Mar 12 2017

A Review of Succubi High by Barry O’Neil

Succubi High by Barry O'Neil

Succubi High by Barry O’Neil

Some works about succubi and incubi are just that little bit different to make them interesting, unique, and tell a story that’s more about the darker places within one’s soul than it is about the creatures that inhabit the darker places. Any good story being told needs to give life to the characters within the story, to have them face their fears, and, most of all, their own selves and see themselves for what they are.

Perhaps the darkest place of all is high school. Much of the time, one need not have succubi or incubi, or for that matter, any sort of evil to not have evil happen. There comes a point where one’s own soul needs to see that they are more than they believe themselves to be.

The work tells of:

Vickie Helsing and her best friend, Scott Chambers, begin October of their junior year with a fading friendship and blossoming obsessions with the wrong people. A school-wide sexting scandal gives them common cause, and with the help of friends who know only hints of what’s really going on, Vickie races to uncover the whole truth before hell’s horde bursts through the floor of the school’s cafetorium and sends her small town careening toward chaos.

High school can be thought of as hell. Some high schools are hell. The difference is when that darkness isn’t pushed back, it waits and bides its time. Then all hell breaks loose and few are left to resist what comes.

Overall this work is a mix of teenage angst and horror with a little bit of sarcasm tossed into the mix. There isn’t very much in the way of erotica, though there are hints towards that at times. For the most part any sort of erotic moments are left up to the reader’s imagination. The core of the plot, and story, is a slow building up of things turning from a typical day towards things being wrong, and then being very, very much so. At its core this work is horror themed, there are many moments of horror, some of which are teenage slasher film levels of horror, but still horror.

The characters are well developed and they change over the course of the story, not always for the better, but they do change. The hero isn’t who it seems to be meant to be at the beginning, the plots that are brought into play are a mix of modern and more ancient things that are feared. At times the story is a little hard to follow, though that can be said to be reflective of the characters themselves. Confusion is the word of the day throughout the work and trying to piece together what’s happening takes a lot of time, much like the plot and events to unfold towards the climax.

The succubi and incubi that appear are monstrous creatures, they are, after all, meant to be very dark and so they are. Again, there’s little in the way of seduction in these beings, their purpose never really quite being told fully. They are a mystery, there’s no clear explanation about why they are there, what they want. They don’t speak, they don’t interact with the main characters save to growl and threaten, over and over again.

The ending is very much a teenage slasher film ending, which borders on the edge pf being almost Buffy-like here and there. There are came very dark moments, which works, but the ending was, at least for me, expected. But while the ending was expected, there are many loose ends not tied up, there are events not closed. The postscript seems to suggest that the story isn’t over, there are several plot points left dangling and stressed at the end.

At times some of the friendship moments were wonderful, at other times things went too far into stereotypical horror. As such the story ran hot and cold for me, really a bit uneven at times, but the author did stay true to their characters and story. As a thriller, it is a bit long, a little lost at times. Perhaps some of the events needed to be more focused than they were. While the story is told from the perspective of the teenagers involved, there’s really no clear idea what the succubi and incubi wanted. Lots of questions left, with an ending that left me wondering what it all meant.

Three out of five pitchforks.

As teenage horror, the work is very well written and I can see this being made into a movie all things considered. I would like to know what comes next however, that’s a story left open and perhaps the author will explore that. They might even explain just what was going on in the first place and why. The ending, after all, only suggests a beginning.



Mar 11 2017

A fascinating Morrigan Aensland Pencil Art YouTube

It is becoming more and more rare to find an artist that creates their art in pencil. I discovered such an artist on YouTube who shared their creation of some Morrigan Aensland art that I thought was quite interesting…

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

As always, in case the video vanishes, here is the completed art that the artist shared in their video…

Morrigan Aensland by JC's Drawing Table

Morrigan Aensland by JC’s Drawing Table

This is another artwork in which the focus isn’t on Morrigan’s cleavage and as such there’s just something more “real” about this art as a result. Such interesting eyes and expression, but her hair I think is wonderful by far.

You can find more by this artist on their Facebook page here.



Mar 10 2017

A Review of Incubus by Nine Sparrow

Incubus by Nine Sparrow

Incubus by Nine Sparrow

There is, in a lot of ways, a tendency about incubus characters when they appear much of the time. Their character seems to be focused upon one need, one desire and very little else. I find that creates a two-dimensional character that doesn’t interest me. Sex alone, regardless of the heat within the moment, isn’t erotica.

