Jul 11 2018

I may have another set of horns to dislike

Devil Mistress CostumeOver the past little while there’s been the appearance of a pair of… well, they are silly looking shoulder horns with the most awful means of attaching them. That said, I’d thought that perhaps I’d come to the end of having to see them. But, as many will know with my never ending search for a non-trashy succubus costume… They have returned.

This is called the one-piece Devil Mistress Costume and it comes with… well, the shoulder horns and the dress. Shoes are not included and it sells for $90 US.

I still can’t see why they can’t make the straps red. I know they won’t match the dress, but honestly the straps look ugly, they do nothing for the overall look.

The dress isn’t a complete waste and really just adding a reasonable set of horns would make this barely palatable. But this just looks wrong and I think the model’s expression here says a lot by itself.

The dress could use a better hem as well, though that’s more my dislike of ragged lines on a dress.

Overall I get the feeling that they had some spare dresses laying about, threw the shoulder horns at it and called it a day. It’s disappointing in so many ways, but most of all the list price of this “work of art” just doesn’t match up with other possibilities in this price range.

Two out of five pitchforks.

The dress isn’t overly awful, but the shoulder horn straps are.

 

Tera

Jul 09 2018

Moongazing By TeraS

A bit later this week will be the birthday of a dear friend. He might expect that there would be no marking of the moment, little in the way of remembering that important event. But the thing is, I’m not one to overlook moments shared when …

 

Moongazing
By TeraS

 

For Elliot …

 

Night in the Realm takes on aspects that offer shades of truth and vision. That is to say, for some, the night brings encounters where they see stars or other heavenly bodies which may or may not be found in the charts that map out the constellations above. Others never see the skies, the lights of the Realm being, in some places, just enough to overcome the stars, covering them in a haze of light and leaving those entwined in their own passage through the heavens to their own devices and discoveries.

But not all parts of the Realm are covered in lights; not all places have their own glow to captivate one’s attention without looking above. They are few and far between, but, for some, it is these places, and these moments, that open far more than the universe. They provide something more precious, more treasured than can be explained in words themselves. It is the actions which tell volumes.

Few in the Realm visit the Royal Astronomical Observatory. Fewer still know why it is located where it is. The Palace grounds lay some distance to the south of the Observatory, the centre of the Realm quite some more distance beyond that. One might, however, on a crisp, clear day, when the winds blew the tops of the tallest trees in the right way, catch glimpse of the snow-white tip of the main dome marking the building proper. A bare handful know why, precisely, there is but one path to what is called “The Sanctuary,” why the land upon which this all resides is called on the maps … “Moongazer.”

And only two know, in truth, why all this matters so.

The moon over the Realm waxes and wanes throughout the year. Much of the time the colour is a crisp white. On occasion there is a blue moon; some think that happens when the Queen of the Realm is feeling blue, but she only ever answers queries about this with a bemused smile.

Once a year—but only once and only on one specific evening—the moon rises from its sleep and begins to travel across the darkening sky as the sun bathes itself by the Lake of Fire. In that moment when sun sends arcs of red across the horizon, the moon turns a particular shade of red that is very reminiscent of a certain red-tail herself. Rather than rising high into the sky, the moon seems to hug the curvature of the horizon, almost like a ball being propelled across a table. The reddish hue remains, shadows of light and dark flickering over the valleys and peaks of its surface. The moon seems so large against the mountain ranges which seems to support it, the waters of the Lake like glass reflecting the moonlight in reply.

In the midst of this celestial dance, a solitary figure makes her way across the Realm. It is summer, but the warmth of day is slowly dissipating as the night’s cooler air seeps into the land. High heels have given way to flats: the path is, after all, made of rough gravel, not meant for sharp heels or similar things. This is a time for reflection, for consideration.

Tucking a lock of wild ebon hair behind one ear, she recalls the first hello, the moment which gave rise to all the moments that came after. The sound of the gravel underfoot seems to punctuate the moments in time: dearest expressions of something shared and desired, but in a way that gave new means to understanding what desire is; words spoken and written which seemed so simple and yet contained truths shared that no other words could.

