May 25 2012

A Review of Succubus Summoning 101 by M. E. Hydra

This will be the last of a set of reviews here on the Tale about works written by the author M.E. Hydra. I reviewed his first collection called A Succubus for Christmas and Other Tales of Devilish Delights here on the Tale. The second collection called A Succubus for Valentine’s Day and Other Tales of Perilous Pleasures I reviewed here on the Tale as well. And the third collection called A Succubus for Halloween and Other Tales of Terrifying Temptresses, a review can be found here. This week, my last review by this author is their full length novel titled Succubus Summoning 101.

Succubus Summoning 101 by M. E. Hydra

Succubus Summoning 101 by M. E. Hydra

This story is about:

Phil Rowling, a normal eighteen-year-old, discovers when he is plucked from a dead-end life of fast-food service and enrolled into Wargsnouts College for Warlocks that Warlocks exist. At the college students are taught how to summon and control daemons from hell.

Everyone at Wargsnouts knows what a succubus is, and why warlocks summon them. It’s a dirty joke shared in sniggers amongst the students. Succubi are female sex daemons, famed for their mastery of the arts of pleasure. Eager to experience this pleasure first-hand, Phil and his friend, Jake Pulman, take the Daemonica Malefique from the library and use it to summon a pair of succubi for a night of sexy fun. After all, succubi are sex daemons, used only for sex, how dangerous can it be…

Phil finds out exactly how dangerous when the ritual goes wrong and he is taken prisoner by a harem of hot succubi. Trapped in a perverse corner of hell, can he escape before the erotic wiles of the succubi claim his life and soul…?

This novel is an expansion upon an earlier short story by this author under the same title which you can find in their anthology A Succubus for Valentine’s Day and Other Tales of Perilous Pleasures. One thing that I noticed from the beginning was that the opening of this novel, as well as a couple of scenes within the work, were taken directly from the short story.

I’m not saying this was a bad idea, far from that actually as I think only readers like me, who have all of this author’s releases, would realize it. The scenes are important to set this novel’s tone and where it leads from after all, so why not use them here again?

Overall the story arc falls into something of a discovery plot for the Succubi and for the main character of the story Phil. It’s said that good guys finish last. I think that in a lot of ways, Phil is kind of the poster boy for that saying in this story. It did bother me a little bit that he seemed rather dense at times, but then he does have Succubi all coming after him… over and over again… so having one’s mind not quite working makes some sense.

I had some very high hopes for him from the beginning of the story, and I can’t say that he really disappointed me overall. Perhaps a bit naive, a bit lost, and very inexperienced in the worlds of magic and sex, but then you would expect that from someone of his age after all.

Phil was someone that I liked as a character but more importantly, as a person. He had, and this I think is a rare thing in this author’s stories, some idea of write and wrong. As much as the Succubi took advantage of him, and wow do they ever, he tries to learn about them. So many others in this story think Succubi to be playthings and they have no idea what they are getting into. Neither did Phil mind you, but he tries. That’s important in this story and it was refreshing to see.

The Succubi in this story have appeared, for the most part, in other works by this author and it was nice to see things tied together here. Now, the question is of course, when the other stories happened with regards to the events here. That brings up a lot of questions that really can’t be answered easily.

I will say that in the Succubi that appear in this story just about every possible sexual vice and fantasy appears in what and who they are. I won’t tell their names, or what their individual kinks are, but, I found all of them, save one, very Succubi-like in their own ways. The one Succubus that I have problems with is mainly because of the duality of her existence and how she hides what she is within another shell. Somehow I just think that if she would have been seen in her true from rather than the latex clad one, it would have changed the story a little bit. She is, compared to the others, more horrific really, but in the frame of this story, that horror makes complete sense. but I have to wonder where revealing the truth from the beginning would have taken the story to.

Lots of very hot Succubi scenes in this work of course, I’ve come to expect that from this author and they deliver on that once again. There are appearances of other sexual creatures of myth and legend as well, but they are fleeting which I think makes for a better read. Most of all, it was nice to see that the Succubi were the dominant beings in the story, which focuses the writing a lot more I think as well.

Well written, but I expect that of this author. Nothing took me out of the story and the lessening of horror to give more time for plot content and character development I think makes this work the pinnacle of this author’s creativity.

That’s not to say there isn’t room for a little bit of improvement. Some of the background of the school that Phil goes to is a bit sparse at times, and the attitude of the facility seems… well, much too over the top to be believable really. Mind you, I suppose that powerful warlocks do have a more care free attitude…

Until, of course, the Succubi appear and then all hell breaks loose… That could be interesting…

I’ll give this work four and three-quarter out of five pitchforks.

There was, I thought, a better balance of story over horror and erotica in this work compared with the other works by this author. The meat was in the telling and not the showing, which adds to the enjoyment I have in reading quite a lot.

Hoping for the story to continue, but always wishing M.E. the best always…





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    Could it be that the balance of erotica and horror was better hear because it was a longer story, and things had more time to develop?

    And I wanted to note this sentence from Her Majesty, which suggested that the hero had “some idea of write and wrong.” Some would call that a Freudian slip, and some an Alei oops, but I thought it a potentially nice turn of phrase.

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    And if I had actually had it in my mind to do that, it would have been so…


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