The telling of the story, of the characters having a past, a story to tell, matters. To offer little tidbits of story, then pass over them in a rush to get to the next sexual encounter leaves a lot to be desired. Many times it is the untold story that offers something more than the story itself does in the end.

Lust can drive need, want and desire. But being foolish for the sake of unfulfilled lust opens the path towards one’s own downfall. The question becomes how wanton the path is, and who is hungering for the downfall to be.

The work tells of:

Emma just wants to be touched, and she finds the perfect opportunity in an old spellbook. A spell for summoning a male demon of lust, an Incubus, might be her answer for pleasures unimaginable. But will she be able to control him?

Emma’s one single sexual experience has driven her towards a telling decision. A spell cast, an incubus summoned and her needs to be fulfilled. But within need there are traps waiting and Ozozel awaits Emma to either give in or give way.

The work is a short, hot flash of erotica which does have at times some moments of story offered, but they aren’t developed or paid off within the story itself. There’s a focus on Emma and Ozozel, their encounters and what happens to Emma. The story of Emma’s needs and desires, how they drive her onwards and what happens as a result is well told. But what’s missing is, save for the very beginning, a reason as to why Emma makes the choices she does.

While Emma, as a character, is well developed through the story, her character being the focus of the work, Ozozel isn’t developed much beyond being an incubus and having a singular focus. This one dimensional aspect to his character bothered me the most, especially when the ending came. At many points Ozozel begins to offer something storywise, but it’s pushed away for the sake of Emma’s lusts which overcome all else. Ozozel is quite willing to do so, there’s no question, but in doing so the story possibilities from his character aren’t explored.

The erotica itself runs hot and cold, some of Ozozel’s actions and Emma’s keening needs are a little over the top at times as well. While Emma’s wants press her towards sexual encounters that are a bit violent in nature, the lack of real story telling as to what she thinks between the moments took something out of the erotica itself. Sex alone, at least for me, isn’t erotica. Telling the story from one perspective alone leaves something to be desired in the story telling.

The climax of the work comes very quickly, and it wasn’t really a surprise when it did. The moment is referred to, several times, and it wasn’t played out as well as it i think it needed to be. The conclusion fits well with Ozozel’s character, Emma’s end fits in the tone of the story, isn’t really out of character for her either. But it was expected, didn’t offer a really satisfying ending either. The story sort of rushes into a wall, comes to a stop and faded away and I think it shouldn’t have.

With all of the time spent in building up the encounters before, how Emma changes over time, mentally and physically, the ending I think should have taken a step further than it did. It’s not quite a happy ending, it doesn’t need to be, but how things are told seemed rushed. A few short paragraphs to end things didn’t tie the story up neatly, didn’t allow for that last bit of character development for Emma or for that matter, Ozozel to tell his side of things, or suggest more of what would be next than the single paragraph that closes the story.

The work is too short, it needs more time for Emma’s story to be told, for Ozozel to be more within the story than he is. Emma is the centre of this work, but Ozozel is too much an afterthought, an expected incubus and that didn’t need to be. There’s a good story here, but it’s too rushed and that’s the biggest shame of all.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

The ending, most of all, took so much out of the story for how expected and rote it was. A story about desires sought, needs unfulfilled and in the end, a choice made which leaves so much story by the wayside. it’s a shame that the author didn’t develop the moments between the encounters more than they were, because there’s a lot of story within those moments that I would have been interested in reading.

Sex alone isn’t a really good story, it’s the characters themselves that make things work. Emma opens the door to that story, but Ozozel never really becomes more than a means towards an end. Perhaps that’s the problem with rushing to the ending and not giving time for the story, or the characters, to become more than the erotica itself.



Mar 10 2017

A Review of Burning: An Erotic Horror Novella by Joan De La Haye

Burning: An Erotic Horror Novella by Joan De La Haye

Burning: An Erotic Horror Novella by Joan De La Haye

There are some works in which there isn’t really any love to found. It’s a mirage, a dream, one that is used for the sake of one character to use another. Horror tends to work in that manner, at its core many such stores Are about the mirage of passion which wraps itself around the core of evil.

It strikes me that, much of the time, most incubus characters are evil, having little love within them. I wonder if there’s a point to that or not sometimes.

A wish can sometimes bring about unexpected consequences. Not all love is real, not all words are true. Sometimes a silver tongued devil is exactly that, and sometimes they aren’t that much more than their words of illusion.

The work tells of:

Marcie Grove is a lonely witch. After a full moon ritual she decides to do something about the abysmal state of her love life. Making use of a powerful spell to cure her sad state of affairs, she puts her own life, as well as her coven, in danger when her apparent success brings forth a dark power with explosive and deadly results.

