May 27 2016

A Review of Incubus: An Intense Novella by C. De Melo

Incubus: An Intense Novella by C. De Melo

Incubus: An Intense Novella by C. De MeloStories

Not all stories written about the Succubi and Incubi tell of beings that, in some way, actually care about others. They can be aloof, cold, even spiteful. But being what they are, less so, who they are, can hide their true selves away.

That in itself can be a good story, but when the same can be said for the mere mortals that encounter them, the story can be quite a lot more complicated. Not everyone can show their true selves and survive, to be the same as they were.  Choices need to be made, regardless of all else, to one’s self be true.

The work tells the story of:

Mia is obtaining her PhD in paranormal studies in Edinburgh Scotland. After moving into a new place, she discovers that she is not alone. Something strange and erotic starts happening to her at night- and her body is reacting to these nocturnal episodes in a manner she has never imagined. Could this dark dalliance end in danger? Her attractive professor, Craig, may be her only hope.

Mia encounters two things she didn’t expect when she came to university. One was the crush she has on her professor, but the more troubling one is the nightly visits she has been having from… something… since she moved into her new apartment. A lesson told, a demand made, and Mia finds herself encountering an Incubus that has plans for her, whether she likes them or not.

This work is a slightly different approach on the theme of a woman encountering an Incubus in that there’s a distinct point to the story in how the Incubus, Shemhazau, is first seen to be and then, when the truth comes out about him, how different the attitudes are between mortals of the here and now and being of another age that cannot understand them.

Reflected in that is Mia’s own uncertainty which over time becomes somewhat of a barrier to her. While that is mainly to draw her story towards a conclusion which is at odds with Shemhazau’s plans, it doesn’t overcome the simple point that Mia has made her own choices and will continue to do so. She’s very strong within herself, once she makes up her mind, and there’s no point in the story where her character goes back upon itself.

While the work’s title speaks of intensity, that doesn’t really come out overall. There’s a very light piece of erotica, some moments of anger and strife, and a telling scene which makes complete sense all things considered and what Mia understood of her situation. The work’s story is really that of Mia’s relationships, her life, and an encounter which, when explained, becomes more than troubling. It becomes life changing.

This makes for a very well told story, but the ending leaves something to be desired. It reads very much like the ending to a television drama in which the things to come are mentioned, suggested, and left open-ended in something like a summary. With all of the care taken with all else, the ending that is shown doesn’t quite live up to the story itself and that shouldn’t have been.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

The ending left me wanting in a lot of ways and considering how good the story is overall, that’s a real shame. I wasn’t looking for everything to be ended nicely, or completely, but in telling of what might be to come in a bit of a roundabout way, that felt like a way to get the story to an ending and not to the finish.



May 26 2016

Succubi Image of the Week 436

One of the more strikingly unique works of Succubi art today on the Tale. They say that reality is what you make of it. I find that this art has quite a lot of ‘reality’ and in being so that makes it something quite unique when it comes to Succubus art…

Succubus1-WaterColour-wash by herarip

Succubus1-WaterColour-wash by herarip

You can find the original page on DeviantArt where I found this work here and this artist’s page can be found here.

I really like the ‘reality’ of this art. By that I mean she doesn’t look impossible, out of the realm of what makes sense in the real world. In a way, she looks like a model who just happens to be a succubus and I rather like that idea.

More, like that her tail and horns are well matched to her body shape, pose, and expression. There’s really nothing that feels out of place here, and in being so that adds to the ‘reality’ very well I feel.

That idea of a Succubus as a model is something that I should wrote a story about sometime…



May 25 2016

I’m not sure I see the alluring in this costume

Alluring Dark Devil CostumeAnother example of a costume who’s name I find hard to connect to the costume itself. Still, perhaps there’s more to this than is obvious at first glance.

This is called the Alluring Dark Devil Costume, it sells for $25 and, like last week’s costume, there’s really no other information about it available.

For those that might have noticed, yes, this is in fact the same costume as last week’s, the only difference being that this one has no red at all.

In truth, I like this version slightly better than the first one mainly because the black works together. The horns are still lousy, the overall look is still trashy and I’m not overly fond of it.

But really removing the red changes the overall look and if nothing else, that helps this look slightly less trashy.

Still nothing that I would buy, it still gets a low mark.

Two pitchforks out of five.