Eventually the path begins to curve, to encircle the focus of her travels this night. In the depth of night now fallen upon the Realm, through the forests which surround this dearly-held place, brief glimpses of rough hewn stone topped with gleaming white panels appear. Curiosity drives all beings, the quest for knowledge even more so. As the tree line gives way, the quiet reverence of the temple to the celestial spheres makes itself known. Framed in the moon, curve below echoed by curve above, the symmetry of the universe, on this night, is made clear. She pauses there, on the edge of this “Sanctuary,” looking on the scene.

Crossing over the boundary, she doesn’t take the path towards the gates of the observatory, but rather she continues around the side of the circular building, on the circular path. Following the arc, the moon soon slips free of its dance partner this night. Off in the distance, an old wrought iron park bench now comes into view. Beyond that, just coming around the edge of this temple of both passion and reason, her Dearest appears. She notes his expression from afar, being sure that he could well reflect upon her own. Neither had brought burdens with them, being sure that the other was there and, in truth, this was all that mattered in the moment.

As in their first meeting, as in every one since, the moon, stars, and space await their arrival. The universe holds … not its breath, but rather its time. Everything could wait for the moment to be.

The embrace is loving, gentle. Words are not spoken, for they aren’t needed in this. The embrace gives way to holding hands, regarding each other. The time they have is all that matters, the time given comes and goes and is cherished for all that it allows these two souls passing in the night. The moon’s light bathes the scene—not to overcome it, but to illuminate the pair in their gathering of thoughts and emotions.

The bench is cool beneath as they settle in for the night. Fingers laced, he brings her hand to his lips, touching lightly. Her ebon mane drapes to the side as she rests her head upon his shoulder, their eyes watching the performance of the moon beyond.

The heart of the moon, marked in the sky, is matched by the hearts of two souls in understanding, moongazing both above and below, the passage of time held in the perfection of night, moon, and stars.

That is why the Observatory is up here. That is what these two friends discovered together: in the Realm, passion and reason walk hand in hand, hold each other like lovers, merging and never letting go. This Sanctuary is where these two intertwined souls may hold one another and observe their attachment playing out throughout this universe, and where, each year, they can grow with it and help it grow.

This is the dearest of moments held between two dearest of friends, in moongazing, but much more.

Jul 07 2018

Another interesting Succubus art speedpainting YouTube

Another of the many Succubus art speedpaintings that I find on YouTube today… I think the character design here is quite unique and overall there’s just something I really like about this character’s overall look…

 

In case you cannot see this video here on the Tale, please try this link.

As always, in the event that the video disappears from YouTube, here’s a screenshot of the completed artwork.

Succubus Speedpaint by BeccGM

Succubus Speedpaint by BeccGM

You can find this artist’s Instagram here, if you’d like to see more of their art.

She has a really unique look, I do think her outfit has a little bit of a Vampirella look, though the design has some neat little bits of flair and design that add a lot to it. Neat horns, her expression is somewhat quizzical I feel, perhaps even in contemplation of something. Her wings seem to melt into the background, a neat touch too.

The glow of magic from her fingers is interesting as well, a question of what is happening in this moment I wonder about. If that’s before she strikes or just after she did and is looking upon what the result was.

I also find myself wondering if she’s wearing thigh-high boots or stockings or… something else. Perhaps that’s the Vampirella I’m getting, but the hint of red makes me think it’s boots…

A lovely work and I was delighted to discover this artist’s creation…

 

Tera

Jul 06 2018

A Review of A Kiss of Forlorn Beauty by Matthew Bran

A Kiss of Forlorn Beauty by Matthew Bran

A Kiss of Forlorn Beauty by Matthew Bran

Short stories, especially very short stories, come with a problem that’s hard to overcome. The story needs to develop, the characters need to have some kind of conflict or issue to overcome. It doesn’t really work when that development is skimmed over at best or at worst just summarized.

Basing a story on a well known tale isn’t a bad thing, but when the story turns away from the expected, it should then delve into why things are, who they are and perhaps most of all, why it matters. Tragedy comes in many forms, it should not stand alone when there are other emotions playing in the fringes of the story.

