Jan 07 2017

An interesting piece of Succubus Sculpture…

Succubus Bust Sculpture by LaCreeperieSome time ago I came across what I think is a rather unique piece of Succubus Sculpture. It’s no longer available, but nonetheless, I did want to share my find nonetheless.

This Succubus Bust Sculpture is by an artist on Etsy calling themselves LaCreeperie. I found this art here, but this link likely isn’t working any longer.

According to the original listing, the sculpture weighs about two pounds and stands a little under fourteen inches in height. The sculpture is created from urethane resin. The sculpture is hand made, hand painted and is one of a kind.

I think this is a striking piece of art, most of all from the expression that this sculpture has. It seems a mixture of seduction and a kind of royal presence that just works really well.

If I was to commission something like this, I’m not sure that the horns would be quite as large, being that I like smaller horns for the most part.

But here, in this overall look, I think they do work quite well…

 

Tera

Jan 06 2017

A Review of The Job Swimsuits Her by Zayna Noble

The Job Swimsuits Her by Zayna Noble

The Job Swimsuits Her by Zayna Noble

The author Zayna Noble has been publishing quite a lot of works with succubi characters in them. Those characters are interesting, I think there’s a lot of depth to be explored, stories to be told. But as as whole, many of the stories aren’t really stories about the succubi themselves, even it the titles suggest they are.

I’ve reviewed several of their works, and I’m quite sure I’ll be reviewing more of them in the future as well. I’ve found, at least for me, that one of two things happens in their works. Either the story is, actually, about a succubus, or it isn’t and the succubus is a means for a transformation, gender of otherwise. When the latter happens, the problem I have is that the succubus tends to be far more interesting than the main character is. The work I’ll review today is one of the latter by far.

The story is about:

Mike is desperate to get into the Beach Party of the century for Spring Break. Only the hottest of hot people are allowed, and past a giant wall is a ratio of ten women to each man! He’s worked his ass off to lose fat and gain muscle just for this! Even so, the party admins don’t think he’s attractive enough to enter.

Thankfully, a friend of a friend hooks him up with a succubus that may be able to help. Not only is Derora insanely gorgeous, she also dabbles in modern magic, enchanting items that can pass on incredible effects to their wearers. The plan: to give Mike a pass to act as a lifeguard for the party. There’s a catch, however. The pass will only work if he turns into a hot girl!

Derora presents Mike with a little red bikini that turns the buff man into a curvy woman! Under the name ‘Mikayla’, entering the Beach Party is a breeze! All seems well until she’s assigned lifeguard duty at the very end of the beach, where not a single hot babe is celebrating.

Enter Ken, a dashing human, and Daron, a minotaur built like a truck. The two men are sure they can keep Mikayla entertained…

Mike wants in on a beach party, but he doesn’t make the grade. Desperate, he comes into contact with a succubus that offers him a way in. A deal made, a swimsuit to wear and Mike becomes Mikayla, a sexy lifeguard who finds herself needing to save a lot of guys in all sorts of interesting ways.

The work at its core is a gender transformation story that has a succubus being the catalyst for that transformation. As such, it isn’t really a succubus story, which is a shame, because Derora, the succubus of the work, has possibly one of the more interesting pasts to tell, but doesn’t. Beyond that, the idea of a succubus lifeguard is so delicious, but isn’t explored. As well, Derora’s personality is wonderful, as long as she is within the story, and it really disappointed me when she vanished into thin air, being forgotten until far later in the work.

The gender transformation is written as well as others that the author has written, having some good heat when it happens. It is, however, a bit rote in that some of the emotional context and reactions read very familiar compared to other works. That said, there is some sense to things, the reasons work, the results aren’t over the top or silly. Mikayla is her own character, there’s some really good interaction before the erotica comes into play and I liked that. She wasn’t just in the pages for the sake of being bent over and used either.

The erotica has heat, about the same as other works, and it isn’t impossible erotica either. The gender swap gets buried underneath Mikayla’s personality, really it’s forgotten, much like Mike is, until the very end of the work. It’s at that point when a question is asked and it was one that I had been wondering about since Derora mentioned it. It would have been nice to see what that deal was, what Mike would be made to do, but it doesn’t happen. The story ends abruptly, offering the question to ponder and leaves the story hanging on that point.