At least it doesn’t look completely wrong in all aspects which is something…



May 24 2016

A Review of Lilith by Keith Vlasak

Lilith by Keith Vlasak

Lilith by Keith Vlasak

Stories about Lilith can take quite a number of different twists and turns. Some of them are outright horror, others try to find meaning, scope, something to define her. The most interesting stories are those that make one think about Lilith, who she is, her personality, why she is.

But something that isn’t really touched on enough are those beings that are connected to Lilith. How do they relate to her, what happens when they meet? And more to the point, why would Lilith have anything to do with them, or for them. What happens when one is freed and the other wishes to be?

  • Title: Lilith
  • Author: Keith Vlasak
  • Length: 29 Pages
  • ASIN: B013N8BC5C
  • Publishing Date: August 8, 2015
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The work tells the story of:

Lilith, who looks barely 18, is the wife of Satan, and bound to wander the earth for eternity — only she has a plan. Lilith’s sister, The Shekinah, the goody two-shoes, is trapped in a bloody Nazi medallion. If she can free her sister, maybe her sister will help Lilith get free of her bonds.

Lilith encounters a man who, unknown to him, holds her sister imprisoned. She uses herself to try to gain what she needs, but instead finds that she holds not what she expected, but what she has given to herself.

This work is a little bit different in that the story isn’t told from Lilith’s perspective, but rather from another’s who isn’t revealed until quite late in the work. By doing so, the story seems a little odd, almost as if we are looking over the shoulder of Lilith and the man she encounters. There’s quite a heavy melancholy throughout the story, in truth all of the characters are dripping with it, but that doesn’t hurt the story but rather reinforces who they are.

This isn’t a work of erotica, not by any means, nor does the horror of the work really overcome things either. It’s more of a “moment” than anything else in which some truths are revealed about each of the characters. There is a certain disbelief in Lilith, a small piece of light in the man, a telling contradiction in what happens along the way. Lilith expects something to happen, as, at least to her, that is how humanity is. She expects to have to give something to get something as she has been made to do.

But the work doesn’t tread that path, it finds a new one that I think told a must more powerful and captivating story. It isn’t quite innocence but in the story there’s a moment where all of the characters have to see who they are and why. It is what each of them does with that moment that tells the most.

Lilith is a very strong character, her soul in the work is very old, tired, worn. She thinks she knows the world, believes that in taking the action she does that she can have what she wants, and the resolution of that plot is both tragic and saddening.

The characters are very well told, the story itself is quite interesting. There are some moments were the details of the story overcome the plot and the characters. When this happens there seems to be some confusion before the story continues onwards. While it does add to the tapestry of the story, some of the details, especially in the beginning, seemed to be there for no real reason.

A thoughtful work, one that did make me pause and consider and that is always a good thing to have.

Four out of five pitchforks.

Quite the different sort of story, one that travels in one direction, turning to another, and along the way some interesting truths are revealed. There are a few difficult passages, but they don’t overcome the inherent storytelling which is very good. Perhaps a little short, a bit lost along the way, but in the same way, that is true of the Lilith of this work as well.



May 24 2016

A Review of The Naughty Succubus Part 2: Mysterious Beautiful Strangers by Becca Lusk

The Naughty Succubus Part 2: Mysterious Beautiful Strangers by Becca Lusk

The Naughty Succubus Part 2: Mysterious Beautiful Strangers by Becca Lusk

A review of the second work in The Naughty Succubus series by Becca Lusk today on the Tale. I reviewed the first work a short time ago and found that the mystery surrounding the characters interested me, but the author needed to edit things a bit more than they had done so. As an aside, the author sent me a revised copy of the first work in which much of the flaws were dealt with and it made for a better read overall. Following this I had high hopes for the second work in the series and what that might reveal.

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is listen. In doing so there are answers to many questions if one is willing to do so. But listening isn’t done in isolation, it needs to have two sides to the conversation. Being wrapped within one’s self, or, more tragically, unable to say the words needing to be said can make things harder than they have to be.

  • Title: The Naughty Succubus Part 2: Mysterious Beautiful Strangers
  • Author: Becca Lusk
  • Length: 26 Pages
  • Publishing Date: May 14, 2016
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The story tells of:

Trip Taylor had met the most gorgeous woman he had ever laid eyes on. And she had brought him to a new level of ecstasy that he had never even thought possible to exist. But if he went to sleep satisfied and happy last night, he awakens wary and curious in the morning. And this woman’s charms, great as they may be, aren’t enough to shake the fact that something is very wrong.

