Feb 14 2016

A Review of the Modern Hell series by Virginia Locke

The Huntress by Virginia Locke

The Huntress by Virginia Locke

Quite some time ago, I reviewed a work here on the Tale which ran hot and cold for me. I had quite a lot of questions about it, expressed that there was a bit too much horror and not enough story as well. You can find that review here, if you are interested, but you don’t have to.

The reason for that is because the author reissued the work under another pen name, and as well added a second work in the series. Having two works to consider, I thought that there might be some story focus, because really that’s the one thing the first work needed more than anything else. However, that really didn’t come true, the horror aspects still override most of the works and as such, my opinion of the series overall hasn’t changed.

The first work is:

  • Title: The Huntress
  • Author: Virginia Locke
  • Length: 49 Pages
  • ASIN: B00GO2TS7Y
  • Publishing Date: November 12, 2013
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

Welcome to the hottest erotic encounter of your life. Too bad you won’t live long enough to enjoy it.

As a succubus, my lust can only be satisfied with two things: blood and sex. However, few men are dark enough for my tastes. I don’t like easy kills. I like a challenge. I like to hunt.

Tonight, I’m lucky. I’ve found a predator as warped as I am…who also just happens to also be carrying information that could tip the scales in a brewing celestial war.

The review I wrote several years ago about this work remains the same as a whole. The story is set in a world caught in the middle of the war between Heaven and Hell. The main character of this story, Dena Bat Mahlat, is a succubus. She has a demonic form and a more human one and is, in a lot of ways, stereotypically violent, arrogant, evil, and all of the other things that succubi, at least the classical ones, are seen to be. She kills those that she is with, in the most violent manner possible, and attached to that is a need to control men around her and debase them… All of which makes her as a character someone that I honestly don’t like, don’t care for, and wouldn’t be sorry never to see again.

Setting aside my dislike of her, the story is written well save for a few points where I wondered what the point was to bring victim after victim for Dena. There is, at the last page, some sort of explanation for what has happened, but it doesn’t really pay off all of the rest of the work in how short it is. The story seems not to be well fleshed out and is pushed into the background against all of the violence that Dena creates. There is a story there that isn’t touched on and I would have liked to be able to see the connections that have to be there, but aren’t explained.

Two pitchforks out of five.

There is a succubus, but a succubus should be more than a monster and violent.

Exquisite Nightmare by Virginia Locke

Exquisite Nightmare by Virginia Locke

The second work in the series, while focusing on the actions of an Incubus, doesn’t really stray from the horror and violence that was at the core of the first work. In truth, it is a lot more violent, especially in the ending, and that didn’t do a lot for me either. It is more like a dream sequence in the midst of a slasher movie and being so, even if the building up towards the sad conclusion was better, the conclusion still took away so much for me.

The second work is:

  • Title: Exquisite Nightmare
  • Author: Virginia Locke
  • Length: 33 Pages
  • ASIN: B00UKGZFPY
  • Publishing Date: March 10, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

Welcome to the best erotic encounter of your life. Too bad you won’t live long enough to enjoy it.

Since she was old enough to walk, Jillian has secretly longed for the one man she is forbidden to touch. One night she wakes and relives one of her teenage memories…only, this time, the story has a different ending. But this erotic dream soon turns into a nightmare, for the man she desires is hiding a dark, horrific secret.

The story is, for the most part, a dream of the past which then turns a corner and becomes the wishes and fantasies of the main character. it is a bit taboo, to be clear, but there are some quite erotic moments in the story.

Compared to the first work in the series, the actual erotica isn’t violent, there isn’t the overwhelming theme of blood and so forth, at least until the reveal comes in the last few pages of this work. Then it comes out in full force, the story collapses into the horror and then simply ends, the point of the story really not made.

The incubus, and it is one to be clear considering that it appears in a “dream” at first before reality comes into play, isn’t named, but for all of the actions, the words spoken, and the last moments of the work, is just as stereotypical as the succubus in the first work of the series. There’s really no development of the character, simply being there to bring about the end of the work in the most violent of ways.

It’s hard to call this work horror erotica, the first is far more clearly that. This work seems to be more dreams turning into nightmares which, again, has the feeling of a mid-80s horror movie. I don’t especially like out-and-out horror stories, and this work manages to keep where it is going a closely held secret until the last few pages, but then it is completely horror and it took away what I had enjoyed to that point. The ending is truly movie level horror and then some, and it wrecked the entire work for me. I can accept the first work for the horror and how that was handled. The second it was just… wrong.

