Oct 27 2014

Sparkly Horn Horror – Part II By TeraS

It’s been a little bit since the story of Sparkly Horn Horror began on the Tale. While this particular part of the story isn’t complete, I know I can do more with it, it is the next part of the story regardless.

If you’d like to read the first part of Sparkly Horn Horror, you can find it here on the Tale.

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Sparkly Horn Horror
Part II
By TeraS

 

The scene in the Realm Library was one of organized chaos. The staff all understood what they were looking for, though some of the younger ones didn’t honestly believe that Tera was serious about things until she crossed her arms over her chest and then started tapping the sleeve of her jacket with a finger—a clear sign that she was on the edge of being disappointed.That shocked them into taking the work they all faced very seriously.

The Queen was very clear that they all needed to search the Library, and they had just under two hours to do so. They didn’t need that long to come up with an answer. Miriam’s computerization of most of the card catalogue took care of the heaviest searching, and it was with some worry that she approached Tera’s office and knocked on the door frame. “Your Majesty … um … Tera? There’s nothing. I can’t find a reference to this … thing … anywhere.”

Tera was sitting on her desk in thought when Miriam spoke. She nodded and ran her fingers through her hair: “I’m not really surprised. It is something that my parents would not have wanted to become common knowledge in their time.”

“What do you know about this?”

She looked at Miriam and smiled: “Only the stories that my Mother and Father told me. Keep in mind that to me the stories were the sort of thing that was meant to frighten little me and make me go to bed.”

Miriam giggled: “I can’t see you being a problem child, Tera. That isn’t at all like you.”

Her Majesty allowed herself a bemused smile in return: “Well of course not. Perish the thought.”

Miriam walked just inside the door and closed it behind her, fidgeting with her hands as she asked: “Tell me one of them, please. Maybe it will give us a clue or something.”

“Keeping in mind that I haven’t the storytelling ability of my parents …”

The yellow-tailed librarian shook her head: “With respect, I doubt that. I’ve seen you telling stories to the young.”

Tera tucked a lock of hair behind one ear: “Right … Seriously, I’m nothing compared to them. To be honest, I have been mulling over the stories in my mind and none of them are really specific. But then they are children’s stories, so there are a lot of bogeymen in them to scare and not a lot of facts to hold onto. The one that I remember the most is one my Mother told often.”

Miriam looked at the clock and then at the Head Librarian: “And?”

Tera had a faraway look in her eyes as she spoke: “It came from the dark and touched the lost, the seeking, the needful. One by one they all succumbed to the hungers they held in check, waiting. A wave of what was came across the lands, unstoppable by those who were. All seemed lost until the moment when the lost were found, and then the battle was won, save for those that were never to be found. The lost were taken, never to be seen again.”

Miriam was quiet for a time, then said: “Not really all that useful, is it?”

Tera shrugged: “Remember that all stories have some truth in them. There is an answer in there; we just have to figure out what it is.”

The strawberry-blonde succubi nodded and looked out the door at the library: “Well, the answer isn’t where we can find it.”

The brunette pushed off from her desk and walked towards the door, taking Miriam by the hand as she did so: “Then we look in the places that aren’t meant to be found.”

Miriam stumbled a little as they marched through the Library and then started to walk down the spiral staircase towards the Grotto and the Special Collections far below. “Tera, there’s nothing down here that we haven’t cataloged and indexed. All of the Collections were checked, and your friend in the Grotto hasn’t any idea of what’s going on. I asked.”

“Miriam, I know this will come as a shock, but there is one part of the Library that you have never seen and you were never meant to.”

Miriam came to a stop on the stairs and watched as Tera continued on her way: “Hang on a second. I know every inch of the Library. I know this place intimately.”

The Queen didn’t stop as she called out over her shoulder: “Oh, I’m sure of that. You and Irving do have the most fun late in the evenings, don’t you?”

Miriam’s blush was redder than red and her tail turned just that little bit more yellow than it usually was, even for the most strikingly yellow of all of the yellow tails in the Realm in at least a hundred years.

