Mar 17 2016

Succubi Image of the Week 426

Something of a different look for this week’s Succubi… It’s actually something I think is very interesting in a lot of ways by far. Not all Succubi look the same obviously and sometimes their look catches more souls than anything else can…

June: Nomei by Tanadia

June: Nomei by Tanadia

This work is of a character called Nomei and is by an artist on DeviantArt called Tanadia. You can find the original page on DeviantArt with this work here and this artist’s page on DeviantArt can be found here as well.

There’s sort of a “goo girl” vibe to this art in a way, which I really don’t mind all that much. It’s interesting that her entire form is a single colour save for the runes on her back and her eyes, which makes me wonder if she might be in the midst of a transformation or something similar to that…

Her body shape goes well with her horns and hair and while her tail might be a shade long, I would think that it would be quite useful for “guiding” or “encouraging” her playthings to come a little closer…

Really a unique looking character and she’s quite the interesting Succubi in being so…

 

Tera

Mar 16 2016

It’s called Desire, but I really don’t…

Devilish Desire CostumeI do realize that my particular tastes are… shall we say… particular. I do like a certain look, I have very little tolerance for tacky, ugly, or simply bad costumes whatever they might be. However, sometimes, I will give a pitchfork or two for a costume that juts manages to get out of trashy and into almost decent. It’s not much of a difference really, but perhaps that’s all in the style more than anything else…

That still doesn’t mean that I would buy it however…

This is called the Devilish Desire Costume and it comes with the dress, the foil flame printed bodice, a glitter tulle skirt and collar and glitter horns. The pitchfork and shoes are not included however. It sells for about $50 US on most sites that I have found it on.

I really can’t say that I want to buy this by any means. It does nothing for me, though I will admit that I arched an eyebrow when I looked at the pitchfork the model is holding. Don’t care for the horns, the skirt or anything that’s offered here at all.

It isn’t quite tacky however, though it does come very close to crossing the line I think. The more telling thing, at least for me, is that I get a ballerina vibe from this costume and that, to me, means this might be a rehash of another costume, just dyed red.

Really nothing that I can do to make it better, certainly something I’d never be seen in. But, for some, it’s an option at least… Which is probably being kind.

One pitchfork out of five.

There’s better… really there is.

 

Tera

Mar 15 2016

A Review of Monsters of Pittsburgh: Succubus by Kate Whitaker

Monsters of Pittsburgh: Succubus by Kate Whitaker

Monsters of Pittsburgh: Succubus by Kate Whitaker

Succubi are not always the main characters of a story. Many times they are minor characters who appear for the purpose of moving the characters and the story forwards. Most of the time when this happens, there is, at least some, sort of meaning behind them.

However, at times succubi are simply cannon fodder to show what the main characters are like in a crisis, or to draw out their sexual natures or, sometimes, just window dressing to the larger story.

That’s not always a back thing when the succubus herself is so uninteresting and takes away from the plot as a whole. More so when the purpose of the work is to drop the reader into a universe running at top speed and leaves the reader trying to catch up.

  • Title: Monsters of Pittsburgh: Succubus
  • Author: Kate Whitaker
  • Length: 35 Pages
  • ASIN: B00MQA5Z5C
  • Publishing Date: September 8, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

The Steel City has never been colder for Rick and Mina. On the rebound, they’ve spent the last three months doing nothing but sparring and killing monsters. In an attempt to break out of their rut, they decide to spend the night dancing and boozing at a club. Unfortunately for them, the succubus was there first.

Rick and Mina take a break and go to a club, but there is a problem. They are in the monster and demon hunting business and business has been much too good lately. Arriving in the club, they soon realize there is a succubus there… and she’s hungry.

This work is the first in the Monsters of Pittsburgh series by this author in which a group of hunters have to deal with the supernatural beings around them, within themselves, and those that they have to work with every day. The thing about this work is that the series begins in way where it feels like there is something that happened at the beginning of the story that isn’t explained or touched on much. As a result, there are references made and idle comments which don’t make a lot of sense in the first work, but as the series progresses, it makes a lot more.

Still, in this work, there are a lot of questions that aren’t answered and there are relationships that the characters know about, but the reader doesn’t. So, what happens is that things are a bit confusing at times and that’s a problem as there are a lot of subplots and events that come barrelling through the story, but don’t have a payoff in this work. They will, one assumes, later in the series however.

