Apr 11 2017

A Review of Emma Unleashes Hell by Shawn Seward

Emma Unleashes Hell by Shawn Seward

Emma Unleashes Hell by Shawn Seward

Personally I don’t enjoy works that are focused on horror. They simply don’t connect with me, they have very little that I enjoy. That’s not to say that the story isn’t interesting, or there is purpose however. The issue for me is when the story doesn’t make me care about the characters nor really want to know what happens next.

Much of that comes from the descriptions of the horror, sometimes the attitude of a character or two. Possibly the most bothersome point is when the characters do something that is so very “teenage slasher horror film” in tone. I think that could well be a theme that needs to be cast aside for something more interesting.

Telling a story and developing the characters.

The work tells the story of:

Luna runs a website where people can buy occult objects, spells and magic. Now don’t be hidin’ nothin’. I sell satanic books, incubus visits and the darkest fuckin’ curses. She doesn’t care what happens to the people that order. Naw, they be bitchin’ I just press delete on that email I do. If they’s unhappy I delivered what they ordered, ain’t my fault none. It started as a gimmick to make some money but luckily her friend decided to help. He be the best friend to have. Her friend is Satan. Yes sir, and he live in my backyard.

Emma ordered a satanic book online. She invites her friend Cory over to read it. They had been investigating magic and spells together for some time now. And they’s about to get the real ol’ thing! When the book arrives it is more than they had expected. That’s because it was made by ol’ Satan himself.

Anya had a sexual desire that was unable to be quenched. She found a magic store online that sold an Incubus Dream. Figuring it was more than likely fake, she bought it and hoped that she would have the sexual adventure that she always wanted. Man o man, she got that didn’t she. Good ol’ Satan always delivers!

A terrible beast is growing. Rotting flesh and tubs of blood swirl in this things mind. This demon is trying to break free. And Satan’s goin’ be one happy father he is.

Emma casts her spells, sells her wares and in doing so brings about things her customers didn’t expect. Along with that comes some changes for Emma and the emergence of a creature who has needs to be fulfilled.

The work is, at it’s core, a mystery-horror-slasher, with a little bit of erotica on the edges. But the core is the horror, what happens to each character and how that all ties together. As such, the story focuses on the horror, revels in it, and in doing so the characters themselves are really just along for the ride, wherever that takes them.

The incubus of this work is a being of horror, of needful want and in being so there’s really nothing attractive about him. He becomes a vision of giving what you want, just not in the way the character he’s bound to expects. I didn’t find anything really erotic in those scenes, nor in the work as a whole.

All that said, it is a work of horror and in that vein the story does work. But there are points when the characters are odd, their actions stranger still. Other times Emma makes comments and it’s a bit hard to figure out what’s going on exactly. Much of that can be tied to her personality, the language she uses. It does give a tone and flavour to the story, but I found that somewhat distracting as well.

While the characters have depth, they aren’t cardboard, save for the incubus and another character. The writing is very descriptive, it has a clear tone and purpose. But one needs to be interested in the themes which are touched on, otherwise it is a very difficult read as a whole.

Two out of five pitchforks.

While I appreciate the themes in the work, I just couldn’t find my way into the story very much. This isn’t so much a work about an incubus as it is the downfall, or rather continued downfall, of each of the characters. For those that like horror or suspense, I think they would enjoy this work more than I did.

 

Tera

Apr 11 2017

A Review of Demonic Possession by Desiree Acuna

Demonic Possession by Desiree Acuna

Demonic Possession by Desiree Acuna

A review of an anthology of incubi stories this time on the Tale. Many times incubi appear who seem to be perfect every way. While that saves time in the telling of the story, it’s far more interesting for them to be like fish out of water, needing to understand the world around them.

It’s in that understanding, the attempt to seek out human nature, to understand the thing called love, which gives them more depth and, for me, are much more interesting.

Being human isn’t just a saying, or is the realm of humanity after all. It is the providence of all beings who have a conscious, a soul, and the desire not to be alone.

