Oct 26 2012

A Review of From the Bride of Samael by Luther Koon

I do enjoy a good mystery novel. But what I need to see in it is a story that keeps you guessing, characters that are more than I expect, and, most of all, I don’t want to know the ending by the second chapter of the story… And if it should include Succubi and Incubi? Well, that is a work that I simply must read…

From the Bride of Samael by Luther Koon

From the Bride of Samael by Luther Koon

  • Title: From the Bride of Samael
  • Author: Luther Koon
  • Publishing Date: March 21, 2012
  • Length: 154 Pages
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells of:

They were here before the age of vampires. So deadly, so alluring to mortals they were that had no foe been spawned, no humanity would have survived them. Long forgotten and considered mythical, the few that remained lived in isolated places where their feeding went unnoticed. But the enemy has been reborn.

Lola teaches school at Aspen Falls Elementary. The only thing disturbing her peaceful existence is a raucous young man named Hugo. She looks to her Principal Bill Vinson to help. But in turning to Bill, she begins to think she may have opened the doors to an evil that she cannot stop. The quiet town of Aspen Falls will never be the same.

I really did enjoy this work more than I expected, I almost passed over this work because of the ploy summary, which really doesn’t quite ring true with the entire story. It does describe the opening chapters well enough, but then the story takes turns and twists that you wouldn’t, and I didn’t, expect.

There are Succubi in this work as well as Incubi, they are described as being a kind of demon and that they feed on sexual energy. We see moments of that, but there are no horns or tails on either of them. It’s also interesting that various supernatural beings appear and that they are not quite as they traditionally have appeared or act as in other stories.

One particular moment in this work gave me pause and that was the Succubus of the story has a winged steed… It made me pause because in a story that I have never released, the Succubi Queen me has what I describe as a Pegasus and the two ideas match together quite well I thought…

I won’t spoil whom the Succubus is, there are more than one of them, but it is notable that the problems of having a long life come to the front of the story. There are glimpses of the life they lead, how they are connected to their mates, and what Incubi have as an effect on them. All in all the background of the characters is nicely mixed into the story and it really gives a layer to the work that made it special.

I did find, to my delight, that the mystery of the book was hidden well enough that when it was revealed, I didn’t actually expect who was the point of it. More so, the resolution of the story, where Lola’s life is going from this moment, was again something that I didn’t expect. There are, of course, implications for all of the characters in the story, and in the end the open doors to them made me want to see the story continue. But it does not, the story comes to an end, and the questions remain…

The author has a good grasp of his characters, an excellent touch with dialogue, and really the entire work is a wonderful read. I have but two problems with the story as a whole. There isn’t, for me, enough of an explanation of the large numbers of supernatural beings that exist in this world. The other thing is that I would have liked to understand better how Succubi and Incubi came to be. The story speaks of there only being six Succubi in the world and that few of them still live by the time of this story. While there are hints of why this is, I would have liked to understand this part of this story’s mythology better…

I’ll give this work four pitchforks out of five…

The author muses about writing a sequel to this book. I would like to see that sometime…

 

Tera

Oct 25 2012

Succubi Image of the Week 251

It’s interesting to me how many pieces of art that have Succubi are made into tattoos and other such art… I came across a really beautiful piece of art on DeviantArt that I thought was really well done and sort of has put some story ideas into my thoughts…

Succubus by HarryBuddhaPalm

Succubus by HarryBuddhaPalm

This work is called Succubus and is by an artist named Justin Reed who also is calling themselves HarryBuddhaPalm on DeviantArt. You can find the page I originally found this work here, and the artist’s home page is here as well.

