Jul 09 2014

My definition of Devine must be different I think…

Devine Devil CostumeWhat is devine? To me. at least costume-wise, it is something that looks beautiful, has a certain something about it that makes it stand out from all of the other costumes, and as such, makes you stand out as well…

This costume would make you stand out, but not in the right way I think…

This is called the Devine Devil Costume and it comes with s sequin and mesh dress, s padded tail. a pair of horns and the awful plastic pitchfork appears again. Shoes are not included.

It sells for $50 US on many sites I have found it for sale on…

I don’t like the flame hem on this dress all that much. To be honest, if that wasn’t there I would give this a higher rating than I will be. The pitchfork is that lousy one that I have no attraction to whatsoever, the tail isn’t all that awful really, but I can do better than that…

At least the tail and the horns match the dress, which is something that happens it seems very rarely…

I think as a backup to the costume I want to have this year, it wouldn’t be the worst thing to wear, but it won’t be my first choice…

Three and a half pitchforks out of five.

It would be four, but that hem just seems wrong…

 

Tera

Jul 08 2014

A Review of Almost Good by Carl East

Almost Good by Carl East

Almost Good by Carl East

There is a question that sometimes comes about when Succubi are involved in a story, That is the question of can they not be evil? I think the better question is, who can, truly, not manage to do something, if not evil, then at least mischievous.

And what follows that question is, what happens when a Succubus makes a choice that puts her life in the hands of others because she has no other choice. Who can she trust? That question can make for some interesting partnerships…

The work tells the story of:

Clair has an unusual gift, she can detect strange. Yvonne’s as strange as they come, because she’s the first Vision Walker Clair’s ever known. With the power Yvonne possesses along with a Succubus, a Fallen Angel and a shape Shifter, the bad guys better watch their backs.

Clair has a motley crew of friends, or almost friends, with supernatural powers. Together they help who they can, but want to, somehow, do more. They rescue Yvonne from a bad situation and through her their adventures really begin.

The cast of characters in this work are interesting in their own rights and each really could be the focus of a single work on their own. There is background hinted at for each of them, but only hinted at and that leaves a lot of questions to be wondered about. The Succubus of this work, Candy, for one really interests me in that, by what is told about her, she decided that she didn’t like what “they” wanted her to do and she left, finding a place to hide with Clair and starting their group. While Candy is a Succubus, and there are some very hot scenes with her, she’s also, if not the leader of the group, certainly the brains in a lot of ways.

There are several transformation scenes in the work, one female character becomes male, some others, including Cindy, gain male sexual abilities, or become completely, or partially, male for a time, and there are some touches of mind control as well in the work. Add in some short adventures for the group and there is a lot packed into such a short story.

I think that’s the main problem with this work. There are so many things going on, so many events that they all have to deal with, that the work seems a bit rushed to me. With that there are also a few errors, calling one character “he” when she never was in the work, and a few spots where the text read a little off, or clunky.

But past that, the characters make up for most of that, the erotica, and there is a lot of that going on in this work considering that all of the main characters are female, has some really nice heat at several points. But with that there are moments when some characters do things that seem out of place to what they have done before. And they are not being mind controlled by someone else when that happens.

It all makes for what could be an opening to a series with these characters, one that I would read and follow not just for Cindy who fascinates me as a Succubus, but all of the characters. There are a lot of tales to be told about them all, never mind all of the different couplings that could happen. But the story needs to slow down a little, gain traction to tell more story and a bit less sexual situations would I think make for a better story than there is here.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

The work needs one more edit to catch quite a few errors. Otherwise the characters are interesting, Candy the Succubus being for me, really very much so for her history that is not told, but then no one else’s really is either. This work needs a second book if for no other reason than to tie up a lot of plot threads that need resolutions.

 

Tera

Jul 07 2014

Succubi Anonymous Part III By TeraS

Some might remember that I started a story called Succubi Anonymous quite some time ago… You’ll probably want to read part one, which you can find here, if for no other reason that to remind yourself where this story began. Part Two, which you can find here, was a few weeks ago…

And now, I think, I can start telling the part of the story that matters … I think.

____________________________

Succubi Anonymous
Part III
by TeraS

 

You can’t defend the indefensible – anything you say sounds self-serving and hypocritical.

 

Stacy was lying in bed reading when the door swung open and Regina stormed into the room: “You have to be kidding me! What a bitch!”

