May 18 2014

A Review of The Wielder: Sworn Vengeance by David Gosnell

The Wielder: Sworn Vengeance by David Gosnell

The Wielder: Sworn Vengeance by David Gosnell

Today I will be reviewing the second work in The Wielder series by David Gosnell, Sworn Vengeance. I reviewed the first work in this series, Betrayal, here on the Tale and I really was so very enamoured with the story, the characters and the work this author created.

It has taken me some time to do so and in that I did not read the first release of this work, rather I read the second, and that I think is a salient point to make here so that my thoughts can be connected with the proper version of the work.

The thing about vengeance, or more precisely revenge, is the question not of the means. In truth the means isn’t what matters in the end. What really matters is what the consequences of finding that moment can do.

That’s a question that few ever really consider themselves with.

The work tells of:

After sending the dzemond soul reaper Maldgorath running for his life, you’d think Arthur MacInerny’s life with the six spirits grafted to his soul would have become a little simpler.

But no…

Maldgorath not only takes a shot at revenge on Arthur and his band, but plunges the world into turmoil. He attacks Rome with thousands of his summonlings, which sets his grand plan into motion. That plan is use radical Islam as a lever to create chaos among the world’s religions. The world turns on itself and Arthur along with others have to go into hiding.

But Arthur isn’t one to stay on the sidelines. He is sworn to vengeance against Maldgorath not only for the death of his son, but for the family of the warrior he killed while duped into thinking the church was responsible.

The second installment in the six-part series, follows Arthur, his band of summonlings and other friends he’s picked up along the way as he pursues his Sworn Vengeance.

Arthur’s life has become somewhat more complicated in the time that has passed from the first book in the series to this one. Having been on several missions with his summonlings, doing the right things for the right reasons, the world starts to come apart at the seams thanks to the being that cost Arthur part of his family. Now facing a situation where the question to be asked is who do you trust and who can you turn to, he sets out to stop the oncoming terrors and somehow stop them.

While that is the core of the story, there is, at least for me, a more interesting thread that runs alongside of this. Silithes, the Succubus of this series, has always seemed to be something more than she appeared to be. In this work, that becomes very clear and as it does there is a fascinating background told about her, and of other Succubi. With that comes something that I thought was true, that Silithes is, truly, so much more than a “pretty” thing. That point, the secret revealed, what it does to her, and what in turn happens between herself and Arthur, that I thought brought out so much more in her character.

With all of these revelations about Silithes and her past, another Succubus appears who I thought added a dimension to Succubi that reinforced that they are most than what they seem to be. That I think opened the door towards several possible paths for Silithes’ story to take and I do wonder about them. The concept revealed, by itself, is something that explains questions about the Succubi, and to a lesser extent, Incubi in this universe.

As for the other summonlings that are connected to Arthur, there is also a focus on Sheyliene, the fairy and in that comes a story about her that hurts so very deeply and with that comes some very desperate questions about her. She is hurt, so deeply, and where that will go in the future is something that is concerning. As for Arix, Vetisghar, Hjuul and Pffiferil, their characters are developed somewhat, but not to the same extent as Silithes and Sheyliene are. They have their moments, some wonderfully funny at one point and so very deeply sad in the next.

With the focus on Arthur comes the question of Znuul. He is, at least in my thoughts, becoming more and more the “evil, but not really so” dragon that I do enjoy when he appears. I had hoped for these two to become closer somehow, friends if they could, and there is one scene in this work that really spoke volumes about who Znuul is, what he fears most of all, and why that matters to him. All in all the connections here are well told and are very real.

There are several different plots that run though the work, some of which are shattering in what they foretell to the world around Arthur. There are some difficult scenes that involve those that are supposed to be allies, and others that are of a lighter tone. All of them are well told stories in their own right and add to the characters depth very well I thought.

The climax of the work is both satisfying in one way, and worrisome in another. It does lead, really quite well, towards the next work in the series, leaving some very difficult questions to be answered. Alongside of that, the last moments of the work, which push Arthur towards something that he had been thinking about, but never did, leave questions as well. As a whole, the work closes the book to one plot, but opens another and it is a worrisome one as well.

Compelling characters, well told, with a story that is gripping. The only thing that I wish for is a little more time in the editing please? There are some errors here and there in the work that need to be taken care of to make it read better. They are not many, but with all of the story, characterizations, moments, and emotions in this work, it is a shame they crop up now and again.

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

The story is compelling, the characters grow in such fascinating ways. All that is revealed about Silithes just was right in every sense of the word. There really is so much right about this work and I know, fully, that the next work in the series will be as gripping. Just please, a little more time in editing would be all that I ask.

I will be watching for the next work in the series… It will be something to see where everything goes from here.



