Sep 17 2014

There aren’t enough zeros in the universe for this costume…

Halloween Red Devil CostumeWhy is it exactly that as we come closer and closer to Halloween all of the worst costumes come out to play? Are things planned out that way? Is it to see what happens when people run out of time and have no other choices? Or is it just to make me cringe in pain…

Sometimes I wonder…

This is called the Halloween Red Devil Costume and it comes with the absolutely awful dress and nothing else. I’m not sure that’s a bad thing really… Oh, and it sells for only $45 US on several sites I found it on…

Really? I mean… really?

Just how much effort was put into creating this disaster anyway? I wonder how many sets of curtains were destroyed to make this misery happen. What’s worse it the expression on the model, she looks just so thrilled to be wearing the entire ensemble isn’t she? Adding the craptacular pitchfork and red wig with horns just pushes this costume into complete incompetence. I cannot see for the life of me any possible way to make this look better… because it can’t possibly be done without throwing the entire thing into a bonfire and watching it burn into cinders…

Can you tell I don’t care for this at all? Even the shoes which don’t come with the costume make me cringe. It almost seems like this costume was created specifically to get a zero from me…

So how can I disappoint?

Zero out of five pitchforks.

And I hope never to see this disaster again… ever.



Sep 16 2014

A Review of Succubus Lost by Tiffany Allee

Succubus Lost by Tiffany Allee

Succubus Lost by Tiffany Allee

The second of two works I am reviewing by the author Tiffany Allee today. You can find my review of Banshee Charmer here and this review will be of the work Succubus Lost.

In the previous work, there was a fleeting glimpse of a Succubus character named Marisol Whitman and mention was given of her younger sister Elaine. The hint of their story was something that I really wanted to know more about and, thankfully, Succubus Lost  lets the reader into their lives.

I believe, quite strongly, that Succubi can be more than others believe them to be. The problem comes when those around you can only see the bad experienced and not the good you present. That can lead to terrible things… but it can also lead to something more.

  • Title: Succubus Lost
  • Author: Tiffany Allee
  • Length: 211 Pages
  • ASIN: B0085YEVNA
  • IBSN: 9781622669295
  • Publishing Date: May 23, 2012
  • This work at

The work tells the story of:

Someone is kidnapping and incinerating otherworlders beyond recognition, and detective Marisol Whitman, a succubus, races to find the murderer before he claims another victim. But her pursuit is derailed when her responsible younger sister vanishes. Marisol suspects foul play and enlists support from an unlikely source: an agent from the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency, Valerio Costa.

When the trail pointing to everyone from vampires to witches dries up, Agent Costa admits to knowing more than he’s shared. Marisol’s sister’s kidnapper harnesses more magic than she can imagine—and they’re running out of time. To find her sister before her powers are drained and twisted beyond recognition, Marisol must connect the dots between cases and put her trust in Costa, a salamander who may burn her before she can solve either case.

The most important thing about his work is… family. What you would do for the ones you love more than anything else. Marisol has a secret, one that eats at her every moment of her life and honestly considering what happened to Eliane that’s completely understandable. The darkness of that past haunts Marisol just about every moment of her life.

While she covers that up well, the other thing that she has to deal with, every single day, is that the people around her don’t see her real worth. She’s smart, she is very good at her job, but that is overshadowed by her being a Succubus. That’s a real problem as no one can really see past that and to who she really is and the worth she has.

Marisol is what I think a Succubus can be. She has made a choice in her life, she lives with it, and she doesn’t do the one thing that marks the lesser of her kind. That makes her more than a lot of other Succubi and, for me, that makes the story so much better a read.

Marisol’s sister Elaine is… well, her past is tragic, there was hints of it in the previous work and in that what happens in this work really pulls at you as the story unfolds. The thing is, and really for me it is the only weak part, there isn’t a lot of her seen and more there isn’t a lot of her personality, who she is, or what she was like coming out. There is one, single, scene when Marisol and Elaine talk which for me at least gave a glimpse of her… But I wanted a lot more. For all that Elaine has been through, I wanted to know what she was going through, what she thought and more. It’s a untold story that I think would have given some depth to her and shown how things turn out better.