“Come on. Not mad at you. I mean, Keith and I have had fun in every room of the Castle … twice? No, no … more times than that. I’ll have to check my dairy when I get home.”

Miriam shook her head and replied in a sing-song voice: “Not listening!”

She watched Tera come to the bottom of the stairs and then wait for her. When the younger librarian arrived, the red-tail explained: “There is a part of the Library that only the Head Librarian can open. It isn’t meant to be a place where anyone can get in because it holds the most cherished secrets of the Realm.”

Miram nibbled on her lip: “Like?”

Tera took Miriam’s hand and led her towards what appeared to be a solid wall of red stone, roughly cut into, unfinished, and seemingly out of place with the rest of the Library. Miriam recognized it, though she really hadn’t paid much attention to it before.

“Like how old I am?”

“Okay. Seriously, Tera.”

“I am being serious. Okay, I admit that it is not the most vital secret, of course, but it is one of them.”

They stopped just short of the wall and Miriam asked: “So? Now what? Does it open or …” The rest of her sentence was swallowed by a flash of purple light which surrounded the two of them and, in the next moment, they weren’t there any longer. Miriam found herself gripping Tera’s hand tightly in a place which seemed to be no place, with nothing around them at all. There wasn’t even a glimmer of light around them, and Miriam couldn’t see a single thing.

“… something?”

“Welcoming, isn’t it?”

Miriam’s answer was an uneasy sounding: “Your Majesty …”

“Just wait. It has to wake up.”

“It?”

“Yes, “It.” This might take a bit. It hasn’t been woken in a very long time.”

Miriam’s tail wrapped itself around Tera’s waist as they waited. The red tail did the same, drawing Miriam a little closer to her: “Hopefully it is in a good mood.”

“Great. I hope Florence is okay.”

Tera gave her a hug: “I have faith in her.”

Florence had been hunched over her desk long enough that her back was beginning to complain loudly to her about it. She had gone over what little information Miriam had found, and it was very little indeed. Worse still was that the reports of what she was facing were, to be blunt, so superficial that they were next to useless.

She swiped the glass of her desk and looked over to where John was still pacing: “Time, John?”

John stopped and looked at her in what appeared to be irritation: “Will you be specific? Really, Florence, you must learn that skill.”

She leaned back and sighed: “How much time until I am infectious?”

“Assume approximately one hour. I have deducted some time, as your exposure time cannot be accurately calculated.”

She looked at him with a slight smile: “Who’s the one that keeps talking about being specific, again?”

John’s glare was surprising. If he had been real, Florence might feel hurt by it.

She rubbed her right horn and looked at the blue flakes that came away in her hand: “It’s rather insidious, isn’t it? Can’t really be sure I am or I am not. So, have to assume that I am.”

She considered her hand, rubbing the flakes between her fingers: “We don’t even know the actual transmission method, or if there is a means to resist it.”

John walked up to the desk and glared: “Really? Your mind must be dulling. Are you only thinking of sex already?”

She stood up and glared right back: “Fuck you John. I’m all here, and I’m not looking to have a cock up my ass or to be eating out someone.”

He actually did look angry, Florence thought as he replied: “You will, Florence. And soon it will appear. At least you had the sense to get away from those in the isolation ward.”

She looked down at her desk and sighed: “What is their condition?”

John turned away: “At the moment they are both rutting away. I believe that they each have reached orgasm at least ten times in the past hour; possibly more. The stamina of those in the Realm is legendary, after all.”

She thought for a moment, then sighed: “Let me see them.”

“This is not advisable, Florence. You do not know what the effects would be.”

She laughed bitterly: “I know that if I am in the room with them I’m doomed. I need to know how far the two of them are. At least then I’ll have a clue what’s coming.”

John’s scowl was piercing: “Very well.”

Across the room, one wall shimmered as an image came into focus. It was of the isolation room where Adam and Deborah were trapped. If someone else had been viewing the image they might have assumed that what they were looking was wasn’t an actual hospital, but rather more likely the set of an adult movie. Deborah was bent over one of the gurneys in the room, completely naked, and Adam was right behind her. Florence idly remembered that Adam had a lot of stamina, and yet, somehow, he seemed to have a lot more than she remembered.

