Mar 06 2016

A Review of Smoking Hot: The Diary of a Fire Demon by Amy Mah

Smoking Hot: The Diary of a Fire Demon by Amy Mah

Smoking Hot: The Diary of a Fire Demon by Amy Mah

Not all the stories that I review have a Succubus character in them. Sometimes the reason I review a story is simply because the story is something special in a lot of ways. There need not be erotica, there doesn’t have to be anything more than a story with characters that have an interesting story to tell.

There comes a moment, sometimes, when who you are inside doesn’t match who you are on the outside. However, in being so, in seeing things from a different perspective, you can change yourself, those around you, and, sometimes, most importantly, you can find what has been missing in your life. Someone that matters to you and you to them.


The work tells the story of:

Swapping bodies with a young female demon had not been part of the planned vacation. Nor was having to attend a demonic high school for the magically gifted when the most magical thing you could do was set your own underwear on fire. Life was not going to be easy, even less so with a painful tail that everyone trod on. Owning a magic sword that always tried to look up your skirt when fighting, was not helpful. But then nor was having a telepathic diary that corrected your thinking instead of your spelling.

The summary for this work doesn’t really tell what this work is about in a lot of ways. That’s not to say that much of what is told doesn’t happen, because it does. However, there is more. The work is a coming of age story, a mystery, an adventure. But at the core it is about finding someone to care about and in doing so, discovering more about oneself.

Alyce is an ordinary girl who finds an extraordinary mirror. The girl on the other side offers an adventure, which Alyce accepts, but when she does so, she discovers that the girl on the other side is actually a demon, more specifically a Fire Demon, and Alyce now has her life. Off to school Alyce goes, meeting with some troubles along the way. Helping another demon named Pink, they become roomies and their adventure begins.

Alyce, as a Fire Demon, isn’t a succubus, obviously, though she has horns and a tail. The thing about her is, as the story unfolds, there are secrets about her new life that come out and in that happening, there is a lot of development for her and Pink as well. When the truth comes out, when they finally understand what is happening to the two of them, the story moves into telling what happens to their relationship, and who each of them are.

To follow along, to see Alyce come into her own, expressing her humanity in a place where humanity isn’t known is one thing, but to see that happening to Pink, and to a lesser extent, to a few other students marks a change in things. This doesn’t come to a climax in this work, but it sets up a lot of plot threads for where the series should go.

In some stories like this there is a lot of angst, a lot of internal argument in the main character that doesn’t add much to the story. Here, that doesn’t come out, though there are some interesting passages in Alyce’s diary that come close to that. By avoiding this theme it makes the work a lot stronger as a whole and a better read.

The work ends on a sad note in a lot of ways, there is a revelation about what happened back on Earth, what Alyce finds out about Pink, and more. There’s a melancholy that seeps into the last chapter which bothered me. After all of the trials, battles and hurt that Alyce goes through, the ending just left me… wanting.

Still, the work is amazing in many ways, it avoids a lot of stereotypical pitfalls that most coming of age stories fall into. There’s nothing erotic in the work, and really there shouldn’t be. This is a work about finding someone, becoming someone, and, in the end, making a choice to stand up for those around you. That is, always, a good story to tell.

Four out of five pitchforks.

The ending comes on a sad, almost painful note, and I wish that hadn’t been that way. To the writing of this review, there hasn’t been a follow-on work in the series and there really needs to be one. There’s so much good in this work and where Alyce’s life goes from here should be told.

I hope it is.



Mar 05 2016

An amusingly awkward Succubus short film

I was looking through Vimeo the other day and came across a short film called Life after Beth which is, at least to me, really amusing and so over the top awkward that I couldn’t help but laugh through most of the film. It’s quite short, just over seven minutes and while it is awkward at times, I thought it was well done for the most part.


If you cannot see this short film on the Tale, please try this link:

The synopsis of the film describes the film as:

As Landon sets up the perfect dinner to win back his ex-girlfriend, he is visited by a mysterious woman named Ofelia who claims to be a “hunter”.

The succubus of this film is Beth, Landon’s girlfriend and really she has a somewhat limited role in the film overall. She does appear, things get quite odd and uncomfortable for Landon and then he finds out that he’s been with a succubus for the past two years.

That’s vague I know, but really to say a lot more spoils the film and I don’t really want to. Suffice it to say that overall I thought the acting was quite good, the effects were neat and the story overall had a lot going for it. Beth, when she finally shows she is a succubus, isn’t quite what you might expect her to be.