I love the pose, very sexy and seductive like all Succubi should be… I think that outfit she is wearing also just adds to her look and I really will have to use something like that in a story sometime… Just yummy. The wings are a bit on the boney side, but they work with her overall look and the skulls that top her boots nicely. Nice set of horns, not overly huge ones which fit with her body shape really well too… Love the tail, very mischievous in shape and form, and the glowing eyes just give the entire image a really nice focus too…

The artist has a mix of subjects in their art from fantasy through steampunk, science fiction and real life mixtures… They also did a really interesting group work of the characters from Darkstalkers that you can find here as well. There is also this interesting piece of Succubus art called The Devil’s Cheerleader which is deliciously evil as well…

I hope that you do visit their DeviantArt page and admire some of their delicious art…

 

Tera

Oct 24 2012

If this a darling Succubus costume then I must be seeing things…

Sometime ago I shared what was called the Darling Devil costume on the Tale… and of course it was a nightmare of a costume that made me cringe… Well, another costume company has released a costume with the word “darling” in it…

And it is, at least, a major improvement on the last one…

Darling Devil Costume

This is called the Demon Darling costume and it comes with a sequin flame dress with an attached tail and a horn headband.

The gloves, pitchfork and shoes are not included of course, but it sells for what I think is a reasonable $60 US on the site I found it on.

I actually like the dress, and the tail, which you can’t see here, seems not to be too short or awful looking which is a bonus I think. The horns are too large for my liking of course and they are sparkly ones as well, so not my favourite by far…

However, I have to say that they do match the dress well and considering that many horns don’t do that, I will give the designer points for that at least.

I do think the dress is sexy, but I wouldn’t think of matching it with the gloves they have in this image. I think that takes away a lot from what otherwise looks like a nice, sexy outfit.

I even like the choice of shoes they used here as they do match up well I think and they are, like the costume, reasonable at $25 US.

I can actually see myself wearing this and not feeling bad about it which really is something that I can’t say too often about a lot of the costumes that have appeared on the Tale over the years…

I would say that this would be a finalist for my costume this year. Not the one I did choose mind you, but as a second choice I would seriously consider wearing it…

I’ll give this four out of five pitchforks.

A nice sexy and simple outfit that looks good.

I think that should be the minimum that costume designers aim for really…

 

Tera

Oct 23 2012

Desires 51

Together is a word that when it is true, means something…

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Desires – Needs

By BFSlave and Tera S

Part Eleven

 

She nuzzled into his hand and smiled softly. She slipped her hands around his waist and then laced her fingers together to draw herself closer to him. Then she whispered, “Let’s find out together then…”

Then she moved closer yet to him. She parted her legs and wiggled her way slowly against his right thigh until her heat was rubbing gently against him. She pushed her breasts into his chest a bit harder making her nipples two hot points against him. Then she tilted her head a little bit and began to slowly… Even so slowly… Kiss her way along his neck until she reached his ear. She breathed hotly into it and said, “Let’s explore our needs…”

She shifted her body just a little bit making her nipples move around on his chest. As they did, she shivered and panted in the need that was growing within her for him. She kissed her way along his cheek and then paused just in front of his and moaned, “And see where we arrive…”

Her lips slipped across his for a moment and then she nibbled on his softly. She moaned as her tongue pressed against his lips trying to part them aside and then her tongue slipped into his mouth hotly twining with his for a moment before she deepened the kiss further and allowed their passions to grow stronger and stronger. She broke the kiss with regret and asked as their foreheads touched together, “And what we will have together…”

 

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And together can be forever can’t it?

 

Tera

Oct 22 2012

A Pause before Writing Once More

A short little thing that appeared this weekend to share…

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A Pause before Writing Once More

By TeraS

 

There is a place in the Realm, one that is quiet, thoughtful, and, occasionally, is inspiring. Some would think it was the Fountains of Passion, or the Lake of Fire. Others, like Miriam, would suggest the Library of the Realm would be a good choice as well.

For Tera it was each of those in its own ways. The stories that floated around them all, in the fabric of all of their existence, were calling to her every day. The problem was that, for Tera, it wasn’t a question of writing a story. No, the problem was writing a story that would, somehow, tell of each place in the right way with the right words …

And yes, Tera had problems with that because she was a perfectionist and really never could allow herself to see that what she wrote was the right thing in the right way.  She was—and she did admit this to a very few—aware of that problem. But there wasn’t a lot that she could do about it. After all, the problem was between her horns and, being the stubborn Queen of the Succubi she was, that was going to take a lot to change.

Still, there was inspiration in the Realm, and, even though she couldn’t bring herself to write as much as she wanted to … The inspiration would be there waiting for her.

The thing of it was … she was tired. It had been some time since she had managed to tell of the Realm in the way that she wanted to because of many things that got in the way of her telling a story.