The sound was off, but it was clear that Deb was screaming her head off in pleasure with every thrust that Adam made. She seemed to be looking into the camera, her eyes deeply purple instead of the normal grey that Florence remembered. She couldn’t see John’s eyes, but she assumed that they were every bit as purple.

For a moment she wondered why they both looked odd, and then it struck her. Their skin was as purple as their tails—in its own way very erotic—and then another thing about the image hit home. They didn’t have feet; they had hooves.

She walked around her desk and approached the screen … to have a better look … not because there was a dampness between her legs … nor that her breathing had become deeper. Standing in front of the screen, she traced one hand over Deb’s face and remembered the feeling of Adam’s cock thrusting into her own sex, recalled how he brought her to the edge of climax over and over again until finally he pushed her over the edge. Her other hand slipped between her legs, a fingernail stroking … slowly … She licked her lips and the thought came that she needed to go to them … needed to be sandwiched between them … needed to be fucked by them both.

The sound of an air horn blasting in the room shocked Florence out of her daydream and she screamed in surprise at the interruption, turning away from the image of Deb and Adam. John stood there, the horn continuing to wail, his arms crossed as he mouthed something, but the noise was so loud that Florence couldn’t hear a word. She walked up to him and swept her hand through the air where he stood and then the horn stopped … and there was silence for a time before John spoke again. “Obviously, your sexual drives are higher than normal for you to be turned on so quickly.”

She shook her head: “No shit. Anything else you learned?”

“Clearly, the point is to turn those of the Realm into what they were before: creatures of sex and nothing more, both physically and mentally.”

“Again, no shit.”

John waved his glasses at her, and she wondered why it was that he needed glasses, being that he wasn’t real: “I believe the term is: ‘The shit has hit the fan and the fan’s on high.”

Florence turned away from him to brace herself against her desk: “Five hours. Then I’ll be there, too.”

John just continued to glare as he put his glasses on: “One hopes not, and …”

The pause made Florence turn to look at him, but in the midst of doing so, another voice echoed in the room: “Um … Doc? Where’s Adam? And what’s going on?”

Standing there in the room was a pink tail with green hair and a confused look in her eyes.

“Oh shit! Abby …”

Abby had a confused look as she asked: “Doc? You don’t look so good. There’s something wrong with your horns and … umm … wow … you’re really horny, too … I mean … wow!”

Neither Florence nor John, for that matter, had a response to that.

Oct 26 2014

A Review of Succubus Dreams 2: The Bargain by Chastity Swallows

Succubus Dreams 2: The Bargain by Chastity Swallows

Succubus Dreams 2: The Bargain by Chastity Swallows

Sometimes I wonder why it is that some authors insist on releasing a lesser work as their first book when their second work is much better. They add to the characters, their personalities and more… Things that you didn’t see in their first work.

Then, to make matters more interesting, the story you expect to go one why, because it only seems to make sense, and then the twist in the tail makes you really wonder just what happened and why…

And perhaps more accurately, who it is that actually gets the worst end of the deal?

  • Title: Succubus Dreams 2: The Bargain
  • Author: Chastity Swallows
  • Length: 17 Pages
  • ASIN: B00EZ7233Q
  • Publishing Date: September 3, 2013
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells about:

Jackie made a deal with an incubus, a deal she survived but does not want to pay the piper for. To keep her life she’s been keeping her legs closed but the sorry half existence isn’t for her, she wants out of her contract. Enter Succubus Dreams with a trade her life for another.

The Bargain is told through the eyes of Wyatt Alan who spends an evening banging a woman who may or may not be what she seems.

One of the things that I find is difficult for an author to manage is the art of misdirection. In this work the author did so quite well managing to cause one story to appear that while looking to be one thing actually became something quite different. This story begins with something expected and while all in the story seems to point at a certain end that you expect… It doesn’t happen.

