Sep 10 2014

The description does not match the costume…

Red Devil CostumeIt amazes me at times how some costumes are described… I think that some of the people that write the ad copy have to be some of the most imaginative people there are… It is a shame that that same imagination isn’t put into the costumes…

This is called simply the Red Devil Dress and it comes with… the dress. That’s all. The wig, the pitchfork and the shoes are not included and it sells for $40 US but can be found for a lot less quite easily…

Awful dress, the entire ensemble is a disaster, no tail and overall I shudder to look at it.

Here’s the thing that really gets me however. Read the ad copy and if you can make it to the end without laughing you are better than I am by far…

“Do you want to be the superstar during the halloween party?  If do, this costume will be your best choice. Wearing this, you will be the most horrible, insane, and the king/queen of scare. You can wear it on parties, masquerades, birthday parties and wedding occasions. Wear this Costume and feel the fun. It is suitable for girls.”

Okay. Where do I begin… Superstar? Really? I will give points for the correct use of the words horrible and insane though. I also came to a screeching halt when it was suggested that this would be something to wear to a… wedding. Seriously? Who writes this stuff anyway?

The entire ad copy sounds like someone translated two other ads from another language, copy pasted it and moved on… Mind you, considering the costume I can understand why one would get past it as quickly as possible…

Zero pitchforks out of five.

Nothing to save here and nothing to remember should you decide to wear it… I won’t be…



Sep 09 2014

A Review of Banshee Charmer by Tiffany Allee

Banshee Charmer by Tiffany Allee

Banshee Charmer by Tiffany Allee

I do like detective stories, but one of the things that I have to have is a strong main character. If that isn’t there then, for me, the story falls apart quickly. Now, having a lead that’s a bit on the tough side and then having her to deal with a series of murders that hit very close to home… That’s a real page turner.

Add to that a universe where Succubi and Incubi exist and that’s something that will keep my attention from beginning to end.

  • Title: Banshee Charmer
  • Author: Tiffany Allee
  • Length: 114 Pages
  • ASIN: B0070J7IEK
  • IBSN: 978-1-937044-99-2
  • Publishing Date: January 21, 2012
  • This work at

The work tells the story of:

When she’s sent to a crime scene and finds her second dead woman in as many weeks, half-banshee detective Kiera “Mac” McLoughlin is convinced a serial killer is on the loose. Incubi are extinct, her boss insists. But what else can kill a woman in the throes of pleasure? When her partner is murdered after using witchcraft to locate the killer and Mac is thrown off the case, her frustration turns to desperation.

Certain the killer is an incubus, Mac works behind her department’s back to chase down slim, sometimes perilous leads. While the killer eludes her, she does discover handsome Aidan Byrne, an investigative counterpart from the enigmatic Otherworld Enforcement Agency. Mac typically runs her investigations fast and hard, but with Aidan at her side, she’s running this one “hot” as well. But Aiden knows more than he’s letting on—something that could shatter their blazing romance and add Mac to the killer’s growing body count…

Mac, and no one calls her Kiera, has a problem. She’s called into a murder case that is… odd. Then things get odder when the suspects are narrowed down to being either a Succubus or an Incubus. Now all she has to do is manage to keep her head on straight, not get killed, and solve the case… All the while a mysterious man adds to the fun and games… in more than one way.

Keira really is one of the best detective characters that I’ve read in some time. She smart, tough, and very strong willed. More than anything through the course of the story I liked seeing how she thought and put the pieces together about what was really going on around her. When she suffers a loss, and honestly it’s a huge one, she doesn’t fall apart like some stereotypical heroine and go running away from danger. She faces it head-on. This of course makes things more complicated and dangerous for her. but then she’s not exactly all human.

There’s actually a lot of background mixed into this work, but it isn’t an info dump which I appreciated. I liked that Keira had a history, a well thought out one, that matched who is she, why she is, and where she is. That’s important and I’m glad the author did this.

Aiden is… a mystery. Now, when Keira asks what kind of supernatural he is, his answer of “sex god” told me that he was an Incubus, which in this universe are supposedly extinct. As a whole the tease of what Aiden is really wasn’t hidden all that well for me at least and even if I didn’t have so much of a focus on Succubi and Incubi I think that it’s clearly obvious what the killer is, but not who.

That question does tear at Keira as the story unfolds and in the end it’s a lack of communication that makes the story go in the direction it does. That does add to a sense of danger and it really does work well as a whole… But I wonder if not coming out with the truth a little sooner might not have been better.

