Feb 11 2017

A neat little Succubus Speedpainting YouTube…

I do love cute succubus art and I found a lovely speed painting YouTube of an artist creating a succubus character that is most certainly that to share today on the Tale…

And if you cannot see this video here on the Tale, please try this link.

As always, in case YouTube deletes things, here is a screenshot of the art as well…

Succubus by hC iraPbiG

Succubus by hC iraPbiG

I think she’s an interesting character, though the knife is a bit confusing to me. After all, being a succubus, she really wouldn’t need a knife to disarm someone…

Unless she’s Australian of course…

And there’s a story idea to ponder isn’t it?

 

Tera

Feb 10 2017

A Review of Making Love by Aidan Wayne

Making Love by Aidan Wayne

Making Love by Aidan Wayne

It is February and as such quite a lot of Valentine’s Day themed stories are appearing. a number of them having either, or both, succubi and incubi as characters in the works. Over the next few review days I’ll be reviewing a small number of these works, some of which are funny, others are sexy and there are some that are just delightful.

Succubi are not supposed to be able to find love, so many believe. However, in the search for something more than they are, the idea of love isn’t an impossibility. It’s a possibility. One that calls out, asks to be heard, and sometimes, making what seems impossible, so very much so.

The work tells the story of:

Carla the cupid is an excellent shot, but her chemistry is so bad that most of her matches don’t last. Her dream is to shoot a True Love pair, but until her scores improve, she’s relegated to the Puppy Love division of Aphrodite Agency.

Leeta, a succubus, is looking for a True Love match. Which is highly unusual, as most succubi are aromantic. But Aphrodite Agency — her only hope — turns her away because the receptionist can’t believe she’s not just looking for an easy meal.

Carla agrees to take Leeta’s case on freelance. She figures it’s a win-win: Carla gets to put a succubus’s True Love match on her résumé, and Leeta gets to find her True Love! Except as Carla tries to find a match for Leeta, she finds herself maybe . . . relieved when the matches don’t end well. And Leeta seems to be getting pickier and pickier. Things will never work out until Carla learns enough about chemistry to figure out who’s truly best for Leeta, and until Leeta can admit what — or who — she truly wants.

Carla is trying her best, trying to be the cupid she believes she can be. But there’s a few things getting in her way and that’s starting to wear upon her. But when Leeta appears, looking for love, and then being told there’s no such thing as love for succubi, Carla takes it upon herself to help Leeta find that love, even if that puts her role as a cupid on the line. But then, she’d do anything for love, even that of a succubus.

The work is a story of romance, self-discovery and the realization that sometimes what you need is right in front of you, you only need to accept that it is real. It isn’t erotica, there’s no entanglement with the two main characters in the work. There are wonderfully intimate moments, which as they flow into the characters, give life to them both. The mixture of innocence in both is achingly warm, but sad at times as well. While the story is told from Carla’s perspective, there are flashes of Leeta’s internal struggle to come to terms with herself, with figuring out what love is, what it means to her, and why the need is so dearly strong.

Leeta is a very strong personality, quite clear in her needs and thoughts. At times that does build a wall between herself and other characters, but then in the context of the story, what she deals with everyday, and what she wants, forces that upon her. The insights of her fears, her search for something more is quite telling. Beyond that, Leeta’s decision to be more than “just a succubus” and turning herself away from the easy path to something far more difficult, but infinitely more rewarding held my attention.

Carla is, in so many ways, a delight, but at the same time some of her more innocently lost, but trying to help, moments, took the story off into possibly more self-incriminations than self-understanding and I really wish there’d been more growth to Carla by the end of things. That’s not to say she didn’t become so much more than she was, it’s more that her hesitations remain. In time I’d expect her to be more sure of herself, to know, fully, what it meant to be a cupid than she did.

The universe itself is amazing, the little details dropped in at times really begged for stories to be told, but remained teases. I’d love to see more in this universe, more of Carla and Leeta as well, but then there are two other cupids who, honestly, I think needed to be explored more as they both seemed to have their own stories to tell.

The writing is wonderful, Carla’s emotions are so very strong, Leeta’s personality shines throughout. But most of all, it’s the slow discovery of who they both want, coming to terms with that, through the highs and lows, that brings out the best here. If there’s one thing that didn’t quite work for me it was the moments when Carla’s self-doubts seemed to overcome all else. I think that sometimes the time spent on that fear took a lot from her.

But the little flaws don’t take away from the story, in many cases they add needed depth and with this being a romance, that matters. Romance told well is a wonderful thing, and this work tells that story wonderfully. A joy to read, characters that are captivating, and in the end, a revelation that felt right.

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

A lovely and sweet romantic story that’s so dearly innocent in so many ways. Leeta is a wonderfully deep character, Carla is a dear in her need to help, to love and the two combined are a wonderful story of love in all of the forms it can be.

