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.
- Title: Emma Unleashes Hell
- Author: Shawn Seward
- Length: 92 Pages
- ASIN: B01MPWPYCA
- Publishing Date: October 23, 2016
- This work in Kindle Format at Amazon.com
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.