There are Succubi in this work, two of them and that was really a bit of a revelation for me in several ways. The main one being that in this universe Succubi do not kill those they are intimate with. I liked that one Succubus said that they need to eat just like a normal human being. That for me really spoke well of them as a whole. The one Succubus detective herself had the right “look” and personality, but in private she was a lot more and that I really did enjoy.

As for the Incubi, they are described as being not seen for centuries, which I thought was interesting considering that the Succubi seemed to be well blended into society overall. Further, the idea that when they find a match for themselves they take a small part of them into themselves and thus become connected intimately with them was a twist that means a lot in this work as well.

The work has a very film noir feel to it, you can imagine the look of the city, the people that live in it very clearly. Every one of the characters has a lovely voice to them that stands out very well I thought. There isn’t much in the way of erotica in this work, really only two scenes. But they are central to the story as a whole and they aren’t just tossed into the work without a thought. They matter to the main characters and worked well I thought. A tight plot, well told and with purpose. All in all a really good page turned of a mystery.

The only thing that didn’t quite work for me was the number of red herrings that cropped up the work. They are there to push the story along I realize, but, I’m not sure that they were needed all that much. Taking them out of the story didn’t hurt it at all and in that why they are there is questionable. The core story itself was more than enough to hold my interest, it wasn’t necessary to divert attention away from that overall for how strong it was.

Four out of five pitchforks.

I’ll be reviewing the second work in this series Succubus Lost next Tuesday and I’m hoping for the same wonderful tale being told as it was in this work. I do need to add 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 08 2014

Storm Clouds 207 by TeraS

Continuing Chapter 36 this week on the Tale … Filling out a bit of the Queen’s latest appearance, and continuing her conversation with someone about some things that bother her …

For those that would like to read Storm Clouds from the beginning, you can click this link, and it will take you to the page where all of the previous chapters can be found.


Storm Clouds 207
Chapter 36
By TeraS


Time passed ever so slowly in the room. Someone who concentrated might be able to follow the dust motes as they floated here and there among the bookcases, tables, and chairs. Someone not so inclined to watch them might be held by the image of a woman straddling a man on one of the chairs, her fingers laced into his hair and their lips crushed together in a deep kiss.

One might also notice that neither of them were moving. But there was one other in the room who was. She was stalking back and forth, her long, red, heart-tipped tail swaying pensively as she walked, her eyes scanning intently from the carpet below her to the two intertwined and then back again as she paced.

Out of what some might mistake for frustration or impatience, she would tuck a wayward lock of hair back behind one of her ears from time to time. In fact, it was neither of those emotions, but rather her pondering over what she knew and understood …

… and when Tera, the Queen of the Succubi, put a puzzle together and the pieces fit? That spelt issues for someone.

Her thoughts were interrupted by a familiar presence entering the apartment building, so her pacing came to a stop and a warm smile played upon her lips. She had been wondering when he was going to appear, and it seemed that this moment was the one that mattered.

His timing, as always, was impeccable. But then, he was especially attuned to her.

Counting to twelve, Tera walked over to the apartment door and then waited another three beats before opening the door and looking out into the hallway. The elevator dinged, the doors opened and she waved to the one standing there, his hands quite full. “Coming! Just a moment, my heart!”

The man in the elevator, who Thomas would recognize as the pastor from the funeral he attended not so long ago, nodded his head in lieu of a wave: “All fine, Dear One. I’ll manage.”

Quickly making her way down the hall, Tera replied: “Manners will not allow that, you know. At least allow me to be of some use?”

He chuckled: “We’ve talked about this before, Dear One. You sell yourself short. You are more than useful and, one of these days, you’ll see that.”

She scrunched up her nose as she took a small bag from under his arm: “Family trait, you know.”

He nodded once: “Yes … quite so.”

Moving to walk beside him, she slipped her arm with his and they moved towards John’s apartment. As they walked, they slipped into the banter they always shared.

“I’m sorry for being late.”

“Not late. You are exactly on time, as always.”

“How are you managing, Dear One?”

“Oh … managing, my heart.” Of course, she didn’t want to worry him.

“I see.” Of course, he saw right through that.

The next words that passed between them were ones that each knew didn’t need to be said, for they had known each other, it seemed, forever. Tera’s heart would always be so, as would she for him as his Dear One. That was just how things were, and nothing in the universes could change that fact. After they entered John’s apartment, he handed her one of the styrofoam cups he held. As he closed the door he asked: “And where is your Eternal, Dear One?”

Tera smiled as she traced a fingertip around the rim of the styrofoam cup: “Oh, he’s off and about looking after something.” She looked at him and nodded once: “But he is with me and I am with him.”

The look he gave her was somewhere between understanding and concern: “Of course. That was not my concern.”

