Jan 12 2016

A Review of Belle of the West by A. Henry Keene

Belle of the West by A. Henry Keene

Belle of the West by A. Henry Keene

The thing about writing a collection of stories is that the connections between them can be difficult to achieve. Once that is managed, then the stories should be part of an overall whole.

Sometimes in getting to that point, the stories themselves can become a little disjointed, scattered, looking for their own purpose before making that connection. In doing so, at times, that makes the stories a bit harder to follow. It isn’t always the characters or the setting that is the problem, sometimes it is simply that the story itself runs away from the author’s fingers and they have problems keeping up.

  • Title: Belle of the West
  • Author: A. Henry Keene
  • Length: 65 Pages
  • ASIN: B00X5ZE8M8
  • Publishing Date: May 4, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The tells the story of:

A patchwork of tales, “Belle of the West” is a dark meditation on the Feminine in Western culture. Through stories and poems as diverse as supernatural horror, gun-slinging western, and southern tall tale, “Belle” explores a variety of characters and follows a soul-destroying demon as she begins to transform.

As a whole, it is rather hard to define or describe this work overall. There is a succubus-like being called Meridiana who appears in the beginning of the work and then, through the passing of time and the taking of other forms, interweaves herself into the lives of others. As she does so, she changes them, alters them, and in the end there is loss in all ways.

The stories that make up this work are quite different, one being a modern tale, one from the past, and another having a western theme. The change in tone and style in each is a bit jarring but once past the initial introductions, the stories have a life of their own and are captivating in their own ways.

There is a bit of murkiness however in that the stories become a little disjointed over time, occasionally losing their way before finding it again. Along with this comes an undercurrent of horror that, at times, was a bit too much for my taste to be honest.

The characters are very complex, having history, goals, and needing to face situations that push them beyond anything they might have expected. The relationships are strained, they are lost, many times because of Meridiana’s actions, and in the end there comes a moment where hope is lost for there comes little choice in what they must do. Either for themselves, or for the ones they love, trust, or need, there is a reckoning and it is, at times, terribly sad.

The work is not finished, the author made that quite clear when they published this work. The reason is, again, a sad one, tragic and that I think comes out in the stories themselves to a large extent. As such the work ends at a point which leaves questions. It reads as being unfinished, in the midst of thought, and wanting to tell more.

There is much here that I liked, found interesting and thoughtful and I would like to know where all of this leads to sometime.

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

Completing the thought is a hard thing sometimes, life can make that impossible. Sometime I hope to see that unfold as it needs to be here.



Jan 11 2016

Loaned By JHB

Some silliness for a Monday morning, inspired by last Thursdays Succubi Image of the Week by my heart for which I am dearly grateful today…


The Realm’s Library, it is well-known,
spans dimensions and worlds on its own
with infinite nooks.
And yet, for certain books,
even they need Interlibrary Loan.

So when Flo needed something obscure,
Irving handled it, calm and quite sure.
He filled out the form,
because that was the norm;
but his correspondent chose to demur.

Now, this was a special, charmed text
just for succubi (it might be hexed).
This other book clerk
wouldn’t answer a jerk.
She wrote: “Come. See me. We’ll see what comes next.”

Irv didn’t think this was so great.
He and Miriam had a hot date.
He’d started to bond
with the yellow-tailed blonde
(for an incubi, he’d bloomed very late).

But it was his job, so he went;
telling Tera he wouldn’t relent
‘til they said they’d share.
Yet he was unaware
of this woman to whom he had been sent.

When he got there . . . What? Was he high?
Was this librarian . . . succubi?
Red tail . . . horns of green . . .
yes, she made quite the scene:
arched an eyebrow as she said “My, oh my!”

But this realm was human, indeed.
Why and how could it possibly need
a creature like this . . .
. . . so voluptuous miss . . .
who was licking her lips, as if to feed.

“Ah, you did not expect me,
here with tail and horns all out to see.
The Realm was a bore,
and I wanted much more
than assistant in the Queen’s library.”

