Aug 25 2014

Storm Clouds 206 by TeraS

Beginning Chapter 36 this week on the Tale … I think the Queen needs to make an appearance … at least for a little while … And she needs to speak 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.

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Storm Clouds 206
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.”

And so she did.

Aug 24 2014

A Review of Bound to Hell by Carl East

Bound to Hell by Carl East

Bound to Hell by Carl East

I believe that having interesting characters is what drives a story forwards. Without that one thing any story cannot stand on it’s own. Having an adventure, no matter how interesting, no matter how action packed. cannot make up for that.

It is their voice that matters. They have to have personality. They have to be someone that I care about to know what happens next.

The thing is however, having characters that are interesting but cannot express themselves well? That’s where some problems begin for me at least…

  • Title: Bound to Hell
  • Author: Carl East
  • Publishing Date: July 8, 2013
  • Length: 28 Pages
  • IBSN: 9781301831203
  • This work at Smashwords.com

The story tells of:

Dale is struggling to get through college, but something is about to happen that will make college irrelevant. With the aid of a Succubus he’s about to take on the role of the monster killing Reaper and his life will never be the same again.

Dale is a college student, bored out of his mind in class. At least he is until a Succubus named Cindy enters and changes his life forever. Dale finds out that what he thought was reality isn’t quite as simple as it seemed to be, and having Cindy in his life promises to make his live more complicated than he could imagine.

I think the one thing that bothered me the most in this story was that the way the characters spoke was monotonous. By that I mean it was hard sometimes to tell if Cindy was talking or Dale or any of the other characters when they appear. Reading their thoughts, what they say, it seemed to be a lot of nothing with the occasional important bit of information to be shared. I understand that Dale is young, but Cindy is a Succubus, she is supposed to have been around for a long time and I expected much more out of her that was seen.

Of course, she isn’t the focus of the story, Dale is in a “fish out of water” sort of way. But that’s the problem I think. There is so much for him to learn that it is like drinking out of a fire hose. Then he is dropped into situations that he isn’t ready for and things just go wrong from there for both he and Cindy.

Speaking of Cindy, while there is actually a lot about her personality, her role in the story, and how she acts as a Succubus, there were at least for me, pieces of her missing. There was too much emphasis on her being… well as she describes herself “a slut.” She’s more than that, but over the course of the story Cindy acts in that way most of the time, save for a few moments. That made her regrettably a bit too one-dimenisonal for my taste. Not to mention that what she really looks like is hidden away by emphasis on her being hyper-sexual.

I’ve said this before, but Succubi are more than being sex toys, but in this case Cindy is that more than anything else and it bothers me. She is smarter than that, you get glimpses of this being true at several points in the story, but in every case she is driven back towards being a sex toy and I didn’t enjoy that very much.

That’s not to say that some of the scenes between Dale and Cindy weren’t nicely hot, they were, but that alone can’t bring me to like the rest of the story for the emphasis being on sex alone. It could have been much more than that, but it wasn’t and that’s a real problem.

I’ll also add that it felt like there are at least five longer stories within this short one that are trying to get out. For me at least, the better thing would have been writing those stories and giving them life. The entire work just was too rushed, too frantic and it really did not need to be that way. Even splitting this work in two and then creating two stories as long as the original would have been better…

I’ll give this work two and a half pitchforks out of five.

An interesting concept for a new universe really, but there are some bumps in the reading that bothered me. I think it would have been better overall if the story had set up a longer series of stories than darting from one threat to the next. Hyperactivity can be a bad thing and honestly in this case it was for me.

 

Tera

Aug 23 2014

A Devilish Chibi Drawing YouTube

I love cute images of Succubi, and some of the cutest are those I’ve found in what is called chibi art… I found a neat teaching YouTube of one and the character in it just make me smile…

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEXBH7iu9Zo

And, of course, a screenshot of the chibi herself…

Chibi Devious by Mark Crilley

Chibi Devious by Mark Crilley

This art is by Mark Crilley, and you can find their YouTube page here.

She is, quite simply, the cuteness and I just adore her… Her smile, her tail, her entire look is just so very right to me in so many ways…

I’d love to see a webcomic with her appearing in it, I think she’d be a lot of fun to watch ply her cute brand of sort-of evilness over the other in the comic… Mebby that’s something to think about… sometime…

 

Tera

Aug 22 2014

A Review of The Succubus Series by Vanna B

The Succubus: Sins of the Flesh by Vanna B.

The Succubus: Sins of the Flesh by Vanna B.

One of the things that bothers me more than anything else when someone writes a story about Succubi is that they appear as being, for lack of a better description, beautiful monsters. They are written as creatures with no soul, no real caring within them. They are simply existing in the story as a means to shock and then draw others in the story to do poor things. I do not enjoy horror. I do not enjoy horror that attempts to give meaning to itself by wrapping itself in the guise of erotica.

