Jan 28 2016

Succubi Image of the Week 419

Succubi do, of course, have many different forms, shapes, styles and personalities. I do, I admit, like the cute Succubi most of all and when I find them, that’s a lovely moment for me. Sometimes the Succubi aren’t quite obvious about themselves, which is fine, but there is always something that reminds you of who they are…

Sirri the Succubus by Nexxy-Darkstar

Sirri the Succubus by Nexxy-Darkstar

This work is called Sirri the Succubus and is by an artist on DevianArt called Nexxy-Darkstar. You can find the original page on DeviantArt here and this artist’s page can be found here.

There’s so much cuteness here from the little pet she is holding to her outfit, the look in her eye, and the way she’s so protective of her pet. She’s a succubus, horns, tail, sort of, and all, but as well she’s not over-sexualized which I think works best of all with her character.

It’s an interesting melding of her red hair and her dark horns, but also how the red highlights over her body add a lot to her looks too. She’s really quite unique and that, more than anything else, makes her adorable…



Jan 27 2016

I see the tacky in this costume, I don’t see the sexy

Sexy Devil Flames BodysuitIt seems like this year is turning into the year of tacky costumes, or at least I am finding more of them so far this year.

This is called the Sexy Devil Flames Bodysuit and it comes with the bodysuit, the lousy pitchfork and the silly looking horns. The most amazing thing to me is that this disaster sells for $60 on the web and I just cannot see why anyone would willingly pay that much for this mess.

I really do not like the horns, especially do not like the silly pitchfork, and as a whole the costume itself does absolutely nothing for me at all. It just looks wrong in so many ways. There’s nothing in this that isn’t a prime example of being tacky.

I suppose that the one thing this costume has going for it is how much cleavage you’ll be showing off. but that, again, is tacky.

I can’t think of a single thing that could make this a better costume, not even setting it on fire, though that might be rather satisfying if the costume didn’t cost anything.

Really it would be a mercy to all those that would otherwise have to gaze upon this and wonder what the person wearing it was thinking in the first place.

Yet another zero out of five pitchforks.

Simply avoid this and look elsewhere.



Jan 26 2016

A Review of The Nexus Staff by Alana Sanford

The Nexus Staff by Alana Sanford

The Nexus Staff by Alana Sanford

The idea of a character taking their revenge through a succubus is not all that uncommon. Usually that means the succubus being the one to take the revenge, usually amounting to some sort of soul being taken in the process. It is a bit more rare to find a story where the succubus is more of the enabler for the character to find revenge themselves.

If that was all the story was, it really wouldn’t have much within it for me. However, sometimes a single line manages to make a story like that better than it otherwise would have been.

  • Title: The Nexus Staff
  • Author: Alana Sanford
  • Length: 24 Pages
  • Publishing Date: March 11, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

Roger lost his job due to three men who ripped the company off for money and got him blamed. Bonded to a succubus demon, Roger transforms to the woman of each of these men’s dreams, and uses their energies to devise an appropriate punishment for them.

Roger loses his job through the actions of three dishonest men. Meeting the janitor afterwards, Roger learns a few things. One, that magic is real, two, that succubi are real, and three, that his revenge will be quite a bit different than he had imagined it would be.

The story has a mix of themes within the pages. There’s a bit of a possession story, a little transformation, a smattering of mind control and then, in the end, it is all wrapped around the idea of getting revenge when being wronged. All of this focused on the idea that being joined with a succubus, and what she needs, can get what one might desire as their revenge.

It sort of works, though at times the story is a bit hard to read. There are, in the beginning, a lot of dry passages about watching elevators, avoiding conflict and there seems to be a lot of chaff put into the story for really no good reason. Rather that getting past the reason for Roger’s need for revenge, much time is spent showing why that is, what his life is like and then, as soon as the succubus appears, that just isn’t important to the story anymore.

The succubus, who is never named, appears for but a fleeting few pages in the work until she possesses, or rather merges, with Roger and their adventures in sex together begins. As that unfolds the succubus directs things a bit, wields a bit of mind control over Roger from time to time, but overall she acts as a means for Roger’s various transformations into women in order to have his revenge.