Life After Berth Screenshot

As such, one would expect that Beth is really quite evil, though overall in the film that’s not really clear until she and Ofelia the hunter, confront each other while Landon scrambles for his life. I realize that Beth really isn’t the point of the story, it actually is the relationship between Landon and Ofelia that matters more and it does carry the film well.

I liked the story, the characters and, as a whole, the entire work fit together well. It isn’t what I expected from the synopsis however, but leaving some things unsaid, at least in this case, helps overall.

I’ll give this film three and a half out of five pitchforks.

The awkwardness, more than anything else, made me laugh and in doing so I think it made the story and film better.



Mar 04 2016

A Review of More Tales from the House by R.K.B. Kirin

More Tales from the House by R.K.B. Kirin

More Tales from the House by R.K.B. Kirin

A little while ago I reviewed two works by R.K.B. Kirin in their Shadowlust series. The first, Tales from the House, you can find here on the Tale. The second, Tale of the Farm, was reviewed here on the Tale as well. In each case I felt the works were stories that were well told, had the most interesting and involving characters, and gave life to a series that I felt, and still do, has a lot of promise to share.

Today’s review is of the third work in the series which returns to the two characters that begun the series and tells of them and in doing so, reveals how things were, are, and came to be. Which, for me, was deliciously wonderful by far.

It is the story of:

Dirk finds himself trapped in a frightening bastion of the supernatural known only as the House where the beautiful and sinister Selina endlessly seduces and entices him. Surrounded by the paranormal, Dirk struggles to maintain his sanity, but Selina’s insatiable, inhuman lusts may be too much for him to withstand.

Desperate, Dirk delves into ancient books seeking answers, but how can he hope to find a way to resist Selina’s wanton charms when his own desires start to manifest themselves as his own doppelganger? Dirk’s only chance is to learn the secrets of the House, but where will those secrets lead him and what carnal mysteries will he uncover?

The time that Dirk has spent in the house is difficult to say, but he knows that something is happening to him. A mystery unfolds around him, he faces himself to find the answers, and along the way Selina awaits him.

I think this is a wonderful continuation of the first work in the series and it does, to a point, answer some of the questions that were left unanswered at the end of the first work. While the second gave another view of how this universe works and some of the beings within, the core of the series is Dirk and Selina, their relationship, and what it all means.

Following Dirk as he examines the library of the house, discovers a book there, and then what comes from that point onwards is one of the most captivating supernatural erotica scenes I have read in some time. The struggle within Dirk as the book tells a story is one thing, but when Selina appears, the heat moves from a simmer to a boil deliciously. The mix of physical and, for lack of a better term, spiritual sexually play off against each other well.

What’s most fascinating to me is that neither Dirk or Selina are really in control of what happens to them, and how those reactions play off each other reflects how little Dirk knows and what Selina knows and isn’t telling. It isn’t evil or horrific, there’s an current of desire, need, pleasure that joins the two together and works really well.

When the revelation comes as to what happened and Dirk confronts this, that interplay is very true to his character and doesn’t seem out of place or odd. Along the way something happens, the world changes and another level of the house is revealed bringing with it two new characters that have a unique relationship, but also reveals something about Dirk that I assumed, but wasn’t stated until he was confronted with it.

The broadening of the mythos of the series in this work comes to the core of the story. It pushes the characters, allows for some questions to be answered, but leaves a few new ones in the wake of the events. The characterizations are lovely, the erotic heat is very well done. There’s a touch of snark around Dirk at one point, but it made sense, seeming to be very right.

Selina remains a bit of an enigma, but even so, her need, want and desire for Dirk doesn’t waver. Wrapped in this comes a better feel to her intelligence, her purpose, and what she wishes. Perhaps not all of her truths are told, the erotic moments cause a bit of drifting from thought to need, but it doesn’t harm the telling of the story at all.

With each work in the series, the author’s grasp of the characters, especially Selina and Dirk, make the work read better, their voices clearer. The writing is excellent, the characters true, and the events, while odd in a supernatural way sometimes, fit well. I wish there was more about Selina’s past, or a little more time spent in the library between Selina and Dirk in an intellectual way. I found that little snippet of their time together was the most telling of all.

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

The questions about both Dirk and Selina are still there, the story isn’t finished I think, call this a moment of clarity along the way to understanding. Learning about the house, what Selina’s role is to those within the walls was telling. More so the struggle within Dirk was told in a voice that expressed so much about him. A tempting quandary and I look forward to where the story goes from here.



