Feb 17 2016

No, this isn’t a Sexy Devil Costume and you aren’t trying at all

This is my sexy devil costume T-shirtThe one thing I cannot stand is when someone doesn’t even seem to try, at all, to create a costume for Halloween. What’s more irritating for me are the people that appear and claim that dressing normally and putting on a pair of horns is a costume. They are, generally, the ones that get pitchforked first. However, I came across this… thing… and I think it’s a new low and if it appears at the ball this year I will be so very displeased…

I cannot express in words the look I had when this appeared in my search for costumes. I had considered not saying anything about it, but I know, full well, that someone is going to try to claim that this is a costume.

It is not.

It is a reflection of the lack of imagination of anyone that happens to appear at a Halloween party wearing this. It speaks to how little they care and for those that call this a joke, yes, you are quite correct. It is a joke.

A very sad one.

Zero pitchforks out of five.

And so very sad…



Feb 16 2016

A Review of The Diary of Tessa Graves series by Raven Leigh

The Diary of Tessa Graves: First Entry by Raven Leigh

The Diary of Tessa Graves: First Entry by Raven Leigh

A review today of a short lived series that was here one day and gone the next. It’s a shame how often this keeps happening and really it need not be. Perhaps if an author is uncertain about their writing they might think about gathering their thoughts about them before publishing a work, or a pair, and then remove them soon after.

Offering a story to tell is a good thing, but then not carrying it through, or telling what needs to be, can make even the best of stories just a whisper in the wind before they are gone. Perhaps knowing the story, and seeing it is more than erotica is a good place to start?

The first work is:

  • Title: The Diary of Tessa Graves: First Entry
  • Author: Raven Leigh
  • Length: 24 Pages
  • ASIN: B011F3IM96
  • Publishing Date: July 10, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com – No Longer Available

The work tells the story of:

Men are nothing more than playthings to her who provide her with entertainment and sustenance. This is especially true of those who are of the alpha persuasion, or even better – the twisted type.

She is not a “lady of the night”, although from the richer types she is not above exploitation. Tessa is only one small part of a much larger reality that most human beings do not see.

A beautiful and dangerous predator, she lives in shadow world which lies on the fringe of modern civilization – a place where the creatures of fantasy and lore exist right under our nose, yet out of sight.

Tessa is a succubus, one who is very self-assured in her abilities even if she doesn’t really understand them. Her story begins with the discovery of her sexuality and the effect she has on others. When one of them is someone she knows intimately, there’s nothing to stop her from taking what she needs.

The work is told from Tessa’s perspective and overall it’s very hard to like her as a character as she speaks from the present and tells the story of her past. The Tessa of the here and now is jaded, almost aloof, and overall has the personality of a shark looking for its next meal. It is a sharp contrast with her personality of the past, and as a whole I liked the somewhat more innocent Tessa than the matured Tessa. There’s just something about her that rubs me the wrong way and I think a lot of that comes from how cold she is.

As the past is told, we learn about Tessa’s life, her adoption, and the family she lives with, including an adopted brother. When her powers come into the fore, he, of course, becomes her target to sate her new found needs. It’s a half-hearted erotic scene for several reasons, not the least of which is the condition of the “brother” before things unfold which, for me, is a complete turn off. Still it does provide for a means to draw the story forwards and tell of Tessa’s thoughts about the past and how it started her on the path to where she goes next.

It is made clear that Tessa feeds on men, and, at least her older self speaks of killing many of them. She also mentions that succubi like her are “unique” and “the top of the food chain” which tends to put a particular light on the story overall. As such, at least personality-wise, Tessa becomes very much a stereotypical succubus in her thoughts and actions and needs which seems a waste considering how her past played out.

The writing is a bit stiff, there’s little emotion from Tessa herself and that takes some of the heat away from the story. She’s interesting as a character, but her personality makes it difficult to want to see what comes next for her and it needn’t be.

