Jan 13 2018

An interesting Incubi Speedpainting YouTube

There aren’t a lot of images of Incubi that appear on the Tale all things considered. Mostly that is because quite a lot of such images are a bit too stereotypical for my liking. I like art that’s different, that isn’t something expected. This time on the Tale, a piece of art that is different, the characters are interesting and I’m sure there is a story to tell about them…

 

 

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The artist, Mojo chojo, posted the completed artwork on their DeviantArt site, which you can find here, and here is that art as well…

 

Succubus au by Mojo-chojo

Succubus au
by Mojo-chojo

To me, these two characters are incubi, not succubi, but the artist noted that both characters are “bottoms” in their relationships and as such the word “succubus” to them made sense. I can see that, but as a whole I feel that these are still incubi none the less.

All that said, the pair are really unique characters, there is a certain “look” to them that suggests a story needs to be told I think. We’ll see if that story finds its way to the Tale in time…

 

Tera

Jan 11 2018

Succubi Image of the Week 521

I adore cuteness, I’ve said that many times on the Tale. There’s something about succubi being cute, perhaps a bit shy, that just makes me smile. A pair of succubi for this week’s image who have, I think, adorable expressions… and their chibis are too cute by far…

The Grass Is Always Greener For The Succubi by Paprikakun

The Grass Is Always Greener For The Succubi by Paprikakun

This art is titled The Grass Is Always Greener For The Succubi and is by an artist on DeviantArt called Paprikakun. You can find the original page with this art here and this artist’s page can be found here as well.

There’s a story behind this art, just in their expressions, the little bits of cute like the bow on one of their tails, the blush. There’s a neat little tease in how they are looking at one another, but at the same time there’s a sort of ‘oh you didn’t’ vibe that makes me smile.

Amazing succubi characters, they just look right together. Lovely details, their hair, eyes, their outfits, the shaping of their tails. How Miss blue-hair’s having her bangs toyed with is just deliciously fun too.

A favourite of mine, and I’m sure will be the source of a story sometime too…

 

Tera

Jan 10 2018

It’s shiny, it’s not exactly sparkling as a costume…

Sparkling Devil CostumeShiny catsuits are a thing when it comes to devil costumes. They are, as a whole, rather present, seem to be more and more a choice and in being so there’s a need for them to look right all things considered. There’s not much to hide when you are all but naked after all. Sometimes things will work out for the best, sometimes not so much so.

This is called the Sparkling Devil Costume and it comes with the horns, the sad looking tail and the catsuit. The pitchfork and the boots are not included and it sells for $50 US. The boots, which you really need to have I think to make things look a lot better, are $99 by themselves.

I absolutely dislike the tail and the pitchfork. The horns are nothing special either. But the catsuit with the boots does work, for a look at least. A little effort taken to find a better tail and horns would well be worth it. I also think that some black gloves… and a whip… might turn this into something far more interesting than just being shiny.

It seems to be another place to start, another idea to mull over and try to take things to a better place than they are.

Ideas and thoughts have to be a good thing…

Two out of five pitchforks.

Could be a lot better, but it is a place to start.

 

Tera

Jan 09 2018

A Review of Lilin by Electa Graham

Lilin by Electa Graham

Lilin by Electa Graham

Not all stories about succubi and incubi are works of erotica. Much of the time, they tend to be the “big bad” of works with an action tone to them and that can be a difficult tightrope to walk. Done well, they can be evil creatures with evil intent. They have a plan, or goal, and in having that there’s depth to them. But sometimes they are a means to an end, an explanation for how things are, not the reason why.

For me, it’s the why that’s interesting. Simply enthralling others isn’t enough. I want to know the why, their background and their history. If the main characters have that, doesn’t it make sense their opponents have the same?

The work tells of:

Lilin demons seduce humans and take their very life essence. They are almost impossible to kill and they are insatiable. When they move into an abandoned city block in Boston to feed off the homeless no ones cares, but when they prevent a rich developer from turning the buildings into waterfront condos that’s another matter. That’s when he calls in Jael Allen. Killing demons is what she does best. She’d do it for free but this job comes with a big pay out, that’s if she can make it out alive.

Jael’s job isn’t anything like your typical nine-to-five. Being a demon hunter means you go where the action is and sometimes the action turns out to be more than she expects. Called in to deal with a group of Lilin, Jael knows she’s in trouble with them, but what’s worse is her competition and the past they share.