I’d love to see what comes next for both Leeta and Carla, how their world, their lives and love changes and becomes all they deserve. It’s so rare to have a succubus story in which there’s actually very little in the way of sex, but so much focus on the delights of intimacy. The difference, always, matters when one discovers love.

 

Tera

Feb 10 2017

A Review of Perdition by the Dashboard Light: A Succubus Seduction Tale by Lucian Carter

Perdition by the Dashboard Light: A Succubus Seduction Tale by Lucian Carter

Perdition by the Dashboard Light: A Succubus Seduction Tale by Lucian Carter

There are certain endings that give me pause. In the case of stories with either succubi or incubi, there’s a tendency to add a twist at the end, something to add a bit of shock value. It’s very rare that works, overall it’s a bit of a waste of effort. If the characters cannot support the story, if the author feels that adding a little jarring moment will make the story more, I really don’t think that it does.

There are many different kinds of temptation. One’s own selfish temptation can bring about more than was expected. But temptation is a two-way street and you need to look both ways.

  • Title: Perdition by the Dashboard Light: A Succubus Seduction Tale
  • Author: Lucian Carter
  • Length: 19 Pages
  • Format: eBook
  • ASIN: B01KGAVR78
  • Publishing Date: August 14, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

What could be hotter than a Succubus? What would you do if she offered to fulfill your fantasies? And, if you knew her making you cum would mean she claims your soul, would you walk away? Would you try to hold out? Or would you give yourself willingly?

A wish brings temptation in the form of a succubus to a man. How far will he fall into her clutches and will he even care when she gives him everything he wants and more?

The work is, at its core, a hot flash that doesn’t quite make it to being erotica than it does creating what reads and is acted out as a female domination porn movie scene. The characters are one dimensional, the plot only cares about getting to the sex scene and moving on as quickly as possible.

Delilah, the succubus of the work, reads a bit odd, a little strange. She claims to be a succubus, is very clear about what will happen if she gets what she wants. The seduction is a little thin, really she takes control and bends the main character to her will quickly. It’s unclear who she is beyond being a succubus, her focus being on making the main character submit to her tender mercies and beyond.

There is a twist ending and at least for me that really took a lot out of the story overall. I didn’t see the point when all that came before made it quite clear what would happen. The added shock value didn’t really add anything, mostly it dampened what heat there was. The author might have been better served by ending the story two paragraphs before they did.

The characters are thin, almost one-dimensional, Delilah is less a succubus than she is a tease and a manipulator of desire. The main character is a shadow with no real form or purpose. As a whole this is a quick hot flash that makes some heat, but doesn’t have a story beyond that of sucking Delilah’s prey into her clutches.

There’s more here, certainly telling more about Delilah herself would be a good place to start. Her entire character seems more of a charade and finding her beneath that might be the better story to tell.

Two and a half out of five pitchforks.

It’s more porn movie than it is erotica as a whole with an ending that is shamelessly expected and almost stereotypically so. As a hot flash there’s something here, but beyond that the story left a lot behind that could have amounted to something more than just the ending that it is.

 

Tera

Feb 09 2017

Succubi Image of the Week 473

A rather striking image for the Succubi of the Week and I think it’s quite interesting both in the name of the Succubus herself, but also in how she is drawn. There’s a balance between “action” and “seduction” I think that can be difficult to manage well. When it can be, the character that appears can be amazing…

Heroes Reborn - Succubus Sue by toorugenshin

Heroes Reborn – Succubus Sue by toorugenshin

This character is called Succubus Sue and is the creation of the artist Toorugenshin on DeviantArt. You can find the original page on DeviantArt with this work here and this artist’s page can be found here as well.

I really couldn’t find anything about what I think is a game called ‘Heroes Reborn’ but this artist created quite a number of pieces of art which revolve around a fantasy theme, and this one of Succubus Sue is among them.

Gorgeous, wonderful detail by far. Her expression is piercing, strong and I particularly like her eyes most of all. There’s just something in them that expresses she is no pushover, and you encounter her at your peril. The question of course is whether you fight or succumb to her in a moment.

Her overall look is obviously meant to tempt and reveal enough to be distracting which, of course, means she has quite the advantage. Even so I like the sword she carries, it reminds me of a soul sword, and that whip might be less of a weapon and more of an instrument of pleasure, all things considered.

A delicious succubus in form, poise and her power most of all…

 

Tera

Feb 08 2017

Red horns with this costume might help a little, but not much

Spider DressThere are many times when looking at all of the lousy costumes I find brings me to a point where, in all seriousness, it becomes obvious that the best thing to do is to pluck a pair of horns from my collection, a sexy dress and leave things at that. That’s not to say there aren’t some costume dresses that might be something to think about… but that’s usually all that happens…

This is called the Spider Dress and it simply is the dress itself which is made of velvet and Terylene. It sells for about $50 US.