  • Title: A Kiss of Forlorn Beauty
  • Author: Matthew Bran
  • Published By: Amazon Digital Services
  • Length: 9 Pages
  • Format: eBook
  • ASIN: B07FBBJ59G
  • Publishing Date: July 6, 2018
  • This work in Kindle Format at Amazon.com

The work tells of:

A young woman falls in love with a prince- an incubus who needs her for her beauty.

Melrose’s dreams tell of both a fantasy and a promise even as her reality tells of a future which she fears. A choice will be made, of which she has no control over and when that moment comes, the dream will be both a dream and a nightmare.

The book is very short which honestly is a real shame as there’s a lot of character, plot and events to get through in a very short period. As such, many events are glossed over and there’s something lost when that happens. The beginning offers a good story with the possibility of mysteries to unravel, but isn’t given the time to do so.

The work really needs to be a lot longer, mainly in what comes towards the latter part of the story. It reads too much like a summary and with all the possibilities in the work, that’s a real shame. The ending isn’t unexpected, considering that the Prince clearly says what will happen. But that’s the thing isn’t it? He could have made another choice, possibly going as far as to transform Melrose into a succubus.

Honestly that would have been an interesting turn of events. Still, this is a variation on the Beauty and the Beast theme and I think as such it works really well. But it isn’t an incubus story at its core. This is a tale of love cursed and it does tell that story with the right feelings of loss and impeding crisis.

But the ending is as expected, which is a shame and it is the last lines of the book that, for me, are the most sad of all. It is a statement of action by the Prince which, had he seen past his own flaws, could have meant a better ending. If not that, then there was another path through dreams which would have been good, if not perhaps as heartfelt. Regardless of which path, either would have been more telling than the rote ending that appears.

I think however that the author should take another look at this work, expand on the story when the Prince and Melrose are together and tell that more than it is. A bit of joy would add a lot to things as a whole.

Two and a half out of five pitchforks.

The work could use some editing and expansion, I think doubling of the length would make this a far better read than it is. That said however, there is emotion and empathy which I did like as the story came. But it is short, it really isn’t much in the way of an incubus story as well. More detail, more character development and most of all, more story told would be something good.

 

Tera

Jul 05 2018

Succubi Image of the Week 546

Succubi portraits I think are some of the most interesting images to be discovered. The artist has to put into a tight, closeup look everything that the succubus is and leave the rest to the viewer’s imagination. They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul, and in the case of this week’s image, I think that holds very true.

Succubus by XxSheeranxX

Succubus by XxSheeranxX

This work is titled “Succubus” and is by the artist XxSheeranxX on DeviantArt. You can find the original page on DeviantArt with this work here and this artist’s page can be found here.

More than anything else, it’s her piercing eyes that hold the image together. Lovely deep and reflective, there’s something about them that hints that she’s seen, and been, through much and has stories to tell if one would care to listen. Beyond that loveliness, her hair is strikingly vibrant, the accents of her jewelry and the hint of her collar frame her really well.

How her horns merge with the colour of her hair is really interesting, how things fade out towards the edges also gives her a kind of etherial edge which adds that little bit more to her look, which I really do enjoy.

There’s an air of power, or determination about her and that’s interesting because it’s only her expression and air we can see. The balance is left to the imagination, and as she is a succubus, I think that’s very poetic…

 

Tera

Jul 04 2018

A Devil Costume that looks right is a delight to find

Demon CorsetAnother find on eBay today on the Tale and really it is a combination of several items for sale there. The colours match up, the look is wonderfully sexy and there’s just something about the overall look that appeals to me. Perhaps more than anything else, it’s that this looks right, isn’t tacky and offers something wonderfully unique.

This isn’t a single costume, but rather it is a series of times that I found on this eBay seller’s site. With some searching you can find the corset, the gloves and the wig on sale there. The entire collection came to a total of $65 US at the time I was pricing things out.