There were, of course, the things that all Queens must do, or believe they must do, or do because they feel they must. Tera wasn’t immune from that and so she did what was expected, what she thought was expected, and what she believed was expected. The problem was, of course, that the doing took away from the telling, and that was a dilemma for her. Because telling of her Realm, of those she called family, of the beliefs she had, meant quite a lot to her.

As such, while she did smile and was herself, the smile was a little bit tired, her tail was a little bit less perky, and, if you really looked at her, it was clear that she was just that little bit not quite herself.

At the end of a long, long day, Tera found that all of the things to be done were, all of the expectations were met, and there was time … time for once to go off to that place where she could, possibly, find a tale to tell in the place that inspired her.

It wasn’t that she couldn’t have before if she pushed aside the needs of others, which she wouldn’t. It wasn’t that she couldn’t have ignored the requests as well, something that would have never crossed her mind, either. The thing of it was she put others before herself because that was who she was … and it mattered to her that she did so.

So she went into the little out of the way room in her home where she sat down and wrote about things when she could and gathered the two things there she hadn’t seen or touched in what seemed to be ages: a simple red pen—what other color could it be for one of the Succubi—and a little notepad with redlines upon it (again, what would you expect it to be?). They were a bit worn on the edges, the pen nibbled on the end, the notepad’s pages dog-eared, of course, for how long Tera had owned them both? Well, to say how long would be telling … but they had been with her for a very, very long time indeed.

Picking them up, she brushed a hand through her hair, kissed her Eternal lovingly, and then went out into the Realm towards the place she wanted to be.

She didn’t make it three steps out her door when a young Succubi and Incubi ran up to her and asked for advice about … well, it wouldn’t be polite to tell what they wanted, would it now? But Tera smiled, found that the joy of the two made her happy, and, of course, she spent some time talking to them both. Before the two left, the Incubi asked, “Tera? What is that you are carrying?”

She looked at her pen and the notepad and considered what the answer was. A pen? A notepad? Well they were that, but they were more than that too. To explain that they were, in a way, a portal would have been confusing. The young didn’t use things like Tera did anymore. Their notebooks or tablets or other things were digital, and were magical in their own way, but didn’t quite allow the words that came from within to be without exactly right.

The answer she gave was one of her riddles: “Understanding.”

Then she hugged them both, wished them well, and made her way … along the path from her home to the trails nearby … through them to the gold cobblestone walkways that traced through the core of the Realm and then beyond … up into the hills that overlook her homeland until, finally, she came to the spot that she hadn’t visited in so very long …

It was rolling field of grass on the top of one of those hills where, if you rested there at just the right spot, which Tera knew, would give you a view of the Realm in its entirety. But this time she found waiting there for her two things … well, three, really. One was a cup of tea, freshly brewed and exactly the right temperature. The other was a piece of apple pie, just out of the oven, the smell of it divine in the breeze.

And there, beside the two gifts was a little card.

She opened the card and looked inside to see a message that meant everything to her and always would: Refresh yourself, Dear One, and when you have your story, I will be waiting by the fence. –Your Heart

Tera settled in beside the gifts, placing her notepad and pen there beside her. She sipped the tea, grateful for what was shared, and watched the milling of the Realm below her. A bit of the apple pie, and she looked towards the Lake and watched the Tails playing there … a bit more tea, and now a look at the Library to see Miriam there, which brought a smile to Tera as it always did … some more tea, and she watched the AngelKitties fluttering around their mountains, playing and cavorting about.

She found her mood lighter, her tail a bit more perky.  There was a warmth within her not just from the tea and pie, but knowing that whatever she wrote, whatever came from her fingers, would be something to share with her Heart, and, most of all, that it would be something …

… good.