The work does not have the succubus at the core, who is not named in any case, and as such she is a very minor character. She is hinted at, in a round about way, for some time and the two main characters talk about what succubi are, how they hunt and feed, which I thought was really very interesting. However, in spite of the concepts, and for that matter her appearance, she acts very stereotypically for the short time she appears in the story.

The work really only uses the succubus as a means to show the main characters in action against her. Beyond that there wasn’t really any purpose for her in the story. The main point, that of getting the series up and running, is handled quite well by the interaction between the main characters and the supporting characters in the story. I suppose there needs to be some sort of conflict or source of tension, but here again, that tension is strong enough between the characters that the succubus could have not been part of this work. As well, the small amount of erotica, which is very quick and doesn’t really take the characters anywhere, didn’t really need to happen considering where the story ended.

But then this isn’t a work of erotica, it’s more of an action-adventure story and in that tone the story is well written the characters are interesting and I liked that it was so. It creates a strong and vibrant setting to base the series on, it allows for the main themes of the series to be explained and give direction to the characters and a mystery to deal with.

But as a succubus story it really isn’t one. There is a succubus, it’s interesting to watch the hunt for her unfold as it did, and it told of something interesting. Thing is that really nothing is done with her save a bit of mind control, taunting, and then a very one-sided resolution to things.

I’ll give this three out of five pitchforks.

There are further works in the series, which is a pleasant surprise considering how many series start and then fail to come to be. They all deal with various beings in their own way and build upon this work quite well. An interesting premise with interesting characters, which is always a good place to start…

 

Tera

Mar 15 2016

A Review of Eastern Jam by Gwen Alexander

Eastern Jam by Gwen Alexander

Eastern Jam by Gwen Alexander

Short stories really shouldn’t have short summaries. That, at least to me, does nothing to offer any sort of an idea to a reader what the story is about, if they want to read it, and what awaits within the pages. It’s a shame when an author doesn’t make some effort in their summary as it feels like they either don’t care or seem to think their story doesn’t need a summary.

That said, there also is the question of how to tell that story, how to give a reader some idea that points of view are changing, different characters are in control of the story. Storytelling is better when it is a story and not something that reads like a chat transcript, no matter how hot and erotic that story is. A story like that deserves to be more.

  • Title: Eastern Jam
  • Author: Gwen Alexander
  • Length: 12 Pages
  • ASIN: B01CX2IRH0
  • Publishing Date: March 12, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The story is about:

Eastern Jam explores a supernatural encounter of the sexual kind.

Nikita is on the hunt and discovers a morsel that she is attracted to. A bit of play becomes an ensnarement, but who is the one being caught in the web and who is the spider? Sometimes they can be both at the same time.

The book summary is so terribly short and reveals next to nothing about the work and in being so I would have passed this work by if it wasn’t available on Kindle Unlimited. This shouldn’t be and the author needs to rewrite the summary to make it more appealing. There’s a very hot encounter and scene to be found in this short story and I have the feeling that as things stand few will come to read this work.

Nikita, the main character, can be described as a succubus, and there is a hint of her otherworldly form, even if that only appears for a split-second in the work. Nonetheless, she’s seductive, enthralling, and has the most wonderful personality. I liked her character very much and her actions as a succubus, in controlling her tasty morsel are delicious and I thought were well done.

The story is very short, really it is a scene, a chapter at the most. But the heat is there from the first word to the last and it made up for a lot of things the work lacked or were odd. The single thing that bothered me the most was when the point of view changed, there was a chapter title with either Nikita’s or Miles’ name in bold before their story was told from their perception. At times the story read something like a chat transcript as a result. I didn’t feel like that worked, really it broke up and interfered with the heat of the story. It would have been better to remove them because they aren’t at all needed. It’s clear who is talking in the moment, and that runs true through the story overall.

The erotic scenes are very hot, there’s some well written succubus mind control as well. The story does take a neat little turn and how Nikita reacts to that I think was well done. Miles’ reactions to how things happen is also interesting and how Nikita deals with something that shouldn’t be happening fits her personality and style.

