Jul 05 2017

A lot of black but not much else in this costume…

Female Demon CostumeI find quite a lot of costumes that just haven’t a lot going for them. They seem to be almost castoffs, missing that little spark of being something different, even if they are not really all that sexy in the first place.

This is called the Female Demon Costume and it domes with the dress, the wings and supposedly a pair of horns as well. The pitchfork and boots are not included and it sells for $35 US.

I get more of a vampire trying to be a devil, and certainly not a succubus from this costume. It’s uninspiring, well into being trashy as an overall look. The hem of the dress is awful, how the dress is shaped makes it look even worse.

The wings are silly, the horns are as well. The cowl just makes things worse, sending this into new levels of mixed up costume design that doesn’t know exactly what it wants to be in the first place.

Another example of a costume that does nothing for me, isn’t something I would consider, and I can’t see any sort of way to make things even slightly better.

Zero pitchforks out of five.

Pass this by, find something else. There has to be other options… somehow.

 

Tera

Jul 04 2017

A Review of Immortal Pleasures: Sexy Snacks 1 by R.C. Edwards

Immortal Pleasures: Sexy Snacks 1 by R.C. Edwards

Immortal Pleasures: Sexy Snacks 1 by R.C. Edwards

The most frustrating thing is when a work appears that offers the beginning of a series and then nothing else comes afterwards. It’s more so when the characters are fun, the erotica has lovely heat, and the mystery that awaits is something you’d like to see the story move towards.

Origin stories need to tell a story that’s more than explaining what’s going on. If that happens, and there’s characters, events and moments that make things captivating, then something special comes into focus. Having that start to a series offers so very much, but never knowing what comes next is disappointing when tire’s so much promise in the first place.

The work tells the story of:

Charming and heartbroken Isabelle Rowan is your every day woman, until she meets Devon Mortell, a man with a secret so big it will destroy everything she knows about herself and the way the world works. Sexy Devon is driven to protect her once he unleashes her raw passion and begins an orgasmic storm that will not just leave them both breathless, but in deadly danger.

Isabelle’s life is about as ordinary as it could possibly be, but a dinner fling at her mother’s connects Isabelle with Devon who she can’t get out of her thoughts. But Devon holds a secret, one that involves Isabelle deeply. Things are never going to be the same and Isabelle isn’t so sure that’s a good, or a bad thing.

Isabelle, the main character, is wonderfully complex, having a deeply told history, relationships and past that add a lot to the story that comes. She isn’r perfect, there are many flaws and problems for her to deal with every day. But at the same time there’s a sense that she feels like there’s something else going on, but she can’t put her finger on it.

It’s that question of what else is happening that drives this work forwards. The various subplots twine around each other, some of them merging and creating paths towards something larger and certainly dangerous for Isabelle to face. At times she’s very lost, occasionally well out of her depth, but that’s part of her charm. She’s not totally hopeless, but there’s an undercurrent of missing something within and that is what draws Devon to her and starts the work to rush headlong into the main plot.

Devon the main incubus character of this work, doesn’t really come out with a lot of detail about himself, his past, and the overall problems that Isabelle is facing now that she’s “become”. He’s very much a cypher, a mystery and while that’s attractive, and Isabelle is attracted to him, it left me wanting. It’s clear there’s more to be told about him, but leaving much of that information to be told by a secondary character seemed a bit wrong overall.

The flashes of erotica have good heat, are wonderfully sexy, but don’t stray into being over the top or silly. There’s a real connection between the characters, and I liked that very much. The exploration of both Isabelle’s powers and what that does to Devon, and vice versa, is a delight to read. Even in the moments where Isabelle is dealing with her own needs and wants, there’s a warm feeling of desire, not a wild overwhelmed creature of lust and that worked quite well.

There are a few very small editing mistakes, mainly involving using similar sounding words in the wrong way, but that’s a minor quibble. The story tends to fall into the minutia of what’s going on quite a lot, many of those details seeming to have little meaning to the overall story arc. As such, the story drags on occasion, but that’s overcome by the heat of the erotica, the mystery of Isabelle and just who Devon is.

While really there’s no resolution to any of the plot points, nor should there be considering that the work was to be the opening of a series, there’s a feeling that a scene of two was dropped out, leaving some comprehension to the wayside. In spite of this, the characters have depth, the story is enthralling and the work does leave a need to see what comes next. But that never happened, at least at the time of this review.

