovered a summary for the second film, Psycho Sexual 2, elsewhere which seems to be interesting as well:

Steven seeks the expert advice of his shrink friend Frank about Rusk’s succubus problem. Frank suggests getting professional help for Rusk or at least providing him some company for a few days. Steve decides to try that out and no sooner is he out of the office when Frank reveals a succubus of his own.

But otherwise… There isn’t anything I can find about either film.

I’m not expecting something spectacular, honestly one couldn’t. I will admit that the trailer has a very high cheese factor, really the highest I think I have ever seen from a film of any kind with Succubi in it. But I am actually very curious about what both films are like, so if anyone has actually seen either of them, please do leave a comment about that would you?

If nothing else, I’d like to know how many buckets of popcorn I would have thrown at the television before the movie was over. Seriously.

But I can comment on the trailer itself and in spite of just how underwhelming it is… There might be the smallest chance that the Succubi are sexy, are in control, and have a glimmer of seduction in them. It could happen, but I don’ t think I will hold my breath on that hope.

I mean, just look at one of the Succubi…

Psycho Sexual Screenshot

Seems like a lot of campy semi-horror with a side order of low budget porn… Considering that this is supposed to be a film from Penthouse that I think is very disappointing. I’d expect better considering the competition and what they produce. Still… I have to admit that outfit looks interesting…

Succubus Domme sort of look isn’t it?

There might be a story for me to write in that… and I should I think.

Tera

Jun 05 2015

A Review of Futanari Demigoddess 3: Kiss of the Succubus by Hayden Archer

Futanari Demigoddess 3: Kiss of the Succubus by Hayden Archer

Futanari Demigoddess 3: Kiss of the Succubus by Hayden Archer

There are certain things that I look for in a work about Succubi. They don’t have to be the primary characters in the work, but they have to have some kind of presence. They should have the presence that Succubi have, regardless of their true form, and most of all, there has to be a personality, a meaning, a reason for them to appear in a story and not simply for the erotica.

And it would be nice if they had a name as well…

  • Title: Futanari Demigoddess 3: Kiss of the Succubus
  • Author: Hayden Archer
  • Length: 35 Pages
  • ASIN: B00LNLGW16
  • Publishing Date: July 8, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

Valerie just wanted to escape her dorm for a little while. She wasn’t interested in a beautiful redhead stalking her through campus. She didn’t ask to have monsters straight out of mythology chase her through a park. She didn’t need a mysterious raven haired woman in a dark dress to try and seduce her in that same park.

Okay, so maybe being seduced might be a good way to blow off a little steam after the night she was having.

Only Valerie is about to learn that there are very real dangers to being the daughter of a goddess. Ancient dangers that would love nothing more than to get their hands on, or get in bed with, the daughter of a love goddess who was silly enough put on a magical gender bending medallion.

And Valerie finds herself trapped between lust and danger as she meets a woman from antiquity who is perhaps the most dangerous of all for a demigoddess with her particular gifts. As she feels the kiss of the succubus.

Valerie has a problem, rather a large one, and she’s trying to figure out what has been happening to her. In her attempt to avoid a woman that seems to be following her, Valerie comes face to face with another being who calls out to her new found needs and desires. But what is she, what does she want, and what does that all mean?

There is a lot of world building in this work, but it adds a lot to Valerie’s character and makes it quite a lot easier to enter into this series without reading the first two works. There is a bit of an information dump about her, but it isn’t overwhelming and it’s enough to bring a new reader to the series up to speed and have a rough idea what’s going on.

Valerie herself is a unique personality and the internal monologue as the story unfolds is at times hilarious and worrisome, but then the situation she finds herself in can’t really be taken any other way. The mixing of her normal self and that of having male thoughts and needs within her does provide some amusing moments as well.

Eventually Valerie comes face to face with a woman who is, from the first moment, very much acting like a Succubus. She’s sexual, she’s seductive, and the effects on Valerie are really quite telling and seem right for a Succubus as well. Things do get a little out of hand, the question of who is actually in control shifts several times until, finally, there is an abrupt climax and the Succubus vanishes from the work.

