Sep 30 2016

A Review of The Cult of E by Ivona Dikson

The Cult of E by Ivona Dikson

The Cult of E by Ivona Dikson

There are some works which just are missing something. Sometimes that is plot, sometimes that is heat. Many times the problem is a lack of direction, of purpose, of making the story speak. There can be a focus on odd erotica, of actions or words spoken that give me pause and wonder… why?

Character names do matter. They invoke mystery, passion or a need to know more. Leaving the mystery to one of what happened rather than why, doesn’t make for a good read. It makes for the start of confusion. Mixing a story that seems to have little purpose other than the sex makes things odder. Leaving the reader wondering what and why things happened is more disappointing still.

  • Title: The Cult of E
  • Author: Ivona Dikson
  • Length: 49 Pages
  • ASIN: B00Q5OFUGY
  • IBSN: 1505863066
  • Publishing Date: November 25, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

It is the story of:

E is a one of a kind Demon, part incubus, part succubus and part vampire. He has his own group that live with him in his home along with his acolyte Christopher. Within the group E can satisfy any and every desire a sex demon could have, until Emily arrives. Emily is different changing Emily has unforeseen consequences. Amber, the member of E’s group who found Emily has wanted E to make her an immortal acolyte for over a year, but E has refused. With the sudden changing of Emily, anything could happen as Amber’s jealousy starts to show the night of the ritual.

E needs Emily. S/he needs her in every possible way and more. Drawing her close the need grows and those around him/her fall to their desires. But nothing is perfect, least of all E.

The work needs quite a lot of editing overall. It reads oddly at times, there are points at which there’s very little comprehension of what is going on exactly. The characters are very thinly written, and almost seem to be within the story for the sake of having a series of sex scenes unfold that don’t really have a lot of heat within them.

E, the main character, is never explored fully in this work. S/he is a mix of a succubus, an incubus, and a vampire. That in itself needs a little explanation and that is what comes in the story. Very little explanation. They have the ability to shift forms, be male or female, but that isn’t told in detail either. The entire meaning behind the character is told in literally a paragraph or two and nothing more.

There’s a little bit of mind control, but that too is skimmed over in the rush to get to a series of sex scenes that read oddly, occasionally make no sense, and at times push the boundaries. Personally I didn’t care for the violent aspects that happened in every scene, and as such there was next to no heat in the work. There’s blood, there’s some anger and quite a lot of pain at times. That might be appealing to some, but I couldn’t see it myself.

Some of the events in the story, especially the beginning of the work, read like something of a mix of an action movie and a porn film with a little bit of the supernatural mixed in. There’s a certain lack of emotion from the characters overall, really only Emilie has some shown, but that’s smothered by E’s effect on her. The fire isn’t there, save for peeking out on occasion and not nearly enough.

That leads me to my single overall problem with this work. I couldn’t find my way into the story, mainly because when there was one, it wasn’t used as it could have been. There were moments when E could have told about their past more, that didn’t happen. There should have been more time spent about the relationships within the group, that didn’t happen. There should have been some time spent on what drove the characters to do what they did, it didn’t.

Just a lot of opportunities for story to be revealed and it wasn’t. What remains is the threads of what should have been something interesting but is left to stand on sex alone. It simply cannot. Erotica without a good story to support it and vice versa leads to disappointment.

One pitchfork out of five.

There’s no substitute for plot and story. No amount of sex, no matter what kind or how it is written, can overcome not having one of some kind. There is a story somewhere in this work, but it never really comes out as it should, nor did the ending really feel like it mattered when it came to a close. There’s a good idea here in who E is, but that is only toyed with. Much like my interest overall in this work.

 

Tera

Sep 29 2016

Succubi Image of the Week 454

One of the things that I like to see, and really don’t very often, is when the wings of Succubi are angelic in nature. I know the usual thing is bat-like wings, but, to me, I think that the combination of feathers, horns and tail has something about it that works quite well… as in the case of this week’s Succubi…

Succubi Angel by ks-claw

Succubi Angel by ks-claw

This work is called Succubi Angel and is by an artist on DevianrArt called ks-claw and you can find the original page on DeviantArt where I found this work here and this artist’s page can be found here.

I think she is adorably cute in a lot of ways. The contrast between her wings, hair, horns and clothing is quite nice. It’s also good to see a different skin tone as well. She has this sort of assured appearance, lounging as she is, and I think that makes her a stronger personality too.

Perhaps she was an angel once or a succubi once? Perhaps she’s been seen by the light and shown what she really is, what she can be… Which is more than anything she might have imagined?