Two and a half out of five pitchforks.

A somewhat tepid beginning to the series with a character that isn’t as attractive as she really could have been. Still, the question of how Tessa got from where she started to where she seemed to end up remained a question unanswered.

The Diary of Tessa Graves: Teacher's Pet

The Diary of Tessa Graves: Teacher’s Pet

The second work in the series didn’t promise to tell the story of Tessa in the now, but again a story of her past. As seems to be a theme in a lot of books about succubi, it has to involve a mistake and a death caused by Tessa. It’s a shame that the aftermath wasn’t explored fully.

There’s no such thing as being innocent when your own needs drive you to do things you didn’t think you could. When you taste the souls of others, you never are really free of them.

The second work is:

  • Title: The Diary of Tessa Graves: Teacher’s Pet
  • Author: Raven Leigh
  • Length: 29 Pages
  • ASIN: B011MXAEQ8
  • Publishing Date: July 14, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com – No Longer Available

The work tells the story of:

The first time I killed a man was not entirely intentional. I hadn’t meant to do it – it just sort of happened. But when my college friend Samantha confided in me about her snake of a teacher, Professor Donovan and his lecherous ultimatum, I knew I had to help.

Help myself anyways. After all, there’s nothing tastier or more invigorating then taming a bad man like the sexy professor was, and I was hungry for a challenge. Little did I know, I was about to get in over my head.

Tessa has been at university for some time and living with a innocent that knows nothing of what Tessa is. Finding out that someone did something to her friend, Tessa decides to take her own kind of revenge. In the aftermath Tessa will never be the same and the door will open to a world she never knew existed.

The work really doesn’t focus all that much on the ensnarement Tessa performs overall. It’s more about this part of her life, who she lives with, and what she has been doing to make ends meet. Discovering that she can wrap men around her finger turns her that little bit further into a stereotypical femme fatale, but with a succubus twist to her.

It is in this work’s telling of the past that her cold attitude really comes through and the change from who she was to who she is comes out. One interesting point about Tessa’s powers is that when she feeds on others, she gains their abilities. Not their memories it seems, but she has their talents, for example in painting, and it adds a little difference that was interesting.

The time spent with her roommate, at least outside of Tessa’s thoughts is cute and works, but the background commentary reinforces that Tessa isn’t who she was anymore. This comes out fully when the plot turns to her seeking revenge for her roommate and how that unfolds.

The erotica is lukewarm, really a rush begins to the end of the work as it happens, and there’s little heat. There is a point to the erotica, and it sets up a mystery, but soon after the work comes to a close, ending on a cliffhanger, which is the problem.

There is a tease of the next work in the series, but it was never released and further, soon after these works were published they were removed. As such, the work doesn’t answer any questions, leaves only the thought of what might be and nothing more.

Two and a half out of five pitchforks.

I think the third work might have explained a lot of the hints that cropped up in the two works that were released. But as that work didn’t appear, it leaves a pair of books with nothing really settled and not a question answered.

Tessa needed to be more attractive in her mind, even if her physical form was. Being that she had a black heart within herself, that leaves very little to be attracted to. Making her more interesting, telling more story over the rush to the erotica would have been nice.

But as the series seems abandoned, we’ll never know.



Feb 16 2016

A Review of Transformed and Bred by Abigail Pierce

Transformed and Bred by Abigail Pierce

Transformed and Bred by Abigail Pierce

Occasionally succubi appear as a means to drive a story forwards. They create something or transform someone in order to have something happen. Most of the time they tend to remain in the work in some manner.

They tease, sometimes they use a bit of mind control to have things happen or, more often, they get more involved to see what they want unfold.

And then there are the stories where they barely appear, leaving the smallest ripple in their wake and why they were there in the first place leads to only one answer… a mcguffin and nothing more.