The Succubus herself, in her human form, is really deliciously described in action, pose, form and voice. She is really sex unbound and uses all of her abilities to obtain what she wants. The reveal about what she actually looks like I thought was well done in that it isn’t a matter of “telling” but “showing” bits and pieces of what she really looks like. It isn’t a complete picture, but it does allow for a lot of imagination about what she really does look like. Much like her human form, she seems to have a sexuality and beauty in that form as well, even if she isn’t all that she seems to be on the outside.

The one issue I had with the Succubus as a whole was that she kept referring to Valerie as “Daughter of Venus”… over and over again. That took me out of the story many times as it sounded stilted and awkward. Just imagine saying that phrase out loud while having sex and you can see what I mean. It doesn’t work well. As well, the Succubus herself is never named, and while that really wasn’t needed in the work to any real extent, it might have made for something to latch onto later on… Perhaps Valerie calling for her to return to get some answers? Perhaps having some power over her knowing her name? There is a hint about that in the story, but that doesn’t go anywhere either.

As a whole, the story had a good opening, the characters were interesting and the story had a purpose. The erotica was hot, a nice mix of raw sexuality, mind control and dominance that worked well overall. The dialog needs some work however, again, it seems stilted and odd at points and I think speaking the dialog out loud might have helped with smoothing that out through the story.

I’m giving this work three and a half out of five pitchforks.

As a whole the work told an interesting story and as it was part of a series there was a lot of background that was glossed over a bit in order to get to the point of the story. Still, the Succubus was interesting, though unnamed, and it would have been more of a story I think if there was more exposition and a bit less over the top raw erotica.

 

Tera

Jun 05 2015

A Review of Zoe and Liza’s Infernal Affair by Echo Stardust

Zoe and Liza's Infernal Affair by Echo Stardust

Zoe and Liza’s Infernal Affair by Echo Stardust

A review today of the first work in a new series called  a short series called Lustful & Damned. Being what the series is titled, yes, there is a Succubus in the work that is a main character. She’s interesting as is the other main character, the story concept is just as interesting and, as a whole, the work shows a good deal of promise.

But the thing is, not enough editing takes what should have been something amazing and removes much from it. Something that should not have happened for the promise given in the work as a whole. or what i expect, and hope, that the series will develop into.

  • Title: Zoe and Liza’s Infernal Affair
  • Author: Echo Stardust
  • Length: 37 Pages
  • ASIN: B00YFJXH8O
  • Publishing Date: May 27, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

Zoe Stratton is already not having the best night when her long-time partner, Carly, bails and leaves her all alone at the Opera. That all changes, however, when she lays eyes on Liza Cecelia; a beautiful and charming violinist. Yet as Zoe decides to indulge in some casual love-play with Liza, she soon realizes that Liza holds a dark, infernal secret. And as Liza transforms before her eyes, Zoe realizes she may have bitten off more than she can chew.

Zoe’s been stood up again. Giving up on her lover, she attends the Opera and finds herself captivated by one of the performers. A touch, a word, a moment of longing and Zoe finds herself alone with Liza. Then Liza reveals her truth and Zoe finds herself caught between the world she knows and the desires she feels.

Zoe is, as a whole, a complex and interesting character and as her story unfolds the amazing thing is how much emotion is wrapped up within her thoughts and the conversations that she has with herself. There’s a sense that she is truly lost, uncertain and looking for something. That works really well and in being so that drives her towards Liza as the story goes on.

Liza, the Succubus of the story, I rather like more in her human form than her “true” one. There’s more personality and depth to human Liza than Succubus Liza, for one. While there is some heat in the moments where her Succubus self appears, it really isn’t so much heat as it is the expression of dominance and control which might work for some. I felt that the emotional attachment with Liza’s human form, her character, her flaws, past and revelations, just told the better moments in the work.