There has been very little joy in Marcie’s life. Little has gone right and a spell book found with her covers offers something to make one night go right it seems. But once unleashed, the devil has his own plans and Macie will be the one to suffer through them, over and over again.

The work is described as being erotic horror. but overall there very little heat, passion, or erotic moments in the story. There are some attempts at heat, but the core story tends to push them aside for something that’s more akin to being a flash of heat followed by the next bit of shock that comes along. What remains is a story of horror, with all of the trappings, and the story does well to convey that tone to the story.

What happens to Marcie, her coven, and others, is very much horror, tending to be, in a lot of ways, almost 70s horror movie moments at times. That’s not a bad thing, actually it brings the horror more out in the work by far. Marcie is drawn into things in a way where she’s taken down a path she cannot escape from and those that are connected with her seem to do a lot of things that are, overall, very much the sort of things that go wrong in  those sort of movies.

The main incubus character of the work, Gregorathan, is very bit the evil incubus from start to end. He’s very stereotypical in that, really having this personality that warns, from the first moment, that he’s not good in anyway. He’s manipulative, only really thinking about himself and his plans. When his thought come out, the level to which he has tricked Marcie is quite shocking, more so that Marie didn’t see it all as it unfolded.

There are two other characters, Gabriel, an incubus that appears for but a moment and isn’t developed as a character. Brigit is the Succubus of the story and she’s very much stereotypical to the point where her evil and manipulation a are far beyond that of Gregorathan. In all of the cases, really none of them are likeable, but that’s the point of the work afree all.

The work ends on a note which is very much a 70s horror movie ending, which made sense all things considered. Again, this is a story of horror, not erotica, and the work does well with that. But for me the issue comes in not finding one character to care about as things progressed. That comes to the overwhelming sense of hope and light being crushed throughout and that is something that I don’t particularly enjoy. For those that like horror, I think they will like this. Though looking for erotica will be, I think, disappointed.

Two and a half out of five pitchforks.

As a work of suspense and horror, the story is quite good. I can’t really see much, if any, erotica in the work, but that I think is a reflection of the characters themselves. Heat does not equal passion and lust does not equal erotica. In this work at least, that is clearly shown. I think this might make a good movie, assuming of course that the movie stays close to the book and not stray from it. But otherwise the amount of loss, unfeeling, and, at times, tragic choices made didn’t connect with me. That’s my personal presefercnce of course, I want to care about the characters. It was just go hard to do so.



Mar 09 2017

Succubi Image of the Week 477

There are so very few pieces of succubus art where the succubus in question is seen to be wearing glasses. Personally, I think glasses can be very sexy and seductive. Peering over the rim of the glasses and smiling in a “I know” sort of way has always been, I think, quite a neat look. A work this week where the succubus has her glasses on and it adds that little bit more to her personality and style being so.

Sexy Demoness by lufidelis

Sexy Demoness by lufidelis

This work is by an artist on DeviantArt called Lufidelis and you can find the original page on DeviantArt with this work here. As well, this artist’s page on DeviantArt can be found here too.

As much as her style, look, outfit and pose are just lovely, more than anything the glasses she is wearing and how she is peering over them just makes me smile. Besides this, there aren’t really that many pieces of succubi art where the succubus has a blue skin tone, which here works quite well with her clothing I think.

I love her hair, I’m a bit sad that her wings are torn however. I’m also a little confused as to why she has two different kinds of footwear, that just seems a little odd to me.

As a whole, I think she’s an amazingly interesting succubus, her expression is telling, and just how she holds herself in the image offers quite a lot to think about…



Mar 08 2017

A cute idea, but the horns need to be better…

Trance Devil CostumeA handmade devil costume creation that I think is quite nice this time on the tail, but with one flaw and those that know me will see it almost instantly. Yes… It’s the horns. Those sad, depressed looking horns…

I found this lovely costume on Etsy and the costume comes with the bikini top, the half, or full, tutu and the horns as shown in the image here. The costume itself sells for $60.00 and is handmade and one of a kind.

Except for the horns. They are the ones that keep popping up here and there and, al least for me, really look quite poor overall. I think some smaller ones would fit this look far better really, for one, and as well there’s a distinct difference I feel in how the costume looks, in that there is care and craftsmanship, verses the horns which just don’t have any… soul.