  • Title: Transformed and Bred
  • Author: Abigail Pierce
  • Length: 22 Pages
  • ASIN: B011APB0C0
  • Publishing Date: July 8, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

Jake, feeling unsatisfied with his sex-life, decides to summon a succubus to help him enjoy himself more. However, the demon transforms him to a cock-hungry sexy woman.

Jake finds a website that offers a means to summon a succubus. After doing so he finds that pleasing the succubus has meant she has given him a gift. Now it’s up to her to decide if she wants to keep it and what it means to her.

This work is mainly a gender transformation story which uses the idea of summoning a succubus, and then pleasing her, as the gateway to causing the main character to be transformed into a woman. As such, the work falls into the stereotypical plot of the main character discovering the changes, trying to figure out what to do next, and then he, now a she, turns “porn star” in her attitudes and desires which then takes her to having fun with her roommate.

The succubus herself does not appear in this work and by that I mean we never actually see her. The entire encounter Jake has his eyes closed as all we know is her voice, which is sexy of course, how good she is at sex, which she would be as a succubus and that’s all there is. In truth the same thing could have been done with any supernatural being, or device, or amulet or anything, to take the story where it goes to.

It’s mainly a trashy porn story with not all that much heat in it, little in the way of characters and a plot that doesn’t go anywhere or do much of anything. So far as being a succubus story, this isn’t one by any means. For gender transformation fans, it isn’t all that much either as it isn’t much of a story in that theme as well.

One pitchfork out of five.

Nothing really here, no succubus to speak of and as a whole nothing to call a story really…



Feb 15 2016

Inhibitions By TeraS

A little while ago, my heart and I were having a discussion over the thought of what would those in the Realm give up for Lent. All things considered, especially since Valentine’s Day happens to fall at the beginning of Lent this year … I had a thought about that to explore. It simply involved casting away a few …


By TeraS


On a world called “Earth” in the human realm, there comes a time of the year when a particular branch of humanity undertakes a certain remembrance. This remembrance comes with the approaching spring, and borrows its name from a Latin word for that, and the observance includes giving up something of some perceived valve. For some it might be a food of some sort, for others something more emotionally focused, or for others it might be a bad habit.

In the Realm of the Succubi there is a similar time, but, as it is Tera’s Realm, things are somewhat different. This time is known as the Inhibitions, and yes, it does involve them … or, rather, giving them up.

When it was first proposed—by a certain black-tail who shall remain nameless, save for her Baker, who is the only one that knows—the result was six weeks over which Realm historians still argue, mainly because not one of them can remember what happened exactly, and the SuccuWiki’s page on the event has quite a number of sections blacked out. Whether or not that certain black-tail has anything to do with that is, again, debatable: she isn’t talking, and those that ask are usually answered with a paddle applied to a particularly sensitive part of their bodies, if they are lucky …or, if they are exceptionally lucky, they might find themselves being led about the Realm as a pet for … about six weeks … more or less.

Still, for whatever reason, Tera decided that it would become an annual event, though with a slight change. Rather than the entire Realm being involved all at once, Miriam, whose tail was the brightest yellow that had been seen in centuries, was given the task to draw lottery numbers. The first time this happened, the lottery numbers drawn were the same, week after week. How that happened was never explained, save that things had a way of …escalating around yellow-tails, and this particular yellow-tail was the brightest that had been seen in centuries. But Miriam and her Eternal had the most interesting smiles for six times in as many weeks, and, for that matter, each and every pair, or quartet, or entanglement, had the same interesting smiles once their Inhibitions time came to a close.

Still, there were many in the Realm that had never experienced the event. But their time would come—as would a lot of others, as well. Strange things happen where yellow-tails are involved … and Miriam’s tail was the brightest yellow that had been seen by anyone in centuries.

She was sitting on her front porch, as she was wont to do every day about this time, and, those that might see her there, might expect the purple-tailed blonde was enjoying the sun. The thing was, she wasn’t in a bikini; she was slightly hidden behind some artfully positioned shrubbery, and she was trying to peek out at the house across the way from her own.