Mar 04 2016

A Review of Give Me Your Love by Will Garnet

Give Me Your Love by Will Garnet

Give Me Your Love by Will Garnet

Perhaps the one thing that all characters need is a purpose. By that I mean as the story unfolds there should be a reason for what they do and why they do so. A complex character should not devolve at the last moment into a simple stereotypical being of evil or horror.

When every aspect of the character seems to say that they are intelligent, have a plan and a purpose then that should be. A story with heat, strong characters and a telling story need not take away that enjoyment on the last few lines of the work.

The story is about:

The most dangerous monsters do not fear the light. They hide in it. Vaneya is one of the Advescor, an ancient and beautiful demon who feasts on the emotions of her victims. When her dark hunger leads her to a young woman, the only question is whether Vaneya will consume her completely or turn her into a slave who will remain forever enthralled to her. “Give Me Your Love” is an erotic short story of emotional seduction and domination.

Vaneya prowls for the emotions that feed her and keep her alive. Meeting Miranda, she enthrals her, controls her, and then after dominating her, Vaneya takes the most precious of things.

Overall the work has a hot mix of mind control, succubus-like seduction, and an interesting D/s relationship that the two characters fall headlong into. The story is well written, the characters are well told with history, futures, and what they experience with each passing moment is captivating.

Vaneya is in many ways a Succubus, her true form is just slightly different and that difference allows for the story to turn in some well thought out directions. For example, she cannot hide her true nature in artificial light, she enthrals by touch, by playing with the emotions of others and then bending them to her will. There’s a very strong theme of mind control in that which is written in a style that works exceptionally well.

It really is a good story, one that I enjoyed up until the climax of the work. Even a little past that the story held me and I liked it. But the final two sentences just didn’t work for me and all of the good story that came before was tossed away in the name of a stereotypical ending.

It’s sadder that the emotion that Vaneya feeds upon is love and with all of the howe she has in controlling the love of others, directing it, turning it to her advantage and then using it for her own ends that the work ends as it does. The book summary offers two possible endings and the one that came was not, I felt, one that made a lot of sense as a whole.

One of the things that has always bothered me about some stories about succubi and succubi-like characters is that they tend to take a sexual being with power and in the moment where that power could be used to drive the story in a new direction, to give the characters an opening to continue, to bring out more about them… it doesn’t.

Thus, a work that held so much excellent writing, characters and more just runs headlong into an ending that takes all of the heat away and left me cold.

I’ll give this work three out of five pitchforks.

Really it deserves a higher rating, but the ending simply made that impossible for me. Perhaps the author will continue Vaneya’s story sometime and if they do I hope there’s more to her than what the ending revealed her to be. I think she is and I’d like to be proven right on that point.



Mar 03 2016

Succubi Image of the Week 424

I have a “thing” for sweaters… I think they can be amazingly sexy and, of course, for Succubi that’s an important thing. I found a lovely little portrait of a succubus that does, in many ways, reflect how adorably cute and sexy it can be…

Comm: Demon by GK-7

Comm: Demon by GK-7

This is a commissioned work by an artist on DeviantArt called GK-7. You can find the original page with this art here and this artist’s page on DeviantArt can be found here.

She’s quite the amazing looking character really. Love the little touch of her having freckles, that’s something I’ve never noticed before on art of succubi. Interesting green eyes which contrast quite well with the red of her horns, wings and sweater too.

Love the hair style, it just frames her face exactly right, though her expression I am not quite sure about what it is supposed to be exactly. It looks, in a way, like she’s disappointed in something, but I might be seeing more than is there.

Above all else, that sweater really is enchanting on her. I love that it is over one shoulder only and it adds a little touch of cute and sexy to things that just makes this work that much more special…



Mar 02 2016

Sorry but no, this isn’t sexy as a costume…

Red Fur Devil KitThere are, of course, some silly looking costumes. Really none of them do anything for me because the trashiness is to the point where my eyes hurt looking at them. Such as this case in point which has the oddest name to it as well…

This is called the Red Fur Devil Kit and it isn’t a complete costume by any means. It comes with the faux fur hat, pitchfork with bow, and faux fur gloves. And that’s all. The dress, the stockings, the shoes, everything that isn’t furry here doesn’t come with the costume.

Which is why, of course, it is called a “kit” and not a costume. It sells for $25 US on most sites that I have found this eye watering disaster on.

Really there’s nothing to this so called costume option from the pitchfork to the horns on this model’s head. Honestly the dress she’s wearing is more sexy than anything else and that’s saying something considering…

As a joke costume I suppose it’s an option, but really why would someone want to wear this? More importantly, why would someone design this mess in the first place?

