Jul 03 2011

A Review of Dream Seductions: Ethan by Celeste Hall

I discovered an interesting book that was the beginning of a series on Amazon recently. This book and the following stories are part of a universe where Succubi and Incubi exist along with other beings like vampires, but they are slightly different than what is the traditional view of them all…

Dream Seductions: Ethan by Celeste Hall

Dream Seductions: Ethan by Celeste Hall

 

The book blurb describes the story as:

Be careful what you dream…

Ethan knows that his entire race hovers on the brink of extinction. Strict laws that have protected their species are now being challenged. Laws created to prevent demons and humans from consorting outside of the Dream. But there is something about Madison that draws him – despite the consequences.

Madison Gray was hired to do a job, but all she can think about are the erotic dreams she keeps having about her new employer. To make matters worse, he keeps looking at her as if he knows exactly what she’s considering.

The book was originally published by Ellora’s Cave Publishing under the pseudonym Aevyn Brooke by this author, and I have to assume that the rights to the book have reverted to her and she is reissuing the series under her own name through Amazon and their Kindle publishing systen.

There are other two stories in the series, Dream Seductions: Kye and Dream Seductions: Rico. Kye was released on Amazon.com recently and I will be reviewing that book, and the last of the series when it is released as well…

To the story then.

Madison Gray is a woman looking for love. The same love that she saw her parents have, but she has only been disappointed and devastated by the men she has met in her past. Save one. She met Ethan Cox (yes I know the double entendre in that name thank you) a long time ago and since that first meeting he’s been in her dreams. But she knows full well that being a plain woman means that she has no chance with him and resigns herself to enjoying her dreams as much as she can.

Ethan we discover is an Incubus. While his human form is very much the stuff of fantasy, his incubus form is, as you might expect, slightly demonic in nature. He is alone in this world having been pushed out of his covey for killing a vampire in the past.

There is an ongoing battle between vampires and incubi and succubi in which the vampires do not want them to exist. As a result they search them out and have been killing them one by one. As a result of this, there are few succubi left in the world and they are becoming fewer still.

The powers of the incubi and succubi are centred upon feeding on human beings, but on their sexual emotions and energies. They do not kill humans because negative emotions drain them and cause them pain over time.

The story revolves around Ethan trying to resist his urges and at the same time have Madison trust him, but as that slowly moves forwards, Ethan’s past comes to haunt him, threaten Madison, and might result in the deaths of the covey he still has a connection to.

I liked the story overall. The writing was clear and neat, the story was engrossing and the background of the Succubi and Incubi in the story I thought made a lot of sense and in doing so, made the story more “real.”

From what I have seen of the other two books in the series, they deal with the other two incubi that, at the time of this story, are still alive in Ethan’s covey.

Which brings me the characters in the story…

Ethan was, I thought, well written and played in the story. He wasn’t over the top, he had his own doubts and fears, but when he made a decision, he kept to it which I think made him a being with a sense of honour. Something that isn’t seen enough in stories like this when Incubi appear.

Madison had a lot of internal monologuing in the story which while explaining why she was the was she was, didn’t push the story ahead all of the time. I wonder if the time spent going over the same flaws and fears in her character wouldn’t have been better served in expanding the universe a bit further than it was.

The two other Incubi in the series, Kye and Rico, honestly were not fleshed out as well as Ethan was. Now that is understandable because they were secondary characters, but I would have liked to know more about them and their covey than was revealed.

And that brings us to Ayleth, the Succubus of the story. I have a problem with her being described as having porcelain white skin, it always makes me think of vampires, which she isn’t, but otherwise the red hair, attitude and her succubus form, when we see it, I think are a good match otherwise for a succubus. Her attitude, as flighty as it is at times, is a bit much. However, the realization of the situation they are all in, and what her fears are, make that impossible to avoid in the story.

So, overall I liked the story, do want to read the other books in the series and I am hoping that it is not too long before they become available as well.

I’m giving this book four and a half pitchforks out of five.

I would have liked more about the origins of the succubi and incubi, I would have liked to see Ayleth using her powers at some point in the story, and I would have liked to have a bit more on the hierarchy of the race itself…

I mean, nine incubi for one succubus?

Oh my.

 

Tera

Jul 02 2011

A Demoness Drawing YouTube…

I found a really talented artist’s drawing of a Demoness or Succubus if you prefer on YouTube this past week and so…

If you can’t see it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxUBuGymtP0

And a still from the video of the completed work which is, really well done I think…

 

Demoness by MrCheezful

Demoness by MrCheezful

The artist is named Mr. Cheezful, who is from Romania, and you can find their page on YouTube here which shows off many of their other artworks they have shared…

While she lacks a tail, she does have an interesting set of horns and wings that do show off her qualities as a Succubus. I think the tones in her skin are really interesting and help define her form very well. Her eyes being yellow is a bit of a departure from the usual, but works here well and the magic rising from her hands is a nice bit of action instead of having a simple pose in which she is doing nothing really…

Very nice and I do hope that this artist does some more Succubi or DeVil Girls soon…

 

Tera

Jul 01 2011

Submissions for Succubi Erotica Anthology Wanted

I came across an announcement elsewhere on the web about a request for submissions of work to be published in a collection of Succubi Erotica. I’m reposting that request here on the Tale for the benefit of the readers that might be writers and might want to contribute a story to this work.