Both Irving’s horns and tail were hid
and he couldn’t believe what she did:
the key in her grip
made a lock’s tumblers slip
and a door open. “Let’s loosen your lid.”

Her office was filled by a bed,
and that’s just where this succubi led.
She patted his rear
so his tail would appear,
laughing as his cheeks turned cherry red.

“But your tail colour, that’s quite blue,”
she purred. “Such a magnificent hue:
deep as the ocean
just like your devotion.
Oh, sweet morsel, I’ll have such fun with you.

“You see, Irving, my name is Eve,
and, because of these loans, I receive
such marvelous guests
for my amorous quests.
And you’re already . . . ready, I believe.”

She touched his tail, making him moan
in ways his love hadn’t yet known,
got him on his knees
used his cute mouth to please
herself, leaving him quite hard as a stone.

He seemed to be finished, our Irv,
stuck here, condemned ever to serve,
canoodle, and squirm
for this lustful bookworm.
But her kisses touched a surprising nerve.

His Eternal sparked in his mind:
freckled knees, a luscious behind,
and eyes that beguiled.
The thought drove him quite wild
as he gamely put his host in a bind

–quite literally, it turned out.
His tongue wrapped her clit, caused a shout.
His tail wrapped her arms;
with astonishing charms
as the tables were soon turned all about.

He left Eve purring, with a smile,
in a sweaty, musky, soft pile.
The book was his prize..
It was Miriam’s eyes,
her scent, voice, and inimitable style

that kept him from being consumed,
lost to Eve, amorously doomed.
For right from the start
she held onto his heart.
Behind the book drop, their passions resumed.

Jan 10 2016

A Review of A Demon’s Gift by Jocelyn Dex

A Demon's Gift by Jocelyn Dex

A Demon’s Gift by Jocelyn Dex

There are some questions which do tend to wrap themselves around one’s thoughts over and over again. Some of them are clear, focused, they speak what they mean and mean what they say. Other thoughts are draped in shadow, their truth held away, until the moment when they must come to the fore and speak the words that one never expected.

The question of one’s history can be the one question that can never be fully answered until the moment arrives and the truth reveals more than one knew.

Even if that truth shatters the world once known.

The work tells the story of:

Cordelia is a demon hunter in training. Passing her final test will allow her the freedom to celebrate her first Christmas, but one demon stands in her way. As much as she tries to fight it, to convince herself he repulses her, her body comes alive, betraying her, each time he’s near.

Argoth, a sex demon, is locked in a cell, used as a punching bag for the demon hunter trainees. The only thing he looks forward to is his training sessions with Cordelia. The first time her fist connects with his face, he knows she’s different and that he has to have her, to save her, to make her his.

When Argoth’s truth turns Cordelia’s world upside down, will she give in to her desires or run for her life?

Cordelia has been training for longer than she can remember. Finally to the moment when she might be able to graduate, she has to face her own demon, quite literally. Beneath the words, the innuendo, the questions and more, there’s something hidden. Finding the unknown within and without can change everything, if she only would listen to the voices in her own mind.

The most telling part of this work is the way Cordelia and Argoth spar with each other over the course of the story. From the first moment, there is a connection, a reason for the story to unfold and that sets a tone throughout the rest of telling. Two strongly written characters who have their own wills, needs and desires. The internal struggles through which each must make their own choices, good or bad, and learn to deal with them. What I found the most telling of all was the histories of each. The secrets that are held in each of their pasts are not tossed out all at once, there is a reason for each part of the story to be told.

Argoth’s character tells of his honour, his needs, but always there is a fear within him that holds tightly. Finding out what that is, who that is, takes him from being a thinly written character into something far more. At the beginning, perhaps, there is a moment when he seems to be slightly obvious in what he is, a sex demon as he is described, possibly more accurately an Incubus, but that fades quickly as his real self comes out and tries to connect with Cordelia. There are two beings with “humanity” in this work, he is one. Cordelia is the other.