This was advertised as being a “devil” dress, among other things, but with that cowl this is more something for a vampire costume than anything else, not to mention the expression on this model which makes me cringe a bit.

It’s not a terrible choice, but it isn’t really a good one either I think. Most of all that cowl bothers me and i would have to get rid of that somehow. Beyond that, as I said, it isn’t totally horrid, but it comes close.

The dress just seems to look cheap here and there, and it need not be. Lose the cowl, get rid of the puffy shoulder pads and give the overall look some texture at least. Something to make this more than a dress that frames one’s legs, no matter how good they might look…

Two pitchforks out of five.

I have a much nicer leather mini dress… or the latex one… or…

 

Tera

Feb 07 2017

A Review of Holy Temptation by Gianna Quinn

Holy Temptation by Gianna Quinn

Holy Temptation by Gianna Quinn

The thing about writing a short story is that there comes a point where, somehow, the story has to get to the point, tell it well and offer some kind of satisfaction with how things unfold. But that’s difficult to find when the editing leaves something to be desired, the dialogue just sounds wrong as well. But most of all, the real problem comes when the climax of the work only serves to bring more confusion than understanding.

It’s also a problem when the main character’s name recalls an image of a well known television series character that derails so much of the story as a whole. British comedy will do that, quite often really, especially when the character’s name is so close to Broderick that I couldn’t get over the image itself for the story that was trying to get my attention.

The work tells the story of:

Rodrik is a newly forged paladin that has come to a small town that is being haunted by a demon. He has agreed to assist the villagers, however when night falls, the succubus emerges. Can Rodrik’s holy magik s stand up against the seductive might of the succubus or will Rodrik fall for this Holy Temptation? Read on and find out!

Rodrik travels to a town on first first mission to do good. But before he can rid them of a demon in their midst, a lovely woman comes calling in the night. But not all that appears lovely is quite so, and when Lilith reveals herself, Rodrik is trapped with nowhere to run and only one thing to count on.

The work is a hot flash, with the actual erotica appearing in the latter third of the work. Being that it is short, there’s not much in the way of plot, character development or for that matter, heat in the erotica as well. The story stumbles around, trying to find itself and by the time it does so, well over half the work has passed by.

While much of that comes from the setting up of the story, that’s rather odd in that events come to pass, mentioned out of hand, but with little in the way of a resolution by the time the story comes to a close. The writing tries to tell the story, but a number of tense changes, grammar issues and odd dialogue structure at times make the story difficult to read, never mind enjoy.

Lilith, the succubus of the work, attempts to be seductive, but soon falls into the trap of being very close to being a stereotypical succubus in character, which disappointed me. More so, the way she spoke didn’t have much in the way of seduction in play, bordering on being almost rote in what she cries out for, over and over again with Rodrik.

The erotica’s heat is muted by the speed at which things unfold, the seeming lack of emotion from both characters, even when Rodrik knows what Lilith is doing to him. Some of that can be said to be Lilith’s control over him, but that doesn’t give much to telling why Lilith is there, what her purpose is and most of all, what happens between herself and Rodrik.

It’s the climax of the work, and the very last paragraph, that offers something really interesting, but it’s not at all explored. It’s a tease, suggesting there’s more to the story, but in doing so that removes the point of the climax, setting it off and away, not to be explained, or told. That’s a real shame because in spite of the overall difficulty in how the story is told, that very last page caught my attention, far more than the erotica or anything else did.

The work needs a serious editing for tense, structure and most of all the dialogue to make it sounds real rather than robotic at many points. The thing is, the last page gives a wonderful mystery and promise to explore, but the author, as of this review, has not continued this story. It’s a shame really because the idea of a paladin chasing a succubus, the two circling around each other, really interests me.

Three out of five pitchforks.

As the opening to a longer work, the story could be expanded, given more depth and give both Rodrik and Lilith more to their characters. There is something here, it’s just not told as it could have been and that’s more the shame.

 

Tera

Feb 07 2017

A Review of the The Succubus Confesses series by Xandra Fraser

The Succubus Confesses – A Paean to Priapos by Xandra Fraser

The Succubus Confesses – A Paean to Priapos by Xandra Fraser

Some of the most interesting works about succubi are ones in which the author uses history to tell a story within which succubi have a hand, or a tail for that matter, in it. Seeing the world, it’s history, through the eyes of beings that live for millennia leads to some introspective moments, ones that I really enjoy.

Some of these stories have passion others are lust. Some fall into the depths of despair and loss. Through the focus comes in not so much the sexual adventure that appears, but rather in the revealing of another way to look at history and beyond.