The work comes to an abrupt end, which is a bit of a shame. There’s a question asked at the end that I would have liked to have seen taken forward in some way. If this was the opening chapter to a novel, and it was formatted as such, I would be very hooked on the story and wanting to see what comes next. As things are I feel there’s things missing which, if there were there, and the author had expanded on more than what comes to a sex scene overall, would have been so much better.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

An odd decision made in formatting the story, a story that is too short and leaves so much more to be told. The author should consider writing the larger story that seems to be hovering around the edges of this one.

 

Tera

Mar 14 2016

To Do List By TeraS

Everyone has a To-Do List; even the Queen of the Succubi has one. A dear friend sent me such a list for Tera, the Queen of the Succubi, and I have to admit that I laughed over it … But then the thought came … What really is her …

 

To-Do List
By TeraS

 

Everyone has one, or two, or sometimes more than that. They know it as “The List”: that long, rambling thing that reminds them of all of the things they need to do. No matter who they are, that list is there, somewhere, tugging at their minds and telling them what’s next on the agenda. Some manage to focus that list down to a shorter length, somehow managing to put into focus what they really have to do and nothing more.

Then there’s Tera and her own list. She keeps it folded into a small square in the pocket of her long, red jacket, and she looks at it every day. The paper has turned yellow with time, the folded edges being torn slightly when she retrieves it from that pocket every morning right before kissing her Eternal and before she steps outside into the Realm. Depending on the day, the things on her list happen, one way or the other, and, as such, the list isn’t really in any particular order.

And one particular item on that list happens every moment.

On this morning, after looking at the list and putting it away, Tera spent the morning with her Eternal. This wasn’t anything really special or needed to be. She simply shared a mug of hot chocolate with him, shared a kiss and a snuggle now and then. Here and there she would tease him a bit, whispering what she intended to do with him later that evening with a can of Redi-Whip. A little touching up of her lipstick, a brush of fingers through her hair came with a sultry look and then, after one more hug and a bit of tail twining, she made her way into the Realm.

As she walked through the Realm, she encountered her sister, Rachel, the two hugging each other tightly. Rachel seemed to be concerned about something, and Tera held her hand lightly, offering her time, her love, and more to her sister. The pair talked, giggled, and by the time Rachel needed to be off on her way elsewhere, there was a glow about them both, Rachel a little more bubbly and happy, Tera a little more the sultry, passionate Queen that she was.

She walked a bit further along, and Song came into view, ponytail swaying behind her, a need in her eyes for her lover to hold her, touch her, let her melt into her arms. Tera’s smile was simmering with heat, love, and desire for her Song as they drew close to each other. The kiss was long and soulful, the moan from Song in her desire enflaming her passions. Tera held her Song closely, a lick of her tongue over Song’s lips, a caress of fingers over Song’s hip, Song’s need to submit to Tera becoming a lovely wet heat in her core. The breathless purr from Tera was met with a giggle of surprise when Tera suggested they needed to go … shopping, for heels … among other things.

That led to Song being drawn away in Tera’s wake, being the victim of Tera’s sense of fashion in a number of shops in the Realm. By the time the pair had finally found something suitable—which wasn’t all that simple considering Tera’s constant teasing and, for Song, achingly wonderful seduction. Song was awash in her love, warmed by the knowledge of her lover’s need for her. Tera watched her Song glow as she left to sing to the Realm of her bliss, her love, her wonder in the soul that was Tera. Tera’s own glow became a bit brighter, a little more encompassing.

Entering the Palace, Tera passed an alcove and then stopped, peering inside. A hooded and cloaked man stood there watching her, his features covered in shadow save for his chin and warm smile.

Her glow washed the shadows away, her arms drawing him to her, her tail wrapping around the waist of her Legion. He smiled at her words, nodded at her thoughts, and, at least once, chuckled when she promised she’d get him for something he had done before. This was their way, how it had always been. There was nothing but love and respect between them both, it was how they were. A telling game of wits, of being teased and not fearing in what the other thought, for they both knew already.

When Legion bid her well, there was a bit of fire in his eyes, a strength in knowing that she cared, held him in her thoughts, and always would, and he the same. That glow about Tera remained, and, even in the shadows where Legion dwelled, there was light within him, enflamed and with him always.

This was how her day was. Every soul she encountered parted a little better, a little more than they were before: some teased, some taught, some wrapped in passion. In every case, the glow around them, in their souls, was a little more than it was before.