The work tells the story of:

Boxed Set Includes:

  • The Beastmaster’s Slave: As a reluctant favor to her parents, and because it aroused her suspicions, Maura agreed to check out the link between the suicides and the owner of Noir. She got far more than she bargained for.
  • Bless the Beasts: Claire is more confused and uneasy about the apparent interest of her new neighbor, Sarik, than flattered. He may be the epitome of every female’s desires from eight to eighty, but she knows damned well the same couldn’t be said for her in relation to men. As suspicious as she is that his motives have nothing to do with a real attraction to her, though, she discovers she’s completely unable to resist his allure.
  • Summoning the Beast: Having exhausted every avenue open to her in her quest to save her mother’s life, Cara resorts to the unorthodox. She never really believed in the occult, however, and therein lies her problem. A believer wouldn’t have been as careless and left herself wide open to the wiles of an incubus like Baelin!

An anthology of three stories which tell of the trails and tribulations of incubi summoned to Earth and the ones that summoned them. There is misunderstanding, need, want and in time, the realization that there’s more to life than what each thinks is their lot. It’s the question of what happens when they can be more than they are.

Each work in the collection is written with strong characters, well thought out scenes, both passionate and not so much so. There’s time taken to draw the world, centre the characters and, in time, develop them beyond what might otherwise be expected. As such, the depth of the author’s writing gives rise to some amazingly good storytelling.

The incubi of the work are not kept static as each story unfolds. They grow, explore themselves and come to see that while they are incubi, that doesn’t mean they have no soul, cannot feel or understand. It’s a learning experience for them all, as is that of each of the mortals they are connected to. The changing of their perceptions of not just who they are, but humanity as a whole, and the souls they come to, is a deeply told plot on its own.

The erotica has lovely heat and keeps that through each story as the characters develop and the raw need changes over time. It’s quite telling as the incubi themselves find their understanding of themselves and mortals, being bent, then reformed into something far different than it was at the beginning.

The writing is very good, but if there’s one thing that I didn’t quite enjoy, it was the endings of each part of the collection. They felt too rushed, almost pat or expected at times. Given the time to draw the characters together, the heat of the erotica, it was a bit disappointing when the endings rushed through the choices made, the results of those choices and then quickly ended the tale. I’d have loved to know more of what comes next for each, even if that was only to clear up some dangling plots and perhaps tie up a few loose ends. It’s a minor quibble, I admit, but it just seemed to take something from each work and that was a shame.

Four out of five pitchforks.

Delightfully moving, well written and most of all, the characters weren’t silly, acted odd or worse, were far too over the top. Each character, incubus or not, felt real, made sense and in being so the erotica was stronger, the passions more alive.

There wasn’t perfection to be found, each character had to figure things out on their own, especially the incubi themselves. A lovely read, one that I loved dearly overall. I just wish that the endings for each part weren’t so quickly done as they were.

 

Tera

Apr 10 2017

Lipstick By TeraS

It’s been a while since I’ve written a hot flash, and the time seems ripe for just that. Even for a succubi, moving on from where one is to where one wishes to be can often be as simple as some …

Lipstick
By TeraS

 

There are an endless variety of colours to be found when one goes shopping for lipstick—a variable and varied bonanza of the pigments of the rainbow and beyond. Some prefer muted, more natural tones. Others look for the flash and impact of hues that look best matched with some daring fashion statement.

In the Realm, of course, the colours of lipstick are quite particular, and those colours are poured over by large numbers of succubi. Occasionally, the fortunate members of incubi involved with the testing find themselves being coated in the colours in the midst of assessment. It is, after all, quite an important thing to find the perfect tube of delights among dozens being tried out, mulled over and, eventually, perfected.

Some find themselves applying a shade of the deepest black. The electricity comes from the lick of a tongue that plays upon the sparkling black surface, picking up a hint of the black and deepening the mystery; the charcoal tones give the barest hint of the depths to what the lips, given their moment, can do; how the black, almost if not quite so dark as to be ebony, offers the teasing thought as to what drives the one smiling. The observer is made feverish imagining the feel of those black lips being crushed against one’s own: the black, once perfectly drawn in, now made slick and messy; the prologue to fingers exploring, slick heat becoming wetter by the moment, adding to the black in each suckle, drawing in, and twining around another tongue—moans stifled, lusts burning. Black seeks it’s fulfillment with the lust of another.