What follows from that is a series of three hot flashes of various levels, each with a different theme, one being a bimbo, for example. Roger’s personality is pushed aside by the succubus and he plays each role, being drawn into each sexual encounter and then obtaining revenge by using the piece of magic, and the guidance of the succubus to do so.

If that was all there was, really the work wouldn’t have much in it, being that the transformations are to some stereotypical themes, the story is overly focused on the sex, and so on. But it is the final page of the work when Roger explains something to the succubus which I felt told something about him that was unexpected considering the rest of the work.

The writing is a bit scattered at times, there’s some lack of direction and when the erotica comes into play the story doesn’t go very far. I wish it had, to learn more about the succubus, to see what Roger’s soul is like truly. There are some questions left in the aftermath which aren’t answered as well. The ending is a bit abrupt, I would have liked something more than the way it sort of ended, which is a bit off handed.

I’ll give this work three out of five pitchforks.

The succubus is different, which is good, the story needs to be more than it is and the erotica needs to have more heat in it. The mind control aspects help, and the succubus is delicious in her own way… But there needs to be more.



Jan 26 2016

A Review of Taming the Succubus by Eric Stray

Taming the Succubus by Eric Stray

Taming the Succubus by Eric Stray

A review of the first work in a new series that I think has some rather interesting promise to it. While the work seems to have its focus on things other than Succubi for the most part, this first work in the series offers something that I haven’t seen many authors attempt.

Every succubus begins somewhere. They make mistakes, sometimes large ones, sometimes smaller ones. The thing about being a succubus is that the desires of others make you who you are much of the time. Holding onto one’s self can be difficult when the other is looking for one specific thing. Being lost within that fantasy can be costly or it can offer something unexpected. Discovering the difference is where the real story begins…

  • Title: Taming the Succubus
  • Author: Eric Stray
  • Length: 30 Pages
  • Publishing Date: January 12, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The story tells of:

Mirri is a succubus on her first hunt. A supernatural creature able to live out any man’s deepest fantasies, she has only to find the right prey to begin her new life. Settling on a small, but well populated town, she quickly finds the perfect target… but all is not what it seems. As she shapes her mind and body to match his fetishes, she finds herself trapped as a busty, bouncy bimbo… a slave to her own needs. Giving in all too easily, Mirri begins to learn about an entirely different kind of nightlife…

Mirri is looking for a place to call home. Being a succubus, that’s not a simple thing to do. A small town beckons and she is attracted to her first prey. But things aren’t always what they seem. More than one surprise awaits her, and the greatest surprise of all might be the one that she never expected would be.

The core of this work is, as a whole, a kind of coming of age story mixed with a hint of surprise, mystery and the unexpected. This all combines into a work that manages to keep from being stereotypical in a lot of ways. Mirri, for example, isn’t a stereotypical succubus. The people she encounters aren’t exactly what they appear to be, but that doesn’t lead to bad things happening. In fact, that is the charm of this work. There’s not a hint of “evil” or “nasty” to be found. There’s a story of discovery on Mirri’s part, the finding of herself, and a place to call her home.

Mirri is the main character and succubus of the work and while she has some expected succubus traits in her form, she isn’t a typical succubus. Being so, I was attracted to her, who she is and what she believes in. The little tidbits about her sisters, and one in particular made me smile, made her more “real” and being so I became invested in what was happening to her.

Along the way, Mirri does transform herself into a bimbo, which is actually rather funny in how that plays out. The secrets of where she is, and who she is with however, are kept hidden well enough that the actual things that happen, what they mean, aren’t explained until the conclusion. There are some red herrings here and there, but they don’t take away from the heat of the story when it comes, nor the experiences of the characters involved.

Along the way, Mirri encounters Rachel, and she is a fascinating character on her own by far. She has a wonderfully blunt personality that meshes quite nicely with Mirri’s own. There’s a connection there, one that would have been interesting to see more of, but the seed of it, what it offers, I think worked well.