Cordelia herself is a bit of a hot mess through most of the story, but over time she grounds herself, learns about who she is, and in doing so that answers a lot of questions she has held for a very long time. It is clear there is something different about her, it is a bit telegraphed at times, but not too badly so. When the truth comes out, when she embraces it, there’s a certain lovely innocence that comes out overtop of who she has been and I really enjoyed that.

The work tells a complete, passionate tale, but it also leaves some questions unanswered, the fate of one character close to Argoth unclear for one, what exactly Cordelia will do with her life now a bit less unclear, but open to interpretation. The ending is satisfying nonetheless and in that I couldn’t help but smile.

I do wish that the story was longer, to allow for, perhaps, a little more happy in the ending, to find that piece of closure that Argoth does not have in the end. The ending tells the story, but it allows for more to be told and I’d really like that to happen. Solid writing, characters with depth, presence, and more. A touch of heat which does not overcome the story itself. All in all a wonderful read and the pleasure that comes with having that.

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

A wonderful story, fully realized characters and a universe that feels right from the first word to the last. I’d love to see where this story goes from here, there are more than enough hooks in the story to allow that to happen and I hope it does sometime…



Jan 10 2016

A Review of Interview with the Succubus by Kara Lang

Interview with the Succubus by Kara Lang

Interview with the Succubus by Kara Lang

There are those characters that suggest they are succubi, of some description, but really don’t quite appear to be so. They can be sexual, alluring, have some aspect about them that offers the possibility of they being a succubus, but never quite deliver on that.

A review of a new series in which the main character seems to be, in a lot of ways, unsure about what she is, as a whole. Perhaps that’s the point of the series, in some way, because that needs to be explained more than it really is.

  • Title: Interview with the Succubus
  • Author: Kara Lang
  • Length: 18 Pages
  • Publishing Date: January 4, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

Erythrina: a beautiful young woman, hiding a monstrous appetite. Mark: the skeptic invited into her home, to investigate her claims. After tonight, neither of them will ever be the same, as their destinies become linked by the same strange, impossible secret.

Mark meets with Erythrina, a woman who claims to have strange powers and abilities that Mark cannot believe. An interview takes an unexpected turn and Mark is faced with a reality that he cannot believe.

The work reads like the opening chapter to a novel in that the characters are introduced, the setting is explained and then the conflict, or discovery, is made which then pushes the story onwards. It is mainly story, trying to set out something about what Erythrina is, who Mark is, and what draws them together. Beyond that, there’s really not a lot else in this work.

Erythrina is a mystery for the most part, and even when she is trying to explain what she is, she doesn’t seem to be able to say with some kind of clarity. Is she a succubus? In a way perhaps. There’s more focus placed on her particular feeding method, and what that entails. As the main theme in this work is clearly noted, that is vore. While that leaves an impression in how that is described and so on, it serves mainly to force Mark to believe Erythrina’s story and not much else.

Once past the reveal, the story rushes through the conclusion and then ends at a cliffhanger which makes some sense at least. But that’s a shame because there was a good deal of time spent in the work telling a story, but then walking away from it in a kind of slasher-horror movie way which was disappointing.

Overall, there’s really no heat in this work, not much in the way of anything succubus-like happens. It really is mainly a tease for whatever comes next, whatever that may be. I would have liked a better ending, something more substantial. It would have been nice to know more about Erythrina than there is, if only to understand who she is, not so much what she is.

One out of five pitchforks.

I’m not sure about this series, I’m not sure there is a succubus to be honest. I hope the next work in the series expands on things more and comes to some kind of explanation and resolution about those questions.