Upon the falling of night, she returned home after what was, all in all, a good day. A fuzzy red sweater found itself hugging her curves, a pair of blue jeans hugging her hips. A kettle was put on, the waiting for the steam coming soon after. Tea was poured into two mugs and then she looked out the window towards the fence. The warmest smile of the day graced her lips as she picked up the tray and made her way there to meet her heart.

Her glow was there with her, warming the air, shining upon her heart, waiting at the fence as she approached. The tray balanced on the fence, a warm hug was shared, and then the tea was offered, as her heart offered some cookies of his own. The two spent their time, as was their way, talking about family, about theology, about the worlds they shared, about the lives they led. Tea was sipped, the cookies were nibbled on … or used to express a particular point and give it emphasis.

The glow surrounded them both, that of her heart mixing with Tera’s own, of a simple understanding being more than it was—the finding of light within two souls, that light being doubled and doubled again in the acceptance, in the understanding they shared. The time came, as it always did, when the two hugged, promised to see one another tomorrow, and parted once more. As they did so, the glow remained with them both, keeping with them, the light brighter than it had been, a reflection of what each gave to the other and what was returned tenfold.

Later, when Tera was curled in bed with her Eternal, a small light shone in a pocket of her red jacket as it hung nearby. Within that pocket was her list, but not as it was at the start of the day. The paper was pure white. The paper was whole. The writing was clear, as if the words had been written moments ago. The list had been with Tera since she had been given the paper by her mother and asked to write her list upon it.

 

Brighten The World Around Me
Learn From Those That Love Me
Tease Those Around Me
Look Super Hot
Buy New Shoes

 

Beside each one there was a little checkmark noting that she had done so, and did so every day. From the first to the last it reflected her life and what she had learned throughout.

It wasn’t so much a To-Do List as it was an Always-Do List, after all …

Mar 13 2016

A Review of Holy Hell: A Mistress Victoria Fantasy by Vivian S. Vice

Holy Hell: A Mistress Victoria Fantasy by Vivian S. Vice

Holy Hell: A Mistress Victoria Fantasy by Vivian S. Vice

There are some stories involving succubi that appear quite often. One of the most common have a corrupting the innocent theme and a transformational theme usually comes along in the story as well.

This can mean the story has some lovely heat in it, that there is a bit of succubus mind control and seduction as well. But there are some stories that don’t spend a lot of time in plot, not enough time explaining why things happen for the sake of getting to the erotica and the transformation.

That can work, and sometimes if the heat is well done, that can make up for some of what’s missing. However, if time isn’t spent to edit the work, to make it read better, to fix some glaring errors, then regardless of how hot things are, the story cannot be all it should have been.

  • Title: Holy Hell: A Mistress Victoria Fantasy
  • Author: Vivian S. Vice
  • Length: 58 Pages
  • ASIN: B01CRIMDL6
  • Publishing Date: March 8, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The story is about:

Sister Trisha lives a boring life of unappreciated, chaste drudgery in the convent, but her life takes a turn for the steamy when a seductive succubus shows up to convince the cute little sister to take a walk on the wild side.

Trisha finds herself at the tender mercies of Victoria, a succubus who has taken an interest in her and those around her. A few suggestions, a little whispered seduction leads to Trisha falling under Victoria’s spell. But that’s just the beginning, for Victoria has plans for her new playmate, and when they come to be Trisha won’t be innocent, or the same, again.

The story focuses on Trisha and how she is corrupted slowly through her encounter with Victoria, as such the work is somewhat less a story about succubus seduction than it is about succubus corruption. That does mean the story has a focus upon that transformation, both physical and mental, which is written well by the author and I enjoyed much of how things developed. Save for there being the appearance of hooves mind you, but that’s my own personal quirk.

That said, the transformation doesn’t happen at the snapping of fingers. There is a well thought out series of small seductions and changes that Trisha goes through at the hands of Victoria. The mental shifting has some lovely heat, how Trisha’s thoughts change is interesting and the twisting and turning in that change works well. Her physical transformation is told in how the things that Victoria does, how they entice Trisha to give herself to Victoria through the pleasure she feels, is also a nice mix of heat and story.

Trisha’s final form is described deliciously, I have the most interesting image of her in my mind, though her tail bothers me about as much has her hooves do. Still, her overall appearance as described is quite succubus-like and her new self falls into being a succubus quite well. The only thing that seems a little odd about her final form and thoughts, is that there’s something missing along the way.

