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.

 

Tera

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 …

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Comfort
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.

May 11 2014

A Review of the Hocus Pocus Gender Swapicus Trilogy by Sinn Lee

Hocus Pocus Gender Swapicus Trilogy by Sinn Lee

Hocus Pocus Gender Swapicus Trilogy by Sinn Lee

A review of a series by Sinn Lee today on the Tale, one that I think is very telling of this author’s talents in writing long involved stories set in a detailed universe. I’ll be reviewing each work by itself and then I’ll review the entire series as a whole.

What happens when magic becomes real and what was thought to be only legends also is shown to be very real as well? What happens to a world when it is invaded from another place? Who do you believe and who do you trust? Moreover, who do you turn to when your world is turned upside down?

  • Title: Hocus Pocus Gender Swapicus Trilogy
  • Author: Sinn Lee
  • Length: 52 Pages
  • ASIN: B00K31L7MQ
  • Publishing Date: May 1, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells of:

This bundle includes the following stories in the ‘Hocus Pocus Gender Swapicus Series’

  • Best Friends: Felix is studying to become a mage in a war-torn world filled with demons. When he receives a mysterious gift from his parents from overseas, he can’t help but test it out in the company of his best friend Charles. Felix and Charles’s relationship heats up in a steamy twist when Felix turns into a girl. Charles pressures Felix to be a good friend and let him touch, and more.
  • Girlfriend: Felix must confront the reality of becoming a girl and being possessed by a demon. Unfortunately for Felix, it’s difficult to find help in his friends, when one of them turns out to be a futanari succubus who has her own plans for his new feminine body.
  • Professor: A demon turns Felicia into Professor Yuri’s assistant. Felicia must convince the professor that she’s his sexy assistant, even if it means getting naughty in the classroom.

In Best Friends, the series sets out the world that Felix lives in. It’s one of the most interesting concepts that I have read and, more to the point, it gives many places for the story to layer in questions about this world, about Felix, those around him, and the dangers that they face every day. Felix himself is a mix of different emotions and thoughts which comes out in the story as it unfolds.

The means in which Felix is transformed is a rather sneaky way of doing so, but it makes perfect sense in this universe and its situation. What happens after his transformation really doesn’t say good things about his so-called male friend, but it does allow for the story to move towards the real means and reason for Felix’s transformation into Felicia.

The transformation is done off the page and Felix is left to deal with her new gender, her situation, and finds herself involved with her friend. That involvement is both hot in what happens, but also cold in the aftermath of it, which considering the other character, wasn’t a surprise.

The demoness that is responsible for this was well played as she wasn’t stereotypical in how she spoke or the thoughts that she shared. I thought, at first, she was a Succubus for how she spoke and what she “suggested” as things unfolded, but the real Succubus appeared in the next book.

The work sets out the rules for the series, the situation and in doing so it wraps the erotica in a way so that it doesn’t feel out of place or awkward, even if it is for Felix at least. It makes for a good, well told opening chapter to the series and that’s always a good thing to see.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

In Girlfriend, the story lays out Felix’s situation more clearly as Felix takes on the name Felicia at the prodding of the demoness inside of her… and her friend Olivia is revealed to be a Succubus, and their relationship changes as a result.

Olivia is quite a unique Succubus in several ways, not the least of which is her physical difference. What I found the most interesting is that, because of the world she is in, that what she is remains hidden but those that are possessed by a demon of some kind, like Felicia, can see her horns, if only ghostly. The scene of Felicia speaking for the demoness within her to Olivia is at times hilariously funny, but in that comes a lot of information about how things work in this universe that was well done.

Olivia is rather dominant, slightly scheming, but also tells of how she lives which brings up the topic of hypnosis and mind control over their classmates which, again, made perfect sense. She has a history, a goal, a reason for being where she is and that just adds to her character in many ways. It was also nice to see that in this universe, at least according to Olivia, Succubi do not kill to survive, though they are slightly oversexed. There is also an interesting comment made about two types of Succubi that I thought put an interesting twist on this universe.

With the urging of the demoness inside of her, Felicia submits to Olivia’s desires and there is a long and lovely hot scene between the two of them. It’s quite clear what Olivia wants and it is more clear as the scene unfolds that Felicia is becoming more aware and comfortable in her new body.