Four out of five pitchforks.

It’s a shame the author never continued the series, nor is there any sign of their website or anything else. There’s a good story here, it begins well and offers quite a lot overall. Sadly, the rest of the story, it seems, will never be told.

 

Tera

Jul 02 2017

A Review of Tall, Dark and Deadly by Kharma Kelley

Tall, Dark and Deadly by Kharma Kelley

Tall, Dark and Deadly by Kharma Kelley

One of the things that I’ve had problems with in the past has been the appearance of characters that are partly vampire and partly incubus, or succubus, in their nature. It comes to there never really being given a lot of thought as to how that works, exactly. Sometimes however, there’s an explanation that makes sense, creates some interesting questions and leads towards the telling of a story that’s something quite unexpected.

A review then of the first work in a series by Kharma Kelley in which there’s so very much to love. Well written, complex plots and two main characters that are amazing and along the way, the background of each makes sense and that, more than anything, made things more than I had expected them to be.

The work tells the story of:

Chloe Hunter can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Incarcerated by The Bureau after running amok for a century with a gang of vampires, grifting and terrorizing humanity, she’s ready to make up for her dark past. Luckily, when The Bureau would rather see her at the end of a wooden stake, in comes her new straight-laced boss, Ethan Raines who’s got other plans for the enthralling ex-con. An enigmatic vampire who finds Chloe’s hybrid blood and sexy street prowess too irresistible to pass up, Ethan requests The Bureau to release her into his custody to protect the streets of New Orleans. Now, her debt to society is to punish other supernaturals who break the law and bring them to justice.

When Chloe’s old gang involves her in a plot to unlock a mysterious box of woe, she’s forced to make some hard choices that threaten to betray the trust of the man who’s given her a second chance at life and love. Ethan may have his work cut out for him in Tall, Dark & Deadly, the first steamy blockbuster in the Agents of The Bureau series!

Chloe’s made some decisions in her past that she’s not proud of. There’s been a cloud over her and when she comes face to face with Ethan, that cloud starts to rumble. Ethan’s trying to help her, but Chloe’s never been able to really trust someone. When push comes to shove, it’s not only Chloe that’s going to have to trust, Ethan will have to find a way to trust himself around Chloe.

The work mainly focuses on Chloe, her past and the situation she finds herself in. The plot is very complex, having several subplots, red herrings and in being so, while there are moments of passion and joy, its the little hints around the edges that caught my attention. As this is the first work in the series, there’s a lot of world building going on, and for the most part there’s just enough of that to hang the plot on. However, there are quite a number of characters, races, and past incidents that are glossed over a bit too much for me.

One of these comes to Ethan, the incubus of this work, and his past. While he explains, to a point, what he is, how things came to be, there’s little detail and the moment goes by in a rush. Part of that comes from the situation, there’s a need to get through this part as quickly as possible, but in the same way, a flashback, or something, to explain some of the connections he has would have, I think, given more depth to his background.

Ethan isn’t a stereotypical incubus, nor does he have horns or a tail. But around that, his powers are well through out and not seen in a way that’s expected. I liked that because it makes him unique and interesting. In the same way, the short reasoning as to why he came to be offered something not often told, which is a really good explanation of how it’s possible to have an incubus/vampire. That’s not always explained well, and knowing the why mattered here.

As a whole, the work is a mystery-adventure but there are a few passages of erotica along the way. As with the rest of the story, they are well written, aren’t silly or crass. There’s delicious heat, a real connection between the characters, and the consequences of each moment aren’t forgotten later in the work when they really do matter. There’s no rush for the erotica to come to the climax and that give time for the characters to make the connection between them.

The buildup to the climax of the work tells a deeply involved story, which I liked. When that moment comes, it’s a bit rushed, but overall there’s meaning to it, there’s a point as to why things happen that draws a lot of the plot threads together well. The conclusion however draws in a lot of new characters at the last moment and I wished there’d be more time to tell those stories. They matter to Ethan, there’s a lot of past to be explored, but those moments are summaries and that leaves a lot of questions never brought to answers.