She finished her tea, putting the cup on the grass beside her, the plate and fork from the apple pie carefully set there, too. A moment later, and she held her pen in one hand and the pad she knew so well in the other. Looking over the Realm, she gathered her thoughts, shook out her tail and, with a smile, no longer tired, called out to the world around her …

 

“Tell me a story …”

Oct 21 2012

A Review of Succubus Song by Ian Hall and Lachelle Miller

One of the things that bothers me is when a book or story is released and then, for reasons that I don’t understand, the title is changed and the book is released once more. I wonder sometimes, and really I think it is true, that it’s very difficult to come up with a title…

Or at least one that you like in the first place… Much like the story itself…

Picture Perfect by Ian Hall and Lachelle Miller

Picture Perfect by Ian Hall and Lachelle Miller

  • Title: Picture Perfect / Succubus Song
  • Author: Ian Hall and Lachelle Miller
  • Publishing Date: November 23, 2011
  • Length: Novella
  • ASIN: B006CX2TYO
  • This work at Amazon.com

The story tells of:

New York Subway; the last car from manhattan. It’s late and it’s getting dark.

Exiting the subway into the bright lights is Rick.

Rick is a player. He loves girls, then leaves them with little thought to the consequences.

But his latest fling, Tanya, is not your normal girl. When she realizes that she’s being dumped, she takes matters into her own hands and follows him up the escalator. “Picture Perfect” is a tale of a succubus after revenge.

When this work was originally released, it was titled “Picture Perfect” as in the synopsis I have given here. Soon afterward, the book was removed from Amazon and then reissued under the title of “Succubus Song.”

I think that, honestly, based on the story and what happens in it, the first title makes a lot more sense to me. But the authors must have had their reasons for making the change… Still, considering what the hook is in the story, a picture and the inscription on it, the latter title just doesn’t seem to ring true to me.

Succubus Song by Ian Hall and Lachelle Miller

Succubus Song by Ian Hall and Lachelle Miller

Rick is almost, from the moment we meet him, unlikeable. Whether that is from his attitude, the way he treats women, or just the vibe one gets from him is hard to say. Personally, I wouldn’t give him the time of day, but then I like classier men than how Rick comes across.

He’s broken up with a woman named Tanya, tossed her picture away and is on the hunt for someone new in his life. The problem is that Tanya isn’t a normal girl… she’s a Succubus, and that isn’t something to take lightly.

I found the story to be more physiological in nature overall. Tanya uses her powers to get into Rick’s mind and cause him all sorts of problems in different places.

Tanya loves Rick in her own way, and having the heart of a Succubus generally means a poor end… Especially when you tick that Succubus off.

It’s not a poor story by far, the characters themselves are interesting, Tanya’s powers are well described and the climax of the story, in many ways. is both ending and beginning for them both.

The problem lies in that, I think. this story was written from two perspectives by two different authors that write somewhat differently. It’s a bit jarring to go from one author’s words into another one’s who’s words are in bold type compared to the rest of the story.

I am not sure that works well. It’s clear who is talking and acting, don’t get me wrong, but we get as much from the words “her”, “his”, and the names of the characters which appear at the beginning of each passage.

There isn’t much erotica in this work, so if you are looking for something high on the heat scale, this isn’t the work you are looking for. The story is more of a haunting of an individual by a ghost and the results of that. So call it a ghost story with a Succubus as the focus of it and you have the work pretty much.

One thing that I noticed most of all was that we really don’t get a clear idea of what Tanya looks like. She is shapely of course and fills out a dress really well, but otherwise she’s  a whisper of a thought, a dream, a maybe and even that isn’t for certain… Not even in the ending of the story.

Taken apart, the two authors write well, there aren’t any mistakes or rough spots in the overall work. I just think that the format of switching characters and words and bolding and unbolding text is too much and really shouldn’t be needed at all here.

I give it two pitchforks out of five.

It’s hard to read a story when there are two different voices in it. The characters of course must have different voices, but when the writing styles are very different… I’m not sure that really works all that well…

 

Tera

Oct 20 2012

A Morrigan Aensland music YouTube…

One of the things I haven’t really looked into is the video games that Morrigan Aensland appears in. As such, I have never heard her music…

Until now that is…

And in case you can’t see the video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg_oF1tYPTE

Oh and I do rather like the artwork of Morrigan that the poster of this video used…

I admit that the tune repeats… a lot. So really you only need to listen to the first twenty seconds or so to get the entire theme I think…

It does fit Morrigan in a way, though I would have thought that her victory music would have been a little bit more… seductive?

I have to think about that some…

 

Tera

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