Putting the cheap mystery novel to the side—and just as the killer was about to be revealed—Stacey answered: “What now?”

“I’ve been told that if I don’t … ‘fit in’ … I’m going to be ‘taught how to.’”

Stacy looked at her: “The mistress of the house throwing her weight around again?”

This was an ongoing problem for both Stacy and Regina since they moved into the dorm. Mary had criticized everything about each of them … repeatedly. Stacy wasn’t bothered all that much; in truth, she was a lot older than she looked and didn’t care much for Mary’s attitude in the first place. However, the ongoing threats, taunts, and jibes where clearly wearing on Ginny, and that was getting to Stacy.

And ticking off one of the Succubi was never a good idea.

“According to her, the sorority needs to ‘have a single look’ so that ‘we,’ read she, can move up in the social stratus here.”

“Uh-huh. I’ll assume your answer was a single finger pointed in her direction?”

“Both hands … twice … plus telling her to kiss my ass.”

“Nice. Miss Manners would be very proud of you.”

“Bite me, Cee.”

Stacy got out of her chair and walked over to Ginny: “Not my style and you know it. What does she want you to do, anyway?”

“Attend some sort of meeting with her and the rest of the dorm; something about learning the rules and how to live by them.”

“And me?”

“She didn’t mention you. I figured that she already snapped at you, she was waiting for me at the front door.”

Stacy rubbed her right hand against her cheek: “First I’ve heard of this.”

“Well that’s not at all ominous.”

“Mmm. I think I’m going to have a talk with her. Want to come?”

“Hell no! I don’t need to see her again today. I have my first test in basket weaving tomorrow morning. So do you.”

Stacy smiled: “I’ll be fifteen minutes, tops. Then we can cram for the test.”

“You’d better. You seem to be the expert on them.”

Stacy walked out the door: “I’ve had a few years to practice.”

Assuming that Mary would be still downstairs, Stacy made her way there and found Lisa in her usual spot by the door.

“Lisa. Where’s Mary?”

“Mistress is holding court.”

Stacy looked at the stairs she just came down with a sigh: “Great. Thanks.”

That, of course, meant walking all the way up to the top floor, which Mary had reserved for her exclusive use. As she made her way, Stacy mulled over what she had seen around her during the past month. There were clear signs that something was going on, something that she didn’t particularly like. With the exception of herself and Ginny, all of the other girls were submissive to Mary’s will. That in itself wouldn’t have been so bad, and she could accept that they had decided on their own, to be submissive to her. No, what Stacy didn’t like was that Mary was trying to bend Ginny and herself to being submissive to her.

Stacy could have used her powers—and had been tempted many times, just to show Mary what dominance really was like—but held herself in check. Not so much for herself, but for Ginny. The dreams that Ginny had—all of them, erotic and otherwise—held Stacy’s heart, and she didn’t want to lose her. Having a lot more sense, she should have gathered up her things, grabbed Ginny, and left this place, and the overbearing woman in control of it. But she couldn’t. The mystery of what was going on got deeper and deeper the longer she looked into it. The most telling thing of all was that, as far she could sense from those dreaming around her, only Ginny had dreams. Everyone else didn’t.

She wanted to know why.

Coming to the top of the stairs, Stacy arrived at the double doors that marked the way into Mary’s domain. Not for the first time, she regretted allowing herself to come here with Ginny. Not for the first time, she regretted trying to talk to this … woman.

The door swung open at her touch, and what greeted Stacy was another of the sorority’s sisters sitting at tables and reading.

“Mistress is busy. Please come back later.”

“Sorry. She’ll make time for me.”

With another few steps, Stacy walked into Mary’s office, which, of course, was lavishly furnished and looked like something out of Better Mansions and Playrooms, the magazine of the rich and overbearing.

There, sitting on the edge of a ridiculous desk, her legs dangling over the edge, was Mary. Still wearing that corset from the first time they met, holding a crop in one hand and tapping it in her other hand. Stacy was getting sick and tired of that purple mane and the attitude that accompanied it.

Mary did not even look at Stacy as she replied: “Wait your turn.”

It was then that Stacy saw two members of the sorority on their knees to Mary’s right. It was the first real proof that something bad was going on: collars and glazed eyes were never a good thing. Gritting her teeth, Stacy answered Mary’s order by marching past the two lemmings that were fawning over Mary before she unceremoniously yanked the crop from Mary’s hand.

“Your manners need work. We’ll have to do something about that.”