Perhaps when authors write something like this they should clearly say that the work is horror and not really erotica. In doing so I might have taken a different approach or had other expectations in the works. Still, the promise I thought I saw at the beginning quickly turned into something that just turned me off completely. If the second work hadn’t been free, I don’t believe I would have looked at it either.

In short, the series I read recently did nothing for me. As such I will be reviewing the two parts of the series that I did read and I will not be continuing to follow this work for a very simple reason. I have better things to read and better works to enjoy than this was.

The Succubus 2: Raven's Reign by Vanna B.

The Succubus 2: Raven’s Reign by Vanna B.

There is a third work in the series, but as I did not read it, nor do I wish to, this will be the extent to my review of this series. I have to assume that as dark and horrific as the series was to this point that the third work isn’t any better. What bothers me the most is that the concept from the summaries that are listed with these works makes them seem like something I might like. Perhaps that is the biggest problem of all.

The first work in the series tells of:

Dressed in strange clothing and covered in tattoos and piercings, Raven DuBois appears to be just another goth college student rebelling through her unusual, dark style. Darrin Brown, on the other hand is as boring as they come. Before moving to NYC to complete his sociology degree, the Average Joe knew nothing more than church, the four walls of his Detroit home, and his Plain Jane girlfriend, Melody.

Raven is spontaneous…unpredictable…dangerous. She’s unlike anyone Darrin has ever met and he’s instantly intrigued by her unique style, killer body and seductive ways. But he soon finds there is much more to her than meets the eye.

After getting a taste of what Raven has to offer, Darrin can’t get enough. He soon falls deep under her spell and will do anything she asks of him, without questioning. He finds himself a pawn in her wicked game; a game in which he stands to lose more than he ever imagined – including his soul.

The second continues with:

Darrin is no longer the shy, scared boy he used to be. The newfound confidence Raven helped him discover, along with his good looks, laid back swagger, and charming smile, cause women to gravitate to him, and each night he has a different woman in his bed.

But none of them can compare to the fiery demon temptress whose seductive ways keep Darrin at her beck and call. He will do anything to make her happy, even carrying out a murderous mission to make her upcoming birthday one to die for. Carving up thirteen innocent women to please Raven is a piece of cake for Darrin, but a vigilante demon hunter comes along to crash her party. If things go according to her plan, there will be no icing and no candles because she intends to blow Raven’s fire out forever more.

As much as the summaries might suggest there might be some erotica in the works, there isn’t. There is a great deal of pain, suffering, abuse, hate, and more negative emotions that any kind of heat generated from the story is lost in it.

You cannot have a reasonably hot erotic encounter followed by a mass murder or worse, at least I think so, and that happens more often than not here. There are many taboos that are crossed in the works, one of which was a complete and total turn off for me and when it happened that ended any kind of enjoyment for me period.

It is a repetitive cycle of abuse followed by actions to gain favor which lead to more abuse. There is no real substance to the works save for the moments of horror and abuse that the characters suffer though. So why is that so?

Why is it that what begins as what might be an interesting entanglement turns into a story of personality change, loss and in the end, suffering for so many? There is no respect for the female characters in the work, they all turn into fodder for a misguided belief which the demon, and she is a demon and not any sort of Succubus by any stretch of the imagination, is forcing on the male lead character.

There is a D/s relationship in the work, or at least it attempts to be one in the beginning but really all it turns into is abuse and lies for an end. That is not any kind of story I can enjoy. I did not. I cannot recommend a story where abuse is the core of the story and everything else is muted by it being so overwhelming.

One pitchfork out of five for both.

That one pitchfork is for the concept and the beginning of the series. It is a shame that the promise in the beginning was tossed aside for the mess it turned into when there was a good interesting plot that could have gone somewhere without resorting to the scenes of murder and destruction that appear.

I don’t like horror for the sake of it. I don’t care for a story that is more about the horror and what goes into it than the characters themselves. Most of all I dislike stereotypes. and there are a lot of them in these works.

I cannot see myself finishing the series for how I felt after reading each work. The thing that amazes me most of all is that so many people are giving these works five star ratings and it doesn’t make any sense to me why they do so. The reviews are vague to the point of almost being advertising and I wonder if they are.

Of course it is all about personal taste. For me this series leaves a bad taste.

 

Tera

Aug 21 2014

Succubi Image of the Week 345

I’ve written some stories in the Realm about Succubi that have various roles. Librarian being one of them. Some time ago I was directed to an image of a Succubi who… Well, I was told she might be a librarian… or an accountant. And I think she’s a lovely accountant at that…

Devil of Detail by jollyjack

Devil of Detail by jollyjack

This work is called Devil of Detail, and it is by an artist on DeviantArt named Jollyjack. You can find the original page I found this art here and this artist’s page on DeviantArt is here as well…

This is just so perfect in so many ways… The only thing I wish she had was a tail, although her braided hair does sort of represent one if you think about it. I like the stylized horns here which at least to me are red so she could be a red tail in the Realm.

