Jun 05 2015

A Review of Futanari Demigoddess 3: Kiss of the Succubus by Hayden Archer

Futanari Demigoddess 3: Kiss of the Succubus by Hayden Archer

Futanari Demigoddess 3: Kiss of the Succubus by Hayden Archer

There are certain things that I look for in a work about Succubi. They don’t have to be the primary characters in the work, but they have to have some kind of presence. They should have the presence that Succubi have, regardless of their true form, and most of all, there has to be a personality, a meaning, a reason for them to appear in a story and not simply for the erotica.

And it would be nice if they had a name as well…

  • Title: Futanari Demigoddess 3: Kiss of the Succubus
  • Author: Hayden Archer
  • Length: 35 Pages
  • ASIN: B00LNLGW16
  • Publishing Date: July 8, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

Valerie just wanted to escape her dorm for a little while. She wasn’t interested in a beautiful redhead stalking her through campus. She didn’t ask to have monsters straight out of mythology chase her through a park. She didn’t need a mysterious raven haired woman in a dark dress to try and seduce her in that same park.

Okay, so maybe being seduced might be a good way to blow off a little steam after the night she was having.

Only Valerie is about to learn that there are very real dangers to being the daughter of a goddess. Ancient dangers that would love nothing more than to get their hands on, or get in bed with, the daughter of a love goddess who was silly enough put on a magical gender bending medallion.

And Valerie finds herself trapped between lust and danger as she meets a woman from antiquity who is perhaps the most dangerous of all for a demigoddess with her particular gifts. As she feels the kiss of the succubus.

Valerie has a problem, rather a large one, and she’s trying to figure out what has been happening to her. In her attempt to avoid a woman that seems to be following her, Valerie comes face to face with another being who calls out to her new found needs and desires. But what is she, what does she want, and what does that all mean?

There is a lot of world building in this work, but it adds a lot to Valerie’s character and makes it quite a lot easier to enter into this series without reading the first two works. There is a bit of an information dump about her, but it isn’t overwhelming and it’s enough to bring a new reader to the series up to speed and have a rough idea what’s going on.

Valerie herself is a unique personality and the internal monologue as the story unfolds is at times hilarious and worrisome, but then the situation she finds herself in can’t really be taken any other way. The mixing of her normal self and that of having male thoughts and needs within her does provide some amusing moments as well.

Eventually Valerie comes face to face with a woman who is, from the first moment, very much acting like a Succubus. She’s sexual, she’s seductive, and the effects on Valerie are really quite telling and seem right for a Succubus as well. Things do get a little out of hand, the question of who is actually in control shifts several times until, finally, there is an abrupt climax and the Succubus vanishes from the work.

The Succubus herself, in her human form, is really deliciously described in action, pose, form and voice. She is really sex unbound and uses all of her abilities to obtain what she wants. The reveal about what she actually looks like I thought was well done in that it isn’t a matter of “telling” but “showing” bits and pieces of what she really looks like. It isn’t a complete picture, but it does allow for a lot of imagination about what she really does look like. Much like her human form, she seems to have a sexuality and beauty in that form as well, even if she isn’t all that she seems to be on the outside.

The one issue I had with the Succubus as a whole was that she kept referring to Valerie as “Daughter of Venus”… over and over again. That took me out of the story many times as it sounded stilted and awkward. Just imagine saying that phrase out loud while having sex and you can see what I mean. It doesn’t work well. As well, the Succubus herself is never named, and while that really wasn’t needed in the work to any real extent, it might have made for something to latch onto later on… Perhaps Valerie calling for her to return to get some answers? Perhaps having some power over her knowing her name? There is a hint about that in the story, but that doesn’t go anywhere either.

As a whole, the story had a good opening, the characters were interesting and the story had a purpose. The erotica was hot, a nice mix of raw sexuality, mind control and dominance that worked well overall. The dialog needs some work however, again, it seems stilted and odd at points and I think speaking the dialog out loud might have helped with smoothing that out through the story.

I’m giving this work three and a half out of five pitchforks.

As a whole the work told an interesting story and as it was part of a series there was a lot of background that was glossed over a bit in order to get to the point of the story. Still, the Succubus was interesting, though unnamed, and it would have been more of a story I think if there was more exposition and a bit less over the top raw erotica.