Who is Gabriel? Why does Trip keep having images pop into his head of things he has never experienced? What do they have to do with this beautiful stranger who seeks to only give him unnatural pleasure? And how is she affecting him physically? There must be some correlation why he feels so weak. Trip must find these answers, but in order to do so, he must first begin to understand how to ask the question!

Trip awakens to find that the events of the night before weren’t a dream, her name is Krys, and finds himself drawn deeper into the mystery that is her, and himself for that matter. Something seems very familiar, but he cannot understand why. Krys isn’t telling him everything and the answers aren’t coming all that quickly. But someone will be.

The work continues to build upon the mystery of the first work in the series and in doing so offers some vague points to think about which lead to all kinds of questions needing to be answered. While Krys is a little bit more defined as a character in this work, Trip remains, for the most part, an enigma which becomes more and more complex as the story unfolds.

One of the more interesting points for me was Krys’ reaction to something that Trick says and I think that offers the possibility that Krys isn’t a stereotypical succubus, not that it has been evident before, but the reaction seems to suggest something that I personally like to see in succubi.

There is a scattering of erotica in this work which I felt was better written and more “real” than the prior work’s scenes were. The passions are written well, there is some lovely heat, and as the scene closes, it doesn’t vanish into thin air to be forgotten. There was a point to understand which leads to more story and plot and that worked really well.

There are a scattering of minor spelling mistakes, but clearly the author has taken more time to edit their work. The dialogue is a little wooden still, a little odd sounding here and there, but again it isn’t to the extent of the previous work.

The work is short and it teases what seems to be a lot of plot threads to carry on as the series progresses. I think the two works might have been better served to be combined into one work and then allow the series to continue onwards. There’s not quite enough in each by themselves, but read together there’s some very good story here.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

The work builds well, tells a little bit more about both of the main characters, but leaves quite a lot of mystery still only barely touched upon. These are good things by far, but the dialogue still needs some polishing, the narrative could be more involved. It is a real improvement over the prior work, but there’s still something missing in the telling.



May 23 2016

The Roses Never Stop Blooming by JHB

Tera honors me by sharing some of my simple words today. She and her Eternal also gave me and my beloved a rose bush that grows on our side of the koi pond, which inspired this piece. Dear friends are often the flowers in our lives, and the dearest friends, those closer than family, are the most precious, most wonderful. Sometimes, when life is harshest, they are pruned back, but we know that, between good friends …


The Roses Never Stop Blooming
by JHB


There hadn’t been much snow in the winter, but there was plenty of cold.

There hadn’t been many storms, but there was more than enough damage.

Outside, in the gardens by the koi pond and in the Realm, the soft rains and increased sun had warmed the earth.

Inside one home, inside one palace—two images of one reality—the soft rain added to the grayness of a mood no sun could seem to burn away,

It was early May: outside, the time of new life and promise.

It was early May: inside one queen’s soul, a time of reliving loss.

It was early May, and the Queen’s Eternal was feeling her loss in a new way.

Indoors, the Queen and King felt as if something was being cut away.

Outdoors, by the koi pond, someone was cutting back a very special rose bush. The bush meant so much to the gardener, as it was a gift from dearest family. It hurt to prune it, but it was necessary to bring the bush to new life.

The pruner outdoors thought of the royals indoors

and he thought about their pain

and he shed some tears of his own

and he slipped a picture under their door,

a picture of a cut branch and the new green shoots left behind,

with just a few words:

“We never stop feeling the love, and the roses never stop blooming.”

May 22 2016

A Review of Ethereal Like Me by Tressa Messenger

Ethereal Like Me by Tressa Messenger

Ethereal Like Me by Tressa Messenger

The creation of a book series can be complicated in many ways. One of these is creating the past of the main character, the world they live in. More than that, trying to insert into their lives who they know, what they mean, adds another layer of complexity to things. At some point the world, and the characters, needs to pause to allow the story to catch up and then, hopefully, tell that story.

It isn’t necessary to bundle every single character that will, or might, appear in the series, or mean something in the first work. There is such a thing as anticipation as to where things go. Pushing the envelope and creating so many plots and threads that the story becomes confused takes away from what otherwise is a main character that has a story to be told.