May 17 2014

A Short Succubus Film on YouTube

One of the things that I find interesting is how the concept of Succubi is interpreted by film makers. One thing that I have noticed is that, for the most part, the concepts drawn on by amateur filmmakers or students are in their own way more powerful and unique than that of more professional ones.

By that I mean there is too much of a stereotypical view of Succubi that is taken in general overall. It’s nice I think to have something different. It doesn’t necessarily have to be violent or evil in nature, but it has to be… different.

I think that the concept in this short film is interesting and it would be interesting to see where it might go from where it ends.

And if you cannot see the film here on the Tale, click this link:

And here is a screenshot of the actress in her role as the Succubus of the film…

Succubus Screenshot Film

Now I realize the image is a little dark, but in truth that makes her more interesting as a Succubus to me.

I think that the music and effects in the film really set a tone that is creepy and somewhat “evil” in nature. When the Succubus feeds the movie turns violent which again reflects the mood and music. I would have liked to know the story behind her. Perhaps lower the music and effects to have her speaking over what she is doing and thinking.

The work is all about the interpretation of what Succubi are and in truth that seems to be harkening back to the traditional image of Succubi that they are female demons who seduce men and take from them.

The work itself was created by a group of students from the New York Film Academy. The interesting part of this, as noted in the description on YouTube was that the film was shot on 35mm film and the students only received 5 minuted of film to work with. Considering that point, to manage to create the scenes they did and the striking images really is an accomplishment.

It does leave many questions which of course could not be answered, but then the point of any good film is to leave you thinking about it. I think that this work really does that…


May 16 2014

A Review of Emerald Eyes by D. A. Riley

Emerald Eyes by D. A. Riley

Emerald Eyes by D. A. Riley

One of my own personal beliefs about Succubi is that they are not as evil as the legends make them out to be. That isn’t to say that there are some that act poorly, do awful things and, as a whole, are dark things in both body and spirit.

But, and this is important, there are others who are not. They have in them a power that those others cannot come to terms with. It’s a shame really because in the end, as the saying goes, those that live by the sword shall perish by it.

  • Title: Emerald Eyes
  • Author: D. A. Riley
  • Length: 188 Pages
  • ASIN: B00JY3Z9BE
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494930646 (Paperback)
  • Publishing Date: April 25, 2014
  • This work at

The work tells the story of:

The Munroe sisters are “essence stealers.” Their gift—or curse, depending on which one you ask—allows them to consume a man’s essence through their alluring emerald eyes, purely for self-gratification.

The death of their parents’ brings together the total opposites, Lacey and Kate. Lacey is innocent and kind. She wants to find love naturally, not steal it. Wild and self-indulgent Kate believes men exist solely to provide her physical pleasure. The twins have been estranged since Kate stole the man Lacey loved.

Though their reunion brings up painful memories for Lacey, it helps her heal. She decides to let go of anger and find love again, which she soon does with a handsome Colorado rancher named Jack. The relationship eventually becomes strained, though the passion never does, because of the distance between Lacey’s home in Texas and Jack’s in Colorado.

Will Lacey and Jack make their relationship work? How will Jack react once he knows about Lacey’s power? Will the presence of another “essence stealer” in their lives affect the trust and love between them?

Lacey and her sister Kate are opposites. One is light, the other is dark. Both are not quite human, but Lacey is more human than her sister is. The mystery of both who they are and what they are unfolds in this story and in doing so we see something special. A story of the fear of what one could be and the promise of what one will be.

They are not quite Succubi, though they can be seen as such. I liked that they didn’t take souls, at one point a note being made that they cannot do so, but they take something more important. They take what makes a man who he is. Lacey has never done this, but her sister Kate has. What happens to Kate is at the same time terrifying and yet poetic in a way. It does speak to what happens when all we are is the darkness that eventually consumes us.

It is that fear, more than anything, that makes Lacey hesitate when she meets Jack. She worries about why he is smitten with her, if it is her doing, and it is a theme that runs throughout the story. She needs to know that Jack loves her because he does. That question, sadly, is one she fights with and is played upon by another of her kind who, tragically, is so very much like Kate.

The story does touch on what Lacey and her kind are, telling much about them, and yet it does not get in the way of the larger story. The story is of Lacey finding the one thing that all of her kind seek and how she can hold onto that.

There are a few points in the story that while taking the story forwards, seemed to be piling one issue or disaster on top of another. I’m not sure that really needed to happen, one major event in the work being more than enough to force the issue between Lacey and Jack. The amount of uncertainty in Lacey, a character who is, by all that she says and does, seemed to be strong willed, sometimes was too much and hurt the work ever so slightly.

But when that uncertainty is dealt with and they are together, even in simple things like having dinner, or reading on the couch together… Those moments I just adored. The connection between the two of them is very real and passionate, leading towards some wonderfully hot scenes that play out perfectly. The joy that comes with them together is palatable and adds a dimension to the story that just fit all of the pieces together.

