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The Haunted Cottage (eBook)
The Haunted Cottage is an eBook written by Robin Macavity. It is the second work in the Queer Investigations of Richard Polari series by this author. In this work one of the characters is an Incubus.
- Title: The Haunted Cottage
- Author: Robin Macavity
- Published By: Amazon Digital Services
- Length: 18 Pages
- Format: eBook
- ASIN: B01992Z1GM
- Publishing Date: December 10, 2015
Once again, the occult investigator Richard Polari gathers his four closest companions to recant the tale of his latest adventures; a most riveting tale of a genuine intrusion of unearthly forces, and the remarkable gate through which they have entered our world.
The following review was originally published by Tera on her Blog, A Succubi's Tale on June 17, 2016
A story about a man, an incubus, and the events that transpire between them. Not everything is exactly as it seems, but then the most interesting encounters are more than they are at first glance.
The work is told in a rather formal British way which gives the impression at first that this work is set in the past, but in truth it is set in the current day. That confusion continues throughout the work because there’s an odd mixture of the past, the strange and the modern. It is a little bit confusing, but that mostly comes from I think the language that the main character uses to tell his story.
He speaks in a very formal, very proper manner and in doing so the story becomes a bit convoluted and odd at times. As he is telling a story to a group of close friends, it can be understood that he is doing so for the sake of telling a good story, but the language reads oddly for being so formal in nature.
That said, the story is a description of the events that he encounters to answer a question about a place where, it seems, an incubus is having his way with willing men that he encounters. It’s actually quite a fascinating read in that the approach he takes, the way he goes about things is very detailed and paints a strong picture of the events that unfold.
The erotica does’t have too much heat in it, mainly because those moments are told in the same, proper, British way. It reads a bit clinical and being so reads a little strange at times. Still, the same can be said about the majority of the work in that the words are complex, almost clinical, and the passion behind them are, for the most part, hidden.
The explanation of way things happened as they did was, I felt, a bit thin. By that I mean the way the incubus found themselves where they did was such a random thing that it bordered on the impossible. It was a completely unexpected answer, and being so I give full credit to the author to think of such a thing, but it felt a little disappointing.
The work’s tone and language set out things well, there isn’t a lot told about the main character, or those he is speaking to however. Possibly the most time spent in that comes from the description of the incubus himself when he is revealed. There are a few minor spelling mistakes here and there, but they do not take away from the work overall. Still, my initial confusion when the story began and when I thought the work was set was troublesome and I wish it hadn’t been.
Three out of five pitchforks.
I feel that the story itself was really very good and the storytelling was as well. But the extended nature of the story, the odd mixture of proper English which didn’t quite make it clear that this story was set in the present, added a bit of confusion that was difficult to overcome. Still, an interesting story of the supernatural and one that I liked for being so.