Overall the work is an introduction to Jael, her world, and setting up what seems to be a series to follow. The focus in mainly on Jael’s thoughts, her reactions and what happens around her. There’s little hints of mind control here and there through the Lilim when they appear which work well.

The succubi and incubi are, as I expected, rather stereotypical, but that’s really part and parcel of the work. If they weren’t then the story couldn’t unfold as it did. This isn’t erotica, it’s really action-adventure and in that vein the story works well and the characters are interesting. I’ll admit that there’s one point that bothered me, which was meant to put the inhumanity of the Lilin into sharp focus, but all things considered I didn’t feel like it needed to be in the work as a whole.

That said, the story moves at a quick pace, there’s not a lot of time for reflection as things unfold. There are moments which give a glimpse into Jael, and she’s really interesting in what’s told about her. Being dropped into the story, there’s some gaps to be told about her, which aren’t critical to the story and aren’t an issue by far. But there’s a gap in telling something more about the Lilin than what they do, how they whisper sweet words to Jael and her companion, There’s a hint of something more to be told, but it isn’t.

That’s understandable, the Lilin are a means to an end and they aren’t supposed to be much more than the monsters of the moment. Still, some of their comments, their actions and what their victims reveal, leave a lot of questions behind. It would have been nice for some exposition of some sort to play that part of the story out more.

Well written, the story is told well, the main characters have clear and delightfully sharp personalities. But this isn’t erotica and it isn’t really about the succubi or incubi themselves, even if they are so central in what happens. It’s about Jael and who she is, which is a very interesting story by itself.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

An interesting start to a series, which I hope it is. Jael might have made a lot of enemies in her time, seen a lot of things, and delving into that part of her character needs to happen more than it does so far. There need not be a recurring theme of Lilin coming back into the series, but at least, as things happen, telling more of her past would be a good thing.

Less a story about succubi and incubi than it is about telling the story of those that oppose them. It’s a fun action adventure read with a main character that I really do like. Perhaps a bit too short, a bit glossed over here and there, but the promise interests me.

 

Tera

 

Jan 07 2018

A Review of A Dish Served Cold by Grace Lovejoy

A Dish Served Cold by Grace Lovejoy

A Dish Served Cold by Grace Lovejoy

There are many stories in which succubi appear as a bit of a deus ex machina and, at least for me, that can be a disappointment. Appearing out of thin air, pushing the story in the direction the author wishes things to go and then vanishing tends to be not that interesting to me. While the succubus isn’t, as a whole, meant to be the focus of the story, it matters who they are, why they are there, and what happens.

Being not much more than two-dimensional in character leaves a lot to be desired, and being a succubus, it’s that desire that needs to be explored further. Telling more of them than just they are a succubus before moving on with the story adds something needed to a work. A reason for being and an explanation of why things are as they are.

The work tells of:

Gerry stops into his regular motel on his weekly rounds when he encounters something he doesn’t expect.

A rather unassuming man visits a hotel he’s stayed at many times before. But he’s not what he seems and fate conspires to have his secrets revealed. In doing so, his actions will have consequences, ones in which the price will be a permanent one.

The work is told from the perspective of the main character Gerry who, from the start, is one of those characters that you have a bad feeling about from the start. As things progress, as his thoughts are shared, there’s no question that he isn’t the best of people and there’s a lot he’s done to atone for.

Overall, much of the story is focused on Gary, of laying out what he’s done, how he sees others and so on. In the midst of this the work takes a turn and then the succubus of work, Belle, makes her appearance. She’s not really described in a lot of detail, there’s next to nothing beyond a vague description of her told and I thought that was a bit disappointing.

Belle is, overall, a means for the story to move in a particular direction, which it does quite quickly. There’s very little in the way of erotica, but there’s really not a place for erotica in the story overall. There’s a purpose to be told and it consumes both Belle and Gary to a singular end, setting aside any sort of character revelations about Belle beyond her being a succubus.

The title of the work tells, quite clearly of what to expect and how things end, considering the time spent in setting up Gary’s character, felt too rushed and to the point. I think more time spent in Belle revealing herself, being a succubus more than she is, would have made this more a succubus story than the story it is.

Three out of five pitchforks.

This isn’t so much a story about a succubus than it is about her prey. There’s all sorts of things told about Gary but Belle gets only to appear and then she’s a mystery. How the work ends leaves me wondering if there’s more to tell and i would like there to be.

There’s too many questions about Belle, especially her existence, that tease at me and it would help to tell a better story if more of the hidden aspects of her were told.