As this series of two works are written in a similar tone, I will list them both before commenting on the series as a whole.

The first work in the series is:

The work tells the story of:

The Succubus Confesses is a series of stories written in no particular order and intended to be read similarly. The narrator, Zuzanne, claims to be a daughter of Lilith, one of many sisters. She has lived among humans for several millennia, receiving nourishment from the vital life energy generated by her human lovers, but also giving inspiration to their endeavors.

A Paean to Priapos recounts some of Zuzanne’s early life, her awakening to awareness of the god Priapos, and her experiences at a Roman orgy at the villa of Tiberius Caesar on the island of Capri.

Suzanne tells the story of her past, the lives she has encountered and a singular truth about herself. Along the way she describes her needs, her powers and those souls found in mythology, history and passion. A world of tastes and experiences which shape her and form who she has become.

The following work focuses on Zuzanne trying to solve a mystery, the depths to which she must descend in order to find, if not solace then a measure of justice in a time when there was really no such thing.

The Succubus Confesses – An Inquisitor Meets His Maker by Xandra Fraser

The Succubus Confesses – An Inquisitor Meets His Maker by Xandra Fraser

The greatest evils are those that we bring upon ourselves. We can be awful petty things when our own hidden wants press against us. Giving into that darkness only brings more upon us. Even those with the best of intentions can stumble and fall.

In the end, the truth doesn’t always set us free, it binds us forever.

The second work in the series is:

The work tells the story of:

The Succubus Confesses is a series of stories written in no particular order and intended to be read similarly. The narrator, Zuzanne, claims to be a daughter of Lilith, one of many sisters. She has lived among humans for several millennia, receiving nourishment from the vital life energy generated by her human lovers, but also giving inspiration to their endeavors.

An Inquisitor Meets His Maker tells the story of Zuzanne’s search for her last living sister which takes her from Northern Italy to France. Zuzanne is drawn to Loudun where demons have taken possession of a convent of Ursuline nuns. On the road into France, she hears tales of exorcism, torture, and execution. She fears her sister has been caught up in the chaos of this 17th century witch hunt. When she arrives in Loudun, she finds that the fate of her sister is far worse than she had imagined.

Zuzanne tells of a tragic discovery in her past. A search for her sister brings her to an event that offers little in the way of hope for her. But the truth will not be denied, she will find it and whatever the cost, someone will pay. Along with Zuzanne herself.

The singular thing about this series that tells so much about it comes to the detail in each work. The stories are told from Zuzanne’s perspective and quite a lot of care was taken by the author to be sure her voice is clear and strong. The emotional connection with the memories allows for a wash of melancholy to pass through each tale. It’s as if Zuzanne herself is pining for the past, remembering the better things from a time where things are not so good in many ways.

She makes a statement which clearly says, from her perspective, that she is the last of her kind, the last of the succubi. The sadness in those words is deeply felt and beyond that, Zuzanne almost seems as if she’s trying to justify to herself what she’s done in order to find a reason to live.

The first work tends towards telling of passions and thrills of the past, of her own and that of her kind’s history. The detail is stunning, the stories are richly woven and touch upon the past from the time of Eden to the midst of the Greeks. There is no feeling of modern judgement upon the past, rather the stores are memories and thoughts from Zuzanne that offer a glimpse into herself when she had passion.

The second work presses upon a short note in the first where Zuzanne tells that she does not kill those she is intimate with, save for one instance and the second work explains that point and how that all came to be. Again, the story is based on history, telling of the moments that occurred during the time the story is set in.

While that happens, Zuzanne’s path to the truth is told, both sexually and otherwise. The erotica doesn’t overwhelm the story, it helps to push Zuzanne along towards the truth, whatever form that will take for her. Once to her destination, learning of her sister’s fate, Zuzanne makes a choice and she falls, for a time, into being what the legends claim of her kind to be.

There’s no rush through these stories, they take the time they need to, they tell a complete story and then leave one wondering about Zuzanne. Again, that melancholy I spoke of never leaves the storytelling and it makes me wonder about Zuzanne in the “here and now” that she seems to be speaking of.

I wanted to see more of Zuzanne now, what she’s like, who she has become. Perhaps another work might have taken things closer to the current time, to reveal what’s happened and if Zuzanne still has a soul after so much history has taken its toll upon her. While the past is complete, it’s that question of the present that makes me wonder and want more.

For the series as a whole, I’ll give four out of five pitchforks.

I dearly wish the author had continued the series, taken Zuzanne into the present, perhaps into the far future and told of how she’s changed and why. The melancholy in her character is palatable throughout the series and while some of that can be explained, there’s quite a lot not told. Recommended for the writing, the attention to detail and a reflective succubus who seems to be trying to find her own way in a world where she is so very much alone.

 

Tera

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