On top of that, what’s the point to putting bow ties on it on top of everything? Adding a little accent to this disaster cannot help it to be anything more than a fuzzy rug to leave on the floor and pick something, anything, else.

I’ll give this zero pitchforks out of five.

Why do this? What’s the point?

And does it burn well?



Mar 01 2016

A Review of Remind Me by Nanea Knott

Remind Me by Nanea Knott

Remind Me by Nanea Knott

The last, at least for now, in a series of reviews of the Sex Demon series by Nanea Knott here on the Tale. You can find my review of the prequel work here, my review of the first book can be found here. The review of the second work in the series can be found here on the Tale as well.

The series has been captivating for me, the characters, the storylines, the world the author has created fascinates me, brings a smile to my lips, and, as all really good stories do, leaves me thinking about what is, was and what might be.

There are some thoughts I have about the series as a whole, which I will share later, that I find myself wondering about in all of the works so far, and there will be a Book Four quite shortly which makes me happy. My thoughts come to the psychology of the characters and a singular thread that keeps popping up over and over again, but, that’s for later.

Mysteries still abound in the series, the questions to wonder about becoming more and more complex. Almost as complex as the truth held within the characters themselves.

There is one, very tragic, character in the series who has been haunting the edges of all of the stories in this work and with this, the third work in the series, her story is told, but also that of another who’s past also cannot be forgotten, or forgiven.

Some are gifted with the moment to love completely. Some are held in the knowledge that they found their soulmate, their one and only. Each day with them is to be held onto for there comes a time when they may not be there anymore. To be the survivor means a part of your heart is closed forever. The hard part is coming to see there is another part of your heart that needs, wants, and asks even if you cannot believe what you hear.

  • Title: Remind Me
  • Author: Nanea Knott
  • Length: 148 Pages
  • Publishing Date: February 14, 2016
  • This work at

It tells the story of:

Can Lightning Strike Twice?

Shane McCann is a hardheaded cop with an injured leg and a bad attitude. He’s working a missing persons case and he knows that the victim’s friends are hiding something. He needs to find out what it is. One woman in particular catches his interest. She’s beautiful, mesmerizing and in her eyes he can see she’s as injured on the inside, as he is on the outside. If he can get her to trust him, it might make all the difference.

Megan Winston is a succubus with a shattered heart. She found her mate only to lose to him after a fatal accident two years ago. Now a friend of hers has been kidnapped and she agrees to be questioned about the disappearance, but she has to be careful. The investigator is human. He’s smart, sexy and despite how much she likes him, she’s already had a mate and everyone knows demons never get a second chance, or do they?

Megan is alive, but she isn’t living. She is a rare succubus among her kind, one that has survived the loss of her mate. She lives, but the world holds nothing for her. She is present, but is detached from those that care about her. She knows, with certainty, that nature only allows her one mate and nothing more. But nature abhors a vacuum. When she encounters Shane, a man with his own doubts and finds there is something awakening within her, Megan’s own doubts and thoughts conspire against her. The answer is one they both must find together.

Megan is a tragically flawed character, her past being with her every moment and being so it takes over much of who she is throughout this work. There’s a deep sadness that she cannot find the way out of, express, or overcome. She has lost hope, in short, and there’s little question of that as the story unfolds. Her thoughts are of what she has lost, that she is “broken” and being so, there’s nothing in the world for her save to plod along for the sake of others around her until she fades away.

Megan’s appearances in the previous works in the series gave a hint of how shattered she is with a few small scenes, a short piece of dialogue here and there. This work fleshes her character out, giving her reasons for being how she is now. There are those that lose their light in their lives and then continue onwards because they are surviving. This is precisely what Megan is doing until the threat to her kind appears and things get very bad, very quickly.

Shane comes into this work connected to another main character in the series and being that he is, there’s a series of moments which come after Megan’s life goes very wrong, very quickly that draw him into Megan’s world. How that happens is handled in what I felt was a very true way to Shane, but also to Greg, who appeared in the first work, and others in the series. Their relationship, what it is built on, is taken to the limit over the mystery around them. How that is resolved is quite well done, if somewhat sharp and to the point.

While the work focuses on Megan and Shane, the prior works in the series make themselves known, some moments from those works being now seen from their perspective as well. They are interesting contrasts to what came before and help to connect the dots between the events in the series. That said, Shane’s entry into the series provides something that before didn’t seem to happen. While many characters have emotional flaws, few have physical ones. Shane’s past, what has happened to him brings with it a lot of emotional baggage that he fights with. Once Megan becomes part of his world, that only serves to make him more flawed, but also more real as a character.