Her finger stopped moving as she tilted her head to the left: “But you are concerned.”

He nodded, taking the lid off his tea: “I am concerned about you, Dear One. You are troubled, have been for some time. I can see it in your eyes … your Eternal and I are the only ones that possibly could have seen it, of course, but it is there.”

Tera was silent for a time, then admitted: “I think the Dark has been messing with things it should not. So I am … hoping … to fix that damage.”

“I see. And the two over there?”

“They are the thing that needs to be made right once more.”

He took a sip of his tea: “Playing matchmaker, Dear One?”

She took the lid off her own tea: “Oh those two are matched, my heart. I’m just trying to set things right once more.”

“Dear One, are you sure you are doing the right thing, or are you possibly … inadvertently … just maybe … doing the Dark’s own work for it?”

Tera paused, her tea almost to her lips: “Memories have been changed, my heart. The reason for that I do not know. Yet the Dark has altered the memories of some of the succubi. It has also changed the memories of innocents. It is trying to set something up to Its benefit. Jane is one of them. John, the dear man she is with at the moment, is the other.”

“Are you sure?”

Tera’s tail moved slowly behind her: “I know Eternals when I see them, my heart. In that I am sure. What happens after that is in their hands.”

“Which means we wait.”

“You need not have to my heart. I’ll wait.”

He winked: “And have you talking to yourself? I shudder to think what your dear Tail will have to say about that.”

Tera smiled a warm, knowing smile: “You are, of course, quite right, my heart.”

He walked over to the couch and settled in: “What would you like to talk about while we wait?”

Tera took a spot on the other end of the couch, curling her legs underneath her as she did: “I have a theory … more of a thought, perhaps.”

He looked at his tea: “Why do I have the feeling, Dear One, that we’ll need more tea?”

She laughed: “Because that is how it always works when we chat, my heart. And, next time, I will bring the pie to share.”

He tipped his cup towards her: “So. Tell me what’s bothering you.”

She tilted her head to the right: “There is quite a lot that is bothering me. To be truthful, there has been for some time. I think that the time which the Dark has spent in trying to get into the Realm has made it desperate for some kind of success.”

He furrowed his brow: “It is a persistent thing; that much is obvious. And yes, your … resistance … has been a thorn in its side.” The innocent look she gave in reply just made him chuckle as he sipped his tea, waiting for her to continue.

She considered the cup she held, then continued: “To be honest, it’s been a bother to me as well, in more ways than one, but we won’t dwell on that part of the story, as we’ll come back to that a bit later to try and tie the threads together.”

“Which means we start with … ?”

“We start with the question of what, exactly, is it intending to do with the tail that is missing.”

“You assume she is being held?”

“I know she is being held. I am just not sure exactly where she is at this moment. I know that She is nearby … somewhere … but otherwise I am not sure where. I sense she is trapped or bound in some way. That means It must have a plan for her. Whether by influencing her, forcing something upon her, or other means, It has but one goal, and having a Tail would give It something It never had before.”

He nodded: “A key.”

“Yes. There are only a few means into the Realm for those not …” She paused here, considering her next words, worrying that “like us” would sound more than a bit conceited, but he finished the thought for her.

“… like you, Dear One. I know better—we know better—and you need to keep that in mind.”

She nodded in reply: “Of course. Like us, my heart. There are some with that key. Some others, like you, are offered a pass to the Realm, at the right time for the right reason. But all of us, even myself, have to pass by the gates, all of them, before stepping foot in the Realm.”

He smiled: “And, of course, that final gate, the one that none shall pass without permission is the last bastion.”

She sighed, wistfully: “Yes. But we won’t dwell on that point, my heart. Let’s try and keep focus on our missing tail for the moment.”

He gave a sidelong look at the pair on the chair as he wondered: “Can I assume that they are both part of the story?”

“Quite so. She is the sister of the one who’s tail is held, obviously. He is, I am sure, her Eternal. When we had the funeral, it struck me that she was there, but he was not. The question then was … “Why?” Speaking with her afterwards, it was clear that the Dark did something to her, and, I think, vice versa.”

“So, you have two souls no longer connected together.”

“Yes, but that’s just where it begins. She, our dear Jane, is impulsive, quick to anger, and more importantly, would do anything to have revenge for her sister’s passing. What would she do if she believed that her only family, the only one she loved, was gone?”

He shook his head: “Oh, I have a good idea. There was something wrong about her; I had chalked it up to grief and did not push her. I should have.”

She set her cup down on a small side table, some worry in her eyes as she looked at him: “No guilt, my heart—not for either of us. There was enough grief to go around for everyone. We both missed it, but we are now both aware.”