One pitchfork out of five.

More of a disappointment in the ending than anything else, the last of a “why” to the story also took away from it.

The series did not continue past the second work and as such there is no continuation of the plot, the universe, the reasons of why things happened as they did. It would have been nice to have some of that in the second work as it was in the first, but that didn’t happen. There is a story among the horror that hooked me in the first but vanished in the second.

It need not have been that way I think…

 

Tera

Feb 13 2016

Another neat Morrigan Aensland WIP YouTube

A lot of the art of Morrigan focuses less on her character than it does with one particular aspect of her anatomy. I’m fairly sure that most will understand what I mean by that of course. The thing is, if you step back from the obvious and focus on the rest of Morrigan… That’s when she really comes into her own…

 

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loqrX8GNDKI

And, as always, here is a screenshot of the completed art that I think really does show Morrigan in a wonderful light…

Morrigan Aensland by Rozanimation

Morrigan Aensland by Rozanimation

This is one of the most powerful images I have seen of Morrigan so far this year and I think Morrigan’s strong sense of self, of who she is, comes out really well here most of all. There’s a focus on Morrigan’s eyes that really makes this image work fully and it’s just amazing…

 

Tera

Feb 12 2016

A Review of Possessed by a Demon: Book 2: Incarnation by Kat Firestone

Possessed by a Demon: Book 2: Incarnation by Kat Firestone

Possessed by a Demon: Book 2: Incarnation by Kat Firestone

Quite some time ago I reviewed the first work in a series by Kat Firestone which appears to have an incubus as one of the characters, and you can find that review here on the Tale.

The second work in the series has appeared, though at the time of this review the third work has not. Still, the story continues, things get complicated, and the questions continue.

In the prior review I hoped the main character would become less self-absorbed and in being so the story becomes something more that what it had been. Sometimes you don’t always get what you want however.

  • Title: Possessed by a Demon: Book 2: Incarnation
  • Author: Kat Firestone
  • Length: 28 Pages
  • ASIN: B016XDWHRQ
  • Publishing Date: October 20, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

Silver Bellingham’s introduction to college life hasn’t quite gone according to plan. Instead of classes, homework, frat parties, and lots of sex with cute guys, she is consorting with demons and traveling to other dimensions. At least she got the sex part right.

Silver’s life gets more complicated as she is drawn into the orbit of Hexios, an incubus tricked into making a mistake he has been paying for, over and over again. A promise made and Silver finds that her life has taken a twist and a turn that she never expected.

The second work of the series serves the purpose of complicating Silver’s life in many ways. But how those things happen, and what she is drawn into, seems more to be her own doing, or at least her brashness than anything else.

There is a point however where a question needs to be raised about Silver, who she is, and what she might be. At two points in the story it feels like she might be a succubus, but that isn’t taken very far, in one case, the story turns towards erotica, and in the other the work comes to an abrupt close and far too soon.

The story reads a bit odd as a result as the other characters she encounters seem to have the answers, but don’t share them with her, not that Silver actually tries to solve them herself. There is a lot of rehashing of the first work in the series in the first few pages which reads more like a summary than Silver actually thinking about things. There’s a difference between narrative telling a story and it pushing facts. Here there isn’t much in the way of emotion to be seen, it reads as someone speaking in rote and it’s a bit tedious.

The work takes several turns, the first there for the sake of the erotica, the second for the sake of introducing Hexios, the incubus of the series, and the last a revelation about all that has happened. But all of that is told through Silver, who remains self-absorbed throughout each moment. There’s something lacking in her character and it needs to come out and be told for the sake of making her more likeable if nothing else.

Hexios, the incubus of the work, appears and when he does there’s a sense of him being written and created in a way where he wouldn’t be very stereotypical. For the majority of the work Hexios is just different enough that he becomes interesting. But there is a moment when suddenly he becomes a spoiled child in his attitude and at that point the story lost me.

But this doesn’t just happen with Hexios. It happens with Silver and with another character as well. There’s an unexplained moment where things go off the rails that isn’t explained, then things return to a semblance of “normal” before it all happens again. It tends to take away from what progress has been made in telling the story and it need not be.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

Silver is still far too self-absorbed in herself and even when things took a turn where there could be some development, it didn’t really come through. With Hexios appearing and the story turning in a new direction at the end, that gives some promise to what comes next. Could Silver be a succubus? The next work in the series, should it appear, might answer some of the questions. I hope it would do so.