I would have liked to have seen the story continue onwards to finding out what comes next. I’d like to have known more about Derora herself than was revealed. The story isn’t really about Derora, and I understand that, but when a character appears that’s interesting, has personality, teases and leaves the suggestion she’s more than she seems, it’s a shame not to make use of that. Saying there is a succubus in a story, and she’s seemingly very important to it, to me means she has more of a presence than to toss a bikini at another character and then smile as they leave.

Three out of five pitchforks.

A gender transformation story which has some moments of heat, but while that remains a strong point for this author, I didn’t feel like this was one of their better works. More so, teasing Derora, offering a slender hint of who she is, and then ending the work on what is a really important question, left me wondering. I’d like to see a story about Derora herself, or at least to tell more about her. Really the idea of a succubus swimming lifeguard interests me. Perhaps that will be a story we’ll see sometime.

 

Tera

Jan 06 2017

A Review of Dahlia the Demon by Danielle Voelkel

Dahlia the Demon by Danielle Voelkel

Dahlia the Demon by Danielle Voelkel

The creation of a story needs a setting, a reason for why things happen. They cannot just be, exist, or snap into being. Some kind of grounding needs to exist, to push the characters towards a goal, a moment, something.

The universe works in mysterious ways, something that can, when the moment comes, change things. For the better or worse depends on who is asked. Not everyone can be happy, but then, not everyone has to choose not just their fate, but the world’s as well. But there is a truth, if one can see it, which can point the way.

  • Title: Dahlia the Demon
  • Author: Danielle Voelkel
  • Length: 55 Pages
  • ASIN: B01DR71A1A
  • Publishing Date: April 1, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The story is about:

Dahlia and her brother Kai, both demons, are sent to an unsuspecting small town by the Council to perform a Corruption, but things go bad when Dahlia meets Jarlen, a human, and starts having emotions that demons by law are forbidden to have. When their father comes to inspect their work as Head of the Demon Council he has to decide whether or not Dahlia’s crime deserves exile which to a demon is the same as a death sentence. Lovers from three different worlds find themselves changing the future of Heaven, Hell and Earth in this thrilling story where destiny is rewritten through the power of love. And what happens when she meets William, the angel that has been watching over her for centuries without her knowledge? Will he let her know she’s been his consuming passion for as long as he can remember?

Dahlia isn’t like anyone she knows, mortal, angel or demon. There’s something different about her, something odd that has always been nagging at her thoughts. When the truth comes out, she needs to make a choice with no seeming good end. Not all choices are obvious and in making a choice, she might find the impossible made real.

This is a work of romance with a dash of adventure and some mystery, the largest mystery being Dahlia herself. While the focus is on her, there are quite a few minor and major characters that pop in and out of the story that have a hand in pushing, or driving, Dahlia towards her so called destiny.

The work reads a bit scattered, mainly from the shifts in setting and events that happen. Dahlia is thrown from one event to the next, seeming without end, and without much in the way of understanding or time to digest what’s going on. Even when Dahlia has to make a choice, there’s really not much in the way of explanation. She tends to act and the events that come from doing so end up causing her no end of problems.

At one point, Dahlia appears to be using the powers of a succubus on a mortal woman, but whether she is a succubus, or just a demon alone, is a bit shadowed. As the story progresses towards a confrontation and the aftermath, Dahlia changes physically, but not otherwise. There’s a lack of character development overall, really being limited to a few choice moments in the work, but not as an overall transformation of her character.

While this is a romance, there’s not really a lot of heat in the storytelling. There’s more passion in the battle for Dahlia’s life, in her needing to overcome. That in itself is interesting, and it tells a good story. Where the issue comes is the speed at which the story rushes from one moment to the next, from one conflict to another and so on. Something’s missing in the storytelling and that feels like the lack of some kind of control as to the telling of the story. Time to reflect before continuing onwards. A pause in the action to gather the plots helps in understanding. Sometimes that’s missing here.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

Much of the story is well told, but there are points at which the story becomes a bit sidetracked and lost. Some more focus, a little more time spent in the telling rather than the reacting, would have been nice. More time spent on Dahlia’s world, other than Earth would have make for what comes towards the end of the story make more sense.

 

Tera

Jan 05 2017

Succubi Image of the Week 468

I do rather love Succubi that are cute and fun. I think that if there’s a smile, a bit of fun, that they are so much more interesting. Sometimes I come across an image that simply calls out to me and this does for this week’s Succubi…

Succubus by changha lee

Succubus by changha lee

This work is by the artist Changha Less and I found their work on DrawCrowd. You can find the original page with this art here on that site.