 

Tera

Jan 06 2018

A Warcraft Succubus speedpainting YouTube that I adore

The Warcraft Succubus is one of those Succubi characters that I have one single issue with. I really don’t like her hooves. I think she’s delightful otherwise, but those hooves really bother me, probably more than they should.

That said, there is some art of her that manages to keep what I don’t like out of things and leaves me with what I do like. That she’s powerful, seductive and most of all, she has a certain attitude that I adore. This time then on the Tale, a speedpainting YouTube of one of the very few pieces of art of the Warcraft Succubus that I do like…

 

 

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The artist, Dostwap, posted the completed art on their DeviantArt page, which you can find here, and here is that art which, I think, has so much wonderfulness to be found about her.

 

Succubus by Dotswap

Succubus by Dotswap

 

Really it is her smile, that little heat fluttering off her fingertips that is the most delightful thing here. Beyond that, the artist didn’t draw her as being “monstrous” but rather seductive and alluring which succubi are supposed to be after all. The detail is amazing beyond words, I love how her armour caresses her body, her mane of hair, her horns and all of the little touches that make her a complete character.

I still wish she had a tail however, that’s the one thing that is missing for me as a whole. I think, overall, this is one of my very favourite images of the Warcraft Succubus, possibly my most favourite of all for one reason. She’s a succubus, not a monster. That’s a telling difference.

You can find this artist’s DeviantArt page here, with more lovely art!

 

Tera

Jan 05 2018

A Review of Incubus: A Very Short Horror Story by Gretchen Grimm

Incubus: A Very Short Horror Story by Gretchen Grimm

Incubus: A Very Short Horror Story by Gretchen Grimm

There’s a certain talent in writing a story in which in the telling of what’s happening is a train of consciousness. Beyond that, trying to explain what’s happening, without necessarily telling of the why of things is that much more difficult.

Such stories can lose their way, become events without much meaning and it’s at that point where the emotional investment in what the character is experiencing that means so much more. That said, given that time is spent in gaining that attachment and creating the situation, wouldn’t it be a grand idea to write a summary that’s more than a whisper of a thought?

  • Title: Incubus: A Very Short Horror Story
  • Author: Gretchen Grimm
  • Published By: Amazon Digital Services
  • Length: 9 Pages
  • Format: eBook
  • ASIN: B078T99R1V
  • Publishing Date: January 4, 2018
  • This work in Kindle Format at Amazon.com

The work tells of:

Incubus is a story of damnation.

A woman finds herself elsewhere and elsewhen, telling of what is happening around and to her. Understanding of why, who and what is open to interpretation, but then so is the question of self and what that means.

The book summary is, I feel, tragically short and while the work itself is short as well, some more time in creating a summary is warranted I think. Given that following the main summary, the additional note of: This is a violent, X-Rated, short horror story with explicit erotic elements. Not for the faint of heart or mind tells more of what to expect. But this isn’t enough I think and this sets expectations to be quite different than they otherwise might be.

The work is very short, but packs quite a lot of story into the telling nonetheless. The work isn’t a narrative or a story which has a lot of time spent in setting up the moment, revealing the main character or for that matter, delving into why things are happening as they are. The main character’s name isn’t said, there’s nothing told about what can be seen, because there’s nothing to see. The story is entirely experienced from the perspective of feeling, of what is happening to the main character and as such there’s a focus which is quite different.

The work is described as a horror story, and while I can see that, I didn’t really get a sense that it was so much one as it was a story of understanding that becomes coopted by events. Perhaps much of that comes from not really having the emotional connection I’d have liked wth the main character. Certainly not having a reason for why things are happening doesn’t help as well.

The writing is very good, the descriptions paint a vivid picture and beyond. There’s no question there is an incubus, what they do isn’t shrouded or held aside. It isn’t erotic, far from it, and that’s the point of the work. This isn’t meant to be something with heat, it’s a tragically blunt entwinement of a soul into darkness and that is told well.

I think the telling of the story as a stream of consciousness worked, but I feel like there’s too much left unsaid and unexplored. It’s a story of feel alone with little else to drive an attachment to the character themselves. It’s well done, the writing is very good, but I found myself asking questions and not really experiencing the story as much as I think I should have.

Three out of five pitchforks.

Too short for my tastes, there’s something missing along the way. Again, this isn’t erotica, but it isn’t quite horror either. The work falls into the space in-between and in being so that makes what happens odd and lost at times. Perhaps something more of a connection to the main character, to know what came before would have helped in doing so.

 

Tera

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