 

Tera

Jun 05 2015

A Review of Zoe and Liza’s Infernal Affair by Echo Stardust

Zoe and Liza's Infernal Affair by Echo Stardust

Zoe and Liza’s Infernal Affair by Echo Stardust

A review today of the first work in a new series called  a short series called Lustful & Damned. Being what the series is titled, yes, there is a Succubus in the work that is a main character. She’s interesting as is the other main character, the story concept is just as interesting and, as a whole, the work shows a good deal of promise.

But the thing is, not enough editing takes what should have been something amazing and removes much from it. Something that should not have happened for the promise given in the work as a whole. or what i expect, and hope, that the series will develop into.

  • Title: Zoe and Liza’s Infernal Affair
  • Author: Echo Stardust
  • Length: 37 Pages
  • ASIN: B00YFJXH8O
  • Publishing Date: May 27, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

Zoe Stratton is already not having the best night when her long-time partner, Carly, bails and leaves her all alone at the Opera. That all changes, however, when she lays eyes on Liza Cecelia; a beautiful and charming violinist. Yet as Zoe decides to indulge in some casual love-play with Liza, she soon realizes that Liza holds a dark, infernal secret. And as Liza transforms before her eyes, Zoe realizes she may have bitten off more than she can chew.

Zoe’s been stood up again. Giving up on her lover, she attends the Opera and finds herself captivated by one of the performers. A touch, a word, a moment of longing and Zoe finds herself alone with Liza. Then Liza reveals her truth and Zoe finds herself caught between the world she knows and the desires she feels.

Zoe is, as a whole, a complex and interesting character and as her story unfolds the amazing thing is how much emotion is wrapped up within her thoughts and the conversations that she has with herself. There’s a sense that she is truly lost, uncertain and looking for something. That works really well and in being so that drives her towards Liza as the story goes on.

Liza, the Succubus of the story, I rather like more in her human form than her “true” one. There’s more personality and depth to human Liza than Succubus Liza, for one. While there is some heat in the moments where her Succubus self appears, it really isn’t so much heat as it is the expression of dominance and control which might work for some. I felt that the emotional attachment with Liza’s human form, her character, her flaws, past and revelations, just told the better moments in the work.

The sapphic love in the work is touching and wonderful, mixed as it is with Zoe’s inner turmoil, need and desires. How that is told, what Zoe remembers and then what happens when Carly enters the story once more just touches deeply. The work isn’t a hot flash and no story, there is lots of story, lots of character development and that makes this work wonderful.

There are questions of course, mainly in the aftermath of what happens when Zoe and Liza are intimate together and it feels like there is another part of the story that hasn’t quite yet come into play here. I hope that when that happens the connections between the three main characters of this story make this all that I hope it can be.

For all that’s good and wonderful about this work… the careless mistakes just hurt so very much. There are so many instances where a word is used that should have been picked up in editing wrecked the moment. If that happened once, I could accept that and move on. But it kept happening over and over and over again. In the mist of passion it happened. In the middle of a strikingly powerful moment, a mistake. It just kept happening at the worst possible moment and it really bothered me a lot.

The work needs another editing. The story doesn’t need to change, the characters are rich and wonderful. The emotional connection is perfect. But please get rid of all of the mistakes like using “bust” for “busy” and other such mistakes. It really would make this work read better, feel more polished and be more.

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

I easily would have have given four, but I just can’t for how I was thrown out of the story over and over again.

I will however be looking for the next work in the series. This is one story that i want to see unfold and the story to be brought towards a satisfying conclusion. That, I hope, will make up for the disappointments in the beginning.

 

Tera

Jun 04 2015

Succubi Image of the Week 385

From dominance to something softer, more sexier, and, as a whole, I think really a lot of fun for a Succubus today on the Tale. The best images of Succubi, for me, are the ones that make me smile and this work of art really does…

Primadonna by Prinzack

Primadonna by Prinzack

This is called Primadonna and is by the artist Prinzack on DeivantArt. You can find the original page with this work here and the artist’s page can be found here as well.

This is simply so much fun. The little details are amazing and just add to the overall cute and fun vibe that comes from this art. Love her hair, the halo and heart, her cute little horns, the stocking and corset, the ribbons, her shoes… Everything just works right and looks right here. The laid back contemplation in her pose, the look in her eyes, the expression she has, even the arc of her tail all tell a story about this moment and about her.