While the lusts are a delight, and the black’s tint is just right for the cries of passion, there are other colours to consider. For example, a liking to a shade of green: a green that reflects light in the same sort of way that a certain gown of polished green latex luminesces, drawing attention to the body encased within. Matched to a pair of green eyes—some say so-green eyes—the lipstick itself is pushed to the limit to be as mesmerizing. Slick, the green has just the right aspects to be smooth, tender, teasing and leaving the one being captured by it lost in the verdant growth of a new world: the emerald tint deepens the kiss, collects the thoughts of the other. They fall against the green lips, the delicious depths of the smile gracing them, shattered into myriad tiny jewels of unchecked lust.

The green is every bit as present as the black, giving itself towards the creation of the smile unlike any other; a smile that appears, in its own way, and gives hint to the one who gives life to that smile. These colours could be endless, combinations and permutations that twist and twine around themselves, the results being a particular shade for a particular smile and a particular fire to the wearer’s mysterious seduction. But, as with all things, there’s always one example that is not quite so simple a solution, a specific instance when the colour matters more, represents more, opens the door to pleasures not even dreamed of, passions enflamed beyond the brightest sun, and a smile that becomes an inescapable snare. It is bright colour, one that burns with fire, passion, love, and more.

A red: but there is only one red that will do for each succubish personality.

For one particular pair of lips, one very specific smile, there is but one particular shade of red that can possibly be. The shade has but one smile to caress, one delightful moan to accent, a specific lick of a particular tongue’s path to mark. It is a shade of red that every light and any light catches in just as way as to be inescapable, compelling and, if it be dared to say, enthralling.

But then, eventually, the truth of the matter is that, for that particular pair of lips, coated in that particular shade of red, the question comes to one simple test. It isn’t how that red captivates, nor how it adds to the seductiveness of the smile. Not a thought is given to what those deeply red lips might do, how they would curl around words, stroking them with heat, bringing about moans of delight. There is no thought given to these things, because so few thoughts are possible for the observer.

Not even the inkling of an idea is given as to how the red coating those lips of delight could bring someone to their knees, being left to the mercy of the red caressing their skin, suckling, seeking its way from one keening moan of pleasure to the next. Of course, the author and owner of the smile knows all of this, and that only serves to make her smile more, her lipstick glimmering in the light and the hold her smile has on its target taking all else away.

What matters is the shine that graces this enigmatic, bemused smile and what that shine portends for the one being graced by it. A curl of the lips might turn it all naughty or nice, lustful or loving. The emotional power of these lips is not dimmed by the lipstick that adorns them, but draws the eyes to partake in the delights waiting for anyone graced by these looks.

Lips coated in this particular shade of red both match and enhance the tail and horns of a certain Queen of the Realm …

… and draw attention to how perfect her mouth is, and what that smile of hers will give rise to …

… in the endless, entrancing spectrum of colours that are hers and hers alone.

Apr 09 2017

A Review of Demon Antics by Gregor Daniels

Demon Antics by Gregor Daniels

Demon Antics by Gregor Daniels

The author Gregor Daniels is quite a prolific author and as part of their body of works, there are quite a number which have a succubus appear in them along the way. They allow for the story to turn in a familiar direction, offering something transformational to occur to the main character along the way. Sometimes however, in spite of the promise the succubus has, the idea of the story, there’s just something missing that leaves things wanting and dearly so.

Encountering a succubus can bring with it unexpected moments. The most unexpected of all is when they need something from you, but you can’t provide it. That doesn’t mean, however, that they can’t pull some strings to get what they want.

The work tells the story of:

Andy has little reason to be excited about the Southwestern Bible Retreat, especially since he’s only being forced to attend and doesn’t believe in that religious stuff anyway. It looks to be a long, boring week of silly games and even duller activities, until a winged creature appears with the onset of a solar eclipse. Unfortunately for Andy, this female demon has some strange things planned for him.

Andy encounters Lilith after a solar eclipse and has a problem. She wants something from him, she’s very focused on that by far. Andy then finds himself taken and changed, being brought to a goal that Lilith craves from him. If, along the way, that means he needs to see things differently, well what is a succubus to do but make that happen?

The single thing I can say is that this is a cute story. Andy and the other characters are delightfully cute, Lilith is not exactly evil, but focused and mischievous. There is a gender transformation, there’s a little bit of a futa theme as well. But it isn’t outright erotica, and tends to play around the edges, not really being focused upon that or making a lot of it.

