A Review of Perchance to Dream by Wren Emerson

It seems like when the idea of Succubi, and especially one particular Succubus in particular come to mind in some authors, the choice is to go in the direction of horror. Well, not horror completely, but mostly that, there is of course death involved and, as an aside, some sexual tones to spice up the story somewhat…

Personally I don’t care for that idea. Violence mixed with sex doesn’t do a thing for me, but, when it is core to a story, what other choice is there?

Perchance to Dream by Wren Emerson

The story is about:

It’s just a doll. Nothing special unless you know what to look for. People who know are willing to do more than just kill to have her. They’ll die.

This is a rather short story in which we meet a man, the life he leads, the hobby he has, and how that hobby turns into something that isn’t good for anyone.

There is darkness in the story, quite a lot of it, and that seems to be in every character in the story without exception.

It’s hard to talk about this work without spoiling everything in it, but, suffice to say that a Succubus is involved, her effects are widely felt, and in the end, continue to be.

I can’t say that I honestly enjoyed this work because it was mainly horror in theme with a bit of sexual interaction appearing to explain why the characters do what they did. To say it was all about a Succubus herself would be in error as this work really isn’t.

It’s about the victims, one in particular, and what he does in order to possess an odd doll. That isn’t enough to makes this work really be about Succubi, nor the one that appears here really I think. I will say that it’s difficult to enjoy a story when the negative emotions in the story overcome just about everything else.

The writing is very good however, the scenes, characters and moments in it were well done, if not to my taste as I have said. There wasn’t anything that drew me from the story style wise, but emotionally I didn’t enjoy the story which bothers me…

I’ll give it one pitchfork out of five as a work about Succubi…

For horror fans, you would probably enjoy this work more than I did…




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    • M.E. Hydra on September 2, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    That’s a very creepy doll cover.

    I think I’ll give it a miss. Not a big fan when writers put up single shorts. Would rather they combined several in a collection – something meatier to sink the teeth into. I’m old-fashioned in that regard 🙂

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    • James on September 3, 2012 at 11:50 am

    You liked this so little that, initially, the Tale refused to post it! 😉

    It could be that a story with a a succubus in it is not necessarily a succubi story, just like “Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” is not necessarily a documentary.

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    • TeraS on September 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Little things sometimes become bigger…



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    • TeraS on September 24, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    The Tale does have standards you know my heart….


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