The story is well balanced between storytelling, character growth, and the moments of erotica that come along the way. There’s nothing silly or odd in the erotica, if slightly more bimboish in the telling than I really enjoy. When Miri is herself, there are some really interesting moments of self-pleasure that made me smile and mixing with that the telling of her story was a really nice idea that the author made work well.

The work sets up a universe that I think has a lot of promise to it. The explanation of how things work, why they do, makes sense and feels like the author has taken some time to plan things out well. The erotica is a scattering of a few short hot flashes, but they aren’t out of place within the telling of the story.

I would have liked to know more about Rachel than was told, and while much was told about Mirri’s past, there’s really no moment when Mirri, as herself, has pleasure as a succubus. It’s a bit odd as a result in that her “prey” holds her for the most part. I found myself wondering what the story would have been like if she had been herself more.

Four out of five pitchforks.

What I liked was the lack of either Mirri or Rachel being stereotypical in their Succubus natures. That alone hooked me into the story, but what came through the story, how things developed, added a lot to that. I wasn’t disappointed in what happened, more so I was pleased that the story didn’t turn towards being evil or nasty.

I think there’s a lot of promise in the series going forwards, though I am uncertain as to if Mirri or Rachel will ever appear again in the series. I hope so, I adore them both, who they are. The author took care here, I trust they will continue to do so with the series to come.



Jan 25 2016

Always Listening By TeraS

It’s been a while since I have written something. There is a reason, it matters, and someday I’ll manage to say. But there is something I have learned, and it is that there is someone …


Always Listening
By TeraS


The bell above the door made the sound she had come to expect, all things considered: a tinkle with a slight melancholy, which reflected the place to which it was attached. Just inside the landing, she looked around at the diner: the rows of empty booths where, at the busier times of the day, there would be chattering, laughter and conversation. But, in the here and now, there was only silence greeting her ears.

Her high heeled boots made the slightest of sounds as she walked over the well-worn linoleum towards the serving counter where he stood, wiping the counter as he always seemed to be doing.

He looked up at her out of the corner of his eye and then turned away. She had been coming here so often that what happened next was, in its own way, almost comforting. He busied himself at the coffeemaker, pouring a cup of coffee—two creams, no sugar. As he did so, she settled into the empty seat directly across from him, folding her hands on the counter and waiting for him to serve her.

The cup was chipped at the handle … not that it mattered. The saucer beneath had seen better days as well; he set it in front of her with a nod: “Evening.”

She managed a smile in the same way she had every time she had come into the diner. It wasn’t a forced one; more a wistful, polite smile that told of her manners, but at the same time telling of the turmoil that her thoughts were going through: “Hello.”

This was how things were: he didn’t press her; she didn’t offer. She remained there on her perch, her hands cupped around the cup and saucer, not touching it. He returned to busying himself with cleaning the diner’s countertop before walking out from behind it, leaving her to her thoughts.

There was the sound of a bucket being rolled out from elsewhere, a splash of water and then the sound of the mop being dragged over the floor. He didn’t say a word as he worked. She didn’t watch—that would be impolite, of course. Rather, she looked up at the menu board, reading the meals on offer there for the umpteenth time, having long since memorized them. The spelling errors in the handwritten menus still there, of course. She had meant to ask about them, but just didn’t feel like talking, and starting a conversation by asking if he knew how to spell ‘guacamole’ would be somewhat awkward.

She sighed, quietly, to herself, then looked into the coffee, thinking about things, wondering if it was really true that one could find one’s answers in a cup of coffee. The thing was, there really weren’t any answers to be found in the moment. There were questions, many of which she had asked, but she had yet to hear a single answer. She wanted to talk to someone about them all, to try and find a means to clear her mind, to gather her thoughts, all of those sayings about one’s mental health that seemed the most appropriate at that moment. But she couldn’t do that.

He rolled the bucket away again, then returned to the corner. Noting that she hadn’t touched the coffee, he asked: “Need a refill?”


“Always, Tera.”

Eventually she left the diner, hearing the lock click shut as she strode out the door. She bundled herself into her jacket and began walking away. It was about ten minutes later that she realized something.

She had never told him her name. Not once.