By the end of this work, plans are made to help Felicia, and in doing so help Olivia as well, but as well the demoness reveals what she wants and that could be a problem even if the demoness can help with the obvious one that arises.

It’s a nice bridging story which opens up the main characters to be more than simply the erotic moments that they have together. It answers some questions, but leaves some still unanswered which then leads nicely into the last part of this series.

Four out of five pitchforks.

In Professor, Felix, now Felicia, is pushed into helping the demoness that transformed her into passing her on to another, the problem is that it is one of Felicia’s professors. And there’s another problem that the demoness will have to deal with to get what she wants.

Plans are made, things change, emotionally and physically for Felicia, and in order to be free of the demoness she’s made to do something that she didn’t expect she would have to do. That story unfolds, but as it does she realizes something and when the climax of the story arrives, the truth between herself and Olivia becomes very clear.

The character development in this part of the series for Felicia held me through what was otherwise a hot flash, a seduction, and a new sexual experience for her. What she realizes as things unfold, what she comes to accept as what she wants and desires is a significant change from where her story began and I think that added a lot to the series as a whole.

The same can be said about Olivia in that her view of things is changed through Felicia as well and in that there is a side to Olivia that I didn’t expect. I found that made me like her much more and, in a way, respect her choices. She becomes more, is more. There are erotic moments between them, but they are slightly different than before and that made the ending so much better.

It ties up the story arc for these characters, but also leaves some very interesting stories to be told. Not just with them, but this entire universe, what’s going on, and what the end results of everyone’s actions might be.

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

As a whole the collected stories build up a world that leaves one wondering what will happen next. The series ends in a place that I didn’t expect it to, but honestly I am quite pleased that it did. The characters are interesting, the story kept my interest, and when it ended I wished for more. The only nitpick I have is that the author needs to give their work one more edit to catch the few, and there are only a very few, mistakes such as “you’re” for “your” or the occasional tense mistake.

The series as a whole?

Four out of five pitchforks.

I’d like to see more in this universe written, Not particularly about Felicia or Olivia, though that doorway would be something to see, but to find out just what’s going on in this world in the places talked about but stories not told.

Recommended as I think this is the best thing this author has written so far and it shows the promise they have very well. The only thing the really need is to slow down and edit a little bit better…

 

Tera

May 10 2014

An almost real-life Morrigan Aensland painting YouTube

I found an interesting and really quite amazing piece of art on YouTube recently. The artist describes it as the “most realistic Morrigan Aensland painting” and i can see that being very true in many ways for all of the talent this artist has in their works…

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFgNS0Ou3to

And one screenshot from the video that hints at all of the detail in this artist’s rendering of Morrigan Aensland…

Morrigan Screenshot

If you happen to watch the video, I think that it is a really involved photo manipulation that brings Morrigan to life. Nonetheless, she is a lovely representation of Morrigan and I think it is one of the best that I have seen in some time.

I would have liked the video to show more of the art, as in a complete view of it, but you can find more of this artist’s work at their website here.

There is much lovely art to see there and some lovely art they have for sale as well…

Tera

May 09 2014

A Review of Ravished by the Wolf by Ashlee Alexander

Ravished by the Wolf by Ashlee Alexander

Ravished by the Wolf by Ashlee Alexander

The second part of two works by an author that has a Succubus make a connection with a family of werewolves. If the first part asked what happens when the walls come down, the second part wonders what would you do to keep what you have been given?

What could you face, suffer, and survive in order to see that the one you love, more than anything in the world, that kindled the love within you thought lost?

Sometimes it means facing the darkest part of yourself…

  • Title: Ravished by the Wolf
  • Author: Ashlee Alexander
  • Publishing Date: December 14, 2012
  • Length: 40 Pages
  • ASIN: B00AOTG8SK
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

So…you want to be packmaster?

When Catherine met Gerard Lockhart, she knew he was no ordinary man, and neither were the two men who were with him. From that night on, her lonely streak ended, and a new world presented itself, filled with passion, sex, and danger.

Gerard had no intension of staying in Clarksville, but that all changed the moment he set eyes on Catherine, knowing that she too was not all that she appeared to be. Faced with the prospect of having to fight for dominance in his father’s pack, this wolf is about to bite off more than he can chew.

