Oct 30 2016

A Review of Incubus by Raine Weaver

Incubus by Raine Weaver

Incubus by Raine Weaver

While the mythos of the incubi is a well established thing, there is always the chance for the story to be told in a new way. In doing so, that story can offer something more, something unique. A story that brings with it a mystery, a passion, a need. But also, in the end, a truth.

Not all dreams are dreams. They offer a glimpse at a reality not known, not expected. The need to find a connection, a soulmate exists, it is something undeniable. But when souls meet, what drives them apart or pulls them together?

  • Title: Incubus
  • Author: Raine Weaver
  • Published By: Loose Id LLC (Original), Amazon Digital Services (Reissue)
  • Length: 68 Pages
  • ASIN: B01CXC66KA
  • Publishing Date: June 21, 2005 (Original), March 12, 2016 (Reissue)
  • This work at Amazon.com

It tells the story of:

Serafina Fisher is having a little trouble sleeping.

It may be because she’s on the verge of breaking up with her fiancé, who can’t keep it in his pants. Her insomnia could be the result of finally accepting that love is a fairy tale and she must settle for cold, dreary reality. It might be because she’s virtually stranded in a strange cabin in the mountains–a pagan place with an invitingly sinful history that whispers secrets in the dead of night.

She may be getting shadows under her eyes because thoughts of Gabriel Manning, the gorgeous, sexy stranger she’s just met, are driving her to distraction. Gabriel, her fiancé’s mysterious uncle, who makes no secret of his desire to steal her away. Or it may be because an unseen being of shadow and dreams visits her nightly, ravishing her body and driving her to heights of erotic intensity such as she’s never known.

But Sera Fisher is having a little trouble sleeping…

Sera dreams of him. Someone that takes her breath away, that lights the fires within and gives her that which she needs, but never can put into words. The dreams meet with reality and a choice needs to be made. But that choice brings with it something more, something needful and for always. The question is whether her reality stops the dream, or the dream becomes the reality. Either way, Sera will never be the same.

I never had the chance to read the original release of this work, having only found a copy when it was reissued on Amazon earlier this year, so whether the author revised the story, changed is somehow or otherwise I cannot say.

I can however say that the work is one of the most unique tellings I have read in some time, and being so there’s so much to love within the pages. The story is strongly written, the scenes have depth, there is an emotional connection to what transpires. Beyond this, the interplay between the characters, especially Sera and Gabriel, holds one in the story completely and there is a need to continue on, to see what happens next.

Rather than tell all about Gabriel, to tell much of his story, I leave the work to tell that on its own. It’s hard to explain him, to put into words well how complex he is, the sides of his personality that come to the fore. The air of mystery remains through to the last page and it’s something that need to be appreciated on its own.

In much the same way, Sera, as a character, has layer upon layer of personality, need, and self-exploration through the story and her development from the beginning, to where the story closes, is amazing to follow through.

The erotica is mixed throughput the story, some of it within Sera’s dreamscape, some in the real world, but each scene is woven into the story well, isn’t told in a way that takes away from the story and gives voice to Sera’s needs. That is what drives the erotica forwards, Sera’s needs, which start as hidden and slowly build as Gabriel enters her world.

The work ends on a hopeful note, one that I felt closed the story well, offered something more than a simple ending and allows for one to interpret the events, and the ending, in their own way. For me, there’s something hopeful, promising, in the last pages of the work and being so that brought the story to a close that make things, for me, be the right way.

Perhaps the only thing I wished for, among the story, the characters, the telling of legend, the love, the passion, the erotica, would be a moment when the truth appears, at least to Sera, for an instant before the ending. As it is, there’s a lot of assumptions to be made, but that’s not a bad thing. Still, in a way, a clear answer in the after would have been nice too.

Four and a half pitchforks out of five.

Really one of the more unique tellings of the incubus myth and along with that the telling of something more. It’s that something more that makes this work stellar, captivating, and more. Well recommended for the mystery, the romance and the telling itself.

 

Tera

Oct 30 2016

A Review of Halloween Bimbos by Mr. SIB

Halloween Bimbos by Mr. SIB

Halloween Bimbos by Mr. SIB

A review of an anthology book which has two stories that were of interest to me, one with a succubus, the other with an incubus. At least they interested me until the ending of each story where things turned out to be, sadly, rather stereotypical.