In truth that’s a good thing for the most part, save that the actual erotica when it comes into the story was not something that I personally enjoy. Some may like the brutality of the scenes, but for me personally it was a turn off.

That said, moving away from the erotica and into the story itself, there was quite a lot to like from the aspect of looking for more about the Succubi, and in this story, the Incubi in this universe.

The most important thing to me at least was that the Succubus in charge of Succubus Dreams is named, that being Miss Priss by a client, whether that is her name or not isn’t clear. However she is called Mistress by her secretary and as a play on words, that is rather delicious I think. It is also a good bit of character development to learn she isn’t a full Succubus, that she is quite powerful in her own right, and more so, quite dangerous to those that cross her from the scene at the beginning of the work.

It becomes more interesting when she reveals, through a conversation that sets up the rest of the story, that there is a place called Incubus Dreams as well. In the short passages where they are seen, and talked about, it appears that they are competing with each other and that could bring about some interesting stories as well sometime from this series.

While the erotica itself does not endear itself to me, I have to say that the background apart from the main male lead of this work, does quite a lot. I’d like longer stories that tell more about the Succubi and Incubi as the series goes along, but I have the feeling that this likely will not be seen all that much.

Overall, to this point at least, I have enjoyment out of the edges of the works and not the actual story that appears. Perhaps a longer story with more to be told would make the series as a whole more for me personally. The other thing that would be nice would be moving away from stories that are mainly about pain and suffering and towards something more sensual and erotic. If that happened I think that it would make me like things a lot more than I do and I really want to for the Succubi, especially one, that have appeared….

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

Character development, if only a little bit is a huge difference to me. A story that is more than it seems to be at the beginning makes it more so. Adding to a universe, opening story paths for future works completes things much more… But, more Succubi and Incubi please? It would be nice to have considering the series title…

Now if only this continues in the next work… We shall see won’t we? I do hope so…

 

Tera

Oct 25 2014

A cute Lilith Aensland YouTube

Last week I shared a Morrigan Aensland tribute that someone posted on YouTube… They also posted one for Lilith Aensland and that one appears today on the Tale… Like the first, I’m not sure about the music, but the art is nice…

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

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

And, as always, a screenshot of the one piece of art that I liked the best in the video…

Lilith aensland

I always prefer when Lilith is drawn a bit more mature than she appears normally. I do know her background and story and I know why she appears the way she does… I just think that in spite of all of that, she is Morrigan’s equal and she should look a bit more like her…

Not exactly like her, but at least proud of who is she and what she can do…

 

Tera

Oct 24 2014

A Review of Succubus Dreams 1: Daddy’s Girl by Chastity Swallows

Succubus Dreams 1: Daddy's Girl by Chastity Swallows

Succubus Dreams 1: Daddy’s Girl by Chastity Swallows

Some ideas, at their core at least, are fairly good ones. For example having a place where you might go to have a fantasy fulfilled is a good plot hook. Having that place be populated by Succubi is as well.

The problem becomes when the need for the Succubi in the story is wafer-thin and in the end, the typical, usual, expected end arrives…

  • Title: Succubus Dreams 1: Daddy’s Girl
  • Author: Chastity Swallows
  • Publishing Date: April 23, 2012
  • Length: 14 Pages
  • ASIN: B00EOEF8UA
  • Publishing Date: August 20, 2013
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells about:

Martin Jacobs wants his stepdaughter. He wants to hold her, wants to slide deep inside of her and he never wants her to know. To get everything he want he’ll risk everything he is because at Succubus Dreams the doors are always open but the bills are never settled in cash.

Martin has wanted his stepdaughter Emily for some time now, but of course he cannot have her. But he can have the next best thing can’t he? A visit to a place called Succubus Dreams, a deal agreed to and suddenly his dreams are true.

It is a story about Succubi, and yes, I can see them in the story in several characters. But the thing is that, to be honest, while they are part of the story, in truth they are simply a means for a long drawn out sex scene that did absolutely nothing for me.