Jan 09 2016

A Morrigan Aensland sketch WIP YouTube

Another artist’s process YouTube in drawing Morrigan Aensland today on the Tale… The post is familiar, in truth there are quite a number of artists that have used the original image as the basis for their art and I think how each interprets that is telling in a lot of ways…


And in case you cannot see this video on the Tale, please try this link:


As well, of course, here is the finished artwork as shown in the video…

Morrigan Aensland by 234BANDICOOT

Morrigan Aensland by 234BANDICOOT

As I mentioned, this art does remind me of something that quite a number of artists have applied their own talents to. In this case what strikes me is the expression that Morrigan has here which seems to be sort of a hesitation or something similar. There’s a kind of tension around her in this image, at least to me for some reason…

It’s a bit different than what I have come across and I think it’s interesting for that…



Jan 08 2016

A Review of Lexi and the Devil by Michaela Daphne Taylor

Lexi and the Devil by Michaela Daphne Taylor

Lexi and the Devil by Michaela Daphne Taylor

I’ve found, on occasion, that some of the works that appear on a search for succubus books have, barely, a connection to the subject. Many times the actual appearance of the succubus is for less than a page, means really nothing, and as a whole, reflects how little story there is for all of the attempt at writing a hot flash.

Then comes the other problem which is that when the main character is dislikable from the first moment, it doesn’t matter if the erotica is there or not, if the story is good or not. Driving a wedge between the reader and the story usually results in disappointment for everyone.

The work tells the story of:

Lexi wants to be rich. So much so that she sells her soul, offering Satan eternal sexual pleasure in return for worldly wealth. Little does she know that the contract comes with a catch. Furious with the deceit, Lexi vows to take revenge and finds the perfect moment in Satan’s personal BDSM dungeon. The torturer becomes the tortured, but could this be what the devil secretly desires?

Lexi makes a deal with the devil, but that deal turns out to be very one sided. Having lost, in more than one way, Lexi confronts him, looking to have her revenge. The thing is, the devil is holding all of the cards, and Lexi is playing his tune.

The only appearance of a succubus in this work comes at the very end when the devil makes Lexi an offer, she accepts, and its transformed. Otherwise the work just revolves around Lexi’s attempts at being “evil” getting what she desires and then being sent off to pay at the hands of the devil.

There’s a good deal of BDSM in the story, but it’s almost cartoonish, really doesn’t have any heat in it, and overall just served as a means to draw the two main characters into the same place at the same time. There’s a bit of character development, though it is very thin, but that does nothing to overcome the main problem I had with the work.

It simply wasn’t interesting.

There was no heat, no passion. There wan’t one character that I cared about in the work, nor was there really anything that hooked me in the story. If it wasn’t for the possibility of there being a succubus in this work, really I wouldn’t have read this. Seeing that Lexi isn’t really a succubus, save for the very last page of the work, it mainly focuses upon some BDSM fantasies that just read and felt wrong in a lot of ways.

It’s a bit more confusing in that while Lexi is a paper thin character with only one thing on her mind, the devil is actually interesting to a point. There’s more to him than Lexi and that again hurt things because the main character should be central to the story as a whole. The devil, and hell for that matter, are larger, more interesting characters than Lexi.

Lexi being a gold-digger, if one who knows a little bit about supernatural things, just wasn’t a hook for me. She has her big scene at the beginning which clearly tells of her one-track mind and desires, but little else. Even when she’s confronted by the devil, she doesn’t change her attitude or anything else about her.

Little heat, really not much story, the focus is on the BDSM erotica and that just doesn’t ring true. The story is, as a whole, average and that’s being kind. I think there could have been more time spent in story to balance out all of the erotica and, perhaps in doing so, there would be something more of a hook as well.

One out of five pitchforks.

Really nothing of interest here, though the idea isn’t a bad one. The work needs to be developed more and with that there could be something more to this as well.



Jan 08 2016

A Review of A Byte of Paradise by J.G. Scape

A Byte of Paradise by J.G. Scape

A Byte of Paradise by J.G. Scape

A review today of the first work in the Tales of a Hotel Succubus series, a series that, for me, offers a wonderful story, excellent writing, and a Succubi who is, very much, like one of the Succubi of the Realm than anything else. I’ve said so often that I would love to discover more authors that create Succubi that are different, and Kat, the Succubus of this series, has that certain something that I adore most of all…

She has a soul, she cares, and it matters.