There are some stories and characters that offer something, suggest possibilities. The problem comes when the the story turns into a hot flash with no real direction, no purpose and no character development to be seen. A story can be short, to tease and tempt, but that alone doesn’t make for a captivating tale to be told.

It is the story of:

This hot Halloween collection includes three stories guaranteed to scare and thrill you! Each story is full of scares and sex!

  • The Too Good To Be True Virgin: Harvey has a long history of turning girls into sluts, but he has never used his powers on a virgin. Until tonight. Watch as things go better than he ever dreamed they would!
  • The Costume Party: When Ian invites his friend to his costume party, she doesn’t really want to go. But after getting a French Maid costume, she attends anyway. By the end of the night, she is happy that she did! Happier than she has ever been before!
  • The Witch and the Incubus: Being a powerful witch isn’t enough for Sabrina. She wants more. More pleasure, especially. She finds a summoning ritual that will summon an incubus, forced to do her bidding. But is she more cunning than an ancient demon or will he turn the tables on her?

A collection of three stories set in a Halloween theme in which things aren’t always as they seem and not everything is as those involved might expect.

Of the three stories in this collection, the first and last are the two that I’ll be focusing on. That said, each of the works is a hot flash, mainly concerned with erotica and having little in the way of real character development as a whole. Each work is very short, the characters being introduced and the story moving on to the erotica as quickly as possible. While that works to an extent, there’s something missing from the stories overall and I think that comes to one simple thing. The characters are somewhat one-dimenional and I thought that hurt the stories overall.

Turning to the first work, a guy meets a girl and things turn in unexpected directions as they become intimate with each other. Not everything is as it seems and sometimes what comes out is more than you can handle.

The work, overall, is a cute hot flash that has some heat, but doesn’t really come to a full boil. The female character is never named, her entire focus is doing all sorts of interesting things to the male character of the story. The reveal at the end of the story wasn’t exactly unexpected, all things considered, and it worked as a whole. But while the ending was a twist, the last lines of the story took all of the heat away, leaving me rather cold towards the ending. It was just too stereotypical for my liking, it could have turned in other directions, but didn’t leaving what came as disappointing overall.

The second work tells of a witch summoning an incubus, and the problems with assumptions, mistakes and not thinking before acting. Not everything is true and not everything is as it seems. Telling the difference, or not being able to, can change more than one knows.

This story is a battle of wills between the incubus and the witch, how that unfolds. There’s a little bit of mind control along the way, some rather over the top dominance here and there and a bit of BDSM before the story comes to a close. The witch, as a character, has a lot of background to be told and there’s actually quite a lot of development in her character and the story.

All that said, the incubus is one-dimensional, stereotypical, and in being so I didn’t find them interesting as a character. They are very dominant, very masculine, which I can accept, but they fall apart as a character for not having much other than the thought of using the witch for their own ends.

Part of that is, again, the length of the story, the need to focus on the erotica and leave much of character development and storytelling behind. It’s a shame because the story, overall, could be expanded and something more involved and interesting coming from that as a result.

Really that’s the one problem here. The story ideas are good, the characters could be more than they are, but being short, hot flashes, there’s no opportunity for that to come out as it really needed to. The collection is a starting point for something more. It’s a shame that the author didn’t try to take each story and make something more of them all things considered.

For the collection of stories as a whole: Two and a half out of five pitchforks.

I expected more than there was, I think there could have been more story told alongside of the erotica itself. I didn’t enjoy that the succubus was stereotypical, or that the incubus was as well when each story came to a close. Twists and unexpected surprises are, perhaps, overused for the most part. Sometimes telling a story doesn’t need a twist to make it a story. Sometimes the story is, after all, the story.

 

Tera

Oct 29 2016

A learning to draw a Succubus YouTube lesson

I enjoy watching videos that shows the methods that artists use to create their works. An interesting one today, with quite a lot of humour, but also a lot of lessons told. Not to mention a sexy succubus who is the subject of the art too…

If you can’t see the video here on the Tale, please try this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCeIeHpjLic

As always, here is an image of the art, in case YouTube has made the video vanish as sometimes happens…

Succubus by Jazza

Succubus by Jazza

She’s one of the more sexy succubi of late, and I think she has a look that’s right, though her tail is a little bit odd. Lovely hair, slightly naughty expression, and I do so love the details, and there are quite a lot of those.