It’s a nice thing to think about…

 

Tera

Sep 28 2016

Another so-called Red Hot Devil Costume

Red Hot Devil CostumeSometimes there are costumes that have the barest possibility of being sexy, but then, of course, there has to be something that takes all of that away…

This is called the Red Hot Devil Costume and it comes with the red lace-up mini dress with a tutu skirt, the neck tie and devil horns headband. The pitchfork, gloves, petticoat, shoes and pantyhose are not included. The costume alone sells for $83 US, but adding the accessories pushes this to about $160 US.

The one thing that just makes me cringe are the horns. They are simply atrocious. I don’t understand why such a lousy pair would be attached to what otherwise is a cute little costume. I will also add that I don’t care for the bow tie, the attached tail looks lousy. But, and this means nothing… I like the shoes.

Thinking about this, I would change the horns, remove the tail, I have better ones, and otherwise the look really isn’t all that bad.

It takes some effort to make things look better. It need not if the designers would, at the start, try to keep the idea of sexy and seductive in mind.

It’s not hard to see tacky in most costumes. It’s also not that hard to see something good, if is would only be brought to the fore…

Three out of five pitchforks.

Im being generous I know. But there’s something here that I like, even if only a little so…

 

Tera

Sep 27 2016

A Review of A Surprising Summons by Kaysee Renee Robichaud

A Surprising Summons by Kaysee Renee Robichaud

A Surprising Summons by Kaysee Renee Robichaud

The transformation of a character is, at its core, a very complex thing to explore. Some resist change, some explore it and some cannot quite understand why things have changed for them. Beyond that, then the question becomes if their own nature matters or if they have a semblance of mercy within them when there wasn’t one before.

Sometimes the unexpected comes. Sometimes an experience opens a thought where there wasn’t one before. But then, as well, sometimes the universe has its way regardless of what we want things to be.

The work tells the story of:

Loreline is immortal and can take whatever shape she wishes to fascinate her mortal victims. She is a succubus who has clawed her way into the mortal realms enough times to know what foolish mortals desire. When she encounters a sorcerer who is no fool, Loreline discovers that even she can still be surprised. How can an immortal demon who has never known real emotion cope with such strange desires?

Loreline is summoned to the mortal realm in what she thinks is the usual way. But the summoner isn’t what she expected and over time even an immortal and learn two lessons. One is of the heart and the other is the price of mercy in an unfeeling universe.

There are quite a number of threads that weave their way through this story. The question of time as seen from two perspectives. The concept of pleasure, from one that never has felt before. The longing of need and want tempered against one’s one self-preservation. The question of mortality, the human soul and what comes beyond. Mixed about all of this introspection there is lovely heat and passion from the main characters, reflective of each’s one understanding of what they, and the other, wishes.

Loreline herself isn’t seen in her true form, but her powers as a succubus, shape-changing, personality moulding, the ability to read minds and become what the other desires, work quite well. There’s a fair bit background about her, what she sees and experiences away from Konstantin, the one that has captured her thoughts.

Konstantin isn’t really explored as a character as much as I would have liked him to be. He’s present within the story, in Loreline’s thoughts, but the glimpses are snapshots and that’s a shame really. I’d like to have known what he was doing between, what he thought of her. Did he crave as much as she did? They are interesting things to think about, but never quite revealed save for the encounters as they come.

The ending is, all things considered, expected from the start of the work. But at the same time, there’s a moment, and it’s really telling about Loreline that shared her deeply. It’s a shame the story ended where it did, not being able to see what comes next, if there was something more than what Loreline explained, or offered.

The characters are interesting, the story is delightful in many ways. The heat is well done, Loreline isn’t quite the same by the end of the work, which I liked very much. But the ending took a lot of enjoyment out of the story for me.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

The ending was a bit telegraphed through the story and when it came it was both expected and at the same time so deeply sad in many ways. It’s the ending, which cannot be overcome by either character, that broke the spell of the story for me. I admit, freely, I like happy endings. Perhaps this one hurt more than most for what I’ve seen this year. Melancholy is a difficult thing to live with and it seems that Loreline knows that well.

 

Tera

Sep 27 2016

A Review of Possessed by a Demon of Desire by Claudia Skyes

Possessed by a Demon of Desire by Claudia Skyes

Possessed by a Demon of Desire by Claudia Skyes

There are some works that have succubi or incubi-like characters appear that are, as a whole, somewhat confused. By that I mean there’s a lot left open to interpretation by the reader about them. It’s a bit more confusing when the overall plot of the story seems to revolve around the female lead being taken in as many ways as possible, leaving any real story as a bare framework around the erotica.