The story shows Marisol proving she is more than a pretty face, though at times that part of her needs to come out. But more than that, her emotions, her need to find her sister… Those moments for me were the most powerful by far. It’s also telling in how she has to relate to Valerio and what happens when she finds out about his past. In that comes a simple truth, that sometimes you can’t forgive what’s done and by whom. Not all Succubi are like Marisol and that’s more the tragedy as the complete story comes out.

Like the first work, there are a few red herrings for the plot to go through, but not nearly as many. The work reads a lot tighter as well, the plot keeps moving on with not a lot of time spent in frivolous things.  I thought that the characterization was better as well, Marisol most of all, she being the main character of course, but even so the other main and minor characters seemed to be more fleshed out, more emotionally connected than they were in the first work.

Between the two works, I liked this one better, not just for the focus on Succubi, but for how the tale is told and the deeper level that this universe is presented. The characters are strong, there is a lot of history told and in all of that comes a story that reveals what happens when you let someone into your life and what they can mean to you.

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

It really had just about everything I want in a story about Succubi. I just wish that Elaine had appeared more and who she was, not just her history, had been told. Tense, telling, a really gripping read and more. I do recommend this work to see a Succubus being all that she can be in all things.

Again, one final comment, and this is about the cover. The cover I am using in this review is the original one when the work first came out. It’s been replaced, as has the rest of the books in this series, by new covers. To me, the old cover had more of a detective story feel to it than the new cover does. But I suppose that flash sells and the new cover has that. But it does turn me off nonetheless.



Sep 15 2014

Losing Lost Girl – An Essay by TeraS

Lost Girl Loss Sign

Something different today on the Tale. Normally on Mondays I share a story, but today I want to share some thoughts about Lost Girl, about the series cancellation, and, in a way, what it all means… In a way.


Losing Lost Girl – An Essay

By TeraS


It has been a few weeks since the announcement that the fifth season of Lost Girl will be the final one for the series. I know that many people have commented over this long before I have. The thing is that my initial reactions were, to be honest, a long involved rant which wouldn’t have done a lick of good at all.


The amount of pain that came from the fans of Lost Girl was immense, there really is no other way to explain it, and in that came a lot of truths about the show, about the players in it, and the connections that have been made. It would not be fair to rant about how awful Showcase is, or how this is an example of another show on Syfy that is cancelled when there are more stories to tell. Others have done this. Others have begun grass roots campaigns in an effort to show Showcase there is demand for another season, or a film, or something so that there is more Lost Girl to be seen.


Having thought about things for some time now, I have still a rambling series of thoughts to share. As such, in no particular order:


Emotionally, the series has been something very special to so many people in the Lost Girl fan base that it’s hard to put into words just what that means. What the series has meant to the LBGT community is not something to take lightly, nor should it be. The way that the actors in the series have connected with their fans as the series went on was something that was different to what normally happens. The emotional contact, the words shared, the smiles, the stories told about what the series, the actors, all those involved… mattered. It wasn’t something that Showcase pushed them to do.


Anna Silk didn’t have to share a YouTube with Lost Girl fans and announce the cancellation. She didn’t have to appear at a convention that same weekend and see the emotions of the fans of the show. She didn’t have to, but she did. In doing so she returned the love of the series that the fans gave and we, as the fans, didn’t have to read a canned press release that just would have not gone over well at all.


But it isn’t just about Anna. It’s about Ksenia, Zoie, Kris, Rick, K.C., Rachel, Emmanuelle and Paul. They all aren’t people on the television that we look forward to seeing. They are, in a lot of ways, part of our own families. I can’t count how many times each of them has sent a birthday wish to a fan, or shared something fun on their Twitter feeds. They all connected with the Lost Girl community and in doing so they shared themselves as being a family and part of each of ours. There are so many stories about a fan meeting one of them, whether at a convention or somewhere in Toronto or elsewhere, and the grace of each of them is amazing. One single word of thanks, a smile, the occasional photo with a fan. Little things that matter. It’s nice to know you are appreciated for what you do and it’s nice to have a thank you in reply. Perhaps that’s just being Canadian. Perhaps it is something that others need to understand and get behind as well.