Overall a lovely story, the main characters are wonderful, the story is well told and the heat ties things together well. While Ethan is an incubus, and there are moments of he being so, it’s more of a vampire story than an incubus one. But Ethan’s incubus side isn’t forgotten and matters, so there is an incubus story here, a unique one that I did enjoy.

Four out of five pitchforks.

A fun story that has some moments of suspense and wondering what comes next. I liked both Ethan and Chloe very much, but I really do wish there was more told about Ethan’s past than there was. That said, there are incubi in this universe, and a mention of succubi, so perhaps that will mean we’ll see a succubus appear sometime.

I think that would be interesting, especially if Nathan has to deal with her, or she deal with him. Or for that matter, what Chloe would do.

 

Tera

Jul 01 2017

The Realm celebrates Canada’s 150th Birthday

This year the 150th birthday of Canada arrives and as is tradition within the Realm, the immensely talented Poet Laureate gifts us with another verse in the wonderful version of O Canada that he has been generously creating each July 1st… And so, with my eternal thanks, a cherished tradition continues…

 

O Canada!
No Realm, but one nice land!
True patriot love in succubi command.
With playful hearts and glowing eyes,
quite mischievous and free,
above our bangs our horns shall rise,
O Canada, for thee.
Gorgeous and glad, glorious and free,
O Canada, we swisch our tails for thee.
O Canada, we swisch our tails for thee.

Incubi, too,
stand proud, tall, and erect
(watching their mates results in great effect)!
Their tails reach out to wrap around
the beauties whom they see,
arousal in each sight and sound
sets their libidos free!
He touches her, Eternal-ly!
Make Canada the Realm and set it free!!
Make Canada the Realm and set it free!!

In Canada
we try not too make spills,
and, in the Realm, we first break stiff men’s wills.
We don’t approve of making mess
that’s not necessary.
With huggles we get more success
(what fireworks we’ll see!).
We’ll tie and rub to set you free;
send Canada upon a lustful spree!!
Send Canada upon a lustful spree!!

Come closer, dears;
our scents are in the air.
You’ll be seduced, and we’ll not leave our chair!
Your Queen is neat. Ours has her beat
in sexuality.
Both Will and Kate will feel so great
once they stop in for tea
(or Diet Coke). Just watch and see.
O Canada, we’ll rev your royalty!!
O Canada, we’ll rev your royalty!!

Will Canada
hang on to all its dough
while other lands have economic woe?
Those succubis have tempting eyes.
One look, we think of sex!
Not one pays out; one stare, one pout,
she instantly collects.
Their bonds bring sweet maturity.
Oh, Canada, cum into solvency!
Oh, Canada, cum into solvency!

In Canada
state secrets do not leak.
No Snowdens here
to dig them up, then speak;
but succubi, were they to try,
would get them in a blink.
It’s no surprise; the coolest spies
melt, babbling, at a wink.
With one soft kiss, they’d take a knee,
and, Canada, they’d give the Realm your key!
O Canada, they’d give the Realm your key!

O Canada,
your capital is hot.
Your leaders, though . . .
. . . most definitely not!
How could Rob Ford be so adored?
He’s one big, sweaty mess!
Our Queen is cool, makes thousands drool
in her red summer dress.
Cum, vote to live harmoniously.
O Canada, enjoy all we can be!
O Canada, enjoy all we can be!

Hey, Canada,
are you sure its July?
Grey, chilly, damp;
when will we see blue sky?
No cloven feet, but we’ll bring heat
and warm you one by one.
With horns and tail, we never fail
to make warmth so much fun!
Friends from the Realm thaw you with glee.
O Canada, we’ll get you hot quickly!
O Canada, we’ll get you hot quickly!

O, Canada!
As Britain takes her fall,
folks to the south
may make you want a wall.
Some orange-haired types make us scared:
could we act quite so dumb?
The Brexit mess suggests a “yes.”
Or we could make you cum!
Give us your votes and minds today!
O Canada, the Realm’s a better way!
O Canada, the Realm’s a better way!

O Canada:
one hundred fifty years!
You call that old,
and worthy of grand cheers?
Such time goes by for succubi
and they’re not yet full grown;
for centuries, with practiced ease,
they’ll make you pant, beg, moan,
hard and on edge, peaking so strong!
O Canada, we’ll fire you up so long!
O Canada, we’ll fire you up so long!