I like that she isn’t over endowed or looks silly or is a caricature of what a seductive Succubus looks like. She seems very real and that brings me all sorts of thoughts and things to ponder. Perhaps I have a new idea for a costume this Halloween… I really do adore this entire look and while I’m not likely to have blond hair.. I think I can make this work for me…

That will be interesting won’t it?

 

 

Tera

Jun 03 2015

We have a winner for the all time worst costume… ever.

Sexy Devil Halloween CostumeI never imagined I would find a devil girl costume that I would know, on sight mind you, to be the worst thing ever created. I thought that there would be some contenders, at least a race for the bottom. But this? This absolutely takes the prize… I can’t even express how bad it is in pitchforks…

This is called, and frankly I don’t believe a word of it, the Sexy Devil Halloween Costume. None of which applies here I think.

It comes with, not that it matters at all, that hideous devil face swimsuit, I can’t call it a dress at all, there is a tail attached to it and that’s all. So for just a lousy swimsuit and that’s all, you have to pay $79 US.

But wait! To look like the model, who honestly cannot like this at all for the look she has, you need the horns which are another $15 and that stupid looking fur boots, another $40 and that fur shrug which is another $80! So to look like the model, and why you would want to completely escapes me, would cost a total of $214!

It’s simply inconceivable that someone would want to wear something like this for that price. Honestly there are better costumes than this that I’ve given a single pitchfork to that cost a tenth of this train wreck.

There isn’t a single thing I like about it, there is no possible way I would be seen wearing this, and… I cannot find the words to explain just how revolted by this costume disaster I am.

I’d rate it negative a million pitchforks, but that would be rating it too highly I think.

If you see this mess… Just don’t. Please don’t. Don’t encourage this sort of eye damaging pain and suffering on the world… Please?

 

Tera

Jun 02 2015

A Review of Pray For Release by Liman Thursday

Pray For Release by Liman Thursday

Pray For Release by Liman Thursday

The one thing that I cannot stand in a work that has Succubi as part of the story is if they are stereotypically evil, crass, mindlessly focused on one and one thing only. There’s no heat in a story like that because from the moment the succubus appears it’s quite clear that she is, sadly, another example of a cardboard creature of evil that just happens to do that evil with sex.

The work can surround that core of the story with more interesting characters, perhaps ramp up the sex and try to make it more erotic, but in the end that problem of using a template for the character of the succubus gets in the way of the story. The more the shame in that.

  • Title: Pray For Release
  • Author: Liman Thursday
  • Length: 19 Pages
  • ASIN: B00MMYT0L2
  • Publishing Date: August 11, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

It tells the story of:

Father David Mueller was new to the town of Exeter, New Hampshire. The former priest had died under mysterious circumstances and now parishioners were acting like sex crazed heathens. Armed with his faith and the Rites of Exorcism, Father Mueller pays a visit to the Simmons house, and discovers he is woefully unprepared for the seductive skills of a succubus-possessed Catherine Simmons…

Father David answers the call of a husband who believes his wife is possessed. He arrives and finds the situation is much worse than that, and more than he knows is at risk by being there.

As a whole the story reads more of a possession than the actual appearance of a succubus. By that I mean there isn’t much seen of the succubus, if she is one, it’s never really clear if she is a succubus or not. Catherine possessed is a creature of sex, of dominance, of power who wants only one thing from Father David and has worked out a plan to gain what she craves. Towards the end of the work there are hints of her having cat-like eyes, a hint of wings, but otherwise she is Catherine, just hypersexual. Mixed with that, she is evil, mean spirited, brutal, and cares for nothing but the one thing she craves and nothing more.

All of this means, in short, that she is a typical stereotype succubus that is evil because she is and for no other reason. Any character she has is buried beneath her outbursts and cruelty and that becomes old very quickly in the work. She taunts and teases, pushes Father David over and over again, and is just driven by the act of sex, what she wants out of it. That all discards what is, in the beginning, some very interesting moments about Father David. There is a good deal of story told about him, his thoughts, beliefs and so on. The town has an interesting background story, there’s hints about the time before the events of this work, but then the story turns a corner.

Thera are some interesting hints along the way, things that someone that has a clue about certain myths and legends will catch almost immediately. Catherine’s house address being on Cambion way being just one of them. But with those hints it is very clear from the moment Father David encounters possessed Catherine where the story will go, how it will get there, and just how single minded things will become.