Turning on her heel, the Queen of the Realm returned to the diner, finding it still open and pushed through the door. The bell rang as it did before, but that was where things ended.

He wasn’t there.

The young girl at the counter was looking at her quizzically, a small pile of textbooks piled in front of her, covering the countertop.

“Where is he?”

The answer was a shrug, followed by: “Dunno who you mean. I’ve been here all night; you’re the first customer that’s come in here. Can I get you something?”

There was a long silence as she considered before replying: “May I have a coffee, double cream, please?”

It didn’t take long for the request to be filled and the bill paid, with a large tip. At the look the girl gave her, Tera smiled, then she nodded and took a seat in one of the booths next to the window. As she rested there, thinking about what happened, she looked out the window. As the snow blew about, she wondered who he was. So many weeks of doing the same thing, over and over again, and now it was as if he had never existed.

In answer, the winter winds began blowing, the window rattled a bit in its frame …and then she heard his voice: “You aren’t the only one who’s been around the block.”

Looking across the table, she found him sitting there, regarding her. She started to ask who he was, what he wanted, how he knew, but paused when he began to speak.

“I know who you are, Tera. I’ve always known. The thing about you is that you refuse to allow anyone to help you when you need it. You’d rather deal with it all on your own, keep it all inside, and let the chips fall where they will.”

She tilted her head to the left and pointed at her hair where a pair of red horns just peeked out, barely there.

He sighed: “You can’t keep this up. It’s not healthy for even the Succubi Queen to be like this, nor is it a good thing for you to put up a false front for others.”

“I’ll manage.”

“Of course you will; that’s how you are.”

She pushed the coffee towards him, he considering it, then looking at her.

“I don’t care for coffee.”

“Yes, I know. Tea is your thing.”

“So why keep serving it to me all of this time?”

“Company policy.”

“How so?”

“Coffee’s free, tea ain’t. Besides, you needed a place to stop and think. Fair trade for everything you do.”

She allowed the barest of smiles, a real one, for once.

“That’s better. Hang onto that.”

She looked back out the window and nodded: “I’ll try.”

“And Tera? Talk to someone. You need to. That,” she said—when did he become she?—“is what I send you so many people for.”

When she looked back, she who had been he was gone … and yet, she still felt her presence. The world hadn’t changed; the answers still weren’t there. But the idea of lightening herself, even a little bit, was a start.

Fishing her cellphone out of her pocket, she dialled a number. “Hello, my heart. Have you some time to talk?”

“Always listening, Dear One, and I always have time for you. In fact, I have been waiting since Goddess told me you’d need to chat; what would you like to talk about?”

“Oh … things …”

Jan 24 2016

A Review of Sinful Amy: Promotion by Quixerotic

Sinful Amy: Promotion by Quixerotic

Sinful Amy: Promotion by Quixerotic

The theme of someone being offered a “deal” and then becoming a succubus seems to be happening a lot of late. Sometimes that story manages to take a turn where things become more than one might expect from the story itself. More often however the character in question becomes overwhelmed by their nature and the story devolves into a sex scene which doesn’t really have a purpose other than “it happens.”

That doesn’t really make for a good story, it leaves something wanting. Moreover, if the work needs all but the final three pages to set things up before the main character is transformed, that leads to an obvious question. Is this a work where being a succubus is an afterthought and there’s nothing more to be written, or is this the beginning of a series? Sometimes a little clarity can make the difference.

  • Title: Sinful Amy: Promotion
  • Author: Quixerotic
  • Length: 16 Pages
  • Publishing Date: January 19, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work is the story of:

Amy, a goal driven business woman, has spent her entire career working for a promotion to the 32nd floor of the Paragon building. She comes to her interview ready to do whatever it takes to secure the job. When Levi is chosen over her, she turns to her favorite dive bar for solace. While nursing a drink, she is approached by a strange man named Alastor who offers her the deal of a lifetime. Determined to reach her goal, she signs the demon’s contract and quickly learns true meaning of lust.

Amy’s goal in life is to have a corner office in the company she works for. However, after losing out to her chance, she encounters a demon that offers a deal. She can have what she wants, but she will become a succubus. After signing the deal, Amy finds there are some benefits she didn’t expect and a need that she never expected.