He allowed those words but replied: “Then I expect you not to have guilt, either. It is not becoming of you. Queen or not, it is not becoming of you or your soul, and I will not allow it.”

She laced her fingers together, placing them in her lap: “The guilt I think I have dealt with. It was slowly turning into anger … or it was until Jane came back and I saw she had a problem. That problem made it clear that there was a … discrepancy that needed to be repaired.”

He considered his tea: “Now that your anger is gone, Dear One, you need to keep it away … the Dark is counting on using it against you.”

She looked towards Jane and John: “Something happened in the two weeks that she was out of touch. When she came back, she claimed to have been overseas for some time, but that made little sense as they were inseparable. There was something missing in Jane. Again, it seemed like the loss of her sister was the answer, but it goes further than that. He was missing. They were missing.”

“So, that’s when you put Tom and Camilla onto things?”

She nodded and picked up her tea again, taking a sip: “There was something that happened in the world here, driven by forces bound to rules that apply here. Something else happened outside of this world, where other rules apply. Having the two of them dealing with this would give me a new perspective on what It wants.”

He chuckled: “There’s something more, Dear One.”

She smiled over the rim of her cup: “Perhaps … perhaps not. We shall see.”

He raised his cup in reply: “Yes. We shall. But the story isn’t over yet. You are holding back a few things. I can tell.”

She paused, just before taking a sip: “Two things: All four of them are connected to what happened. Two of them are what It has focused upon.”

He frowned: “So they are all at risk. But which two are the ones It has focused on?”

Tera’s tail pointed at Jane: “She is one, obviously. I believe that Thomas is the other. They both have suffered great losses. They can both be influenced by It making an appeal to their darker emotions.”

“What happens when one … or the other … or both … is freed?”

“That, my heart, is what I am intending to find out with Jane.”

“And Tom?”

She sighed: “I am trusting that his belief in doing good is strong. Camilla will help in that. So will Nina … assuming that Thomas will let them in to help.”

He considered her words, then asked: “But what about our missing tail? How does she fit into this?”

Tera looked into her cup as if reading tea leaves, though there were none: “What would one do if one could bring a lost love back? What would one give up? What would happen when the truth was revealed?”

Sep 07 2014

A Review of The Succubus by Julian Marshwood

The Succubus by Julian Marshwood

The Succubus by Julian Marshwood

One of the things that bothers me the most about many stories about Succubi is that they are, in the end, beings of horror and evil wrapped in a sheen of erotic possibilities. The thing about that is, it is a stereotype. It is an ongoing focus of many authors that while they might seem “good” it is only a means to trap their victims and from there, the obvious ending is assured… to my personal regret.

The promise of good erotic heat to a story shouldn’t fall victim to an ending that takes that heat away…

  • Title: The Succubus
  • Author: Julian Marshwood
  • Publishing Date: July 2, 2013
  • Length: 14 Pages
  • This work at

The story tells of:

Daniel Bankston is having another normal day is his unfulfilling life when he discovers a mysterious old tome in a strange little second-hand shop. He soon discovers that this book holds more secrets than it originally appears to. When he accidentally summons a beautiful and seductive lover from beyond, his day suddenly becomes much more interesting.

Daniel discovers a store, a book, and through his choices, discovers that Succubi are quite real beings with one thing on their minds… sex and as much of that as they can possibly have from the ones that summon them.

The summoning brings into Daniel’s life a Succubus who tempts and seduces very well, but after the promising beginning, the hope I had for a lovely delicious piece of erotica were taken away by the time the climax came in more ways than one.

A hot succubus who tempts, teases and seduces is nothing if she is stereotypical, and this one is. While the erotica is lovely and hot, the climax of the story was one that was obvious from the first mention of the book Daniel found, the lead up and so on.

We never learn the name of the succubus, instead focussing on her body more than anything else really. She has personality, there is no doubt of that in my mind, but it is overshadowed by the spell Daniel used to summon her and the cost of the summoning.

The story was a tease in more than one way. It teased characters that provided things, teased a main character in learning something about them and teased the succubus of the work in that we learn, really, nothing about her.

I’m not sure that how this story closed was the best way as if left much unanswered and took what was a good sensual story and turned to towards a piece of horror.

A better ending would have been nice for the deliciously hot erotic moments of the story. Ending the story on a down note is not the best way to end such stories. And using a stereotype for a succubus is never a good thing unless that is all that you can see in such characters.. I can see more and can here as well…

Overall, the writing was well done, but there were moments that felt like afterthoughts to pad the story because the erotica alone wasn’t enough on its own.

Two pitchforks out of five.