 

 

Happy 150th Canada Day to all!

 

Tera

Jun 30 2017

A Review of Succubus Sex Tales 1 by CJ Masters

Succubus Sex Tales 1 by CJ Masters

Succubus Sex Tales 1 by CJ Masters

Sex alone is not a story, at least not a good one and certainly it lacks in many ways if one is looking for interesting characters. Describing sex isn’t telling a story, it’s sort of like watching an adult movie and then trying to tell someone that hasn’t seen the movie what the porn stars are doing as graphically as possible.

A review then today of a work with three chapters, three different encounters with the same succubus character who tells of each one. But while that part of the story is told, the story of the succubus herself isn’t and that’s a problem. Sex alone doesn’t make for a good story, and three short, fleeting moments do not make for good heat or allow for something more important. A story to be told.

It tells of:

A succubus who isn’t there to hurt you? A succubus who likes to be spanked? A succubus who enjoys rough sex? Please this succubus and your dream girl will be back for more!

Jezebel tells of three encounters in which her needs as a succubus are fulfilled in the most dirty ways possible of course, because that’s what she enjoys the most. Being what men dream of can be fun, but her delight appears when they come for her.

The work is a series of very short hot flashes that tell of Jezebel appearing to three different men and what each wants from her. The heat, at least for me, wasn’t much so and that mainly came from the speed at which each encounter passed, the feeling that little time was spent in developing Jezebel as a character.

Jezebel is a succubus, there’s no question, but she’s never seen as herself. She’s always appearing as someone else, be that a fantasy that doesn’t exist or a need that is seen every day. She talks about her need to feed on each man, what they give to her, but there’s nothing much said about her real form and that was a shame. More so, it’s clear from her actions that she isn’t a stereotypical succubus, which I liked, but there was no attempt to explore that part of her character, which left a lot of story untold and disappointed me.

The story is told very quickly in each part, there’s almost no time for setting up the story, laying out what Jezebel thinks outside of being the right form for the man she has been attracted to. As well, in one part, she mentions she’s been coming back to one man, but that story is skimmed over on the way to still another male dominant porn film scene with little meaning other than Jezebel getting what she wants in the end.

The work tries to be erotic, but the scenes are told in a rush, are more porn than erotic overall. There’s some bare hints of story, thread that I really wanted to know more about, but they were seemingly dropped in for the sake of doing so and not much more. Jezebel is interesting as a succubus, but she’s not developed as a character and she really needed to be.

The work needs one more editing pass, certainly to have more story told as well. The erotica meds more heat, more passion and there’s not the emotion that there should be at times. But Jezebel herself is the real shame, being a succubus isn’t who she is and that’s the story that was missing for me.

One and a half out of five pitchforks.

The work is far too short, really only a trio of adult movie scenes barely connected together. There’s no development of Jezebel, no real understanding of her personality, needs or anything else beyond the point of her needing to feed from those she is with. That’s a problem because sex alone isn’t a story and this work is mainly sex without a story to tell.

I’d like to know more about Jezebel, to see who she is, what her thoughts are beyond that of mostly drooling over the snacks she is about to enjoy. Telling that story with some heat would be far better than what’s here. As bits of movie scenes, there’s something here, but as erotica with a story, the work falls far short of what it could have been.

 

Tera

Jun 30 2017

A Review of Confessions of a Succubus: Volume 1 by Barbra Spencer

Confessions of a Succubus: Volume 1 by Barbra Spencer

Confessions of a Succubus: Volume 1 by Barbra Spencer

There are, of late, quite a number of stories which are told from the perspective of the main character, who happens to be a succubus. Being placed into the shoes, or horns, of the character can work, if there’s something to attach one’s interest to, or if there’s something in the words that has depth, or power to them.

It’s much harder to read a work where the character tends to speak in a monotone. Where there’s little power in their words or actions and even when the inevitable erotica appears, there’s nothing which really holds one’s attention. Tone matters as does plot and characterizations. It’s not enough to tell the story as it is to give the reader a reason to care about what’s happening.

If there isn’t then what’s left is a story without any real purpose or point and that, for me, leaves a lot to be desired.