The conclusion is perfect in how Lacey deals with one final, really sigh inducing, issue that comes between her and Jack. But as well, there is a lovely opening to another work that the author left open and it would be nice to see that happen sometime. The future glimpsed in the last chapter for them I think needs to be told if for no other reason than to close Lacey’s story with her dreams made true.

Written so very well, the author has a very few mistakes in the text, a word or two missing or a letter falling off a word, but their characters, settings, emotions… All are wonderful and in the end, make for one of the best Succubi works i have read this year.

A well deserved five out of five pitchforks.

A wonderfully touching read that tells of hopes and fears so desperately felt by Lacey and Jack, how they deal with the troubles that appear before them, but it is so much more than that.

It is, in a way, a realization of a dream. The best kind of stories are those.

Succubi, always, know.



May 15 2014

Succubi Image of the Week 331

It’s always nice I think to find an image of a Succubus that has character… A smile, an expression… Something that brings out the thought that she is more than simply a Succubus…

I do feel that this work expresses that quite nicely…

Succubus by minkart

Succubus by minkart

This work is called Succubus and is by an artist on DeviantArt called Minkart. You can find the original page I found this work on here and this artist’s page on DeviantArt is here.

There is so much to like in this work… Lovely expression, her smile is quite captivating… Lovely hairstyle and her outfit works really well with her body shape. I also like her tail and that it matches her horns and wings. I’m not quite sure I like the torn wings, but then I never really do for a lot of reasons. She has a bit of a Dungeons and Dragons vibe to her, but thankfully she hasn’t got red skin which I think would have looked awful here by far.

I like the slightly understated sexuality in her as well. She’s not “typical” which I feel is important and overall she could pass as human in any setting really which if you think about it wouldn’t be a bad thing for a Succubus to be able to do. There is a story in that somewhere I will have to ponder…

Please do visit this artist’s site on DeviantArt!



May 14 2014

I can’t see this costume starting much of a fire…

Fire Starter CostumeI have, and I still cannot believe that I have, found yet another new low for… well.. I can’t call this a Succubus costume and a Devil Girl one is a real stretch of the imagination. I can say that it is another example of one of the worst costumes I have ever seen…

This is called the Fire Starter Costume and it comes with the… well… I’ll call it s a dress, the horns and according to the descriptions I have seen… That’s all.

No boots or gloves or anything else and it sells for around $30 US at most places I have found it…

It’s… well… It really isn’t all that sexy to be honest. It almost looks like something that was worn during a party in the mid-1960s to a go-go.

I suppose that it still could be, but overall I just find the entire thing leaves me just cold. Now I will admit that part of this is the model’s expression which seems so very campy and just seems to be screaming at anyone looking to buy this costume that they should run away… screaming.

I honestly can’t see a way to make this better or make me want to wear this at all…

Another zero out of five pitchforks…

There will be more…



May 13 2014

A Review of Sissified by the Succubus by Nora Nix

Sissified by the Succubus by Nora Nix

Sissified by the Succubus by Nora Nix

Not all stories with a Succubus in them are about the Succubus herself. That isn’t to say that she isn’t any less interesting or that there are questions about her that need to be answered. Many times the Succubus is a means to an end. Someone to push the story forwards in some shape or form.

The question then needs to be asked if the Succubus really makes a difference to the story and if they weren’t there would it matter? Sometimes it doesn’t for where the story goes.

The work tells of:

It’s his first year of college, and Greg is just another drunk, horny pledge at a frat party – until Brad, the fraternity president, renegotiates the terms of initiation. When he whips out a paddle, Greg is sure it must all be some kind of joke, but getting his ass tanned proves to be the least of his problems when he’s named the sissy of the frat and turned into a girl in a bizarre ritual meant to sate a sexy succubus’ lust for power and the pledges’ lust for flesh.

Greg is a pledge about to try to pass the last hurdle and be accepted. He fails however and in doing so discovers that failure leads to a Succubus having her way with him, and then everyone around him doing the same.

As a whole, at least for me personally, I found the story too violent for me. There is a lot of suffering that the pledges face and it did nothing for me at all. While it was used to push the story forwards, and I understand that, I couldn’t find my way to actually enjoy the story being told for all of the hurt and pain that is seen. That is the characterizations of course and it is needed to bring the story to the point where the Succubus appears. But I found it took up too much of the overall setting and story. I don’t think as a whole it needed to.

Eventually Solaria, the Succubus of the story appears. She physically is very much a dominant being, powerful and while she isn’t quite stereotypical she confuses me. By that I mean her relationship with the one that summons her seems… off. There’s something that doesn’t fit with her personality and what happens with her there. I wondered who really was in control and why as the story unfolded. While the summary tells of her wanting power, in the story itself I didn’t quite see any sign of that being told.