Stacy looked Mary directly in the eyes: “Manners? Really? How about my attitude and complete dislike for you, Mary? Or how about just how much I’d like to give you an attitude adjustment?” Stacy glanced at the crop out of the side of her eyes, then placed it directly underneath Mary’s chin: “You think you’re an expert with this? You’re laughable.”

Mary replied: “You will pay for that, for every word and action you and that Goth toy that lives with you have perpetrated since you arrived.”

Stacy’s answer was cold: “You, do not deserve any respect, not from either of us. You haven’t earned it.”

“Why should I earn it when I can force you both?”

That threat ended the niceties as far as Stacy was concerned: “You have no idea what you are playing with, Mary. Back off, right now, while you have the chance.”

Mary’s attitude was one where she believed she held all the cards: “There’s only one Domme here: that’s me. You’ll fall into line just like everyone here. You have no other choice. If you don’t play by my rules willingly, then I’ll just have to make you both do so.”

“I’m warning you, Mary. Hands off Ginny.”

“You mean Regina don’t you?”

“Cross me at your peril, Mary. Touch her and you’ll regret it forever.”

Mary smirked: “A bimbo like you? I’ve broken so many of you little playthings. I’ll have her and I’ll get you in the bargain.”

Stacy’s eyes narrowed: “Take your shot, but make it a good one. You won’t get a second one.”

Mary didn’t say anything as Stacy tossed the crop to the far side of the room and then walked away. As Stacy walked out the door, Mary called out: “You and Regina will be kneeling at my feet. And you will call me ‘Mistress.’”

She was answered by the slamming of the door and Stacy’s footfalls on the oak floor as she left.

Moments later, Stacy called out as she returned to her dorm room: “Hey, Ginny? How’s that basket weaving coming?”

What she found was Ginny sitting cross-legged on the floor, a partially made basket in her hands and staring off into space. Stacy called out: “Ginny?”

Ginny slowly turned her head and looked at Stacy. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that something had happened to Ginny while Stacy was confronting Mary. The glazed look in her eyes would have been a surefire clue, but there was a more telling one …

… “My name is Regina, Stacy. Mistress explained, didn’t she?”

Before Stacy could answer a hand put something over her nose and mouth while others took her arms, holding her in place.

The last thing that Stacy saw was Ginny smiling at someone behind her and reverently whispering the word … “Mistress.”

Jul 06 2014

A Review of La Petite Mort by Miranda Schnack

La Petite Mort by Miranda Schnack

La Petite Mort by Miranda Schnack

Another work I am reviewing this week that has an Incubus as one of the main characters of the story. While this is a rather short tale, there is still quite a lot to like in it. It’s a moment in time where a decision is made but the repercussions are not clearly understood until it is far, far too late.

  • Title: La Petite Mort
  • Author: Miranda Schnack
  • Publishing Date: June 29, 2012
  • Length: 5 Pages
  • ASIN: B008G6J3KI
  • This work at Amazon.com

It tells the story of:

Unfulfilled desire fueled the passions of the Incubus, the old crones said, and with his arrival, death was certain to follow.

Claudette knew the price one would pay, had internalized the warnings all her life. Still, endless nights of unrequited desire, of passions left to rot was more than she could bear…

This work is, quite simply, what I call a “hot flash.” A bit of setup, introduce the characters and then straight into the sex scene. Which is what this story is about really. The Incubus at first teases Claudette and slowly drags her towards what is, really, an inevitable fate.

The Incubus is that of the classical one in that he is evil, moves her towards her needs that have been building in her for sometime, and then takes her page after page. To be honest that sounds better than it actually is for a few important reasons.

The first one is that, for whatever reason, be it the author or Amazon’s formatting of the story, paragraphs are jammed together, spaces are missing between sentences, and there are other minor nits in the grammar and structure that I found took me out of the story quite often.

The second is that, it is all tell. The Incubus tells us about Claudette, about her life, about what she feels, what he will do to her, and so on. There isn’t really a lot of Claudette’s own thoughts save her reactions to the Incubus’ playing with her body and mind. That would be alright, but here that devolves into moans, cries and pleading more than anything else.

After a while, that just lessens the impact of the story as a whole for me. I understand that Incubi, and for that matter, Succubi, are sexual beings. But in truth aren’t they or can’t they be more than that?

One last thing that bothered me was that the end of the story was telegraphed from the first paragraph of this work. All of the truths about the Incubi are repeated over and over again which leads to a point in the story where the work just devolved into the taking of Claudette and nothing more.

