Jan 14 2017

An interesting set of Succubus horns…

Succubus Horns by PropCornShop

Succubus Horns by PropCornShop

I found a pair of Succubus horns on Etsy a while ago which, for me at least, are more a piece of art than they are costume. The quality, the look, and the care taken in the horns make them something quite special and I wanted to share them here on the Tale…

These horns are the creation of an artist on Etsy called PropCornShop and you can find the original page where I found this work of art here.

The horns are custom made, there are no two alike and the artists indicated on their page that they can do custom works as well.

I find that the level of craftsmanship is really amazing, and the care taken in each set of horns is really clear to see.

The cost seems quite reasonable, and they do make for the most interesting ideas to ponder about them.

Fantasy to be made reality takes care, and it is so good to see that horns like these are possible…

 

Tera

Jan 13 2017

A Review of The Lonely Succubus: An Erotic Quickie by Serena Synn

The Lonely Succubus: An Erotic Quickie by Serena Synn

The Lonely Succubus: An Erotic Quickie by Serena Synn

All characters have a story to tell. Sex alone doesn’t tell a story, nor can it talk about a character’s fears, needs, hopes and dreams. It’s up to the story to tell that and the erotica to heat things up at the right moment. There’s a talent to being able to manage that well. Especially when the main characters are deeply flawed.

The past shapes the present. We are that which our own minds shape us into being. Some fears are the stuff that make us become small, a wisp of who we once were. It takes a choice, a need and a desire to see that we are not what we think we are. We are better and better when we can allow others into our lives.

  • Title: The Lonely Succubus: An Erotic Quickie
  • Author: Serena Synn
  • Length: 21 Pages
  • ASIN: B01JSFVGLO
  • Publishing Date: August 8, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

Thanks to her agoraphobia and social anxiety Neridia was a lonely succubus hiding out in the woods. She learned to survive by syphoning sexual energy from the internet supplemented by the occasional snack on a delivery guy.

She was expecting a pizza delivery guy when Pierce stumbled into her cabin.

Sexy as hell and dripping sexual energy he could be the answer to all her problems…and the start of a few new ones.

Neridia isn’t your usual succubus and that’s because who she is was shaped by her past. A choice made, a promise destroyed and the hate within seething. Pierce is an incubus with a real problem, a hope that there’s a way to solve it. The two lost souls meet and then the questions become one of not just need, but want and desire.

While this is a work of erotica, there’s so much more that comes before that moment that makes this something really special. Both Neridia and Pierce have their stories to tell, and in the telling comes a pair of complex souls. They have their flaws, the pain of the past, the needs of now and the slim hopes they have for a future. Their characters are wonderfully strong, vibrant voices in the work and being so, that exploration of their pasts is just amazing.

That isn’t done as an info dump, the method used is inspired and without Pierce, it seems unlikely that Neridia would have confronted her own past and made something of it. There’s need in both characters, but it isn’t sexual alone. While the connection is cleat, there’s more of a need for understanding, a shoulder to lean on, an ear to listen. The characters have soul and that makes getting to the erotica so much better.

The erotica is a lovely hot flash which isn’t silly or unreasonable. While both Neridia’s succubus aspects and Pierce’s incubus ones come out fully, they aren’t evil or nasty. It’s nice to see a story where the characters don’t fall into the :”evil” trap. They are far more than that.

The writing is very good, the characters have depth, The plot allows for them to develop and tell a story. The heat simmers and holds things together quite nicely as well. The work is a little short, but it does have a clear beginning and end which really doesn’t leave too much out and wanting from the story. I would have liked a bit more of an ending, I think it’s a bit abrupt. but it does manage to satisfy overall.

Four out of five pitchforks.

I adore Neridia and Pierce, the story is delightful, fun and has wonderful heat. But most of all, these are characters with flaws, with needs. The erotica doesn’t get in the way of telling that story which makes this work really something special.

 

Tera

Jan 13 2017

A Review of Little Secrets by Catherine LaCroix

Little Secrets by Catherine LaCroix

Little Secrets by Catherine LaCroix

A review today of the second work in the Little Treasures and series by Catherine LaCroix, a series that I have loved since it first appeared in a prior edition, now reissued by the author. You can find my first review of the series here on the Tale, in which I expressed how much the work appealed to me. I’m delighted that the author has returned to the series, has done some lovely touches to this, the second work, and I am eagerly anticipating the third work in the series to come.

Love shared can mean many things. It can be a revelation, a surprise. But as well, it can give the truth that needs to be seen. Most of all, that truth, when shared, offers something far more to more than the one that loves, it is the one that is loved in return.

The second work is:

It tells the story of:

After two hot and steamy weeks spent in the care of his mysterious new lover Lilith, Tristan wonders about her motives and his future. Being offered every comfort and luxury he could ever imagine in her abode only serves to raise more questions. His curiosity starts innocently enough, but the secrets he uncovers will change their relationship forever.