I really need to ponder that idea, the one about an accountant of the Succubi and what she might be doing. Perhaps counting Pets? Adding up seductions? Really they are some fascinating stories to be told.

Of course the question becomes of what her name might be, as part of the Realm.

Addison? Yes it is a little silly but still…

 

Tera

Aug 20 2014

It’s warm as a costume goes… it isn’t feverish…

Fever Black Devil CostumeBlack I don’t mind all that much as a costume colour. It has its place and really it can work well in the right combination… This is… close.

This is called the Fever Black Devil Costume and it comes with a black zip up romper with mesh insets, a black horned headband and a pair black wings. The stockings and boots the model is wearing are not included, nor is a tail, and it sells for $48 US.

Adding the stockings and boots to this drives the price of this costume to $128… Adding a tail would drive it to $140 US…

Overall I kind of like the look of this costume, though there is no tail to be seen. I’m not sure I would go with the stockings really or the wings for that matter, neither of them do much for me to be honest.

The horns at least match the costume and, as a thought, wearing a red wig with this might be… interesting…

I can sort of see needing a whip of some kind as well considering how dommish one looks wearing this combination.

I’ll give this two out of five pitchforks as it is…

It might be more when I change things… a bunch.

We’ll have to see if this makes it to the top choices for the year, but I don’t think it quite will manage that honestly…

 

Tera

Aug 19 2014

A Review of Summoning the Succubus by Gabriel Argonne

Summoning the Succubus by Gabriel Argonne

Summoning the Succubus by Gabriel Argonne

It is not often that a story focuses on the return of Lilith in a way that makes her a power and not simply a creature of habit. By that I mean, in general, when she appears there is nothing really told about what she has been through, what her desires are, and, more importantly, what her plans are to gain what she wishes.

Lilith should not be a cardboard rendering, nor should she be a simply evil being that acts as a monster. She should be both seductive and intelligent. She should be able to see the desires of others and bend them to her will.

She has to be more. I found a work that does that very well.

It tells the story of:

Lilith has been residing in Limbo for centuries, biding her time after he last defeat, when at last she feels the tug, a sensation long awaited. After arriving in the modern world, she begins the task of taking over and gaining power through the only means that she knows: sex. Can the world resist the temptation?

The work tells of Lilith being summoned back to the material plane, encountering those that summoned her, and then bending them to her will. While this might sound somewhat like a normal story about Lilith returning it is quite a bit more than that.

Lilith herself is not stereotypical in this work in that she is not seen as a thoughtless monster or creature that exists only to bring suffering. Instead she is given form, purpose, and desires that she wishes to make real. She speaks with a clear voice, a powerful one, and those that believed they would control her are quite mistaken soon enough.

It was quite nice to see that Lilith has a tail and uses it at several times through the very hot erotic moments, to turn the heat up a bit more. She is seductive, she is very much a Succubus in how she can see into the desires of others. There is also some nicely told moments of mind control that again made the story fit together well. But the most telling thing about Lilith was that she thought about her actions and what she needed to do in order to make the best with what she had around her. She wasn’t simply reacting or taking without concern or thought. She knows that taking too much would be a problem and she tempers herself.

At one point Lilith seduces and changes one of those around her and we see that happen step by step and it is written in such a way that the heat in her actions, what she says and teases, makes for something that is every bit as hot as the core erotica scene in the work. There is a certain way that Succubi need to be written and this author I think manages that very well.

The work is not a simple hot flash in that the work is not a sex scene with no meaning. There is reason, past and goals in Lilith. There are stories told about those that summoned her and the others that are drawn to her. It is a well told story about entrapment, submission, and more that is done very well. The only real issue is that it might have been triple the length it is to tell more of Lilith’s story, what she had been through, and what she plans next.

But it ends at a cliffhanger of sorts and in doing so left me wanting slightly. The build up, the heat, the entire work was wonderful… But then it stops suddenly and… I really wish that it didn’t.

Very well written, the erotica has lovely heat, there is a strong undercurrent of mind control to it which is done very well. The author gives Lilith a means to capture those around her and then bend them to her will that tells of the secrets they hold, but also of how Lilith sees those hidden wants and needs, twisting them to do her bidding. There was but one word error, something said to be singular, but in fact there was many of them around Lilith. Beyond that, the work is quite short and where the story ends makes it feel like there is more to come. I would have liked to see more of this work and I’ll watch for more. I think the world and story is remarkably well told. It would be a shame for it to end here.

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

One of the better concepts of Lilith in who she is, what her wishes are and what she has been through. A well told story of her power, her will and how that shapes those that she entraps in her plans. But it is short, painfully so when the story is told. I hope for more to this story as I found it fascinating…

 

Tera

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