The sapphic love in the work is touching and wonderful, mixed as it is with Zoe’s inner turmoil, need and desires. How that is told, what Zoe remembers and then what happens when Carly enters the story once more just touches deeply. The work isn’t a hot flash and no story, there is lots of story, lots of character development and that makes this work wonderful.

There are questions of course, mainly in the aftermath of what happens when Zoe and Liza are intimate together and it feels like there is another part of the story that hasn’t quite yet come into play here. I hope that when that happens the connections between the three main characters of this story make this all that I hope it can be.

For all that’s good and wonderful about this work… the careless mistakes just hurt so very much. There are so many instances where a word is used that should have been picked up in editing wrecked the moment. If that happened once, I could accept that and move on. But it kept happening over and over and over again. In the mist of passion it happened. In the middle of a strikingly powerful moment, a mistake. It just kept happening at the worst possible moment and it really bothered me a lot.

The work needs another editing. The story doesn’t need to change, the characters are rich and wonderful. The emotional connection is perfect. But please get rid of all of the mistakes like using “bust” for “busy” and other such mistakes. It really would make this work read better, feel more polished and be more.

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

I easily would have have given four, but I just can’t for how I was thrown out of the story over and over again.

I will however be looking for the next work in the series. This is one story that i want to see unfold and the story to be brought towards a satisfying conclusion. That, I hope, will make up for the disappointments in the beginning.

 

Tera

Jun 04 2015

Succubi Image of the Week 385

From dominance to something softer, more sexier, and, as a whole, I think really a lot of fun for a Succubus today on the Tale. The best images of Succubi, for me, are the ones that make me smile and this work of art really does…

Primadonna by Prinzack

Primadonna by Prinzack

This is called Primadonna and is by the artist Prinzack on DeivantArt. You can find the original page with this work here and the artist’s page can be found here as well.

This is simply so much fun. The little details are amazing and just add to the overall cute and fun vibe that comes from this art. Love her hair, the halo and heart, her cute little horns, the stocking and corset, the ribbons, her shoes… Everything just works right and looks right here. The laid back contemplation in her pose, the look in her eyes, the expression she has, even the arc of her tail all tell a story about this moment and about her.

I like that she isn’t over endowed or looks silly or is a caricature of what a seductive Succubus looks like. She seems very real and that brings me all sorts of thoughts and things to ponder. Perhaps I have a new idea for a costume this Halloween… I really do adore this entire look and while I’m not likely to have blond hair.. I think I can make this work for me…

That will be interesting won’t it?

 

 

Tera

Jun 03 2015

We have a winner for the all time worst costume… ever.

Sexy Devil Halloween CostumeI never imagined I would find a devil girl costume that I would know, on sight mind you, to be the worst thing ever created. I thought that there would be some contenders, at least a race for the bottom. But this? This absolutely takes the prize… I can’t even express how bad it is in pitchforks…

This is called, and frankly I don’t believe a word of it, the Sexy Devil Halloween Costume. None of which applies here I think.

It comes with, not that it matters at all, that hideous devil face swimsuit, I can’t call it a dress at all, there is a tail attached to it and that’s all. So for just a lousy swimsuit and that’s all, you have to pay $79 US.

But wait! To look like the model, who honestly cannot like this at all for the look she has, you need the horns which are another $15 and that stupid looking fur boots, another $40 and that fur shrug which is another $80! So to look like the model, and why you would want to completely escapes me, would cost a total of $214!

It’s simply inconceivable that someone would want to wear something like this for that price. Honestly there are better costumes than this that I’ve given a single pitchfork to that cost a tenth of this train wreck.

There isn’t a single thing I like about it, there is no possible way I would be seen wearing this, and… I cannot find the words to explain just how revolted by this costume disaster I am.

I’d rate it negative a million pitchforks, but that would be rating it too highly I think.

If you see this mess… Just don’t. Please don’t. Don’t encourage this sort of eye damaging pain and suffering on the world… Please?

 

Tera

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