There is just so much to love in this artwork… The hair is amazing, her smile is wonderful and so very cute. The outfit she’s wearing is deliciously fun with just the right touch of being playfully seductive as well.

Her overall look, in her body shape, wings, tail and horns, all really fit together exactly right. She really does look like the succubus-next-door and that just makes me smile…

 

Tera

Jan 04 2017

Possibly the oddest Devil Costume of the year

Red Devil Zentai CostumeI think I have found a devil costume, it isn’t a succubus one by any means, which might be either the oddest thing I have ever found or… something. I’m just not sure what exactly.

This is called the Red Devil Zentai Costume and it comes with the suit and horns, the pitchfork does not seem to be included, not that it matters any.

It seems to be selling for about $75 US on the two sites I found this costume on.

While I do understand there is a particular sort of costume lover that like the concept and look of a Zentai costume, I have seen many others that look much better by far.

The entire look just seems very… cheap. It really does nothing for me, seems to be almost a caricature in a way. The tail looks like a piece of string, the horns are odd looking as well.

I think there has to be a costume in the same theme that looks better than this at least. But there’s another way to look at this.

There are all kinds of red Zentai suits to be found, so why not buy a plain one, then add some fishnets, a corset, decent horns and a tail and, perhaps, if not the fishnets, then some thigh high boots?

It would look better than this wouldn’t it?

Zero pitchforks out of five.

Nothing here and let’s hope the rest of the year gets better than this going forwards…

 

Tera

Jan 03 2017

A Review of War of Lust by Sierra Lee

War of Lust by Sierra Lee

War of Lust by Sierra Lee

It’s a rare thing when Succubi appear in a swords and sorcery story and they are actually allowed to be seductive, use their powers to tempt and cause others to fall to them by lust instead of by sword. I like that theme, keeping Succubi from just being fodder and making them something more.

But it’s a problem when they appear, for but an instant, then are driven away, lost in the background, never to be really part of the story again. As a plot device, that’s one thing. But when one of them is named, there is history between them and the main character, and it isn’t explored it’s disappointing. More so, it’s an opportunity lost to tell more of a story.

The work tells of

A lone warrior struggles to hold out against an army of succubi. He wants to survive long enough to return to his wife, but the enemy would make defeat oh so sweet…

Simon fights in a war against an Incubus King with the most dangerous of weapons at his hands. Legions of Succubi wash over the lands, ensnaring all they encounter. But Simon has one desire, one wish, one need. Tested, pushed beyond his limits, what comes next isn’t what he expected when a cry for help turns into something more.

The work is a very short fantasy about a warrior fighting his way home and the encounters along the way. Simon’s character is complex, interesting, and what drives him is very telling and important to the work. There’s purpose to things, the events that happen and as a sword and sorcery story, it does that well.

The issue that I have with the work is that there are hints of other stories, name dropping of other characters, but those stories aren’t explored, only teased. One prime example of this is a succubus that Simon encounters called Riala. She’s a power onto herself, it’s clear she’s someone important that Simon has battled against before. But she appears for two paragraphs then vanishes into the ether. Simon mulls over their encounter, in one short thought, then the story moves on. Similarly, the Succubi in this work are a major threat, they are said to be so, and yet there is, again, but one short passage in which one succubus appears.

Being that the work mentions Succubi specifically, that Simon is effected by their powers, as are several other characters, it’s a shame that they aren’t more present in the story. The focus here is on Simon struggling to return home, to fight his own lusts, pressing onwards by the force of his will. Being that his is the main character, that makes sense. But along the way, there are side stories and plots that appear, tease, then vanish into thin air leaving little to nothing behind.

In a lot of ways, sections of the work read like a summary of the past, suggestions of the present and vague ideas of the future. It does work, it allows for a delightful erotic scene at the end of the work which I enjoyed, but there was something missing and for me that came to the lack, as a whole, of succubi. The singular appearance of Riala alone just asked for her and Simon to encounter each other, at the least, have a flashback or something to offer a suggestion of who she is. Saying she is a powerful succubus is a start, but needed to be more.