It’s… unsatisfying really…

Two and a half pitchforks out of five.

Not the worst thing I have read, and I have seen much worse. It’s a shame that the story is so very short. I think that it would be a good core of a story, but it isn’t a complete story on its own. That’s a shame I think.

 

Tera

Jul 05 2014

A Warcraft Succubus Art YouTube…

It’s not often that a Warcraft Succubus appears on the Tale. I just don’t care for them very much and the main reason is their hooves, but that, as they say, is another story. I have however found a neat piece of art and a YouTube that goes with it and so….

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAwWL2lMDr4

You can also see the completed art at the artist’s DeviantArt site here.

Warcraft Succubus by Pupsie

Warcraft Succubus by Pupsie

There really aren’t many images of the Warcraft Succubus that have some sexuality in them and don’t dwell on her more violent side. There is a hint of that here, but it is, I think, overcome by her pose, her expression and the mood of the art itself.

She’s not quite completely seductive, not quite, but there is a lovely hint of what she could have been if she had been allowed to be more Succubus than monster. Perhaps sometime that might actually happen in Warcraft… But somehow I doubt it ever will.

Still.. this art has given me some thoughts about a story about her…

 

Tera

Jul 04 2014

A Review of Succubus Academy by Jacqueline Sweet

Succubus Academy by Jacqueline Sweet

Succubus Academy by Jacqueline Sweet

Today I am continuing my review of the Reluctant Succubus series by Jacqueline Sweet by reviewing the third work in the series: Succubus Academy. You can find my review of the first book in this series, Devour, here on the Tale and the second work Succubus Kissing Booth can be found here on the Tale as well.

Darkness is something that each of us carries with them. There are many ways to deal with it however. You might be able to ignore it, at least for a time. You might be able to control it, but how long is the question. You could give in to it… But what does that say about you? In the end how you deal with it means more than you can know.

Even the Queen of the Succubi knows that.

The work tells of:

Caught between hunger and love, Sarah Mayhew searches for control. The darkness within her rages and brings her ever closer to oblivion. The demon No Name offers a solution, but it comes at a terrible price.

With the help of the demon and her sometimes-boyfriend, sometimes-sex slave Alec, Sarah travels to the shadowy world of Erebus, to the Palace of Sighs, where the Succubus Queen awaits. The Succubus Academy offers Sarah the only chance she has to master her powers and to contain her desire, but is she already too far gone for help?

Sarah finds that the darkness within her is growing and with that comes the realization that she’s losing herself to it piece by seductive piece. Her control is slipping, she’s threatened Alec’s soul, and then the demon she called for help offers a chance. Her name is Tera. But is that help offered help or something else?

Sarah’s continuing transformation towards being a Succubus took some unexpected paths and with that came some reveals that explained some of the why of what’s happened to her. With that came many moments when her control slipped, or faltered, but also came two truths that she managed to hold within her. One within, one without. Those truths are bent, torn, and brought to their knees as much as Sarah is.

Sarah’s path through this part of her story I felt was really never in her control, and because it wasn’t, that meant that a lot of the events that came were bound to happen. She was led to Tera, she was forced to make choices. Her darkness kept pushing her towards what it wanted and not what was the best thing for her. To say she was unlucky at every turn really isn’t an exaggeration. Things spiralled out of control in ways that just made things worse with each turn for her. But in spite of everything that she has to suffer through, Sarah remands, at her core, a decent, good person with a heart and that mattered.

I loved the world of the Succubi the author created in many ways. There’s a lovely undertone of seduction, mystery and dominance that I thought worked very well as a whole. I liked the two Succubi that Sarah encounters, they were some of the most interesting Succubi characters I have seen in some time. They represent aspects that aren’t seen often and I was really pleased to see them. I also loved the description of some of the teaching rooms, and honestly those, more than anything else, made me smile and wonder about them. Really the entire Succubi realm was wonderfully told and just fascinated me and left me wanting to see more of it.

I did mention that the Queen of the Succubi is named Tera, and I’ll explain why that is a little later on in the review. She is, for me, in a lot of ways, what a Succubi Queen should be, and I will admit to a massive bias on my enjoyment of her, how she presents herself and acts. She’s revealed in a way that paints a wonderful picture of who she is, what she represents and, more interestingly, she offers a view of the Succubi that connects a lot of the series to this point. She also reveals to Sarah a lot about herself and in doing so also explains why the darkness in Sarah is so powerful and consuming.