The Succubi are there in spirit, on the edges of the story, teasing their existence, but in the end we never really see them save for a fleeting glimpse of the one who rules, one who serves, and as for the one that Martin sees… We never see her for who she is, only the fantasy that she drapes around herself.

Their names are not spoken, not once in the work. And that’s a problem for me because, to be honest, I was more interested in who the Succubi were than what the story was about. The two that are seen are ones that I would have liked to know more about, but we never do. There are some interesting hints, mannerisms and actions that happen in the beginning of the story, but then we leave them behind and move onto… well… just the sex.

When the end of the work arrives, the end result was telegraphed from the first couple of pages and I was not at all surprised what happened. In fact I expected it for just how stereotypical Martin’s first moment with the Succubus in control was and his actions with her.

The writing isn’t bad, actually some of the dialogue outside of the sex scenes is really quite good. But otherwise the work turns into an attempt at a hot flash, but without the heat. I found myself not really caring about Martin or the Succubus that was taking the place of Emily. I did care about the Succubus in control at the beginning and her secretary… That says a lot I think… Probably more than it should have.

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

A story without background really. A story that was driving towards the sex and not the characters. And in the end was much less than I expected it to be. Some might find heat in it… I just found myself shaking my head and moving onto the next work in the series… Which I will review next time…

 

Tera

Oct 23 2014

Succubi Image of the Week 354

I love doodles. They are hints of thoughts and ideas that while not perhaps all clear in one’s thoughts, they do open a window to what could be. I found a doodle that made me smile, and that really is a wonderful thing…

Succubus Sketch by Octopooch

Succubus Sketch by Octopooch

This character does not have a name, it is simply called Succubus Sketch and is by an artist on DeviantArt called Octopooch. You can find the page I found this work here and this artist’s site on DeviantArt is here.

I love her look, her eyes, the hint of the dress she is wearing, and her lovely hair style most of all. Really everything about her I love, especially the cuteness which just makes me smile every time I see her.

I sort of see her name as being Daphne for some reason… I’m not sure why but she looks like one to me if that makes any sense at all.

I really think it is amazing that this artist put so much character into something that looks like a simple doodle, but really it isn’t. I’d love someday to see some sort of finished art of her, I think she looks like she’s fun and that, of course, is important for one of the Succubi to be isn’t it?

 

Tera

Oct 22 2014

This is simply just ugly as a costume…

Hot & Sexy Adult Lady Devil Costume Halloween Outfit Dress LingerieHalloween fast approaches and, of course, there has to be the appearance of something of a horrific costume doesn’t there? Well, not really, but that’s what will happen today as I found something that is simply… Ugh.

This… thing… Is called, and it really is a name that is much too long, someone was trying to hit all of the Google keywords I think with this one, the Hot & Sexy Adult Lady Devil Costume Halloween Outfit Dress Lingerie. Doesn’t that simply roll off the tongue?

It comes with the horns. And the dress. The pitchfork, the stockings and shoes are not included. If you are looking for bargains, you can find this for as little as $18 US. Not that I would recommend that you would mind you.

All kinds of lousy, cheap and uninspiring here to be seen. I for one won’t be seen wearing this I promise you. The huge black band of ugly in the middle of the dress adds to the ice factor here by quite a lot. The horns even look to be inflatable, if that’s possible. Not to mention that they look so very wrong by any stretch of the imagination.

There is no possible way to save this, really it should remain on the shelf, gather dust, then be tossed into the nearest waste bin as soon as possible. I for one will do doing so.

Zero pitchforks out of five.

Even last week’s was better than this disaster…

 

Tera

Oct 21 2014

A Review of Vengeance by Niall Teasdale

Vengeance by Niall Teasdale

Vengeance by Niall Teasdale

It has been a bit of time since one of my favourite authors wrote about a certain sorceress named Ceri and a certain succubus named Lily. Quite recently Niall Teasdale returned to the Thaumatology universe after spending some time in outer space, and as an aside I recommend that series as highly as I do the one I hold so very dear.