It can work, sometimes, but when the erotica isn’t even quite a hot flash, needs something more, and just seems not to have the needed heat to drive things forward, the work can’t stand up. All things considered, the characters themselves don’t seem to be able to when the story is done.

  • Title: Possessed by a Demon of Desire
  • Author: Claudia Skyes
  • Length: 29 Pages
  • ASIN: B010MZT436
  • Publishing Date: June 29, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

Alexis was a late bloomer – guys made fun of her in high school, she wasn’t much of a looker, and she never even had a boyfriend. But now that she’s in college, she’s gotten herself a ruggedly handsome guy, Jacob, with a toned and well-maintained bod from intercollegiate water polo – but not everything is smooth sailing, because they’ve yet to go beyond first base!

Alexis can’t help but worry if he really finds her attractive, until one night, a visit from a peculiar man, claiming to be a demon, changes everything…

Her boyfriend transforms into a ferocious beast, teeming with lust, and he’s intent on making her his! What can Alexis do, when Jacob doesn’t care where they are, and is bent on satiating his carnal desires?

Alexis is in love with her boyfriend, but no matter what she does, he isn’t going where she wants him to do. A deal struck with a devil means her boyfriend isn’t the same and what happens in the library is something she’s not going to forget.

The thing about the summary of this work is that it suggests a transformation scene of some kind for Jacob, but there’s no such thing. Alexis makes a deal, in a “dream” with Marbas, who seems to be an odd kind of incubus, if that. Then the next day she goes to the library to meet Jacob and he’s only interesting in having sex with her.

Marbas isn’t much of a presence in the story, really only appearing for a few short paragraphs and then vanishing into thin air. The entire meeting is a game, a confused agreement, and really amounts to very little overall. It almost feels like Marbas was added into the work in order to give a reason for what happens between Jacob and Alexis.

What happened to Jacob in-between isn’t told, there’s a hint of what Marbas did at the end of the work, but that’s really thin and barely tells what happened. It’s more disappointing because the summary suggests there’s a major change in Jacob, but the only thing that happens is that “he” wants to push Alexis over a study table and have his way with her.

That theme runs into the erotica, which isn’t so much erotica as it is a porn movie scene with a little bit of story to tie things together. There’s little heat as a whole, the characters are just going through the motions and when the scene is over, there’s no story to pick things up.

The work comes to an abrupt end, a sort of silly and expected one, and it wasn’t all that interesting. This is a hot flash, but the heat doesn’t build up really well. Even the first short bit of erotica when Alexis plays with herself isn’t so much hot as it is a page taken from a porn movie as well. The story isn’t present, there’s no character development to speak of.

I would have liked this a lot more if there was more story. It would have been good to put in a scene of Jacob being changed. Perhaps have things from his perspective as Alexis goes to meet with him. The ending came in a rush, an afterthought. There is a story here somewhere, it could be an interesting one if, for example, Jacob had started this entire thing, calling Marbas to him and then pushing Alexis into the deal with him. But that wasn’t explored.

Erotica isn’t very good without story. This work needs more story, something more to involve the characters in telling the story rather than seeing how strong the table is that they are playing on.

One out of five pitchforks.

This isn’t so much erotica as it is a porn movie scene and one in which the heat isn’t there. If the character Marbas was removed from the work it really wouldn’t have made much of a difference overall. The characters are cardboard, really there only to get into each other’s pants and then come, in more ways than one, to the climax.

That’s disappointing and rather boring.

 

Tera

Sep 26 2016

Encounter By TeraS

A little story on the Tale today which I managed to piece together with what time I had this week. Time and space and moments can be tricky, coming together in ways that bring us to unexpected moments. In our wondrous universe, one never knows who you might …

 

Encounter
By TeraS

 

Throughout the universe, wherever there is life that calls itself intelligent by some description or another, there are certain places where events transpire which are unexpected: the sorts of things which those involved never could have seen coming or, when the moment has past, never quite understand what just happened. These are the sorts of things which a billion supercomputers, each extrapolating a billion variables in a billion ways, would never come close to predicting or ever being able to explain. In a vast and mysterious multiplicity of universes, these are the events which are sometimes called “miracles.”

In this case, the events occurred around him: a rather ordinary man, sitting alone in a mostly respectable nightclub watching life seem to pass him by; unremarkable to most, a shadow if he was to admit anything. No one paid much attention to him and the time he had spent so far, at the behest of a friend that had abandoned him some time ago, had been isolating. His eyes were focused on the half-filled glass of Diet Coke when she came into his orbit.