The thing about this work is that a lot of time was spent in setting things up, laying out Amy’s past, then the events that lay out her future path and then making the deal. But the actual transformation of Amy into a succubus, never mind actually being one, lasts for three pages. It amounts to the discovery of her new form and little else, before the work comes to an abrupt close.

That’s a problem because in doing so, the question of what this work represents is left open. If this is a stand-alone work, then there’s so little of a succubus focus to it that it becomes a complete disappointment. If this is meant to be a series, then while it sets up the series, at least Amy’s path through it, there’s next to no time spent with her being a succubus. In that case, the work really is more about Amy being disappointed in her life, then making a deal and not really coming to see all it represents.

Amy’s transformation makes her somewhat stereotypical as a succubus, red skin and all, though the author didn’t mention hooves, so there might be something positive in that. But along with that  transformation, Amy’s prior personality becomes submerged beneath a succubus in heat. It didn’t quite sit right, all things considered. I would have been more interested if Amy would have kept her drive and somehow gotten revenge rather than the short hot flash that really didn’t have all that much heat.

The erotica in this work is about a page and a half in length, so this really isn’t so much erotica as it is a telling of Amy’s “here and now.” Story-wise, the reasons for Amy’s choices, how things unfold and so on I think worked well. There’s a reasonable explanation for her choice, how she approaches the offer that she is given by the demon and how that comes to pass. Amy is, at least in her human life, all business. What she is as a succubus isn’t really told well and that needed to be.

There is room for this story to go somewhere, for things to be more focused on Amy, her new role, and what she might do with it. But that’s not for certain. There’s no real proof of a second, or more, works to come. Should that be, I’d like to see Amy’s powers explored, perhaps seeing her have revenge on a certain character at the least. There are some interesting plot threads left open and if they are taken up, that would be nice. But if this turns into a series where Amy seems to be focused on sex and nothing more, that will be a real disappointment.

Two pitchforks out of five.

There’s really not much, if anything, of Amy being a succubus in this work and being so this leads me to the conclusion that this is the start of a series. We’ll see if that series appears, and if the author can manage to keep it from being something that will keep my interest. At this point, I can’t say that I really am.



Jan 24 2016

A Review of Angels and Succubi by Carl East

Angels and Succubi by Carl East

Angels and Succubi by Carl East

I have written many times about the Succubi stories that the author Carl East has published. Many of them I have really enjoyed and it was nice to find that a collection of these works had been published.

The majority of these stories have been reviewed on the Tale in depth, so for this review I will be summarizing my thoughts on each of the works and then giving an overall review of the work as a whole.

But most important of all… there are many stories about Succubi to enjoy…

The story is of:

A collection of all of the Succubi and Angel stories written by Carl East. The collection includes:

  • The Angel: He found her on the side of the road and went to her aid. Sometimes there are angels in the dark and they come again and again.
  • The Succubus Next Door: When the girl next door needs some help, Amy asks what’s wrong. When she’s told that without that help, the girl next door will die, Amy doesn’t believe. At least until the girl next door turns out to be a Succubus that is.
  • Soul Mates: When Arianna (an angel in training) has to go out into the world to earn her wings, by saving a soul, she has no idea what awaits her. Brandy is a succubus and she’s on the run. She disobeyed Satan’s orders. When they both find one another, the strangest alliance you can ever imagine forms and a friendship is born.
  • Daughters of the Night: In the night there are vampires. In one coven a vampire named Rebecca gains the powers of a Succubus in an experiment that changes her world and that of her coven forever.
  • Almost Good: Clair has an unusual gift, she can detect strange. Yvonne’s as strange as they come, because she’s the first Vision Walker Clair’s ever known. With the power Yvonne possesses along with a Succubus, a Fallen Angel and a shape Shifter, the bad guys better watch their backs.
  • The House on the Hill: After discovering that the house they want to buy is supposed to be haunted, Sandy and Mike decide to take it anyway. It’s just too good a deal to pass up. However, when they move in, they discover that the house does indeed have another tenant it’s just not a ghost.
  • The House on the Hill 2: The Succubus, Serena, is stuck in limbo and when she is freed, she is more than appreciative. In fact, she’s so thankful she’s willing to show her rescuers a few of the hidden talents that the Succubae possess. By the time she’s finished showing off her abilities the new owners are going to wish that she would stay.
  • Bound to Hell: Dale is struggling to get through college, but something is about to happen that will make college irrelevant. With the aid of a Succubus he’s about to take on the role of the monster killing Reaper and his life will never be the same again.