She might be a bit on the evil side, based on her expression, but regardless of that, she’s sexy, she’s one of the succubi and I think there’s a story to be told about her…

 

Tera

Oct 28 2016

A Review of Vampires and Angels and Incubi, Oh My! by Ann Anderson

Vampires and Angels and Incubi, Oh My! by Ann Anderson

Vampires and Angels and Incubi, Oh My! by Ann Anderson

The single thing that I do like to find in stories is that there is character development. Having a character go through a number of events and then be exactly who they were at the beginning doesn’t add much of anything to the story as a whole.

It’s the mystery of why things are, who they meet, and what happens that serves to tell the story. Hot alone cannot, nor can any sort of tease or action scene. Story always matters and it is the characters that tell the story in the first place.

It is the story of:

All Ashuerin wanted was a night of feasting in the human world, not to defend a bunch of humans and a melancholy vampire.

Ashuerin snuck out of the dream plane to enjoy a bit of fun, but instead of taking up with the hunk he finds, Ashuerin finds himself helping to protect the humans and a random vampire who should definitely not be in a human bar. Even a simple fight against a bunch of zombies doesn’t go as planned and Ashuerin finds himself heading toward Death’s door, except the angel who tried to kill him is now saving him. What’s an incubus to do?

Ashuerin sneaks away to find a night of fun, pleasure and perhaps some fun along the way. What he didn’t expect was to find an angel and a vampire. Or the zombies, or the other beings that really should have been anywhere save in a human bar drinking.

Ashuerin is the incubus of this story and from the first page its clear he isn’t the typical stereotypical sort of incubus one might expect. He has a very clear view about being an incubus, that he won’t kill or harm those he is with, and I liked that for the sake of putting his character clearly into who he is before the story got too far along the way. As well, Ashuerin’s sexual preferences are masculine in nature, again something that makes his character different. His personality is quirky, there’s a certain mischievousness as well that I liked.

Overall the story is a mix of adventure, discovery, the finding of unexpected soulmates and what that all amounts to. There is a bit of erotic heat, but overall that’s not the core of the story. Developing all of the main characters is and that does work well through the story as things come to a boil and the climax comes.

The work is short and as such there are some developments in the plot and characters that felt a little skimmed over. Some details are mentioned, but vaguely. There are some moments that could have been developed further, but weren’t. However, in spite of the shortcomings, the work as a whole tells a unique and unexpectedly captivating story that I enjoyed.

The characters are rich, the writing is very good and well edited overall. I did feel that there wasn’t quite enough background about Ashuerin, the angel or the vampire in the story. Ashuerin seemed to know what was going on, had some tidbits to share, but really there isn’t the level of detail that I would have liked to see.

There’s a sense when the climax comes, the revelations appear and then the ending arrives that this might be the opening to another story to be told. If not, then the ending is a little too abrupt for my taste, leaving the explanations vague and open to interpretation. That isn’t the worst of things to happen, to be clear. Still, the questions offered in the ending would be something to explore further and think about.

Three out of five pitchforks.

Overall a cute story with three characters intertwined that I think worked well as a whole. Keeping Ashuerin from being stereotypical was something that I was dearly glad to see as it could have turned in another direction too easily. I’d like to see more from these characters, the work ends on a point that offers that possibility. There are quite a few things not delved into about Ashuerin and his family, incubi, succubus and otherwise that I think would be neat to see.

Something different that tells a story, allows for heat and develops characters. All are really good things, I’d just like there to be more of a satisfying ending that what the author gave here.

 

Tera

Oct 28 2016

A Review of Bred by the Untamed Futa Succubus by Felicia Dumont

Bred by the Untamed Futa Succubus by Felicia Dumont

Bred by the Untamed Futa Succubus by Felicia Dumont

The names of characters matter, at least to me they do. It’s hard to become involved in what happens when their name is never spoken, never mentioned, never thought of. It’s a bit more concerning when the character’s life is told in detail, explaining much about them and still nothing is said about their name.