Andy’s gender transformation, and what Lilith does with that, is the core of the story and it gives rise to an exploration of some of who Lilith is and where she comes from. There’s not a lot of detail, Lilith herself is a tease more than anything else. In an odd way it’s kind of a coming of age story, but it doesn’t get to something more than a point where the story can tie up some loose ends and fade away, and that’s the problem here.

The work is a bit lost when compared with other stories by this author and being so it’s a little difficult to really enjoy the story. The transformational aspects are muted, Lilith is part of the story, but really doesn’t take things very far for Andy’s lack of drive. It is however, cute in its own way and I did smile from time to time. It’s just not one of my favourite works by this author.

Two and a half out of five pitchforks.

It’s interesting in its own way, Lilith felt a bit muted, a little single-minded which took something away from the story. It is a complete work, a rather cute one all things considered, but I can’t say it’s a work that I really enjoyed as much as others I have read.

 

Tera

Apr 09 2017

A Review of Jolene: A Paranormal Menage Romance Story by Giselle Renarde

Jolene: A Paranormal Menage Romance Story by Giselle Renarde

Jolene: A Paranormal Menage Romance Story by Giselle Renarde

There’s a subplot which really doesn’t appear very often in stories about succubi and incubi. It’s the question to what happens when two souls are in love and a succubus or incubus gets in-between those souls. In that comes a question as to what one would do for love, but more so, what happens when that love, that need, takes souls beyond themselves.

That’s something that can’t be explained in the act of sex, it’s something that needs to be told in the passions, needs and singular focus that lovers have. It’s a powerful thing and not to be trifled with.

The work tells the story of:

Jolene isn’t too troubled–except by the fact that none of her friends believe she’s dating Wesley, the popular entertainment blogger. Everyone assumes he’s gay, and he seems to prove them right when he shows up at her birthday bash with his “boyfriend” Seth. Who is this Seth guy and why is Wesley acting so strangely? When Jolene’s best friend falls ill after dreaming of the pair, it’s her grandmother who has all the answers: they’re dealing with an incubus, and someone needs to hunt him down. Jolene will make any sacrifice to save Wesley, but can she possibly defeat Seth?

Jolene’s life isn’t complicated. She knows she loves Wesley and she knows he loves her as well. But in the moment of her joy a snake appears named Seth who turns her world upside down. When she discovers that Seth isn’t human, and Wesley is in danger, there’s only one thing to do and Jolene is willing to do whatever she has to.

The work tells the story of a pair of hot erotic flashes bound with a mystery to solve and in that sense the story works quite well. The ploy has depth, the characters are very well written and there’s a lot of interactions that feel right, read right and sound right. Jolene’s personality comes through very well, as do her best friends from the start. When things get complicated, or more accurately, go off the rails with the appearance of Seth and Wesley, the story tends to rush on too quickly, almost stumbling over itself.

Seth, the incubus of the work, is for the most part a mystery. It’s clear he is an incubus, there’s no question of that, but it’s more than his personality, his past and what he’s like are not really told. There are flashes of a deeply troubled personality, some cruel aspects of him as well pop up when the climax of the work appears. But even so, there’s just nothing to speak of as to how he became an incubus, why he chose to attach himself to Wesley and why it matters so much to him.

Seth is, from the start, instantly dislikable, which is the point of course. He’s meant to be trouble, evil and more and he is. But it would have been nice to have something more than that to explore, even if that was only him gloating about it, which happens a lot otherwise.

The connection between Jolene and Wesley is delightfully strong and clear. There’s no question they are meant to be together and how Jolene fights for them both tells so much about her. The tender moments matter here and it brings about the most telling moments of the work.

I didn’t feel that the opening passage was really needed here in that it clearly foreshadows the ending. I would have been far more happier not knowing what was to come than knowing from the first page what would be. It is a spoiler, it takes away a lot from the work and I wish it didn’t.

The ending wasn’t satisfying in that it reflected the opening passage. It leaves a lot of questions open, some of them very telling with regards to both Wesley and Jolene’s personalities and character. More so, the question of their future is left dangling as well. Perhaps settling those questions, even slightly, would have been a good thing to do.

The ending does point towards the possibility of another work however. If so, then I’d hope for something more to be told about succubi and incubi. More so, I’d like to know what one particular comment from Jolene at the end of the work foretells for her. There’s also the question as to what happened with Wesley as well and if something precious to Jolene is held by him or not.

Four out of five pitchforks.