The work tells of:

A succubus is a demon in female form or supernatural entity in folklore (traced back to medieval legend) that appears in dreams and takes the form of a woman in order to seduce men, usually through sexual activity. The male counterpart is the incubus. Religious traditions hold that repeated sexual activity with a succubus may result in the deterioration of health or even death.

The work’s summary really tells nothing about the work itself, so a better summary I think might be: Charira is a succubus with one thing on her mind. To create as much chaos as possible while having as much fun delighting in the mess she creates for those she encounters. Wrecking lives is almost as delicious as claiming souls and when both are possible, then Charira is more than pleased at the outcome.

The work is told from the perspective of Charira, the succubus of the work. She’s very stereotypical in her actions, almost to the point where I could see what she was going to do before she did so. There’s a kind of aloofness to her tone, a complete lack of compassion, understanding, or for that matter, personality as things progress. There’s really very little told about Charira herself, what she looks like, or anything that made her really attractive as a character to me.

In a similar vein, the erotic moments of the work really don’t have much in the way of erotica. There’s little to no emotional context, the moment passes far too quickly and it’s very hard to call the scenes a hot flash for how little heat there was in them. There’s a rush in the storytelling which doesn’t give the story all that much time to develop itself or tell more of a story about Charira herself.

This, most of all, is what’s missing in the work. There’s an undercurrent about Charira’s past, but that’s not explained very much, if at all. There is an appearance of another character at the end of the work which suggests a larger tale to be told, but they don’t amount to anything. Then comes, at the end of the story, Charira being very stereotypical in her actions to the point where it made the rest of the work seem like it was lost and looking for a reason to get to the conclusion.

There’s little in the way of a direction for the story, there’s no emotional tone to the words as well. There’s a need for editing to just give something to the work that’s missing here and that comes to the need for Charira to be a character that’s more than just a succubus looking for her next pray, which this work seems to be much of the time. This all makes the story a very bland read and it was, as a whole, very difficult for me to focus on the story all things considered.

That shouldn’t have been, not the least of which being that Charira’s main power seemed to be one of possessing other characters to make things happen. That could have been really interesting, but it wasn’t. This theme isn’t explored, the moment is told in an off-handed way and then the story rushes off to see what chaos Charira can make happen next. Things shouldn’t have go that way, there could have been more time spent in building up Charira’s moves, setting things up and so on. The emotional impact of her actions doesn’t really come out either, most of the characters being so dearly two dimensional as to be barely in the work.

The work needs a serious editing simply to make things read better. There’s so little life within Charira’s character, to the point that the words of the story seem to be in a monotone. There’s no real passion in the moments, there’s little in the way of telling a story overall. There’s more focus spent on the sexual encounters than really telling a story and that’s a shame.

Charira didn’t interest me and that mainly was because there’s nothing in the work that really connected me to her, or the other characters as well. The work is very much a stream of consciousness, but with nothing emotional to latch onto.

There could have been something better here, and I think in a lot of ways editing would have made a real difference most of all.

One and a half out of five pitchforks.

The title of the work seems to suggest there will be further works in the series and if there are I’d really like to know more about Charira herself, about why and how things work for her as a succubus. Sex alone, even with a little bit of embellishment, leaves something missing for me. Charira could be really interesting if there was more story, more depth and most of all, more point to what otherwise is a story looking for itself and, sadly, not finding it.

Oh, and the author might be well served to have the book cover be something better than it is, or how it is displayed.

 

Tera

Jun 29 2017

Succubi Image of the Week 493

The artist DanteWontDie is an amazing artist, and I’ve shared a number of their artworks here on the Tale over the years. For this week’s succubi, I’m going to share a delightful work of Morrigan Aensland art they created. There’s just something about how this artist draws Morrigan, especially in her expression, that amazes me every time.

Come on Sugar by DanteWontDie

Come on Sugar by DanteWontDie

 

You can find the original page on DeviantArt where I found this artwork here, and this artist’s DeviantArt page can be found here as well.

While Morrigan’s pose seems a little odd, it’s really her expression that I really like here. The detail in this art is amazing, the textures in her costume, hair and horn are wonderful, which really is a mark of how talented this artist is. But it’s amazing how piercing Morrigan’s eyes are as they peek out from under her bangs.

Once again, a work of Morrigan art that expresses her personality, power and more.

 

Tera