I have no connection to the publisher or editor of this work. I might, possibly, write something for it, but I haven’t made up my mind either way as yet.

Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2o11.

The summary reads as follows:

D. L. King is looking for stories hot enough to ignite the fires of hell.

She’s beautiful. She’s enchanting. She’s mysterious and unfathomable. She’s your fondest dream and your worst nightmare. She’s sweet and sublimely submissive. She’s dark and fully in charge. She’s flirty and she’s vulgar. She promises safety in her arms but there’s danger in her eyes. One look, one scent, one taste, one sigh and you’re rock hard or dripping wet. She’s sex incarnate.

Succubi: sexual vampires, women who steal the life force from their victims-oh, but what a way to go. Some say succubi visit their victims in dreams; others say they seduce them in the flesh. Whether your succubus is a shape shifter, has permanent bat wings or wears a mini skirt and has legs that go all the way up to her armpits; whether her victims are taken unawares, follow her with glee or scream bloody murder as they come, make your stories hot. (You know what I like, and if you don’t, have a look at The Sweetest Kiss or Carnal Machines for a clue.) As always, I’m relying on you to make me wet!

This anthology is primarily heterosexual, but I’ll consider lesbian stories. Stories should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words, double-spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman. Please indent the first line of each paragraph one-half inch and do not include extra lines between paragraphs. Put your legal name, pen name, mailing address and email address on the first page. Put the word count under the title. No fancy formatting and do NOT include a cover page. You may submit up to two stories.

Very Important: If you are using a new PC which saves your document as a .docx, please save your story as a 97-2003 Word Document or I will be unable to open it. If absolutely necessary, you may send your story as an rtf. Please send your story to succubusantho@gmail.com. Subject line should read: Submission: TITLE.

Original stories only. If your story has been previously published, please include the title, date and publisher. You must own the rights to any reprints. Please include a 50-word bio and direct any questions to the above address.

Editor: D. L. King
Publisher: Cleis Press
Deadline: October 1, 2011
Payment: $50 and 2 copies of the anthology

It sounds interesting, and I hope that when it comes out I will be able to purchase a copy for our Succubi collection of books…

Good luck to the editor and we’ll see if I can find my way to writing something suitably sexy and succubish for this sometime this summer…

 

Tera

Jul 01 2011

Canada Day in the Realm of the Succubi…

It is a tradition on Canada Day that the Poet Laureate of the Realm shares a stanza of his interpretation of O Canada…

And again this year I thank him for giving of his time for this…

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O Canada!
No Realm, but one nice land!
True patriot love in succubi command.
With playful hearts and glowing eyes,
quite mischievous and free,
above our bangs our horns shall rise,
O Canada, for thee.
Gorgeous and glad, glorious and free,
O Canada, we swisch our tails for thee.
O Canada, we swisch our tails for thee.

Incubi, too,
stand proud, tall, and erect
(watching their mates results in great effect)!
Their tails reach out to wrap around
the beauties whom they see,
arousal in each sight and sound
sets their libidos free!
He touches her, Eternal-ly!
Make Canada the Realm and set it free!!
Make Canada the Realm and set it free!!

In Canada
we try not too make spills,
and, in the Realm, we first break stiff men’s wills. ;)
We don’t approve of making mess
that’s not necessary.
With huggles we get more success
(what fireworks we’ll see!).
We’ll tie and rub to set you free;
send Canada upon a lustful spree!!
Send Canada upon a lustful spree!!

Come closer, dears;
our scents are in the air.
You’ll be seduced, and we’ll not leave our chair!
Your Queen is neat. Ours has her beat
in sexuality.
Both Will and Kate will feel so great
once they stop in for tea
(or Diet Coke). Just watch and see.
O Canada, we’ll rev your royalty!!
O Canada, we’ll rev your royalty!!

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*huggles for my heart*

Love the topicality of this so very much!

 

Tera

Jun 30 2011

Succubi Image of the Week 183

I discovered an artist on Hentai Foundry named Vizioso that has group of Succubi characters she draws from time to time. One of those, who is for lack of a better desceiption, is the Succubus in charge, is named Mistress, and I think that this is a really well done example of a Succubus Mistress…

Mistress by Vizioso

Mistress by Vizioso

I like this a lot. The robe she is wearing, her body style, the tail and horns, it’s really a lovely stylized example of a Succubus. What I appreciate most of all is that she is “classy” in her pose and appearance which, for someone that is named “Mistress” really needs to be like that to make it all work right together.