The erotica in this work, while making up most of the story, just didn’t have much heat in it from my perspective. There is no seduction, no passion. There’s nothing to see save for a lot of abuse, cursing, yelling and swearing. There are violent paths in the story taken by possessed Catherine which I didn’t care for and with that came a real detachment to what was going on in the story. The lack of heat which was replaced by simple pain and control just didn’t work and as such there was no heat.

While the work is written well, especially in the pages before Catherine appears, as a whole I enjoyed the first half of the work far more than the second. There is a turning point in the story where the work seemed to turn from showing a story to telling a story. Possessed Catherine took what I liked about the story and turned it to ash with her very first words and that shouldn’t have been.

The climax was exactly what I expected, what happens to all of the characters was, regrettably, stereotypical for a typical horror/titillation story that had little in it that was a surprise or went in directions that were unexpected. The work is short, and as such there could have been more story told if Father David had to meet Possessed Catherine over time, in different situations and have to deal with that rather than being thrown into the deep end and thrashing about.

Two out of five pitchforks.

Not at all enjoyable for the situation, the events that unfold and the almost complete focus on what was for the most part violent sex and nothing more. A thin story which begins well, but quickly turns towards scenes that for me just were not at all enjoyable.

 

Tera

Jun 02 2015

A Review of The Succubus Journals by Monique Reyer

The Succubus Journals by Monique Reyer

The Succubus Journals by Monique Reyer

 

Recently a short series called The Succubus Journals was completed and as such I am going to review that series today on the Tale. The thing about this series is that there is a story, it is actually an interesting one, but the problem comes in that the story isn’t told for the sake of one hot flash after the next, after the next and so on.

If a series has an underlying story, one that explains why a succubus is where she is, or how her powers work, that’s interesting to me. Things are less so when that story is glossed over for the sake of rushing onwards to the next sex scene and little else.

  • Title: The Succubus Journals Books 1-4
  • Author: Monique Reyer
  • Length: 90 Pages
  • ASIN: B00X1UHJ9G
  • Publishing Date: May 2, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

This is a collection of the first four works in the Succubus Journals series, including: Partying with the Frat, Partying with the Frat Again, Sorority Shenanigans, and Sorority Shaming.

Hey there. I’m Leisha, your friendly neighborhood succubus (aka “shapeshifting sex demon from the pits of Hell”). My boss is the most powerful warlock on the planet, and he likes to send me off on missions. Tonight I’m supposed to… Hang on, this can’t be right. He wants me to get someone into a fraternity?! And then go off and play with all the members of a sorority?! Hey boss, isn’t this kinda beneath me? I mean, you know, primordial spirit of lust and sex and all that? What? Shut up and do it? Okay, okay, fine!

Le sigh. I guess I’ll just have to put up with being taken by all those strong, virile, gorgeous college guys…and then gettin’ it on with all the hotties from the sorority down the street. Oh yeah, this is gonna be one awesome night!

The summaries are told in the voice of the main character of the series, a succubus named Leisha who has one of the most odd personalities for a succubus that I have read in some time. Beyond that, some of her powers aren’t what are usually seen in succubi, and that makes her a unique character.

I liked her more when she was telling her story, pieces of her past, who summoned her and so on, more than when she was having her way with various students at a college campus. Some of the flashes are, to be honest, rather repetitive, rushed, and sometimes there isn’t much in the way of story to hold those parts of the series together.

Leisha isn’t stereotypically evil, not by any means, and there are several points in the series where she cares about others, what happens to them. She teaches lessons to some, gives others some needed boosts in their self-image and, most interesting of all, she doesn’t want to do others harm. She’d rather have fun, be fun, and enjoy sex for the sake of it than in doing something evil through sex.

There is a lot of internal monologue as Leisha learns about those she is sent to teach lessons to, how she relates to the one that summoned her, and, as well, one specific mortal that she has a particular like for. It makes her a much more interesting and better character and in being so makes the series that much better.

The problem comes through the dialog, which reads a bit odd, some of the actions taken by others in the work, which just makes them look foolish, stupid and most of all, stereotypes the male characters into thinking about sex for the most part and then takes the female characters and twists them in different ways before the series is done.

