May 17 2014

A Short Succubus Film on YouTube

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

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

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

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD-CTZkOjRU

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

Succubus Screenshot Film

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

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

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

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

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

Tera

May 16 2014

A Review of Emerald Eyes by D. A. Riley

Emerald Eyes by D. A. Riley

Emerald Eyes by D. A. Riley

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

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

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

The work tells the story of:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A well deserved five out of five pitchforks.

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

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

Succubi, always, know.

 

Tera

May 15 2014

Succubi Image of the Week 331

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

I do feel that this work expresses that quite nicely…

Succubus by minkart

Succubus by minkart

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

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

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

Please do visit this artist’s site on DeviantArt!

 

Tera

May 14 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Another zero out of five pitchforks…

There will be more…

 

Tera

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

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