There has been a lot of talk about how the series has performed over the past four years. How some seasons were better than others and I admit that I am one of those. I have to wonder if the last season, how it drifted around, not really finding its way, was a factor in the series being cancelled. Could the fourth season have been better? I think it could have in a lot of ways. One clear path would have been to make the season more focused than it was. From the beginning of the season there seemed to be a story that could have worked well as a overall plot for the season: a hunt for Bo, perhaps having Kenzi be more the focus of the season. The deaths of Kenzi and Hale were, I regret to say… cheap. The way things unfolded seemed slipshod and uneven. The heart of the series, the story about the relationships between the main characters, took a back seat to the story of the Wanderer, which at the end of the season turned out to be… nothing. How many stories were left out because of it? How much character development was tossed aside? In the end, when the story of the Wanderer was finished, there was no emotional connection with that plot for many fans. Looking at the season as a whole, it seemed like the first two and last two episodes were what really mattered and everything in the middle just didn’t account for very much.


The core of the series, looking back to the beginning, is a story about Bo finding herself, finding out about her powers, and, more importantly, finding a family. Looking at the series overall, most of that has happened, side stories, odd paths and diversions aside. The series would have been better served if there had been more focus on the overall core plot of the series and less about the monster of the week or the mystery of the week. When the series didn’t focus on the quick to solve episode format it was a much better series to watch and in the fifth season I hope that there is focus.


But this is the final season, sadly, and the announcement of the series coming to a close comes at a point where the season is mostly completed in production. There are a few more episodes given to help to close the loose threads of the series, to try to make the ending something that, for the fans, we hope, can give an ending that is satisfying. The question of Bo/Lauren or Bo/Dyson or Bo/Dyson/Lauren not withstanding. I don’t think that there is any good way to bring that plot to a conclusion that everyone will be happy with. The worst possibility that I can see for the solution to that plot is one that would be the worst thing ever. But I’ll get back to that.


One of the questions that really hasn’t been answered is if Kenzi returns in the last season. We, as fans, expect her to, and if she didn’t that would be a disservice to Kenzi as a character and the fans as a whole. The question if how she returns, if she does, and what Bo has to do in order to make that happen really needs to be the core of the upcoming season. But, and this is the thing that always has bothered me about the series, is that rather than focusing on that story, of the path Bo takes to get Kenzi back, they will have a series of stand alone episodes in which there is one singular moment on that plot before the monster of the week comes back into play.


My one great fear as the conclusion of the series would be that at the end of the series, the last image we have is that of Bo being on her own and alone. Some might say that it brings the series back to the beginning, but as a satisfying conclusion it will not cut it with the fans. We might not have the ending we want, Bo might not be with the person we want her to be with. But having her lose her family again just would be too cruel a turn and it shouldn’t be.


The most difficult thing to accept as a fan of the series is, at this point, the season is essentially finished and ready to be released. Yes there are three episodes to figure out and film, but the way that comes together is a question mark. Can there be changes to the existing episodes? Somehow I think there won’t be, at least for the first part of the season. Perhaps some extra scenes can be written and filmed for the latter half, but in the end the series has only three episodes to close out the series on a bang and not a whimper.


Speaking of a whimper, the final season will be split in half and while we know when the first half of the series will be released, the second half is a question mark. Realistically, there isn’t enough time left in 2014 to write three interconnected episodes and film them before the winter arrives. That means that filming isn’t likely for the latter half of the season until Spring 2015… Which means we might not see the last part of the series until December 2015 and ending sometime in Winter 2016.


I’m not sure this is fair to the fans, but it makes me wonder about that break in the middle of the season and if one of the three episodes will be used to make the split work. I really hope not, that would be a waste, and considering that the series is still filming, I see them often enough to know they are, they should work around that problem somehow.