The first two works in this collection are new ones, at least to me:

The Angel: The fog brings with it a woman and a mystery. Nothing said, nothing explained, but the moment comes and those questions matter little in the end. Not really a Succubus story, and it is, as a whole, the only story to focus on what seems to be an Angel-like character. There is quite a lot of mystery wrapped around this work, and there are, by the end, a lot of questions left about what exactly was going on with the characters.

There’s a Twilight Zone feeling to the work at the end, and I don’t think it worked well with the rest of the story. It felt disconnected with everything else that happened and I think there could have been a better ending somehow. As well, I wasn’t really convinced that the female character was, exactly, an Angel. It’s more a given based on the title of the work and in that came some doubt in my thoughts.

The work as a bit of a hot flash within, which was interesting in its own right. A bit confusing at times, a little misdirected at moments, but the heat was, as a whole, well done.

Three out of five pitchforks.

The Succubus Next Door: Amy’s neighbour banged on the wall for hours. After confronting her, Amy finds that Dale is a Succubus, and now Amy is ‘banging’ anything that moves in return for keeping Dale alive.

This work reads very much like the opening two chapters in a novel. There’s a good deal of setting up, of explaining Dale’s situation and she proving to Amy what she is. A scattering of hot flashes follows before the work comes to an abrupt ending. As a whole, the thing about this work mainly comes to the questions about Dale, how she got into the situation she finds herself, and what she and Amy do together. Dale claims to be a succubus, really there’s not much more proof than she can cause lust in others, for one, and for another she is a futa as well, though she shifts in that often in the work.

The work reads very quickly, getting to the point of things in a very short time, telling about the characters as quickly as possible and then, immediately moves onto some heat between Amy and Dale. Past that, Amy tries out a gift that Dale gave her, which isn’t really unexpected, and then the aftermath of that follows. The ending however is the part that really bothered me. Dale’s explanation of why she can’t leave her apartment makes sense, but in another way it also really seems to limit the characters in a lot of ways. I would have liked more time spent on the ending, perhaps a little more character development, and more focus on Dale, at least as much as was given to Amy at least.

Three out of five pitchforks.

The rest of the collection I have reviewed on the Tale before, so what follows are very short summations of my thoughts from those reviews.

Soul Mates: Arianna isn’t quite an Angel just yet and she is sent to Earth to become one. A meeting with Brandy, a Succubus on the run and she discovers that Brandy is the key to her becoming an Angel. But the truth, for them both, is something more amazing to discover. Overall this is a story about self-discovery, about findings someone to care about and to tell what one would do for them in the moments when all would be lost. I liked this story for this, but also for how well the lives of Arianna and Brandy are told, then joined together. There’s a good deal of innocence from Arianna, which I loved dearly. But I liked Brandy being an old soul and how that played off against Arianna and what that transformed their relationship into.

The last few pages of the story where the author lost me completely. The work ends on a note that just doesn’t ring true with all else that happened. It is abrupt and sadly of all, it ends on a point where these two lovers seem to be going towards having to face each other on different sides. That just didn’t set well with me. To end the story that was about love, about understanding, about being together by taking that and tossing it away just didn’t work at all.

Three pitchforks out of five.

Daughters of the Night: The story of a coven of vampires who find their world changes as they come into contact with the Succubi. A sharing of blood brings about changes unexpected and with them the one thing they thought was impossible to see again returns. The writing is a bit rough around the edges, some of the minor characters speak in a monotone, almost sleepwalking through the work. Part of this may well be the fault of this work being told in a series of short stories that aren’t quite linked together well. Perhaps connecting them together more fully would have helped in that. There are quite a lot of little hot flashes of erotica in the work, and as a whole I think that was a bit overdone really. Some of them seemed to happen for the sake of having some erotica to get past a dull part of the story, and that didn’t quite work well.