The writing is very good, Simon, his wife, and Linda, a warrior that Simon encounters, are amazing characters without question. The main plot tells a very good story, but the side plots that aren’t explored take away somewhat from the focus that otherwise needed to be on the main one. The work is, again, very short, and honestly I think just from the side plots alone, this work could be four times the length it is. Telling a story needs depth and it’s floating on the edges of this work, I dearly wish there would have been more story, more succubi and, overall, more told of the world and the characters mentioned in passing.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

There’s a hint that this is the start of a series, called The Last Sovereign, and I really hope that happens because offering characters like Riala, then really doing nothing with her, is disappointing. In a lot of ways, the story reads like the summary of a quest, skimming over so many moments and events, but never paying off on them. While there are succubi, it is fleeting and honestly more a plot device than anything else. Considering the “threat” they are, telling that story further would be interesting and I hope it is for the promise I see.

 

Tera

Jan 03 2017

A Review of Red River Song by A. R. Mummey

Red River Song by A. R. Mummey

Red River Song by A. R. Mummey

It’s necessary for characters to grow in a story. They can’t remain static in the face of their world changing. While there can be reasons for that, leaving a character in the depths of despair with no hope is a sad thing. More so when that is a weapon to be used against themselves.

Some monsters hide themselves with beauty. A layer that covers the dark they are. They can be powerful and seemingly unstoppable. However, even something dark can be hurt with enough light.

The story is about:

Lorelei Abrahms knew she’d never be famous. She’d never change the world. Lorelei’s just an introverted college student losing faith in her dreams as her life plods onward with no meaning. That is, until she discovers she has strange powers and someone wants her dead. When Lorelei first sees the sparks coming from her hands, she worries it is all in her mind. She tells her best friend Heath, but he seems more interested in separating her from Patrick, a classmate she cannot keep off her mind. After being nearly killed by Thea, a succubus disguised as a college student, Lorelei learns she and her closest friends are Gifted, or sorcerers, and Patrick and his family are Sang, also known as vampires, though no one uses the common terms.

Somehow, she must control her new powers and unite the Gifted, the Sang, and the Dark, the Gifted’s opposing faction of sorcerers, to defeat Thea. Unfortunately, Thea is much more than just a succubus and no faction is safe on its own.

Lorelei’s life sucks, there’s really no way else to explain it. An encounter with an odd student leads into an odder relationship and then all hell breaks loose. Now she’s not sure about herself, her reality, or what’s going on. Worst of all, there is something evil that wants her and Lorelei can’t get an answer on what to do next.

The main character, Lorelei, seems to have one emotion throughout this work and that seems to be a complete lack of self assurance. She just doesn’t see anything of value within herself and even when she learns that she is more than she could have imagined, that nagging self doubt keeps hammering into her. It’s hard to see much in the way of her character developing as a result and as such it’s difficult at times to see progress in the story.

The characters that surround her are in the same way lost in many respects. There’s so much strife and loss that simmers in them that the work just lays about waiting for the conflict to start. Before that the story treads on what is almost a romance, but a lost one. When the story turns towards the real plot and things get complicated, that odd feeling remains. Lorelei and everyone around her just cannot find their footing and when the real evil appears, the train wreck begins.

The character Thea is described as being a succubus, and she does display some mind control powers and some seductive qualities. It becomes more fascinating a story when her past is delved into, the connections made, and the questions about Lilith, Eisheth Zenunium, Naamah and Agrat Bat Mahlat in this universe come into play.I rather liked how important they are, what they represent, and the hidden aspects that come out over time.

Thea is, as a whole, an evil force of nature with very little character otherwise. There’s no question she’s evil and Lorelei’s discovery of who she is opens up some interesting mythologies to explore. She’s cruel, uncaring of anything save power, and seems to have no other thoughts but that goal. As such she’s a little two dimensional in that aspect which is a shame because considering all she has done I expected her to be more whole rather than the creature she is. That’s not to say she isn’t a threat, she’s a very clear one, but she could be less of a willful villain and more of a scheming seductress. The hint is there, but it isn’t played out fully.

The writing is very good, the characters are complex and the interwoven plots I enjoyed as they unraveled. I just found Lorelei too lost as a main character overall. There’s a lack of belief in herself and I have the feeling that’s on purpose and caused by other forces. The sparks of life from time to time are fleeting and could be more. I think there is, I just would like to see a little bit more hope within Lorelei than there is.

Four out of five pitchforks.

The only thing that I didn’t really enjoy was the overwhelming lack of self that Lorelei shows through the story. Even when she started to see what she could do, there seemed to be no way to get out of the life long funk she’s been in. In many ways she is static from beginning to end. Considering who she is up against, that needs to change when the series continues.

Sometimes faith isn’t everything. Belief in yourself is.

 

Tera

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