The story of Catherine and Gerard continues in this work, the plans of others revealed, the reasons for his being there made clear, and, in the end, they both make decisions that effect their lives in ways they never expected.

One of the more interesting parts is the reaction of the others in the werewolf pack to Catherine… especially the women. But in that, there was something quite simple forgotten, When you find someone to love, you stand by them and you can, truly, do anything for them if need be. And Catherine needs to.

I was slightly disappointed when her true form appears in that we only learn of the reactions from others, the sounds of the moment and a flash or glimpse of what she might look like. I wanted to know if she was what I thought she might be, but that didn’t happen. What does however is Catherine finding more about herself through Gerard and his family. They speak of her darkness and other hints which I thought could have been expanded on more than they were.

But truly this work is mainly to draw Gerard into the climax of the problems with his family and push Catherine into accepting who and what she is. After so many years of fighting her nature, she gives it full control now, unafraid, and wanting to belong… And woe to any that try to deny her now…

There was, again, a little too much blood for my liking. I just couldn’t accept that Catherine needed to feed on the energy of others and feed in a more feral way as well. I do think that part of her is a reflection of Gerard, which makes sense, but it just didn’t quite work for me.

Many erotic moments between Gerard and Catherine in this work, the moments leading up to their being in the shower were very steamy. I do however still feel that there is one character in the work that winds up… poorer for the experience in many ways. I had hoped for something positive to happen for him, but he ends the work were he started and that I found really bothered me a great deal.

While the main arc of these two stories comes to a satisfying end, there are many threads left open and I can see this work continuing on, possibly focusing more on the other members of the pack and their relationships with Catherine. Somehow I think that what they thought she was only good for isn’t what they believe now…

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

I would have liked to know what Catherine looked like in her “true” form for one, a lot less blood for the other. There is more story I think, though it has never appeared as much as I have looked for it. It’s a shame because the questions are still there from the first work… and I would like to know some of them to bring some closure to the series in my mind at least…

 

Tera

May 08 2014

Succubi Image of the Week 330

One of the artists that I follow on Hentai Foundry is Dr. Graevling. Now, while some of their work can be a little over the top in a lot of ways, there is something about their Succubi art that I have come to like very much…

I think that it is not just the personality that they put into their art, but just how they look… right. They are sexy, they have a slight look of mischievousness about them, and most of all, there is a lovely bit of seductiveness that is there that isn’t in much art of Succubi…

Really there should be more I think…

Lydia by DrGraevling

Lydia by DrGraevling

This particular work, Lydia, was a commission that DrGraevling did. You can find the original page with this art here and the Doc’s Hentai Foundry page is here as well

This is just so cute on so many levels… From her smile, to her tail, the stockings and gloves… She’s just really a wonderfully mischievous Succubus and I just adore that so very much… I really think that making her colours all match as they do here was an inspired touch, it really adds personality to her and that is something I do like to see in Succubi…

But the most important thing, at least to me, is that she made me smile when I first saw her and that will always make her special in my world of Succubi…

The Doc has quite literally hundreds of works of art to be found, some I will admit are very racy and adult, so do keep that in mind when you visit their pages!

 

Tera

May 07 2014

Not that Lucky as a Succubus Costume really…

Lucky Devil CostumeI have said many times that I happen to like costumes that have some latex or at least some shininess in them… most of the time.

Then costumes like this one appear and I find that even with a lot of shine to be seen… it’s not that wonderful really…

This is called the Lucky Devil Costume and it comes with the bodysuit and tail and the horns…

The boots are not included, though I really do think you would need a pair like this model is wearing and it sells for $56 at the sites I have found it on…

I think that the model makes this costume look much better than it actually is. Of course showing a lot of cleavage will make any costume look better won’t it?

I also don’t care for the front zipper, it just looks wrong having a huge black zip in the front of what otherwise is an interesting flame pattern I think.

The tail isn’t anything special and the horns aren’t either which makes this costume less again than it could have been…

I’ll give this two pitchforks out of five even with the boots…

Not really something I care for obviously and there are much better costumes to be found. Still, as a last ditch costume it is an option… mebby…

 

Tera

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