I also like the ribbons about the model’s legs and that brings me to ponder a Succubi ballerina…

That idea just makes me smile…



Mar 07 2017

A Review of Falling For The Succubus by Siren Allen

Falling For The Succubus by Siren Allen

Falling For The Succubus by Siren Allen

Recently I reviewed the first work in the Succubus Nights series by Siren Allen and you can find that review here on the Tale. In that review I noted that the story was rushed, the main character didn’t develop, or have her story told as much as I would have liked. Today, a review of the second work in the series which, while about another succubus, I think is a far better read.

I would have liked more of a connection with the prior work, though there is one. I’d have liked some of the questions that impact the main characters been explored more than they were. But overall, the one thing I really wanted, that being more time spent on the characters themselves rather than the erotica, worked well and that was a delight.

The work tells the story of:

Her name is Anika Kaleen. She’s a galactic bounty hunter. My enemies call me Death. I’m her target.

Falling for her should be the last thing on my mind. Yet, she’s all I think about. It’s ironic that the only female I want, wants me dead. She’s no match for me. Her pride drives her to continue searching for me. My feelings for her keep me from ending her life and putting a stop to this madness.

I’ve tried warning her away. I’ve tried scaring her away. Nothing is working. The only thing her determination is doing is making me want her more. I told her to stop hunting me. I told her if our paths crossed again, I would take her. She didn’t listen. She never listens. But I always keep my promises.

She wants me dead. I want her… period. Let’s see which one of us completes our mission.

It seems that somethings never change. Succubi can’t drive spaceships, for one, and while Anika wasn’t driving when she and her best friend were coming to Earth, it’s still a problem to be reckoned with. But while her friend is back to have fun, in spite of braking their ship, Anika is there on more serious business. She’s hunting for someone, but then they are looking for her as well.

The work, while having a sci-fi theme, really doesn’t dwell on that aspect of things very long. There’s more time spent on seeking out the truth, confronting one’s past, and coming to terms with the reality of the lives each character has led. As well, there’s a good deal of a supernatural theme beyond the appearance of succubi, and it’s very important to explain so much of what happens to both Anika and her prey, Dylix. It’s that exploration of both characters, who try, and fail many times, to figure out what is going on, that held me in the story.

The story allows for the characters to develop, to reflect on their pasts, and to overcome the conflict that presses between them. There’s one real scene of erotica which while having heat, actually is heartbreaking in a lot of ways when many of Dylix’s hidden secrets come out. The telling of his truth, which takes the entire work to be placed out in the open, is done very well and I think it held the story together.

For Anika, sifting through her persona, her fears, needs and most of all, the hidden past that entwines her, was amazing as well. Again, there’s enough time for her to change into a character that the reader feels empathy over. But the revelation about her past, and it’s a huge one, I think didn’t have the chance to be told as much as I wanted. Such a massive, life changing event, and what it means to Anika and her family, really has to be taken to its conclusion, but that just got glossed over a bit too much for my liking.

The climax of the work gave Anika the moment to be herself, to know herself and figure out what her truth really is. In the same way, Dylix is pushed into a corner, needs to make a choice that’s heartbreaking when it happens. The conflict is terribly sad, but it needed to be for it had to matter and I think it did. It isn’t rushed, though some moments could have been fleshed out a bit more if for no other reason than to expand on some surprising truths raised.

The ending didn’t quite work for me, mostly in that there’s a time skip and I didn’t feel that worked well. Time spent in making Dylix and Anika’s relationship, with all its challenges, would have been good to see. The ending, overall, ties up a few loose ends before pointing the series towards the next work. It works, but again, much like the first work, it’s a bit rushed in the ending and I really wish it wasn’t considering all of the time spent in telling the rest of the story.

A very good read, I liked both Anika and Dylix very much as characters. There’s a lot of plot points and universe fleshing out that teases, but doesn’t really deliver as much as I’d like. The dialogue sounds right, though occasionally there are some oddities that tripped me up a bit. A bit longer overall, a little more world building than what happened would have been wonderful. Perhaps next time there will be.

Four out of five pitchforks.

A much better read than the opening work in this series by far. There’s still a lot of background not delved into, a lot of plot not taken, but overall a far more captivating read. Allowing the main characters to tell their story made a real difference and I’m glad the author took a slightly different approach to telling this story than the first.

As much as this work was so very good, the truths about Anika’s past, now revealed, leave a massive plot behind and I’m hoping that the questions about her past are told. They really need to be, all things considered.

The third work in the series, Claimed by the Succubus, will be released shortly, and like the prior two works in the series it will be focusing upon another succubus character. I hope it will connect the two prior works together, perhaps point the series towards telling of why Anika’s past, and present, turned out as they did. Settling some of the open plots would be good, and I hope they are.

I have hopes, and we’ll see if they happen.