Setting aside all of my concerns and worries about what might be, the positives of the series, what it has done, shown, and given to the fans and how that has changed the lives of so many cannot be ignored. If the series is only remembered for what promise it showed in how it represented those that really are not well represented on television today, then it was worth every penny that was spent to make it a reality. Giving hope to others is something that cannot be ignored. That in itself is a good legacy to leave behind when the lights are turned out, the cast has moved on, and life continues. But Lost Girl will still be there and that matters. Make of it what you will, cheer for the character you love, and enjoy what is coming. In the end that is the single most important thing that we, as fans, cannot forget.


I’ve said many times that Succubi are the stuff of dreams and that, for me, seeing a Succubus as being a force for good matters. Lost Girl gave us that. No horns mind you, but that’s a fond wish of mine for the last season, though I expect not to see it happen. Yes, on occasion I admit that I rolled my eyes and threw popcorn at my television when things went silly or didn’t make a lot of sense. Yes, sometimes I was frustrated when the series took off in a direction that just didn’t make sense. But I watched every episode, I wanted to see what happened next and the ride was, in the end, worth it. Bo might not have been as much Succubus as I wanted, perhaps she was a bit too “Boffy” a lot of the time, but every so often the Succubus would appear and in those moments I smiled. I think a lot of fans did that regardless of the forays into campiness that happened from time to time because of the connection the characters have with us.


Perhaps we didn’t get the series that we were promised at the beginning. Perhaps there were a lot of moments when we watched the series and wondered if we ever would. Perhaps some of the stories were not all that they could have been. But what we did see was the connection between the cast, the family that formed as the seasons passed us by. We saw the fans take hold of the series and in doing so become connected with the cast and what they gave us in return. That is something that is special and it’s something that I’ll remember long after the last words are spoken and the credits roll.


See you December 7th, 2014.


I’ll bring the popcorn.



Sep 14 2014

A Review of Orgy of the Succubi by Indy McDaniel

Orgy of the Succubi by Indy McDaniel

Orgy of the Succubi by Indy McDaniel

I dislike stories that begin in the middle. What I mean by that is writing a story where something has happened in the past, something critical to the characters of the story is glossed over. What follows is then a story that is missing something.

The why, how, and who is important and really does need to appear in the story somewhere. However, in the case of much erotica there is the suggestion of something important happening, but the reader never gets to see what it was, only guess at it.

Hot scenes are important, but so is a reason for what happens as well from time to time…

  • Title: Orgy of the Succubi
  • Author: Indy McDaniel
  • Publishing Date: May 29, 2013
  • Length: 11 Pages
  • ASIN: B00D3L1DB8
  • This work at

The story tells of:

Mara and Yuki are working to bring Caitlin into their demonic ranks as a fellow succubus. Collin and Zeke are just the two hapless young men being manipulated by the pheromones filling the air. Not that anyone’s complaining.

Caitlin once was an ordinary girl until two Succubi, Yuki and Mara noticed her and decided to turn her into a Succubus as well. What follows is the three using their powers, including mind control, to make two friends of Catlin’s do their bidding.

There are some erotic moments, including f/f And m/m scenes. In fact the entire work is short sex scenes connected with a few thoughts from one or two characters before it continues. The problem I have is that the story begins in the middle. There is no explanation of just how Catlin is now a Succubus. The display of her powers and that of the other Succubi is very quick and undersized in nature. We don’t even know if any of them have horns or a tail for that matter.

Overall, the story would work if the Succubi were not. Removing the mention of Succubi just turns the story into a teenage sex story with a bit of spice to it. It isn’t so much the story of Succubi as it is the story of three girls making two boys perform for them, the reward being that they can have sex with the girls.

A bit too juvenile for my taste, though based on the names of the Succubi sisters if felt like an episode of a Japanese manga series. That’s not a bad thing, but given that so much of the story was about Catlin learning to use her powers as a succubus, it would have been nice to see the beginning of this story.

By the same point, the story ends too soon, leaves questions unanswered and really could have been much longer and involved than it is. A hot flash alone isn’t everything. It is adding the spie to the characters in their lives that makes it so much more.