“Care for some company?”

There are some words which, when spoken in a certain way, capture one’s attention. That can be caused by the tone—the lovely purr; the hint, in the undertones, of seduction, power, and more—or by one particular tone of voice which offers a simple realization: this speaker actually means what is being said.

Doubting this—for, again, he was ordinary, unassuming, and, after all, even the waitress that had brought his drink had departed well over twenty minutes ago and not checked on him since—he turned his attention to the woman that had spoken. “I’m not really much …”

His reply was caught short by the vision that greeted him.

There are some women who have what is called a presence. Some describe it as how, when these women are in a room, all else kind of fades out into the background. They make, as the cliché says, a very good first impression. Whoever she was, she was very sure that she would do so.

The room didn’t fade out around her, it simply didn’t exist anymore. The glow from her red dress was brighter than all else around him. The light shimmering off her curves made it clear that it wasn’t just painted on, it was almost making love to her. That thought made his breath catch and, strangely, made him feel a little jealous. His eyes traced over her hips, along her legs. Her body was wonderfully perfect, and seeing her cleavage being cupped by the red fabric made it very difficult to continue to look upwards.

“A gentleman shouldn’t be left alone.”

The words seemed odd, catching him by surprise, and thus he found himself looking into a pair of deeply green eyes. All thought of refusing her request was dashed from his thoughts moments later. Being a gentleman, he stood and offered her a place where she could be comfortable. The touch of her hand on his arm brought him up short; the smile upon her soft red lips left a very positive impression. It felt right to bow to her, the offer being made deferentially.

“Please?”

She wasn’t what he expected, considering where he had encountered her. A place like this was filled with those looking for something, expecting something. Rather than taking her leave and ignoring him, she did something different: “Thank you kindly.”

A light peck on his cheek drew him to the booth with her, and he suddenly found himself nestled next to her. There was a scent of cherries in the air now which overcame the typical nightclub aromas. A delightful coincidence, really. Coming to his senses, he reached out for his drink and found it no longer on the table where it had been resting. She held it in one red-fingernailed hand, looking at it with seeming approval. Somehow that approval was important to him.

“Allow me.” She raised the glass towards him, bringing it close to his lips and then guiding him to sip from it. She seemed to know when he had enough, drawing it away and then, as he watched, she took a dainty sip as well before placing the drink back upon the table once more.

He wanted to ask her name, but that wouldn’t be gentlemanly. Instead he tried to come up with a suitable opening for conversation: “Lovely weather we’re having.” As soon as the words had escaped, he wished there was a way to pull them back. It was an idiotic thing to say, especially to a lady of obvious means and intelligence. The little bit of ego that had begun to form within him faded out, leaving him feeling small and foolish.

Her answer was, as seemed to be the one consistent thing about her, unexpected. “I rather adore a cool fall evening. It’s delightful to walk under the moon and share the stars with the right soul.”

What followed was, as he would try to explain in the future, a conversation in which he was the focus. The thoughts she shared were complex, delightfully so. He found himself challenged to think, consider, and express himself like he’d never done before.

Though the night that followed, she didn’t speak much about herself, however. There was an occasional oblique thought that seemed to bemuse her, an occasional flash of red in her ebony hair when the light passed over in just the right way, but nothing more. She was an enigma, and he found that captivating. She was a mystery, and yet, at the same time, he felt as if he had known her forever.

How much time passed didn’t really matter, but, over time, he felt the sensation of the moment coming to a close, the encounter soon to be passed. He found that troubling, and asked a question of her: “Do you come here often?”

“I come where I’m needed.” Again, a mysterious answer, but the words made sense for her, felt right for her. His thoughts were interrupted by her outstretched hand cupping his cheek and turning his eyes towards her.

A question came: “Will I see you again?”

“Close your eyes.”

He didn’t want to, but what resistance he had ebbed away, and the last vision of her was a bright smile and her so-green eyes. He felt her lips brush against his own, pressing lightly, rubbing passionately, taking his breath away.

When the kiss broke, her hand melted away, the scent of the club came back once more. The sounds of the club rushed back, having been missing while she was with him. His eyes opened in surprise, expecting to see her in the booth beside him—she couldn’t leave, after all; he was in the way. But the space was empty, her red a memory, the green of her eyes haunting. His eyes fell upon the table, seeing his glass was empty. But there was something more. Left behind on the table was a small silver card. Upon picking it up, he discovered a name written there. The name she’d never given him, but then he’d never given his name, either.