  • Title: Ethereal Like Me
  • Author: Tressa Messenger
  • Length: 21 Pages
  • Length: 102 Pages
  • ASIN: B00YAW67C4
  • Publishing Date: May 25, 2015
  • This work at

The work tells the story of:

When paranormal creatures intertwine with humans strange things are sure to happen.

Tarina never expected life to turn out the way it did when she married her human husband four years ago, but being a succubus, she needed him for his essence. Unfortunately, she didn’t realize just how much she’d dislike him in the end.

James thought he was marrying the perfect woman. She was sexy and independent. But her mouth seemed to get her into trouble, which for James, was not acceptable.

Logan had no clue what he was in store for when he had a meaningless one night stand with a hot woman from a bar.

No one could have predicted how Tarina’s personal life altering decision could lead to such a dramatic whirlwind of events that would eventually expose her world of creatures who preferred to be left unknown, and affect everyone’s lives she comes in contact with.

All she can do now is clean up the mess she made and try to leave it in the past, if that’s possible.

Tarina is a Succubus who thought marrying a human was the best thing for her, considering her past and what happened there. But the marriage hasn’t been a good one, she’s finding herself wanting to do things that are not a good idea, and after things go very wrong for her, she makes a choice. Things go down a slippery slope from there, and Tarina finds that sometimes no matter what you try to do, the universe sees to it that something goes wrong.

The one thing about this work that I found the most interesting was the detail in the universe that Tarina lives in. There’s quite a lot told about the human and supernatural sides of things and how they connect together. It’s quite telling how Tarina sees both sides and how that has effected her life.

Tarina herself is a complicated character in many ways as well. She is a succubus, in a Lost Girl sort of way as a whole, which does work overall. There’s a lot going on in her mind, her life, all around her, and there’s a telling sense of her losing her grip on things from the first page that is very strongly told in the work. She has a moral compass, she wants to have a life, to try to do some good and, in many ways, forget about her own past.

But that past overwhelms both Tarina and the story as a whole. It doesn’t take long for her past to come, from her friends, from being drawn back to her real home. In the same way, her present continues to nip at her heels, eventually taking the story on an arc that was, if not unexpected, quite sad in a lot of ways. There are so many threads that are layered onto Tarina page by page that her character becomes lost within the plots and seems to, at times, just be taken for a ride wherever the story decides to go.

There seems to be one mistake after the next occurring, or a moment impacts Tarina and those around her to add another layer of tension to the work. This does not pause for a single moment in the work save for a tiny, significant moment, where Tarina had a moment of joy before her past intrudes upon it and rips it away. Considering how the characters are told to be, how careful they are for the most part, a lot of these moments feel awkward and odd. Some make sense, quite a few don’t.

It is like one domino falling after the next leading towards events that change everyone in the work to some extent. When the climax happens, it feels muted for the most part as so many things are going on that aren’t settled. Being that this seems to be the start of a new series, that made some sense, but in other ways it didn’t.

There are so many dangling threads at the end of the work, but the author layers on top of them still a few more, a mostly-cliffhanger, and a series of open ended questions that leave the work ending on them. It feels a bit clunky, a little rushed. Perhaps that is the overriding theme in this work, in that the story rushes from point to point, plot to plot and in doing so really leaves little time for the characters to gather themselves before the next crisis.

With all of the plots and threads in the work, there is well enough material for four parts of a series within this one. There are four separate plots, overlapping, and being so that added more complexity and confusion than needed to be. Splitting this work into two parts might have been a thought and I think in doing so there would have been more focus as a whole.

In spite of all of the confusion, I liked Tarina quite a lot, I liked how she was not a stereotypical Succubus and that she cared, deeply, about those around her. It is because of her, who she is, all that she goes through, that I wanted to see where things go next and why. Emphasis on the why because that part of this story didn’t quite manage to make it out and it needs to.

Four pitchforks out of five.

I felt there were too many plots and character stories here and in being so that took away much of what could have been. The number of threads passing through this work became overwhelming and by the end there was more confusion than actual story and that bothered me. Being the beginning of a series, or so it seemed, focus might have helped here. Having what felt like four books worth of plot crushed into one was a shame. Tarina is captivating in her own skin, those around her need to find a way to be comfortable in theirs.