How Shane deals with knowing about Megan, learning the secrets around him, trying to come to terms with his own disbelief and Megan’s refusal to accept the impossible is touching and heartfelt. Listening to his own self-doubts, how learning about Megan, being in contact with the succubi and incubi around him, how he is treated at times adds to that doubt and, at least once, pushes both himself and Megan to a place that, given a little understanding and openness, might not have been. But it is part of the story, how it unfolds and being so, that makes a strong connection with the reader by far.

The fight within both Megan and Shane, the needs they both feel, but are told by others cannot be, by themselves saving it must not be, is some of the most difficult character development I have read in some time. By that I mean it isn’t an easy path for either of them and it quite literally takes them to the edge of their lives to get things resolved.

There is a moment when something about Megan’s past is revealed and in that moment comes a concern for her, what she might do in the future. It is a shattering revelation to her, but in the context of the series it makes perfect sense and also tells how long things have been unfolding for her kind in this universe. It’s a means to anchor the series, how things have been developing, and I think that her reaction was completely right for her.

The plot of this work holds mainly on them both, but there are little intrusions of the mystery group that is causing problems, and they are an ever present thought in all of the character’s minds. There are moments, as written in the prior works, where events unfold and continue to do so in this work. There’s a slow burning fuse in this that will come to a heat at some point, but before doing so, the questions I am sure will expand and become more concerning.

There is a bit less erotica in this work compared to the prior ones, but that is a reflection of Megan’s attitude towards Shane and how long it takes for their understanding to develop, When it  does come, the moments are, like their relationship, building towards a climax and when that appears it feels right for both of them.

What I feel is missing, overall, is there still isn’t a lot of time spent in explaining how the succubi and incubi society works. Again, as in the prior works, there is a physical difference noted, but not delved into that I wonder about. Marissa remains an enigma, one that is both stellar and troubling at the same time. There is friction between many of the characters that I’d like to see develop towards some sort of resolution as well. Most of all, there is a certain tone to so many of the characters that I would like to understand better. I think in understanding that, the answers to the series overall will become clearer.

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

I feel like Megan’s story isn’t finished by far, that her past will be coming back towards her again and her own personality might be her undoing. There are some interesting new characters appearing which offer some teasing paths for the series to take into the future. The series paused, at least towards the main overarching plot, in this work, but the revelation, when it comes about Megan’s past makes up for the absence.

I’m looking forward to the next work in the series, Long Term Memory, which is to be released in the next little while. As such, the single thing about the series so far, that is present in almost every succubi or incubi character comes back to my thoughts and makes me wonder about something.

Why is it that every one of them, without question, cannot accept when they encounter their soulmates? There’s almost an inherent need to push them away, refuse them and just not believe what their own bodies, minds and emotions are telling them. I’d like to understand why that is. I have a feeling I know, and if I am correct in my thoughts, it is a rather shameful thing for a, so far unseen, group to be doing to those they claim to be protecting.

Another thing that comes up from time to time is the rather cold attitude many of the characters have towards their prey. I understand that is a function of how their powers work, but at times it seems shockingly strong from several characters and I wonder about that.

While we know quite a lot about the characters in the series so far, the actual succubi and incubi society hasn’t been really examined closely. There have been some vague mentions, but towards some specific laying out of how things work, why they work as they do hasn’t been explored as much as I would like it to be.

There is one other point I feel like needs to be explored in the future and that comes from a question of seeing the parents of the characters, learning more about their pasts, and understanding where they came from. There hasn’t been an appearance of a mated couple that have been together for a very long time. I’d like to see what that’s like, if their view of their own society’s decisions still holds them. I wonder if they know a truth they haven’t told the younger generation that are experiencing something new.

There is such a thing as hope. There is such a thing as the impossible. The hardest thing one has to do is accept that both can be. Fighting against what one knows because “that’s impossible” isn’t so much a choice as a teaching and those that teach can be wrong on occasion too.

Dearly my favourite series of 2016 by far. I’d honestly love to see Tera (my character from my Realm stories) and Marissa meet sometime. I have a feeling that they would know more about what each deals with than anyone else. I’d also love to see Marissa’s reaction when Tera tells her a simple truth, one that I feel that Marissa herself has forgotten with all that swirls around her.

A wonderful series with so much promise being shown and offered and I recommend these works highly. My best wishes to Nanea and my hopes that her writing continues to bring her pleasure, that she finds the joy in each word written and that she has much success in her writing future always…