A well told story, some interesting concepts, and I liked the characters overall. I just couldn’t quite get past the concept of mixing up Succubi and vampires as a whole.

Two and a half out of five pitchforks.

Almost Good: Clair has a motley crew of friends, or almost friends, with supernatural powers. Together they help who they can, but want to, somehow, do more. They rescue Yvonne from a bad situation and through her their adventures really begin.

The cast of characters in this work are interesting in their own rights and each really could be the focus of a single work on their own. There is background hinted at for each of them, but only hinted at and that leaves a lot of questions to be wondered about. The Succubus of this work, Candy, for one really interests me in that, by what is told about her, she decided that she didn’t like what “they” wanted her to do and she left, finding a place to hide with Clair and starting their group. While Candy is a Succubus, and there are some very hot scenes with her, she’s also, if not the leader of the group, certainly the brains in a lot of ways.

It all makes for what could be an opening to a series with these characters, one that I would read and follow not just for Cindy who fascinates me as a Succubus, but all of the characters. There are a lot of tales to be told about them all, never mind all of the different couplings that could happen. But the story needs to slow down a little, gain traction to tell more story and a bit less sexual situations would I think make for a better story than there is here.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

The House on the Hill: Sandy and Mike are a young couple looking for their first house. They eventually find out a little bit out of town that has a lot going for it, but, just before they agree to buy it, the find out the truth… It’s haunted. I liked the story for the most part really… I thought that all three characters, Mike, Sandy and Serena, who is the Succubus of the story, were really well fleshed out, had a history and seemed very real as a result. I enjoyed Serena using her powers on the couple, and the mind control that seemed to be part of that was really well done and I enjoyed it. The sex was hot, lots of heat to be seen and nicely described I thought as well.

My problem comes from the beginning of the story. I don’t quite understand why the author had to write so much about the house. We learn about the kitchen, the hallways, and so on, but all of that really isn’t important to the overall story I thought. It also make the beginning of the story very tedious to read through… it sort of felt like I was reading a home improvement magazine and that just sat wrong with me.

Three pitchforks out of five.

The House on the Hill 2: Serena the Succubus returns, the attempt to release her from her curse didn’t work and once more the owners of the house discover the fun and games that having a Succubus can bring. It’s a much better overall story than the first book was. It isn’t really just about the erotica, which is a welcome change from the first work. There is more about the powers of a Succubus, what she and do, what the experience is, and what that transforms the relationship of the main characters of the story. It becomes a story of learning about secal experiences, what they bring to relationahips, and how, if you take the chance to explore sexually who you are, you discover things about yourself and the one you love that you never would have expected.

I felt the expanded background of Serena added a lot that was missing from her personality in the first work. There are also moments of her using her powers which I thought were intersting use of the Succubus legends towards what they are capable of.

Four out of five pitchforks.

Bound to Hell: Dale is a college student, bored out of his mind in class. At least he is until a Succubus named Cindy enters and changes his life forever. Dale finds out that what he thought was reality isn’t quite as simple as it seemed to be, and having Cindy in his life promises to make his life more complicated than he could imagine.

I think the one thing that bothered me the most in this story was that the way the characters spoke was monotonous. By that I mean it was hard sometimes to tell if Cindy was talking or Dale or any of the other characters when they appear. Reading their thoughts, what they say, it seemed to be a lot of nothing with the occasional important bit of information to be shared. I understand that Dale is young, but Cindy is a Succubus, she is supposed to have been around for a long time and I expected much more out of her that was seen.

Two and a half pitchforks out of five.

Obviously the collection ran hot and cold for me, but overall there was really quite a lot to enjoy, to smile over, and most of all, the majority of the Succubi where interesting, were more than sex toys and that I always like to see.

I’ll give the collection as a whole three and a half out of five pitchforks.

One of my favourite writers about Succubi and a collection of their works is a nice thing to have even with the ups and downs that the stories carry with them.