Time moves onwards for Tristan and while Lilith gives him anything he wishes, all that he desires and more, the questions about where he is, who Lilith is, and what everything means whisper at the back of his mind. As their relationship moves onwards and games are played, Lilith reveals the truth that she has kept hidden from him when he least expects it… but the answers… those are harder to find.

In this work my love for Lilith really came to the fore. There are so many things about her personality and her actions in this work that seemed very familiar to me. Lilith loves reading and has a vast library of books, she teases Tristan with a can of RediWhip, and in many other ways as well. But in all of that the love, the need for him that she has remains strong and true throughout the work.

But in all of the love, the passions, the exploration of what Tristan desires, the little hints of things being not quite right are stronger in this work than the last. There are no windows, there is always heat around Tristan. Things magically appear from one waking moment to the next. It’s so much more clear, long before the reveal, that Lilith is a Succubus. But the way the hints are interspersed in the story makes things more seductive and passionate. It isn’t simply a hot flash when the erotic moments come in the story, there’s something more.

At one point they are described as sugar, being Tristan, and spice, being Lilith. It is very apt comparison and I dearly loved that moment because it defined their relationship in the best possible way. When things turn towards a slightly more dominant scene, it doesn’t feel out of place, though for Tristan it is strange and revealing.

The climax of the work, and I do not refer to the moment when, for the first time, Lilith and Tristan are truly intimate together, for that is a beautiful moment on its own, comes at the very end of the work, in the very last line when Lilith finally reveals her truth. She loves Tristan, which has been true from the first word of the series, but also that she is a Succubus, which has been hinted at as well from the beginning.

It is a moment that reveals an important truth about Lilith, about her being a succubus and that truth was a delight to see expressed by her. The word ends on a bit of a cliffhanger as a result, but it also gives the hope towards what I think can be something amazing to come.

The small changes that the author made from the original work I think added little bits of character development, a stronger connection between Lilith and Tristan, and suggested something of what Lilith seeks herself. Delightfully hot, passionate and loving, all things that I dearly enjoy reading.

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

Every bit as wonderful as story as the first work in the series and though I wished for so much more, what was told about Lilith and Tristan was wonderful in both heat and substance.

In the prior edition of this work, what came next was never revealed. This time however, the author has promised to tell the conclusion of this story, something that I have been aching to see happen for years.

That, most of all for me, is the anticipation of promise that Lilith and Tristan have, and a story that is one of my most dearly loved romances about succubi.

 

Tera

Jan 12 2017

Succubi Image of the Week 469

For this week, I decided that I wanted to find some art of Morrigan Aensland that was a little bit different to start the year. I happen to like pastel and coloured pencil art quite a lot, and I found one particular work that I think takes Morrigan’s form and puts things into a very unique light…

Morrigan by gonxxo

Morrigan by gonxxo

This art is by an artist on Hentai Foundry called Gonxxo. You can find the original page on Hentai Foundry with this art here.

While this is a nude art of Morrigan, it isn’t something that is too much so. By that I mean while Morrigan is bare, save for her stockings, which I think is a delicious idea by the way, this feels more like a figure study or something of a portrait of her.

There’s more feeling, a little bit of softness, in how she has been drawn save for her eyes that I think have just a little hint of sharpness to them that makes them quite piercing, adding to that expression she has.

But really it is her hair, the wildness of it, how the strands are flying about, hinting at the power she holds, that brings to me that little bit of her personality that frames this work so very well…

 

Tera

Jan 11 2017

Not really that much of a Temptress or a Succubus Costume

Devil Temptress CostumeSometimes I come across a costume in which there is something in it that I can’t get out of my thoughts. It might be the look, the lack of style, or something like that. Other times it is an accessory that just looks wrong. In the case of wings, having them look like a paper airplane is something I won’t get out of my mind for a long time…

This is called the Devil Temptress Costume and it comes with the dress, coat, which has an attached tail, wings and horns. The heels are not included and it sells for $45 US on the site I found this on.

The only thing about this costume that I can just tolerate is the dress, which might be at least halfway decent looking. But otherwise that tail is awful, the coast is nothing special, the horns are too fat looking, and most of all… those wings.

I think the model looks like she’s wearing a paper airlines on her back and being so I just can’t get that thought away from me.

I do think that the coat gives me an idea, which I might do something with however. But all else that is here just leaves me unimpressed.

One out of five pitchforks.

Paper airplanes and sexy costumes don’t quite work really…

 

Tera

Jan 10 2017

A Review of The Confessionist by B Samuels

The Confessionist by B Samuels

The Confessionist by B Samuels

There are some hot flashes that simply do not work. They try to be sexy, erotic and need to be to justify what they offer. It’s a very rare thing to find a hot flash which has heat, the sense of a story and something more to offer.

One of the powers of a succubus is to know what their prey needs and desires. Becoming that, taking them to the release they crave, is delicious. Being able to use words, sounds, and scents to make that possible is a gift. But all gifts have a story to tell, and telling that story is a gift as well.

  • Title: The Confessionist
  • Author: B Samuels
  • Length: 5 Pages
  • ASIN: B01JV5DC7M
  • Publishing Date: August 5, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

A sexually frustrated man finds himself locked in a confessional booth with a mysterious woman, one who not only understands his smoking fetish, but also how to use it to release him from his agonies.

