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

Feb 06 2017

Thinking of You By TeraS

It is, I know, becoming a regular occurrence that I am not able to write, not able to construct the story I want to tell. For that matter, I’m finding it difficult to get back to the stories unfinished, though I dearly wish to. Still, my spirit guides me into other stories, which, in some ways, tell that I’m …

 

Thinking of You
By TeraS

 

The snows had blanketed the Realm overnight, a glistening white sheen coating all that the flakes fell upon. The weather suggested—and most did in fact pay attention—that the best place to be was curled up somewhere warm, in whatever sort of entwinement was most enjoyable. The wonders of the world outside of their windows and doors gave life to something a bit different, something that only really happened when one was allowed time to actually unwind, allowed to let their minds to wander and, in doing so, allowed to discover something special unfolding.

Off towards one part of the Succubi Realm was a small home, one that sat astride two realms, one that two Eternals called their own. A place within which, on this evening, Tera was curled up with Keith, watching the snows swirl and bluster on the other side of the windows frosted over from the outside and steamed over from the inside. She held a small mug of cocoa in her hands, rolling the cup from time to time before she took a small sip, then returned to watching the snows outside once more brush against the window, attracting her attention as her thoughts … wandered …

… wandered into thoughts of her Heart and his Beloved on the other side of the fence, cherished more than any words could say.

… wandered into worries for her Song, holding her always, hoping, never stopping.

… wandered into soft smiles as Rachel’s laughter was brought along with the winds, for she was always proud of their little Sister.

… wandered into a wistful smile for Alei, holding her in love, for always.

… wandered into a bit of concern for Legion—but then that he returned the same, for that was how things were.

… wandered into a little prayer for their brother, knowing of what had been, but more knowing what could be, Goddess willing.

… wandered into a teasing smile that couldn’t be helped when Sophia came to mind, a smile which didn’t wane when Bianca did, as well.

… wandered into hope for their son, holding onto the belief for his talents, knowing the best was yet to be.

… wandered into a small shake of her hair as Rianna’s voice came to mind, with her sister Branwyn’s own right beside.

It wasn’t a list, she knew. It was just a bare taste of the thoughts she had every day of them all, but not them alone. There were the thoughts for those she’d but known in passing, but still remained with her, held in her soul. Her hopes for all of them, as myriad as the snowflakes outside her window, passed through the snows to them all … at least, that was her fond hope.

A sigh escaped her lips as she took a breath, setting the mug onto the floor. The snows allowed for time to reflect, the chance to wonder. Perhaps there was a bit of melancholy, a bit of a wan smile in time passing as it was meant to do.

Keith’s voice caught her attention, asking if something was wrong. Tera’s answer was a smile and the truth: “Just thinking about our family.”

No matter how deep the snows, no matter how far-flung the realms in which all of them were, this was something she would always do.

Feb 05 2017

A Review of Succubus Called: Part 2 by Blair Barrett

Succubus Called: Part 2 by Blair Barrett

Succubus Called: Part 2 by Blair Barrett

A review of the second work in the Succubus Called series today on the Tale. You can find my review of the first work in the series here where I shared how much I like the story, how the main characters Cassandra and Lilith appealed to me. The second work in the series builds quite well upon what came before and offers quite a lot of character development that I loved. But the mystery remains and avoiding telling all has kept my love of this work, and the characters, as strong.

The truth of those you encounter isn’t what they look like, but rather the soul within them. Sometimes what that soul needs, more than anything else, is someone to love.

  • Title: Succubus Called: Part 2
  • Author: Blair Barrett
  • Published By: Amazon Digital Services
  • Length: 37 Pages
  • Format: eBook
  • ASIN: B01N1972MR
  • Publishing Date: February 5, 2017
  • This work in Kindle Format at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

Cassandra had been rescued, but does her rescuer have her best interests at heart? Dangerous creatures stalk her, and the only thing standing between her and them is a 191 year old succubus.

Cassandra finds herself drawn a little deeper into Lilith’s life, but as well, she discovers that what she desires can be given, for a price. But that price isn’t the problem, it’s dealing with newfound desires, released into the world. Given that Lilith is a succubus, those desires can be made reality for them both.

I feel that this work is somewhat stronger and more involved than the first in the series. There’s more of a direction to events, there’s quite a lot of character development for Cassandra in many ways as well. For Lilith, there’s a bit less for her, but much of that is overcome by revealing more of her personality and some of her secrets. In the same way, while Cassandra undergoes a transformation, she doesn’t lose her charm, attitude, or personality. She’s evolving as a character, searching for who she is and what she wants most of all.

Much of the story tells of their adventure, some of Lilith’s abilities, an aching threat they need to overcome which then leads to a choice that has a telling effect on Cassandra. That change is physical, not mental or personality-wise as a whole, which I was thankful for. The author has invested far too much into Cassandra to just throw all of that away and I’m very pleased they did not.

There is one small erotic scene in the work which has a bit of an oddity to it as a whole. It makes sense, it offers a bit of direction to both Cassandra and Lilith going forwards as well. There’s a bit of a D/s theme to it, but it isn’t harsh or feels wrong for both characters. How that develops going forwards and if that has a bearing on Cassandra’s transformation will be interesting.

The humour comes out quite a lot more in this work, the repartee is a delight and I could imagine the smirks and expressions on both characters as events came and went. It’s a fulfilling story, offering a lot, and I hope that continues on. Most of all, Lilith, while a succubus, has all of the appearance of being something different from her wings to all she is. Expanding on why things are needs to happen however as the teases of the past are quite heavy here and the payoff needs to be.

Four out of five pitchforks.

How the story is unfolding is a real delight, mainly in how both Cassandra and Lilith are trying to figure each other out and what’s going on exactly. The changes that Cassandra has been through haven’t changed who she is, nor has Lilith become other than who she seems to be. Holding onto the soul of both of them made the moments of laughter wonderful. I do look forwards to seeing what comes next, I feel like there’s something coming, not the least of which is the mystery of Cassandra herself. It’s more the question of who, really, Lilith is, and what she desires too.

 

Tera

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