Scarlett had a problem, one that she had been dealing with for—if she would ever admit it—well over six centuries now. Perhaps “problem” might be a bit of an extreme description, but she’d never admit to having an infatuation with the pink-tailed blonde that lived in the orange brick home whose front facade she knew intimately … even if she didn’t know Renée as intimately as she wished to.

So there she was, imagining, for the umpteenth time, what Renée’s skin would taste like if she licked it, when a voice shocked her out of her daydream and brought her back to reality: “Hi!”

While managing to not fall out of her chair and into the shrubbery, she gathered her wits and found herself looking at the object of her infatuation. Renée was peeking around the corner of the porch stairs, waving to her. It was a good ten seconds before she replied: “Um, hi.”

This was Scarlett’s problem. She had the most amazing dreams about Renée, could think of all kinds of ways she’d love to twine tails with her, nibble on her lips, lick her way over each of those luscious curves. It has a good thing that she’d taken the extra courses Tera offered to keep one’s thoughts to one’s self, otherwise she was sure that her neighbour would be giving her the oddest look.

About six seconds after thinking that thought, Scarlett realized that Renée was giving her the oddest look. “So, what brings you by?” She never should have asked that question, she belatedly realized as she heard Renée’s heels on the steps and she came into full view … in a string bikini. Of course. The purple-tail was going to have a whole new set of dreams tonight.

“Well, I got a visit from someone today, and I wanted to tell you about it.”

Scarlett sighed mentally to herself. This was one of the reasons why she didn’t act on her impulses, barge through Renée’s front door and do all of the things she’d been wanting to for so long. Her pink-tailed neighbour’s role in the Realm was to help people to get over their hang-ups over sex, and she was really good at doing so. It wouldn’t be the first time that she had told Scarlett all about a visitor to the Realm not being able to deal with all of the seduction, erotica, and more that were woven into the fabric of the Realm and those that lived there. Goddess knows she’d heard the moaning from the other side of the street often enough when someone had “seen the light” in more than one way. She knew that Renée had important work to do, and so her inhibitions made her keep a distance from her neighbour. It didn’t mean she couldn’t imagine being in a shower with her … soaping that bubble butt and … stuff. No, it was better that she kept their relationship as it was, better for both of them.

Expecting this was going to be another one of those talks where Renée described the size of someone’s “tool” or how quickly someone else “came”, she was surprised when the pink-tail walked up to her and placed a small yellow ticket on the porch table beside her. Eying her, but saying nothing, Scarlett waited for her to continue.

“So. Miriam drew the winning tickets today.” She tapped the ticket with her finger: “Seems like this girl won.”

The purple-tail was both pleased, and not so much so, at the news: “Well, that’s great! Do you know who’s the lucky other one?”

“Nope. Not a clue. All I know is that I’m supposed to wait for somebody to show up.”

Scarlett didn’t quite manage to hold back the sigh: “Ah … Well, it won’t be me.”


Her tail moved slowly: “I haven’t checked my ticket in … centuries. Anyway, I’m sure when whoever shows up, the two or three or four of you will have a great time.”

The slow-moving purple tail was mirrored by a slow-moving pink tail: “Right.”

Nether said anything for a long moment, until: “So …. What have you in mind? Chocolate syrup? Rediwhip? Whips?”

Renée picked up the ticket: “Dunno. From what Miriam told me, when the other soul or souls find out, something will happen.”

“Ah.” That was all she managed to say before Renée left with a wave, a smile, and a “see you later.”

Scarlett was left alone with her thoughts as she watched her neighbour cross over the street and enter her home. She thought about how lucky that someone …or those someones … would be. Her thoughts settled on what the six weeks would be like and she couldn’t help but look longingly at Renée’s bum and that lovely tail as it seemed to beckon to her, before she vanished through her front door. She hadn’t moved from her chair, even when the sun set and the stars came out. She wanted to see who the lucky one was that would be entwining themselves, making her moan, doing all of the things that made Scarlett’s pussy drip in excitement imagining it was her doing all of the things she was imagining.