The erotica is delicious, the characters have depth and clear voices. The problem is that there’s a lot left unsaid here and I found that took away much from the work. Saying there are succubi and incubi is one thing, but then not playing that off into telling more of that story is where I think something is missing.

The hints of side stories, of the character histories offered a lot, mainly in Seth, but more so in Wesley and Jolene in the aftermath of the story. It’s that aftermath, the single line that completes the story in which there’s a huge question left behind. I’d like to see where that takes Jolene sometime.

 

Tera

Apr 08 2017

A fascinating Succubus artwork WIP YouTube

There are those works of art that have something special about them. There’s something in the form, the colours, the expression of the creativity that brings them to the fore. A YouTube today on the Tale of an artist creating a Succubus work which most certainly is something special.

 

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

As always, a screenshot of the completed work of art in case the video vanishes from YouTube as well…

Succubus Card by Drawtensil

Succubus Card by Drawtensil

There are those pieces of art that in the expression of the artist’s style give the character themselves an unexpected depth. The overall form of this succubus is somewhat angular, a little harsh, but wrapped in an expression of colour that makes for a striking contrast.

Her eyes are the focus of this art, her hair framing them and drawing one’s eyes towards them. Her complexion, being muted greys against her wings and the brightness of the background brings a little depth and dimension to this art that I think is wonderful.

A piece of art to ponder and I do enjoy that most of all…

 

Tera

Apr 07 2017

A Review of The Incubus Diaries by Kacey Chumley

The Incubus Diaries by Kacey Chumley

The Incubus Diaries by Kacey Chumley

There are many literary devices that can be used to tell a story. One of them are diaries and within that comes the use of recorded ones. Telling a story by transcribing such memories into text is a very difficult process, more so when the topic is one that is unexpected. Narrative is sometimes a difficult thing and transcripts as narration are one the most difficult by far.

The stuff of nightmares can be within one’s mind, but at the same time, it can be lurking closer still. The story then becomes trying to discover which is the more real, the nightmare from which you can awaken or the one that you never seem to be waking from.

The work tells the story of:

After suffering from an assault by a poltergeist, Alyson Smart makes the decision to move back in with her parents. Over time, she uses a tape recorder to record her experiences with whatever has followed her home. As suspicion morphs into a terrifying race to stay alive, the tapes document her every move. These are her stories.

Alyson tells of her encounters with the strange, the unbelievable and the question of belief from those around her. A story of being lost, trying to come to terms with that which cannot be explained and the choice made when there is a life in the balance.

The work is written in a style which reads very much, as the work states, a transcript of Alyson’s tape recordings as events unfold. It’s a bit hard to follow at times, some of the events being recalled by Alyson in the story can be interpreted in various ways. As such, that brings several conflicting layers to the work which then makes the possible answers to each event become somewhat blurred.

There’s a bit of a “found footage” feeling to the work which adds a little edge of shock and horror at times. The “tapes” leave a very strong mental picture, some of the events are quite horrific in what occurs, others are a mixture of supernatural encounters and personal issues. I’m unsure about how well that works as a narrative however.

The events that play out over the story are somewhat summarized, save for the moments where “actual” events are recorded. Again, that’s a literary device and it does have moments when it works quite well. The problem, at least for me, is that I didn’t quite feel like I was really connected to Alyson, what happened to her and otherwise.

While the work suggests there is an incubus, it’s a bit difficult to actually say there is one. There is the suggestion there could be, there’s some indications of that through some of the things that happen to Alyson herself. It’s less about the incubus itself than it is about Alyson trying to come to terms with what she sees, what she believes and what exists around her. There’s a great deal of time spent focusing upon her family, her relationships with them and how that is stressed over the story.

This isn’t a work of erotica, it is a work of suspense, mystery and being focused on that, it works quite well. The scenes build up the tension, the mystery and when the climax of the story comes, while there is some resolution, the answers are left to the reader to decide on. A different sort of storytelling, with a focus on aspects which are completely unexpected. But I think there could have been something more if the work had used a different storytelling device than it did.

Three and a half pitchforks out of five.

The work is certainly unique, it tells a story that, at least for me, isn’t so much about incubi than it is about the haunting within one’s own mind and ghostly hauntings. A bit odd to read, being the format that the story is told is, sometimes hard to follow with regards to what happens, but nonetheless, an interesting read.

 

Tera

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