A man finds himself at the tender mercies of a woman that knows his secrets. Giving in to her might be everything he needs and fears at the same time.

The work is a very short hot flash which doesn’t tell much about either character. The female character of the work isn’t named within the story, her name, “S” being revealed by the author in the end notes. There’s really no plot outside of her dominating character and what she does to the male character in the story.

There’s a focus on sexuality, sexual desires and a specific focus on smoking as fetish all wrapped into a female domination theme. There’s quite a lot of heat in the five pages and that’s mainly because the author doesn’t waste time telling a story outside of the encounter the two characters have. In doing so the story remains held on that moment and it keeps the story alive when otherwise there would be a good change the story would lose its way quickly.

It is a short story and being so there’s no character to explore, no story to follow. The female character might be a succubus, seems likely to be a succubus, but that’s never clearly said. Her purpose is a little vague and while the ending makes a suggestion of what happens and what she wants next, it doesn’t take the story much beyond the sexual moment that the story is.

As the opening chapter to a novel, this would be an excellent hook, but otherwise it’s too short. The heat makes up for a lot of that however. Nonetheless, more story, more telling about “S” herself would have been nice. There are all kinds of hints and teases, but nothing more. That’s a shame because there is more here. It’s just not explored.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

It’s far too short of a story, but while it is, the heat in this hot flash is very well done. “S” seems to be a succubus, there’s enough hints to conclude that. I’ll see what the next work brings and if that justifies this introduction being such a short little thing.

 

Tera

Jan 10 2017

A Review of Awakenings by Emma Night

Awakenings by Emma Night

Awakenings by Emma Night

I don’t mind collections of works, really it is an opportunity to read many different stories and be captivated by them. The problem I have is when it seems like the work is one story, offered as such, but then in the pages you find the story you thought was going to be 600 pages long… turns out to be about 60 in truth.

A need when found, can consume us totally. The temptation to take and never stop can be more consuming that the hunger itself. Some dreams are simple, some are needful and then there are the ones never spoken of for the fear of them being true. But in the eyes of a succubus, all dreams are delicious.

The work tells the story of:

Even the best doctors sometimes need a vacation

Owen, Troy and Dave need a break from their demanding careers. For the first time in a decade, they are able to take a guy’s trip complete with a day of hiking and a trip to Vegas to blow off steam. Their carefully planned vacay derails when they find a mysterious cave in the middle of their hike. A cave full of strange, erotic paintings and a wooden box that never should have been opened. They should have left well enough alone…

When Troy cracks the lid of an ancient box found deep in the cave, a strange gust of wind ushers in something ancient, something powerful, beyond any mortal’s understanding. Unwittingly, Troy has released a succubus and the three friends are about to experience the dreams of a lifetime. Dreams that might be more real than any of them ever imagined.

Three men enter a cave and choose to tempt fate. In doing so they release a succubus in need, they being the ones to feed her hungers. But they each have a need, singular and then alone, which she can provide. But in doing so, there is a cost, and it is one that, for her prey, is well worth consuming.

The critical point to note about the story Awakenings is that the length of the work is about 60 pages. The entire work is a collection of stories, only Awakenings having any sort of succubus theme to it. That point made, the balance of this review will be on the story Awakenings and not the work as a whole.

The succubus of the work, Alathea, is a delight. She’s smart, seductive, powerful and uses her powers in some wonderfully hot ways. There’s some mind control, some transformation aspects as well, but the critical thing is that the story doesn’t turn dark, or evil. There’s purpose to her actions, there’s focus in her thoughts and there’s some character development among all of the erotica that was well thought out and played into the story really well.

The male characters are actually rather hard to like for much of the work, really only becoming more interesting and vivid when Alathea takes them by the nose, and other parts, leading them to her sense of what they desire and what she is willing to give them. It’s a shame they are so unlikeable because it remains with them, right through the ending of the story. That means, at least at first blush, there wasn’t any development in their characters and there should have been.

The erotica is very hot, very female dominant, even if the men think they are in control, which they aren’t as Alathea’s powers control the events quite strongly. The ending is disappointing on two things, one, the male characters seeming to learn very little, but more so that Alathea just vanishes, her story not really told as much as I wanted it to be.

There are a scattering of spelling and grammar mistakes, but they are minor ones as a whole. A minor quibble I admit, but with another editing pass might come more story about Alathea, her past, and what she truly is. Light in the darkness is a really good story, it should be really told.

Four out of five pitchforks.

That rating is for Awakenings only, I didn’t bother with the rest of the collection as it didn’t appeal to me. I really think the author should be clear that this is an anthology, that Awakenings is a small part of it. That would, for me, be a better thing to do.

I loved this story, but there’s not enough told about Alathea, the works ends on a point that begs for a “what comes next”. The erotica is wonderful, the story is very good and I loved it overall, but there are a lot of editing problems needing a going over. Telling more of Alathea would be a delight, but I expect what we have is what there is… pity.

 

Tera

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