You can find the page on Hentai Foundry here with this art, the artist Vizioso’s pages on Deviant Art here and Hentai Foundry here as well. She doesn’t have anything really on her Deviant Art page, but there are some lovely examples of her work on the Hentai Foundry one…

Have a look!

 

Tera

Jun 29 2011

Demonia as a costume is not a Succubus…

Once again, I have found a Succubus costume that uses the name of it to try and be more Succubus-like…. and fails really to be honest about it…

This is called the Demonia Costume, for reasons that are the creator’s I suppose. While it has a devilish name, it not what I would call Succubus enough really…

The costume comes with: a halter style, scalloped dress with sheer over the shoulder accents, matching elbow length, long finger gloves and a sequin devil horn headpiece. The shoes are not part of the costume.

It sells for about $50 US at most places on the internet.

So many things I don’t like about this, but the main one has to be the gloves. I don’t quite understand what that has to do with anything Succubish here, nor can I wrap my mind around why you would want to wear something like that as honestly trying to hold onto anything would be such a pain. I would think that the gloves would be off in minutes at any party you went to, so why have them in the first place?

The dress doesn’t do a lot for me and the sheer material adds nothing to the costume. The raggedness of the helm of the dress makes it look trashy not sexy as well. The horns are really an afterthought and not a lot more than that. So really all in all there isn’t much here that I have any desire to be wearing…

I could give this a zero, but it’s not quite worthy of that if for no other reason that for some the trashiness could be a plus… Not for me however…

A quarter pitchfork out of five for this.

I wouldn’t buy it, but for some people it might work…

 

Tera

Jun 28 2011

Temptations 118

Bemusement is not a state of mind so much as it is an understanding of who you are, why you are where you are and what you can learn from it. Even a Queen of the Succubi knows that is true…

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Temptations 118

By TeraS and James

He enjoyed the laugh–completely, utterly, blissfully enjoyed it just for it being there.  There are just those moments, rare moments, of pure joy which one can experience if one is content to experience others for who they are and life for what it is without trying to exploit the situation.

On his better days, James could be that kind of person.  He always aspired to be.

“I’m not sure how many pay such close attention to me.  Nor am I sure how gratified they are by what they learn.  Though you seem to be.”

He shifted in his seat, leaning in to the conversation: “I find that I learn about myself in helping others.  Which brings me back to you.  I suspect you have things to teach me, and there are not many who can make me feel the kind of joy that you have.

“So, help me learn, please: tell me what I may do for you.”

 

Lacing her fingers together, she rested her chin upon them and explained, “There are those in this world that gain from learning and sharing that with others… In doing so, they find not a calling, but a pleasure in seeing eyes that see, ears that listen and minds that open to… possibilities…”

The smile didn’t fade at all, “I’m one of those. Plus I work cheap which is a bonus I would expect…”

Then she confided in him a small, but vital secret, “If you ask what one needs you can, usually, see those needs within yourself…”

She stayed where she was and then, after a moment’s consideration which also included a click of her tongue against her cheek she replied to the question that really did matter, “I would like to understand something that has always, if not troubled me, certainly confounded me… And it is something that, I think, not one single being on this planet has been able to figure out to any degree of complete and total understanding.”

Tapping her fingers against her lips, she ended with, “But before I speak my mind, what does yours think?”

 

His was beginning to think that, as delightful as she was, as much as he enjoyed the sound of her voice, the two of them were slipping into a socratic centerfuge of sorts, answering questions with questions, continually circling, with no way of moving forward unless one of them made a statement.  This meant conceding a bit of control, taking a tiny risk, but one that he was sure was worthwhile.

So he spoke: “My mind thinks that yours is vast and impressive, and I should like to get to know it better.  Please close your eyes and imagine with me.”  Her eyes closed along with his, and he took her hands into his own. “We are in a large Garden.  It is late summer, and pleasantly warm, but not humid, and there is a gentle breeze.  The trees along the path are heavy with fruit, and we can her some songbirds among them.  There is a charming, mid-size hound dog running rather playfully at our feet, occasionally scampering down the path a bit before running back, as if beckoning us to follow her.  Just over the rise, we can see the rooftop of a cottage that must be on the shore of the lake we see in the distance.  Now, open your eyes.”

She did, just as he did, and they saw the whole scene around them; their seats were the last bit of the library visible to them.  “Just as I thought,” he said.  “No one has ever been as vivid in their imagining with me as you.

“But you had a question to pose,” he continued, even as their surroundings reverted to the library, “and I am most anxious to hear it.”

 

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My heart is a flatterer, but he is my heart nonetheless…

 

Tera

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