Not everything I had been hoping for from the beginning and it really wouldn’t have been to much to ask for something light instead of the ending we received I think…



Sep 06 2014

Morrigan Aensland seen in a different way…

I found a video on Vimeo which shows Morrigan Aensland in a slightly different way. What I mean by that is that instead of her usual outfit and look, the creator of this video has created something quite different…

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

And, in case the video vanishes, here’s a image of Morrigan…

Morrigan Aensland Redesign by Adrian Cruceanu

Morrigan Aensland Redesign by Adrian Cruceanu

Please do watch the video to have a better appreciation of all of the effort that the creator placed into this creation of Morrigan Aensland.

I think that this look for Morrigan is rather an interesting one. I like that her original leggings are still there, if cropped some. The jacket and top are quite nice as well. There is some art of Morrigan that has her in a somewhat similar outfit, but with a lot more latex in it. I think that this works well with Morrigan’s hair and body shape much better than the other alternative outfits that range from trashy to… well more than trashy really…

She looks much more like a street fighter like this which really when you think about it, the games she appears in are fighting games after all. She is more than a fighter however… It would be nice to see more of that side of her now and again too…



Sep 05 2014

A Review of Succubus Games by Lila Shaw

Succubus Games by Lila Shaw

Succubus Games by Lila Shaw

Many of the works that Lila Shaw has written have run both hot and cold for me over time. Some of the Succubi she creates are really quite wonderful and I enjoy reading their stories. For the most part that’s what I look forward to when I open one of her works and it is a rare thing when I am disappointed. The work I am reviewing today is one of the ones that was more than I expected it to be and it was really a pleasant surprise when all was said and done.

The story is of:

Willow has had centuries in Sisyphus Prison to reinforce the hard-learned lesson that the jealous and capricious Greek gods are not to be trifled with. There are only two ways out, and both require Willow to compete in the annual gladiator match. The winner is freed while the loser marches straight to Tartarus to become one of Hades’ concubines. Willow plans to press all her succubus charms into service to gain the upper hand against her opponent…until she discovers who he is.

Helveticus is a demi-god with a devilish plan of his own to win his freedom, a plan that begins with the seduction of his lush adversary. He is the last person Willow wishes to battle because she’s not sure whether she wants to kill him or kiss him. Only one can be crowned the victor. Who will win the war of body over heart?

It is an interesting place to put a Succubus, that being in the world of the Greek Gods. More so, I found it rather fitting which of them Willow was connected to and how the myths of the Succubi, including that of Lilith came into play. Of course being that the Greek Gods are involved there is treachery, scheming, and plots all over the place. The question is, at least for Willow, how she can get through all of that and survive regardless of what happens.

She is truly alone in this world, having the Gods against her, those around her seeing little of worth in her, and making plans that in the end are designed to have something horrible happen to her. But the thing is, regardless of all of the things that are against her she still has the strength of character to do something that many around her cannot find the will to do. Try. She tries to find a way to win the contest, she tries to find a way to overcome Helveticus before the match. She tries to win in the way that only one of the Succubi could consider and manage to do. It is that strength that makes her such an amazing character.

Helveticus as well is interesting for another reason which I will not spoil here, but it is a really interesting concept and the difference between himself and those that Willow has seen before is striking.

The heat they create together is something that needs to be seen more often I think and when I compare this work with the other Succubi this author has created, Willow is one of the two most favourite Succubi that I have seen from them.

Lovely heat from the two, the battle when it comes starts out as you might expect but where Willow takes things just was so perfect. Echoes of their first moments together come through and it was just a lovely connection and closure to the story that makes everything worth while.

Written well, nicely hot, and more than a hot flash with the story, background and characters.

Four out of five pitchforks.

I really would like to see where Willow and Helveticus go from this story forwards. That’s not likely to happen and that really is a shame as they both were really interesting to me in their personality and how they played off each other. Not just the heat, but the passion and more the way they really are made for each other.



Sep 04 2014

Does anyone know anything about this anime Succubus YouTube?

I came across this YouTube of some Japanese anime and I have one question… Just which series is this from and is she really a Succubus?

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

Here’s a screenshot of the Succubus, or at least I think she is a Succubus, in question…


And another screenshot of another Succubus that appears in this video as well…


Noether of these characters are at all familiar to me, and the video is all in Japanese, so I have no idea what is going on as well. Still, I’d like to know which series it is and if there is an English dub of the series somewhere that I can watch.

They both are a little over endowed… Mind you all anime Succubi seem to be so that’s nothing unique. But they are interesting and I’d like to know more about them…

Please leave a comment if you have an idea?