Tera

As he fingered the edge of the card, he wondered if he’d ever see her again. Turning the card over, he read the message written there.

You will … soon.

Three words that made him smile. As mysterious as ever, it seemed. As he slipped the card into his jacket pocket, he believed her promise and looked forward to the next time he encountered her. He liked being with her, listening to her attentively. Idly, a thought tickled his imagination and he chuckled to himself: what where the chances that she’d be interested in him for more than conversation, anyway?

As he left the club, his walk surer, a smile playing upon his lips, someone was watching him. In the shadows nearby, at the edge of a cone of light being poured from a streetlamp, Tera watched him, a thoughtful, yet bemused smile adorning her lips. He’d find out soon enough why he interested her and why it was, exactly, she had encountered him.

Encounters were but a step on the way to enlightenment, after all.

Sep 25 2016

A Review of Kissing Darkness by Fionn Jameson

Kissing Darkness by Fionn Jameson

Kissing Darkness by Fionn Jameson

Short stories offer, when the characters have depth, the story has some meaning and, occasionally, when the erotica isn’t overwhelming all else, something interesting. Avoiding the stereotypical and focusing on why the characters have become who they are can give the meaning, but also, the heat as well.

History matters in telling a story. It provides context first, personality second but most of all it gives reason for why a character has the views they do of the world. Sometimes evil can, occasionally, lead towards something far more important. The realization that not everyone is the same. There are always shades of grey. it is choice that tells which one a soul becomes.

The work tells the story of:

W‎illa hunts demons. Gabriel is one. What should’ve been easy turns out to be…less so as the hunter meets the hunted in a dangerous game of seduction and redemption.

Willa’s past has driven her to hunt incubi. Gabriel’s live has driven him to be something other than what he is expected to be. When they collide each must ask themselves a question. For one the question is if they can change, for the other the question is did they change enough?

The story is mainly focused on Willa, her life, the choices she has made since a very troubling and life changing moment in her life. There’s a deep sadness around her and as the story tells the reason why, it’s even more so, defining why she’s made the choice she has to hunt incubi and remove them. The thing about that, and it is something that adds to her sadness, is there’s seemingly no finality to her actions.

Willa has this air of need, to overcome her own demons, but that causes her to be less than what she needs to be. By that I mean she’s so wrapped up in her revenge that it’s surprising that she’s smart enough, or lucky enough, to have lived as long as she has.

That brings Gabriel, the incubus of the work, into play. In this universe there are many supernatural beings, many of which are “evil” to some extent. For Gabriel, he sees his kind as being very “evil” in what they do to others. There came a point where he decided that there was a better way to live and he took that path.

All of this means the main characters have a lot of story to tell, to explain where they are, but most of all, that story needs to give meaning to why the two of them are attracted to each other so strongly. That’s what’s missing here. The heat is lovely, the characters are interesting and involve the reader in the story. But there’s no real explanation of why Willa feels as she does. There’s no reflective aspect told in Gabriel. There are hints, an idea, but it doesn’t play out much.

Overall, that is the problem with this work. Willa talks about her past, but it’s not really dealt with. Gabriel talks about choice, but it’s not seen. The two characters dance around each other until they fall together and the erotica comes. The scene is lovely, Willa is very demanding and Gabriel is more than willing to give Willa what she desires. The moment is shattering for them both and it causes Willa to have to think about her life, her choice and what that means to Gabriel.

The aftermath and the resolution doesn’t quite go far enough to settle a lot of the questions left. Choices are made, the scene is delightful and it reveals more about both characters than the entire work did prior to that moment. But things are unresolved, there is hope, for both, but there’s still the question as to what’s pulled the two of them together.

Well written, the characters have emotion and life. The problem comes in the disconnect between the why of their choices and the resolution of the story. There’s too much left open, not told or vaguely hinted at to give a reason for one important question. Why these two?

While this work originally appeared as part of a short story collection, it has been issued as a stand alone work now. I’d like to see what comes next for both characters. Willa can be more than her sadness and uncertainty. Gabriel can be more than a means for soothing her. Together, there might be something for them both. That’s what I’d like to see, whatever that may be.

Three out of five pitchforks.

There was a lot of story missing, in both Gabriel and Willa. The connection between them, while there, was missing aspects to explain it better. The past wasn’t told nearly as much as I would have liked. I feel like there needed to be a story after this, to follow their relationship further. Mind you, burgers and fries after sex isn’t a bad place to start…

 

Tera

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