It is the story of:

Lori Moss, a programmer working in software sales, finds herself the sole occupant of a honeymoon suite at a beachside resort hotel after catching her ex-fiance, James, in the arms of her best friend. After getting some odd advice from a bellhop, Lori seeks out a mysterious woman to forget James, but discovers more than she was expecting from the woman, the island, and herself.

Lori’s life has gone off the rails. Her fiancé cheated on her, and now she’s stuck on a trip were it seems that she’ll be alone in her misery. A chance encounter leads her to meet Kat, who isn’t like anyone she’s ever met. Kat’s purple, she’s a succubus, a sex demon if you prefer, and she’s going to show Lori that there’s more to her, and herself, than she ever knew before.

The most amazing thing about this work is the underlying humour that seeps into so much of what happens. While there are some serious moments, some lovely hot erotica, and the characters have their own compelling stories, it’s the running commentary from Kat at times that keeps the story full of light and makes it adorably cute so often.

Lori is a character who comes across in the work as being very real, grounded, and in need of someone to talk to. She has background, a story to tell, and as things unfold it’s nice to see how her story is given a means to be told, expanded on, and for her character to develop further.

As well, there are several secondary characters that I found fascinating, possibly the one I want to know the most about is Bianca. She’s mysterious but captivating as well. There’s an untold story which I feel like would be something amazing to tell. The hints about that are ones I wanted to see explored, but they weren’t. Still, that didn’t really disappoint me as her presence in the work more than made up for that.

The succubus of the story, or sex demon, is Kat and she’s wonderful. The thing about her is that what matters about her, what makes her an attractive character isn’t what she is, but who she is. Her personality shines in the work, her humour is joyfully shared, and I was just captivated by her. While she is a futa succubus, that isn’t important really to who Kat is. I make that point because while the erotica focuses upon that, the rest of the work really doesn’t very much. In doing so, that allows Kat to be who she is, to be part of Lori’s life, and to take that story, what it means to both characters, in directions that feel right most of all.

Kat does use her powers from time to time, but in doing so they are used in ways that make sense and aren’t in the story for the sake of proving that she is a succubus. There’s meaning to her actions, why she does things. There’s nothing foolish because of this, there are solid explanations to why things happen, what Kat can do, but the story isn’t bogged down in trying to explain every aspect of Kat. There’s a certain faith in her that one gets through the story and when Kat’s magic happens… It really is magic.

There are several hot flashes of erotica in the work which revolve around Kat and Lori. In these appear some really well described moments of Kat’s powers and their effect on Lori that I loved. A kiss with Kat is more than a kiss sometimes, and how that all unfolds was heartfelt and deliciously written. I didn’t feel like the erotica was over the top save for one scene which might have been pushing the limits of things a bit, but, again, the scene came to a close with a good, logical ending that I appreciated.

The work ends on a series of notes, allowing a lot of the storylines to complete. Still with that the ending leaves quite a number of paths open for Lori, Kat and Bianca and in doing so that leads towards the next work in the series, whatever form it may take. The ending isn’t sudden, it fits in with the story, it makes sense, and it left me wanting to see more. Really the best kind of ending for the first work in a series. A story closes the loop, but as well, it leaves threads to be pulled on and explored.

Really a wonderful story, amazing characters and the entire universe does have a lot of possibilities to play with. There are a few minor spelling mistakes here and there, but, very minor. I would have liked to know more about Kat, how things work, but that’s part of the appeal really. I also would have liked the story to be somewhat longer, mainly because the chemistry that Kat has with Lori, among others, would have been nice to see more of and explore further. I do hope that happens.

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

I want the next work in the series, right now. Seriously. I love Kat dearly… She reminds me of someone… I wonder who that could be? More than that, this work brings me a lot of hope for all the strength in the writing, the characters, and more.

I hope Kat returns very soon.