Two and a half pitchfork out of five.

More story to match all of the sex scenes and I would like this much more than I do honestly…



Sep 13 2014

A Morrigan Pop Culture Shock YouTube… Review?

There is a model, or rather figurine, of Morrigan Aensland made by Pop Culture Shock, that has been on the market for quite some time now… I found a YouTube video that shows some of the detail in the figurine, and it really is impressive I think how much there is…

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

The video claims to be a review, but it isn’t really. It’s more of a lot of video shots of the figurine from various angles set to music. I would have been interested to hear what they actually thought of the figurine. From what i have read about it, the majority of the reviews are quite positive in nature and it would have been interesting to know what this person thought…

Personally, I think it is the best of the large scale Morrigan figurines, but that’s just my thoughts about it… Mind you, for the roughly $200 it cost when it came on sale, I expect it to be…



Sep 12 2014

A Review of Sex with a Succubus by Olivia Birch

Sex with a Succubus by Olivia Birch

Sex with a Succubus by Olivia Birch

Most of the time any story that has a Succubus or Incubus in it will go the route of them being horrific in some way. How much so depends on the author themselves in how that think such beings should act. Most of the time the actual horror is overt and strikingly so. The problem appears when the story is all about the horror and not a lot else until it is far too late…

It tells the story of:

With only hours left until daybreak, the beautiful but quick to anger succubus Meridiana must hurry if she is to make her boss’s deadline. Unfortunately for Meridiana, when it comes to collect her last specimen for the night, she comes to find out that she may have chosen a man too much for her to handle.

There are a few things wrong with the book summary for this work I think. One is that the actual part of the story that is told about is at the end of this work. For the most part the story is of Meridiana doing some horrific things. She is violent, what she does is truly horrific and really amounts to nothing more than a somewhat stereotypical view of a being of horror doing some horror for the shock of horror.

Past that there really isn’t anything about Meridiana that I care about, want to see more about or understand. She’s not seductive, not at all. She’s nothing more that a monster and a crudely acting one at that. The story is more focused on the abuses she acts upon others, the imagery of what she does to them and nothing else of substance.

Even when she isn’t doing evil there isn’t much in the way of explaining way she does what she does, for who or why she has to. There are many incomplete threads in the story that are literally mentioned in one sentence and then the story moves on to the next bit of horror to describe.

The writing is somewhat crass in nature both in speaking of whatever sex is happening and the thoughts of those involved. There isn’t any kind of character or personality save for the sex and the horror. That’s something that doesn’t make me want to continue to read, but as this is only seven pages, I at least managed to do so.

The ending is not satisfying, it lead towards what one would assume would be a second story, but that I haven’t seen published as of the time of this review. I cannot say that  would read the next work in the series from what I read in this one.

I just haven’t the desire or interest to find out what happens to Meridiana next.

One and a half out of five pitchforks.

Really did not enjoy this story at all. The ending wasn’t a bad idea, but it didn’t amount to anything save wanting the reader to buy the next book. The problem is that there isn’t one.



Sep 11 2014

Succubi Image of the Week 348

I love cute Succubi. Really to me that’s the most important thing they can be… Looking evil or being evil really doesn’t become them and I admit that gives me a certain bias towards them… However, it seems that a lot of artists agree with my thoughts that cute is important for Succubi…

Succubi by cold-angle

Succubi by cold-angle

This work is simply called Succubi and is by an artist on DeviantArt called Cold-angle. You can find the original page with this art here and this artist’s page on DeviantArt can be found here as well.

While there is a little hint of danger in both of these Succubi, really I just love the style they both have. Sexy-cute is always a good thing and their hair styles, the look in their eyes, the really perfect clothing and boots combine to make a pair of Succubi that are both powerful in their abilities but also have a look of desire and attraction that makes them quite a bit more dangerous I think for the unwary… or wary… Really either way someone is in trouble don’t you think?

To me at least, they could be sisters, one a bit more outgoing than the other, but together a force to be reckoned with… I wonder about their names and backgrounds too… That would be an interesting story to tell…