When midnight came around, and no one had arrived at Renée’s front door, she decided to give up and go inside. That would have been the end of things save for one thing. As she approached her front door, there was a small yellow ticket pinned there by a yellow thumbtack …

… A yellow ticket that she hadn’t seen in centuries …

The chances against that ticket being the winner were astronomical. But then, Miriam had picked the tickets, and, when she was involved, odd things happened … a lot. But then she wasn’t Renée’s Eternal, never would be. If she was, she’d have known it by now. It was all an infatuation, nothing more. Her inhibitions told her so. It wasn’t the right thing to do.

“Check your damn ticket, Scarlett.”

If the pink-tail had scared her before, her appearing out of the darkness and growling was about six times the shock. Clutching her chest, she fell against the door and found herself looking at Renée …

… nude Renée …

… wild mane of hair Renée …

… gleam in her eyes Renée …

… hot, horny, dripping wet Renée …

Held by the look in Renee’s eyes, she didn’t move as the scent of strawberries became stronger the closer she came.

“What’s wrong with you?”

The purr made her pussy flutter: “I’m purrfect. I’m hot, I’m wet, and I can smell how delicious you are.”

“But …”

The press of a pink-nailed finger on her lips silenced her: “You want me. But you always stopped yourself. Well, I want to fuck, and my inhibitions aren’t around.” Scarlett heard the rip of paper and then that yellow ticket was held out to her: “Yours are. I wanna know. Touch the damn ticket.”

The purple-tail’s hand was frozen. She couldn’t, even if the thought made her melt inside, her breath catch and, damn it all, open her lips and lick her tongue over Renée’s finger, savouring the moan and how her tail wrapped around her leg. But what if it wasn’t her? What then? The doubts came and fought with her dreams. The answer, finally, was in touching the ticket with a finger.

She blinked as she touched the ticket. Something … changed. The thought of resisting her fantasies wasn’t there. The idea was simply impossible. She knew what she wanted, she wanted … her. Her thoughts melted, her pussy dripped. She wetted her lips and then pressed herself against her fantasy. She felt the night breeze against their bare skin, moaned as fingers entwined themselves into her mane, turning it wild and free. Her eyes glowed in want, need, and desire. Pussy aching, she let go of a gasp as long, pink fingernails teased her clit and nipples. Thought melted into instinct. Her lips pressed against hot, slick skin, tasting strawberries. Shrieking as fingers toyed with her core, her tail was wrapping, twining, rubbing against her Eternal’s. Heat and need, passions and ecstasy began pushing away every last bit of inhibition she had … they had.

A door being thrown open, then closing … the sound of footsteps … a cry of pleasure in a hallway … two bodies covered in soap, rubbing against each other in a shower … legs and arms touching … chocolate sauce over skin … being bound to a bed, legs and arms held while a long supple tongue slithered about a slick, wet pussy … sucking on lips, tongues pressing against tongues, breathless moans, orgasms pushed coherent thought away, replacing it with sheer unbridled freedom to explore fantasies and make them real.

Six weeks later, the inhibitions of the two neighbours were no longer a problem, and, when the time of Inhibitions came each year after that, they found new inhibitions to abandon .. together.

For the giving up of one’s inhibitions is freedom unbound.

Feb 14 2016

A Review of My Sexy Succubus Girlfriend by Aya Ocean

My Sexy Succubus Girlfriend by Aya Ocean

My Sexy Succubus Girlfriend by Aya Ocean

One of the most difficult things to find in stories about succubi is a mix of humour, knowledge, understanding and, most important of all, a desire to make someone else better. It isn’t about the sex, it isn’t about the erotica. It is telling a story, a good story. It is creating characters who are more than just sex toys. Managing to create that can make for some of the most amazing stories one can find.