 

Tera

Feb 12 2016

A Review of I Summoned a Succubus! by Georgia Peaches

I Summoned a Succubus! by Georgia Peaches

I Summoned a Succubus! by Georgia Peaches

There are some stories about succubi that touch upon the idea that they can shift genders and become incubi as well. That in itself can be a hard thing to write about as what usually happens is that the succubus, now incubus, tends to go well over the top in being dominant and that changes the story quite a lot.

It can work, if the main character in the story has something to offer other than being somewhat, and not in a good way, needing her itch scratched. When that becomes the entire point of the story, there’s something missing and that’s a problem.

  • Title: I Summoned a Succubus!
  • Author: Georgia Peaches
  • Length: 15 Pages
  • ASIN: B011A0IYWE
  • Publishing Date: July 8, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

18-year-old Layla just can’t seem to satisfy her wild carnal urges, no matter what she tries, and it’s getting frustrating to say the least– until she comes up with the idea to summon her very own sex-slave, gender-swapping succubus! It works great, and she’s finally getting the stimulation she craves, at least until the demon gets free and takes matters into his own hands…

Layla can’t find a way to scratch her itch, no matter how hard she tries. If she didn’t know better, she might well be a succubus. Finding a book that allows her to summon one, Layla discovers that succubi are very talented, but they also can be tricky in more ways that she expects.

As a whole this work is a hot flash with a main character that really could have been the succubus from the beginning considering how focused she was on sex, having an orgasm, and finding that nothing really managed that for her. She isn’t a succubus, not by any means, but in being so focused on that one goal, she isn’t interesting and that makes it difficult at times to find story among all of the sex scenes that make up this work.

The succubus, who is never named, I thought was interesting at the beginning in that it was clear she could shift between genders and there was a real personality difference between her two selves. The erotica with her female form I thought was hotter than her male one mainly because the latter seemed to be more into dominance and not much else, having a one track mind. Her female form was seductive, manipulative, and had a personality that just worked better in the story to make it more interesting overall.

The work does have erotica as its focus, and what follows is a series of short scenes of Layla commanding the succubus to “get me off” and then that happens in several different ways. I will say that I liked how there was some attention given to the succubus’ tail and what it could do as I thought that was hot. But beyond the little bits here and there, there wasn’t a lot of heat in the story because it just devolved into Layla trying to have the orgasm she craved over and over again until, finally, she makes a mistake and the tables are turned.

Even at that point, the story lost something along the way, becoming a little too stereotypical in what happens next. The ending is open, and could lead to another story, but that likely means the same thing again happening and I think that would be repetitive and I just don’t enjoy that very much.

The writing could have been more descriptive, the characters more than the cardboard they are made of, and, most of all, there could have been some story with the erotica instead of erotica with a slight reference to a story that never returns.

Two and a half out of five pitchforks.

A stroke story, if barely that, which is a shame because the idea I thought had some promise to it.

 

Tera

Feb 11 2016

Succubi Image of the Week 421

A neat action, sort of, pose for Morrigan Aensland this time on the Tale. It is one of the more interesting words that I have seen of Morrigan where she isn’t draw fully, but in spite of that, there’s a certain kind of danger about her…

Morrigan Aensland by JokoSun

Morrigan Aensland by JokoSun

This work is by an artist on DeviantArt called JokoSun and you can find the original page with this art here and this artist’s page can be found here as well.

I like the dream like quality of this art, and the sharper focus to Morrigan’s eyes is a unique touch. Amazing detail, love her hair and the shadows bring out her shape really well. The pose really looks like something you might see in a fighting poster, Morrigan breaking through the paper towards the viewer and that really works well I think.

Her expression is both calmly confident and at the same time there is a certain mischievous look to her eyes and smile that I think is really very neat.

A lovely piece of Morrigan art by far,,,

 

Tera

Feb 10 2016

If nothing else, you would be warm on a cold Halloween

Womens Velour Sexy Devil CostumeThe thing about Halloween is that, as a whole, it’s generally a rather cold evening for rushing about in some of the costumes that I have found. So, why not go in the complete opposite direction and wear something that you are certainly going to be warm in no matter what?

This is called the Womens Velour Sexy Devil Costume and it comes with the costume, obviously made from Velour which has an attached tail and the matching horns but nothing else. The pitchfork, one of the ones I really do not like, isn’t included nor are the shoes and it sells for… $20 US.