Ambition is one thing. Desire is another. When the two mix together sometimes what comes out is unexpected. More so when the need of ambition leaves you wanting and open to something never wished to be, but will become.

It is the story of:

A hot and sultry tale about a Witch who gets in over her head when she attempts to summon an untamed Succubus.

A witch’s ambition leads her to risk everything she has for the chance to summon a succubus and claim her as her own. But risk and reward are not always what they seem to be. And the succubus herself isn’t exactly what she was expected to be either.

The work is told from the perspective of the witch, who is never named. That was a little disappointing overall because I found it difficult to really care about her when her name isn’t told. Her history is, her life is, all of the things she has sacrificed to come to this moment are, but never once her name. I found that to be very sad, more so when the succubus Ankumi appears and things change.

Ankumi as a succubus is very interesting beyond the eventual reveal that she is futa in nature. There’s a certain playfulness within her character that I liked a lot. She is powerful, there’s no question of that. but along with that the question mainly comes to what exactly she wants from the unnamed witch herself. It’s suggested, inferred, but overall the story doesn’t really have the time to give for character development or exploring Ankumi herself.

The latter half of the work is Ankumi’s seduction of the witch, the reveal of her being a futa, and then the erotica comes that then pushes story aside. The erotica has not a lot of heat to be told, but it’s somewhat more a seduction, a little mind control, a bit of toying before Ankumi takes the witch.

The work is short, very much so, and really that’s the main problem here. The time spent telling the witch’s past is well done, but leaves so many questions. Ankumi’s appearance tells of why the witch and Ankumi meet, but it’s glossed over in passing. The erotica is rushed through, not giving time for things to unfold. The ending is abrupt and, to a point, a little disappointing. The work could easily be twice the length and read so much better and I really wish it was.

Two and a half out of five pitchforks.

Ankumi is interesting, but really there’s not much told about her, the work focusing more on the falling of the never named witch. The story has it’s moments, but along the way there are a number of sidetracks and questions offered, but never played out. Giving detail about a character is welcome, but more so when there can be a name put to the person themselves.

 

Tera

Oct 27 2016

Succubi Image of the Week 458

It’s been a few weeks since Morrigan Aensland has been the Succubi of the Week. I try to find art of her that speaks to my creative side in some way. For this image of Morrigan, I feel like this art puts her into something of a stylized anime form and I think, with her expression, that does work quite well…

More Morrigan Again by justZaz

More Morrigan Again by justZaz

This art is called More Morrigan Again and is by the artist justZaz on DeivantArt. You can find the original page with this art here and this artist’s page on DeviantArt can be found here.

I really quite like this artist’s style for how it stresses Morrigan’s more dominant side. By that I mean while her curves are emphasized here, it’s really the look in her eyes and the slightly clenched smile that caught my attention.

I like to see Morrigan in all of her power and personality, and here that really comes out quite well I thought.

 

Tera

Oct 26 2016

There’s not much to a Fiery Devil Costume is there?

Fiery Devil CostumeFor this, the last peek at costumes before Halloween this year, something a little different. There are not, for some reason, very many lingerie costumes that have a devil theme, even fewer that are even slightly succubish in nature. But there are some, and here is one that gave me pause…

This is called the Fiery Devil Costume and it comes with the top, the boyshorts, neckpiece, tail and horns. Stockings, gloves and shoes are not included and it sells for $160 US.

Adding the gloves, stockings and shoes would then make this entire ensemble a very shocking $225 US.

While I will say that the model is doing her best to make this look enticing, really the base costume, for what it costs, to me seems a bit overpriced.

I will say that, as a whole, the basic costume at least seems to match in colour, which doesn’t happen often. But the tail is a bit sad, the horns are so-so. The lingerie by itself I think is rather cute in its own way though.

If given little choice, I suppose the tail would be the first thing to go, it takes away from the entire look I think. The stockings and shoes are a must as are the gloves as well.

Which then leads to the thought that something like this could be created with things I have already. Which is something I will have to ponder over…

But then, only my Eternal will know what happens to appear…

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

Interesting, missing the mark a bit, but giving me an idea is always good…

 

Tera

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