Relationships are hard. There are always two sides, and if you cannot see who the other is, not what they are, then there simply cannot be one. Sometimes it takes a lesson to be taught before someone can find their soulmate. Sometimes that takes a succubus with more than a heart of gold. It takes a succubus that isn’t afraid to lead someone around by their nose and make them smell the roses.

  • Title: My Sexy Succubus Girlfriend
  • Author: Aya Ocean
  • Length: 32 Pages
  • Publishing Date: February 10, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

Mika has just met a new guy at the park. He’s human, and to his delight, she is not. Mika has little black horns, a spaded tail, and small bat-like wings sprouting from her back. She’s a succubus, a demon that can sense emotions as if people were speaking them aloud. To her, this guy might as well be screaming ‘I just got dumped!’ every day. There’s something under the surface though, a pattern that this particular succubus is determined to break. Inserting herself into her new boyfriend’s life, she helps teach him the right way to value a woman, using her magical prowess to help illustrate her points. When he gets it right, the rewards aren’t just tangible, they’re downright exotic! After all, she wouldn’t be a proper succubus if she couldn’t transform her body to best seduce her chosen ‘victim’.

Evan finds himself dumped our of a relationship. Again. It’s not a surprise, he seems to be attracted to supernatural girls, they get along for a while, and then it ends with him losing one girlfriend after another. An encounter with a succubus named Mika takes him on a rollercoaster ride to learn about himself. Learning can be very hard when a succubus is the teacher, but more so when Evan learns the truth and what it means.

Considering that I am reviewing this work on Valentine’s Day 2016, it’s rather apt that this is a wonderfully told story of relationships, discovery, understanding and most of all, a very simple truth. Wonderfully written, the story is captivating from the first line and when Mika appears and her personality comes to the fore, I couldn’t turn away.

I dearly love Mika in so many ways that I cannot hope to list all of them. She’s an amazing character who, in a lot of ways, reminds me of a certain ebon haired, red tailed Queen of the Succubi. Mika is intelligent, has a wonderful way of getting to the point of a problem and gaining Evan’s attention but there’s more than that. Mika shows something that I dearly love in a succubus. She’s willing to teach another soul where they went wrong, but she doesn’t give them the answer on a silver platter, they have to work for it.

Even is, admittedly , very dense at the beginning of the work, but Mika pushes him, making him think, consider who he is and what he has done in the past. There’s a lot of character development as a result for Even, but the same can be said about Mika as well. Watching the sessions unfold reflects as well how Mika changes as Even gets his head on straight and learns the lessons he needs to.

The work mainly focuses on those lessons, which are funny, seductive, thought provoking and being so, while each scene is short, there is so much story packed into every one. The erotica does come eventually, but the work isn’t about the erotica, it is about the characters, their ongoing relationship, and how that turns into something more. Once the moment comes, the decisions are made, the erotica is the icing on the story, the treat that provides the climax to the story, but also rewards the characters for winding up where they are.

While it is part of a series, the rest of the series need not be read. The work stands on its own, tells a complete story, and in doing so provides for laughter, tears and enjoyment that I dearly loved. My single complaint is that the work is short, it ends on an amazingly funny dialogue between Mika and Even that offers so much more. I would have loved to see where things go from here, what the future brings these souls.

The writing is wonderful, the story and plot are solid, the characters are fully fleshed out, real, and have such personalities, especially Mika. The erotica is mixed through the work, a few very short teases here and there until the climax when the hot flash appears, which was perfect. Fully enjoyed, a wonderful surprise found and I am so very pleased I did.

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

It’s really wonderful to find a work in which there is story, character development, plot and more. Having a succubus which seems so very familiar in her attitude cannot help but make things even better. A new favourite in my collection and dearly so.



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
  • 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…



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:


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…