I have reviewed all of the works in the Thaumatology series and you can find the last review I did in March 2013 here which also has links to my other reviews on the Tale. They have always been tales that centre on one very important point. It really does matter who your friends are and, as well, it matters that you do right by them.

It’s always good to see old friends return, to see what has happened to them since they were last seen and to discoverer what their story has to tell in the here and now. With Vengeance, it’s quite clear that things are changing not just for Ceri and Lily, but for the worlds they inhabit as well. Sometimes change can be a terrible thing. Sometimes it can be the answer to questions you didn’t know you had.

And sometimes, just sometimes, change just means finding out exactly who you matter to and who matters to you in return…

 

 

It tells the story of:

Ceridwyn Brent has been through a lot in the past few years. She’s been kidnapped, assaulted, brainwashed, used to summon an army across dimensions, walked across an alien world to rescue her lover, and had to embody an ancient war goddess to save a world… A bit of normality would seem in order.

But when you’re the most powerful sorceress on the planet, even if very few people know that, and one of the best magical theoreticians in the world, and you have an entire demonic realm to run, normal is not the same as it is for everyone else.

Life never seems to quite go too easy for Ceri and Lily. The days of innocence seem to be drawing to a close and with them a decision that Ceri is faced with that will change her life in ways she never could have imagined. The question is, what is the price that they have to pay, and what does that mean to the universes they have touched together?

Sometimes it isn’t easy for an author to return to a series after a time away. It’s a concern that the characters might not quite be the same as they were. That something isn’t right. That there’s a part of things that isn’t there any more. With this work, the series picks up in a place that fits well with the previous work, the characters are exactly as they were before, but while that is clearly there, events continue to shape them and in turn they shape the world around them. The time between the last and this work really just vanishes in the first few pages as the little quirks that Ceri and Lily have come out once more. How those around them act and react in ways that are right for all we know about them.

There are changes of course, there are new challenges for them all to face, there are questions to be answered, plots to unravel, and worlds to explore. The tapestry that is this universe comes into sharper focus as some of the mysteries that have been drifting through the series to this point are answered and in a way that makes sense and fits into what has come before. Things also become a lot more complicated by far and it is an ongoing question as to how the world deals with Ceri and how she deals with it in return, but in spite of some difficult things to overcome, Ceri doesn’t shed her nature, her drive, and most importantly, those that she knows to be her friends draw closer and become more.

With the closure of a few plots there is also the beginnings of what will be, I am sure, some very interesting times for Ceri and Lily in the future. The introduction of several new characters and the mentioning, and appearance, of others from the past is done well and as such they aren’t a distraction from the work. They are setting the stage for the stories to come.

There are moments when Ceri questions herself, but with them also comes a strength she finds from those around her. She isn’t quite the same Ceri as she was, and considering what has happened to her and Lily in the series recently, that isn’t a surprise. The same is true of Lily, in that she becomes more in this work, the intelligence behind the smile shines brightly and that really was fun to see. Really all of the characters that I have come to know and love are sharper, better, and more clearly shown in their strengths, but also with their failings, the things that haunt them, and the things that they deal with.

In this part of the series, Ceri changes the worlds. In doing so she comes up against those that fear her, loathe her, and would do almost anything to stop her. But as well she finds out, very clearly, that what she has done to this point in her life matters and it matters to more people than she really ever realized. Ceri has power, there is no doubt, but that in itself doesn’t make her who she is. It’s only a small part of her and within this work that comes out clearly. Discovering that within herself is important and it matters.

The work closes on a bit of a cliffhanger, but it isn’t one that left me troubled. It was one that left me wondering what the future holds, what happens next, and what it all means. Which really is exactly where Ceri and Lily wind up as well. Their world has changed, there is no turning back and where they go from here, who and what comes next will be amazing…

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

The tone is right, the characters are right, the world is right. Like slipping into a comfortable pair of slippers, the pleasure in seeing all that I love about this series come to light once more made me so very happy. I really do hope that the next part of Ceri and Lily’s story isn’t too far away…

As always, I’ll be watching and waiting… If a bit impatiently…

 

Tera

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