Tera is a means to give reason to what’s happening to Sarah, a means for some very hot Succubi mind control, dominance, and seduction that builds upon everything that Sarah’s abilities have hinted at. It also tells a story that I honestly didn’t expect and a background to the events of the series so far that I didn’t see coming. That reveal was really well done, but left me trying to piece together Tera’s actions and as well what Sarah does as a result. Tera is complex, mysterious and leaves a lot of questions in her wake. I hope they will be answered sometime for they tug at me very much.

I have the feeling that Sarah is being manipulated in a lot of ways by a lot of different beings. She’s being shaped to become something she isn’t, to give herself to the darkness she’s consumed, and in doing so be manipulated. That, I think, is going to be a real problem for her in the future.

The climax of the work brings several cliff hangers for many of the characters and how each of them manages to survive will be something to see. Sarah isn’t in a good place, but neither are Alec or No Name for that matter. There’s a lot of questions left unanswered and to tie up all of those threads will take some doing and I have every confidence in the author that they will manage this with the same care and passions they have shown in the series so far.

All of the characters remain very strong and they grow through the story which I liked. A gripping story and the twist, when it comes, is really a surprise and it has a lot of impact as well. I did catch one thing that stuck out style-wise. The author calls a group of Succubi… Succubuses. That’s not correct. It’s Succubi or Succubae. The more modern use is Succubi. That’s a minor thing but it bugged me. Mind you, it always does, I’m picky that way.

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

Just an amazingly good read, the world building is wonderful and the story builds upon the series so far in ways I didn’t expect. The battle within Sarah against her darkness is both wonderful and terrible at the same time. Really everything I could have asked for in this part of the series and it promises so much more.

A postscript: You might have noticed that in my review I noted that the Succubi Queen herself was named Tera and there is a reason for that. The author asked if she could use “me”, at least my name, a bit of the me that exists as the Succubi Queen, and I agreed to that, asking for a few, small, concessions to the Succubi me in her story. As such, her name is Tera, and she appears a lot like the Succubi me in a lot of ways. I liked that she is a teacher, I liked that she was doing a lot for her kind and others. As a whole I liked “me” quite a lot. The only point where I found myself pausing was when the twist in the story came and what her choice was when she discovered the truth about Sarah, how that related to her, and now she dealt with Sarah.

I have had her actions in my thoughts a lot since I read the work, at the time of this review, two full days, and… I just have a problem with coming to grips that there wasn’t another choice that could have been made. However, I can see some plot arcs coming from that point, for Sarah, Alec and No Name which will be interesting to see. But… there had to be other options… Unless of course Tera knew what was going to happen to Sarah and what her future might hold. That actually is something to think about. But then I tend to overthink sometimes about stories and try to see the paths untaken.

It was the only point in the story were I had a problem with what she did overall. It strikes me that those events are cloaked in a lot of mystery and questions that I hope will be explained as the series continues on. I have my theories and thoughts about that, which I won’t reveal here. Somehow there’s an important piece of the puzzle missing and Sarah’s cliffhanger at the end of the story has a lot to do with that.

So does, I think, the title of the next work in the series which will be tentatively called The Making Out War. I’ll be watching for that part of the story to appear…

 

Tera

Jul 03 2014

Succubi Image of the Week 338

One of the things that I enjoy discovering are the Succubi characters that role-players create. Obviously a lot of them are created to be evil or stereotypical or something like that. Red skin, evil in their thoughts and existence.

But there are those that create Succubi that are so much more in so many ways and that is what I love most of all to find…

Evangeline by EriDaiho

Evangeline by EriDaiho

This work is of the Succubus character Evangeline and is by an artist on DeviantArt named EriDaiho. You can find the original page where I found this work here and this artist’s page is here as well.

She really is just wonderfully fun isn’t she? Lovely pink hair, just about a perfect tail too. I would have liked her horns to match her tail and wings, but somehow for her they work quite well together. Her boots are some of my personal favourites and the corset is nice too… Though I have to admit that I would like to see her in something a little more flattering and seductive…

I wonder about the shackles that she wears… What is the story behind that, who held her, how did she escape and why does she still wear them? Reminders of a mistake? Something she had to do? What she might have been forced to do?

They are interesting thoughts for me at least and that makes her even more wonderful…

 

Tera

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