I think this looks amazingly well put together, everything matches so well and it’s delightful that the look isn’t over the top at all. There’s a neat medieval look that works well, the studded accents fit and the wig works quite well too.

As something for cosplaying, I think this is a neat idea and otherwise for Halloween this is such a unique look that it will turn heads.

Four out of five pitchforks.

I’d have liked a skirt of some kind, and I do think that thigh-high boots are a must as well. But as a start to things, it does really well…

 

Tera

Jul 03 2018

A Review of Taken By The Succubus: An Erotic Gender Bender Story by The Pen Writer

Taken By The Succubus: An Erotic Gender Bender Story by The Pen Writer

Taken By The Succubus: An Erotic Gender Bender Story by The Pen Writer

There’s quite a number of works which have succubi involved in gender transformations of others. It’s becoming a real trope along with futa succubi appearing, if perhaps a bit more numerous. That said, gender transformation brings with it the changing of a character and the impact it has on their personality. Telling that story doesn’t always go well, there are times when fingers are snapped and “that’s how things are.” But really that’s a bit of a misconception and leaves out some important questions.

Character change is both development of the old character and the creation of someone new. Where that concept takes the story can either work well or lead in a direction that leaves a lot to be desired.

  • Title: Taken By The Succubus: An Erotic Gender Bender Story
  • Author: The Pen Writer
  • Published By: Amazon Digital Services
  • Length: 17 Pages
  • Format: eBook
  • ASIN: B07F7Y6WCF
  • Publishing Date: July 3, 2018
  • This work in Kindle Format at Amazon.comNo Longer Available

 

The work tells of:

James is a college student who has a confidence problem. Because of this, he lacks the courage to ask out Sarah, his dream girl, on a date. As a result he is always in a sulky mood. Then one day things change. He finds himself transported to a mysterious island. At first he thinks its a dream. But when a mysterious woman called Jezebel turns him into Jamie – a young succubus who is overfilled with confidence, he begins to look at life in a new way.

James is at a loss in many ways, the wants war with reality and when it really matters, he never quite gets what he wants. A poor choice brings him to the attention of Jezebel who transforms James into Jaime, and the new creature’s anger and need overcome all else.

The work is a hot flash with really not that much heat to be found. It’s very much a gender transformation story with a bit of succubus transformation added to spice things up. As it is a short work, there’s really not a lot of time spent in developing the characters. Much of the story deals with action and reaction with little given to growing the story beyond the building anger that boils within Jamie.

That is, for the most part, the issue with this work. Jaime’s anger issues overcome everything else and in doing so there’s so much story lost along the way. There’s little told about Jezebel, next to nothing given to build up the plot outside of the transformations and hints of mind control from time to time. At some important parts the story moves into something of a summary of events and doesn’t detail them very much.

While there are the appearance of succubi and they are mentioned, the work is less about succubi than it is about the gender transformation and the consequences therein. Once transformed, Jamie isn’t so much a succubus as she is an angry little thing seeking revenge. I found that to be somewhat boring as things happened and I don’t think they needed to be.

The work needs editing to tighten up the narrative, correct several tense and plural issues as well. There’s also a need to build more into the story than there is, mainly because events spiral out of control and if some time had been spent in Jamie dealing with her anger and becoming less of a wild thing and more of a plotting seductress, I think that would have made for a better story.

The ending is very abrupt and quite unexpected as well. I don’t think it worked well, certainly it mad some sense with what happened prior to the climax. But it wasn’t a satisfying conclusion, it offered a tepid resolution and a forecasting of Jamie’s future that was quite sad and disappointing.

Two out of five pitchforks.

The story’s focus on anger over all else bothered me in that there was opportunities for taking Jamie in more interesting directions. While I can see where that anger came from, it takes away from the temptation aspects of the work. The transformations are interesting, but again they lack something because of the anger issues that Jaime can’t overcome.

There’s the core of a story here, but it can’t get past Jamie’s anger which overcomes everything else. The work is no longer available, but a rewrite to create more conflict between Jezebel and Jamie, time spent in making Jamie more of a focused creature than one driven by anger, would be a good place to start and make a better story overall.

 

Tera