I have to admit that at first glance I thought that the model was wearing something for those cold winter nights to lounge about the house with, but the tail and horns make it obvious that this is a costume, if one that looks rather bland as a whole.

But it does, as an aside, make me wonder about wearing something far more revealing and sexy underneath and, when the time is right, casting this aside to reveal the Succubi beneath…

It’s an interesting thought, but not quite enough for me to actually consider going out and buying this…

One pitchfork out of five for the simple reason that, if nothing else, you’ll be warm.

 

Tera

Feb 09 2016

A Review of The Book of Ecstasies by Amelia Ravenhearst

The Book of Ecstasies by Amelia Ravenhearst

The Book of Ecstasies by Amelia Ravenhearst

A review of the first work in a new series called Daemon Lover today on the Tale. I enjoy series that begin with meaning, a purpose. Characters that are more than they first appear to be. I like the idea of a series exploring who they are, why things happen. I feel that the best series are the ones that remember there is story to be told and the erotica need not be the core of the work.

The drawing out of desire brings with it fantasies, needs and more. Desire can lead to a choice, whether that is from oneself, or is pressed upon one. Regardless of the why that comes, the need to answer the unspoken questions about oneself can be all that matters.

  • Title: The Book of Ecstasies
  • Author: Amelia Ravenhearst
  • Length: 38 Pages
  • ASIN: B01AF3CCSE
  • Publishing Date: January 9, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

When Natalia Whateley is given an old book of magic spells, it seems harmless enough fun. Little does she know that she is being drawn into an ancient pact of depravity with a lustful demonic spirit.

Natalia visits an odd book store and finds herself bring drawn to an ancient book of spells. A warning given, a spell cast, and Natalia finds herself needing and needful. Returning to the place where it all began, the surprises continue, her life changes. Then she uses the book again and summons an incubus who entwines himself in her life, her body, her mind and soul.

Natalia is written as a wonderfully complex character and I adored her from the moment she first appears in the work. As she passes through the story, there is a lovely grasp of her wit, intelligence and humour. The time spent in telling Natalia’s story allows for a slow erotic heat to build up as the story continues and Natalia’s contact with the book begins to influence her. There are some very interesting references to mind control here and here which I thought were well crafted and told. What’s more important is that she doesn’t turn away from who she is. She become more needy, more wanton in her desires, but she is still herself, just very flustered and those scenes were both hot and, at time, quite funny as well.

Eventually the incubus of the series, Sartraeus, appears. At first he isn’t clearly defined, but once the story arrives at the point where Natalia summons him, I thought his physical form seemed right for him and in being so raised the erotic heat of the work at time right time in the right way. He isn’t stereotypical, for the most part, though there is a clear telling of his character that makes him very dominant and in being so that puts a particular spin on the erotic scene between himself and Natalia.

Of the two main pieces of erotica, the first was… more a porn movie scene than erotica, which worked in that moment. The better was the second one between Natalia and Sartraeus, although some of the D/s moments in that erotica didn’t play out for me well. Comparing Sartraeus’ first appearance with his second, I felt like there was something not quite right with it and I think the reason for that will come out at some point.

What attracted me the most to this work was the storytelling. There is a good deal of care taken to make the story matter, to set up the series to come. Unlike a lot of series that have appeared of late, there seems to be a clear idea, intention to the author’s words. Story is not cast aside for a hot flash with no meaning. Every word matters, erotic or not.

The writing is very good, the characters, main and supporting have clear voices. There are two minor spelling mistakes, but they aren’t in any way critical. If there is one flaw in the story, I think that comes from how odd, at two points, the erotic encounter between Sartraeus and Natalia was. It didn’t quite sit right with me in that the hint of who Sartraeus seems to be at the beginning of the work seems to be discarded, for the most part, in the latter stages.

The ending points clearly towards the next work in the series, leaving little question as to what will be coming next, and who will be. It does make sense in the context of the work, it isn’t silly or adds in a twist that makes no sense. It simply, clearly, revels in what has happened and offers a hand towards what is to come as all good stories should.

Four out of five pitchforks.

The author has stated there will be a second work in the series, however at the time of this review that date had not been revealed. I will be looking for that work to be published because this is one of the rare series where the needs of the story are met by the heat of the passion and feed upon each other.

Seeing where that takes things I hope can be as amazing as the first work was. The story is but begun and telling that story, should the author continue to do so with the passion they have invested in this work, will be amazing.

 

Tera

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