Solaria is mainly used as a means to transform Greg’s gender and then the somewhat over the top sex scenes begin with Solaria watching. When the climax of the story is over… it seems to be lacking. By that I mean Solaria’s reason for what she did, why it happened and so on seemed to be very tenuous.

But that I think for the core story wasn’t the point. Solaria was there to make the rest of the story happen and then move to the background which is basically what happens with her. As a story about a Succubus, this work does not focus on that. It focuses on Greg’s transformation, what happens after that, in all of the ways it does, and then the story comes to a close.

It would have been nice for a bit less pain and suffering and more story, or more about what Solaria wanted. It would have been a lot more interesting for me at least if there was that added to this work.

Well written, very descriptive scenes and the characters have some depth to them in a story that has some heat in it. The problem is that heat is muted somewhat by the actions of some of the characters and who they turn out to be.

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

Solaria isn’t the focus of the story, and that’s fine. Still, she’s interesting and I would have liked to know more about her, why she is involved in things and what she wants from the others. The main problem for me was the violence in the story. There are better stories by this author and I’ll review a series by them next Tuesday.



May 12 2014

Comfort by TeraS

Yesterday was Mother’s Day … Those that know me know that it is not the easiest of days for me to manage, but I have something I do on that day, every year, that gives me some comfort inside … Perhaps that’s something we all need in our lives …


By TeraS


There is a hallway in the Palace of the Realm which seems out of sorts with everything else that surrounds it. It isn’t what it looks like; there is really no difference in the tapestry, the decorations, with everything that would surround someone when they walked through that particular space on the way to wherever they might be off to. And yet there is a difference.

Someone passing along would notice that there is a large opening to the side that displays what appeared to be a balcony open to the elements outside. In the centre of that space one would clearly see a wrought iron bench, large enough for two, possibly three people. It would be clear that anyone who takes a seat on that spot would be overlooking the rolling hills that cascade towards the Lake of Fire and, if one is there in the morning, the first rays of dawn caressing that spot moments after the sun rises over the horizon.

At least one could if not for a red twisted rope bannister that blocks the way, with a small sign hanging from the middle where the rope is pulled down by gravity, a sign which reads ‘Comfort’.

If one happens to be passing down this hallway on a specific morning, well before dawn, one finds Tera sitting there, the bannister down and carefully curled up. In spite of seeing her there, even someone looking for her would just keep walking along, leaving Tera undisturbed.

She sits there, holding a small mug with writing on it, though the words are obscured by both of her hands. Her eyes are closed, her head nodding—just slightly—on occasion, as if she is listening to someone. But no one appears to be there. She speaks softly, sometimes with a smile, sometimes as she wipes tears from her eyes.

But no one would see any of this because no one is ever there. Yet someone is.

It would be only at the very instant of the first dawn, when the light of the day first appears and pushes at the darkness, urging it aside because it was time for night to give way. In that moment, in only that moment, on this particular day, Tera turns to look to her right.

Ethereally—faintly at first—a pair of sky blue eyes appears, looking back at her. Then an achingly familiar smile shimmers into view. Blond—so very blonde—curls, cascading so much like Tera’s own raven ones, would be next, framing a face that Tera has known from the moment she was born.

Tera always reaches out one hand and tries to touch the cheek of the one who is forming, but then pauses. She is so close and yet she waits. She has to wait, no matter how much she doesn’t want to.

Her white gossamer robes would come into focus next, the ones that Tera held onto with one hand when she was a child. Those memories make Tera both smile and cry as they come in a flood. Two little red horns, almost exactly like Tera’s own, pop into life as a pair of white angel wings flutter open, one of them draping over and yet not quite touching Tera.

A slender hand appears from under the visitor’s robes and hovers just above Tera’s thigh, the moment now almost there. The last and most important thing is the long, red, heart-tipped tail that peeks out from under the robes and moves towards and then twines around Tera’s own tail twice, but again, not touching, instead hovering just out of reach.

Tera then closes her eyes and begins to lean in towards her guest, hoping, wishing, that this time, just this once, they would touch, that she could rest her head upon her mother’s shoulder and be allowed that small comfort, in that one moment to physically feel and not just know in her soul that her mother loves her.

That moment always comes as the flash of dawn on the horizon explodes into a shower of light that envelopes the Realm, warming it, bringing the promise of a new day to all.

As the moment passes, Tera remains there, alone on the bench, looking out across the lands. She takes one last sip from her mug and then places it on the bench before standing up and turning from the view. Anyone there would see her place the bannister across the balcony, check to see that all is as it should be, and then turn away, a small smile on her face, a glow in her soul, and a swisch in her tail as she leaves.

But that mug is left behind. No one is able to read the words on it from the hallway, but, from the other side, whence it matters, the words are clear to see:

There is comfort in knowing you are loved.