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.

 

Tera

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.

 

Tera

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…

 

Tera

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…

 

Tera

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.

 

Tera

Mar 07 2017

A Review of Spook and Spell by Robert Hazelton

Spook and Spell by Robert Hazelton

Spook and Spell by Robert Hazelton

There aren’t a lot of graphic novels or comic books that I review on the Tale. Mostly that’s because really there aren’t a lot of them that come to my attention as a whole. A review today of one that Amazon pointed me at, but I’m still a bit unsure as to why exactly.

The past influences the present, and not everyone is as they seem. Sometimes the larger question isn’t why, but who? That question isn’t just from looking at others however, it also means to look at yourself as well.

  • Title: Spook and Spell
  • Author: Robert Hazelton
  • Length: 45 Pages
  • ASIN: B01JNF4KVC
  • Publishing Date: August 2, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells of:

A Missing Agent. A Haunted House. Two detectives caught in the middle.

It was supposed to be a standard spook & spell, a wizard banishing a ghost. Nothing’s ever that easy for Detectives Algiers Stanton and Ophelia Dupre. Called upon to backup a relatively new Society operative, what they discover could change the world as they know it.

Two detectives find themselves dealing with a supernatural problem. But then they are as well, so that shouldn’t be a problem. Probably.

This work, being a graphic novel, places a lot of emphasis into the look and style, which is quite well done. The dialog is a little wooden, sometimes silly, but that can be, I think, attributed to the characters themselves. That said, the story itself is interesting, the creating of the characters, how they deal with each other I liked as it was something quite unexpected for me to read.

The one problem i had with the work was trying to figure out who the incubus-ish character was as he never really showed anything of being so. I think, if I had read the rest of the series, I’d have a better idea of what’s going on and why, but I came into things with this work and so I was, for the most part, lost in what was going on, the references to other characters and the universe overall.

For a story of adventure, mystery and character, this is quite a good work. As a story about succubi or incubi, really it isn’t that much of one. Perhaps there is one elsewhere in the series, but this work doesn’t have that feeling to it.

Three out of five pitchforks.

The art is quite nice, the characters are interesting. I think that if I had read more of the series overall, I would understand a lot more overall about what’s going on, who’s in the work and what all of it means. As for this being about an incubus, well, there is one, but he never really acts like one. Something to ponder I think…

 

Tera

Mar 06 2017

Pasture By TeraS

Another week of not feeling exceptionally well, as a whole. As such I haven’t been able to write as much as I would like. Still, there are little bits of story that have been jumping up and down, demanding to be told, and I suppose that this is as good a time as any to give those thoughts a chance to roam free in a …

 

Pasture
By TeraS

 

One of the quieter, more serene parts of the Realm is set quite a fair distance from the Palace, the Library or, for that matter, the tall silvery spires that make up the downtown core of the Realm proper. It is a place of rolling green hills, not quite the same shade of oh-so-green eyes that a certain red-tail is known for. Still, the green is lush and radiant, with winds that pass over the grasslands making the tall stalks wave about, for the most part, occasionally turning the blades of green into strange and yet beautiful patterns to contemplate.

From afar, the green seems unbroken, endless, uniform in its appearance. But, from time to time, if one is paying attention, there is a glimpse of red among the green. On occasion that flash of red darts from place to place, a skittish thing, whatever it might be. It seems to come closer, towards the viewer, then turn and bolt off once more into the pasture, leaving a wake behind like that of a boat passing through water.

The beauty of the pasture called out to a particular few in the Realm, but it was the red, that mysterious flash that appeared from time to time that attracted Tera to the pasture. She and the red had a relationship, in a way, if not quite an understanding. That relationship had been forged in fire, a fight for the freedom of the red that was never meant to be. Some might go and chase the red, rush after it in the belief that they would chase it down, bring it to heel, to submit to the one seeking. Some didn’t quite understand what the red feared, had been through, what it had lost and why.

Tera did. She’d been there. But, even so, the red didn’t always trust. The brunette had learned patience: the art of standing on the edge of the pasture, waiting for the red to come closer, to see her, to feel that it was safe to appear. She’d also learned that it was wise to bring an offering, if not a treat. Thus, the Queen of the Realm stood in the midst of a pasture of green, holding in one hand an offering for the red to consider.

It always was a surprise when the grass parted and Tera would find herself being examined by a pair of deeply black eyes. Her own green ones would look back, open and accepting that she wasn’t the one to decide if the moment was to continue or if it would come to an end. Her breath held, her tail stilled as she waited for the choice to be made. There was no rushing the red when she was in a mood—much like Tera herself, truth be told.

Tera easily saw her quarry now, the one she’d come to know in their flight from what had been to how things were now.

The one she called Night.

Time passed slowly, then Night let out a sharp snort before turning away as if she had made a decision.

Tera called after, softly: “Come on, Night … Don’t you trust me after all we’ve been through together?”

The reply was a nudge with a wet nose before the carrot vanished from Tera’s hand, being enjoyed as Night’s shiny black eyes regarded her as she cautiously brushed a hand lightly over her host’s flank. Her long sigh didn’t mask her memories as she remembered finding Night, setting her free, being chased through worlds until they’d managed to come home to the Realm.

The Queen didn’t expect any thanks for what she’d done, but was surprised when Night flexed her wings in the midst of relishing her treat and neighed lightly. She’d finished the small delight, but didn’t run away, seemingly content to allow the contact offered. Unlike so many winged horses, Night wasn’t what the legends spoke of them to be. Her mane was a black deeper than the darkest of evenings, as was her tail. But it was clear she was not as she was meant to be, the red that painted her coat marking her as cursed to some, to others something far worse. Some said she was now a Hell Horse; the licks of fire around her hooves threatened to burn the pasture with their heat, or so it would seem to those that didn’t understand what she was and what she wasn’t.

Tera didn’t see Night as what others claimed. She saw the creature harmed by no fault of her own. Being shunned by her own kind, not wanted, not being able to join with the herds of winged horses roaming the universes—a fate that the succubi found she understood better than most could, she thought.

Their moment together passed. Night shook herself before turning back towards the pasture, the solitary home she’d found in the Realm. Tera watched her disappear into the thick grass, once more a shadow in the colour of life, dwelling within, waiting.

The Queen of the Realm turned away, starting on her own path towards home, thinking about her Night and what the future might bring, a bit of sadness for not having seen Night in the air, but still glad that she’d had a moment with her equine friend.

On the edge of the pasture, a snap of a twig made Tera look behind her to find Night staring with her black eyes. The moment held as a wide pair of black wings drew wide, sweeping towards the ground. For a moment, just the slimmest of instants, a lost winged horse took to the air before returning to the ground.

Wet eyes brought accompanied a whisper: “Thank you.”

As the red vanished into the green, a little bit of hope grew that this pasture would behold the most wondrous of things …

… a rebirth.

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