By the end of the series, there really isn’t anything in the way of a conclusion to speak of, there’s quite a few plots left unfinished, actions left to play out, and in some cases, the results of what Leisha did could lead to more problems. Still, none of this really is played out to the end.

The focus of the series is all of the erotica that revolves around Leisha of all kinds. Just about anything goes with her, and usually does. But having most of the series being focused on that, the short moments when some character development begins, some questions are answered, isn’t told as well as if could be in the rush to get to the next piece of erotica.

The series could do with some editing, there are a number of word errors and some dialog just sounds wrong. A bit more focus on Leisha herself, to tell more of her story, where she came from, why she is there, and so on would have made this a lot more enjoyable for me.

I’ll give the series as a whole three out of five pitchforks.

There’s promise in Leisha to be sure. The problem is that being drowned by the erotica. A better balance, a little more care and some focus would have made this series more than it came to be.

 

Tera

Jun 01 2015

Rain and Sun By TeraS

On this day, something for my heart and his Beloved … Given in joy, love, and thankfulness always …

 

Rain and Sun
By TeraS

 

There are, at times, changes in the weather, even in the Realm. Not every day is sunny, not every night is cool and calm. There are moments when the snows fall, the wind bites, and, of course, there comes the rain now and again.

Sometimes the rain is barely there, a little speck of wet that lands upon one’s hair or skin, an instance that reminds that there are moments in time where things are not so bright, so sunny, so clear. But it also brings a memory of summer picnics, sharing with the one loved, and the laughter when the little brushes of weather danced around the lovers.

Other times, the rain drizzles upon the ground, making little specks of sound as it lands on the grass, the paths walked, the roofs protecting those that seek shelter beneath them. Along with the slight chill in the air and the coolness of the rain comes the knowledge that things will grow from the rain, be made stronger, more vibrant, more alive.

On occasion, the rains come heavy, loudly, full of the power of nature expressing herself. They bring the good from before, but they also bring change. There are things that are bent, twisted, altered from what they once were. Some of those things are never quite the same again, the rains having made their mark. Others are just … gone. They exist no more, they are ended, only to be remembered.

In all of these moments, in the good, bad, or otherwise, there is, however, one singular constant that remains: shelter; the small bit of comfort that one holds in among all of the chaos which gives that bit of comfort and security. For some, the protection it gives seems minor, inconsequential, really nothing of note as a whole. They do not seem to see the value, the gift it is, what it offers to those that have the need. For others, it is both everything and all they need; that place of calm and safety, a moment where one can catch one’s breath and gather themselves before facing the rains once more and then continuing onwards.

In life, there are those that we think of as being our shelter. In truth, the word shelter doesn’t quite express what they are, really. It’s hard to explain how much it matters when they say hello, share a thought, talk about the good and the bad that may be in life. There are those in the world that have light in them, that show others the way from the darkness, the storms, the moments when it is not the easiest of things to manage to find shelter among all of the rains that come.

Some of those rains are real. They fall upon us and cause things to transpire: a leaking roof, perhaps a basement flooded. They create a feeling of loss, a moment of despair, a sinking feeling that can, sometimes, make one curl up into a ball and just want to go away for a while.

Sometimes, the rain is within: the thought that one might not be all one could be; the idea that one isn’t good enough, doesn’t do enough, cannot be enough. They are those little voices that keeps pointing out your flaws, your missteps, making everything worse and, in doing so, causing the rain to keep falling down upon you.

In all of this, in all of the things that come and all of the moments that are, there is something to remember: in all of the rain, there comes the sun. And, in those that give us the light to see, the shelter given is that of the love shared.

There are those in our lives who, in more ways than they can see, have given us a way from the rains back into the sun once more. They do so not by their actions—as inspiring as they are—not through their thoughts—which tell of their wisdom true—but more by the love they have. It is knowing, truly, just by seeing who they are, how they hold each other always, knowing … always.

You see, sometimes the rains wash away the one thing that matters most of all: our ability to see. Our vision is blurred, indistinct, and we discover the way from beneath the clouds and rain cannot be found. When we find those that have the light, share the path, help to find the way, it is something cherished, loved, and held dearly.

On this day, we celebrate the moment when two souls joined in the presence of the Goddess. We celebrate the light that was doubled and then again in that moment. We give thanks for them both, always, for their way back to the light when it was so hard to find in the rain.

The rain is only for the moment. The sun is for always.

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