Following Trisha’s becoming a succubus, she passes on the gift Victoria gave her to another and it is at that point in the story that it lost me. I didn’t find the latter part of the work all that hot, interesting, or seductive. It was something more like revenge, and that just didn’t interest me.

Overall the erotica mixes with the story well, Trisha and Victoria are well fleshed out, if somewhat stereotypical in who they are. But there’s really not a lot told about Victoria, why she appears, what she wants, other than the obvious. It feels like there is more story to be told about her all things considered, including a comment by Victoria about her palace elsewhere. It would have made for a more interesting story if how Victoria got there would be told, what she did before meeting Trisha was revealed more than it was at the end of the work.

The other stereotypical thing is that the plot as a whole just is something that has been done a lot, in a lot of different ways, and I didn’t feel like the author managed something new, or really different in the core story, having to put their effort into the erotica and transformation which didn’t change the main problem of this sort of story being so prevalent as a whole.

There’s a very obvious suggestion of the story not being done at the end, where things go from here seeming to be quite obvious as a whole. While the story of Trisha seems to be complete, what comes next could be more of the same, or something more. It’s hard to say which from where this ends.

With all of the good things, there is one major problem. The work needs another editing pass. There are too many spelling mistakes, such as “it’ ” instead of “it’s” which happens a lot. There is also some odd dialogue that just doesn’t sound right either. As well, at one point in Trisha’s transformation, there’s a moment that made me pause and try to figure out in my mind how, physically, such a thing could happen, magic or not.

It’s a shame because I did like so much of the story and the characters, but the editing issues and the final third of the work, which didn’t appeal to me very much, makes it hard to give this work the rating I want to.

Two and a half out of five pitchforks.

The work needs another editing pass, it also could use a bit more about Victoria than her just appearing out of thin air. There’s a story here, it seems to be on the edge of appearing, but it gets lost in the transformation, the corruption and while I liked a lot of that, without a story to back it up, this becomes a much less interesting and erotic work overall. Perhaps there will be another work to follow this one. If that happens, then perhaps that missing story can be told.

 

Tera

Mar 13 2016

A Review of Supernatural by Juliette Lubach

Supernatural by Juliette Lubach

Supernatural by Juliette Lubach

Not all stories that have a succubus appearing in them make that character out to be something more than ‘just a succubus’. Sometimes she is evil, really over the top so, and sometimes that turns out to be interesting. Sometimes not so much so when it’s hard to get past some of the things she does.

She can simply be a means to drive other characters onwards, or a method for showing how evil she is compared to others around her. But that can be pushed a little too far and when it is, as a whole, that can hurt what otherwise can be an interesting story…

  • Title: Supernatural
  • Author: Juliette Lubach
  • Length: 148 Pages
  • ASIN: B00N9AO10S
  • Publishing Date: September 1, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

 

The work tells the story of:

Valerie Thomas didn’t mean to get involved with witches and demons. All she was looking for was a way to live out her carnal fantasies. In her pursuit of love in the arms of two sexy, mysterious women, Valerie learns so much more about the supernatural world, and about herself. Now they’re hot on the trail of a beautiful runaway Succubus who never should have been released from Hell.

Valerie meets two witches and finds herself brought into their world. A chase to find a succubus begins and during that Valerie finds out some things that she didn’t expect. Choices are made, for good and bad, and in the end only Valerie can make things right, or wrong.

Morgan is the succubus in this work, and at the beginning she is, as a whole, rather likeable. She doesn’t feel evil in a lot of ways. However, when she is ‘demoted’ for a mistake that makes little sense, something snaps within her and then her personality turns and twists itself around being what amounts to a cruel, nasty thing. When this happens, which takes a little time, then her appearances in the work become quite hard to read at times. It also gets more confused when the story switches between Morgan and a man she last encountered as a succubus who is infatuated with her.

There are a lot of sad, broken characters in this work, Morrigan and Daniel being the main ones, but there is such an undercurrent of nastiness that recurred over and over again that, at times, it was hard to stay in the story and not skim pages. I understand that this is their development as characters, but honestly it seems to be a bit too much at times for my liking.

There are, from time to time, short passages of erotica, but they run the gambit from warm to hot, tending towards warm as a whole. Again, this is in response to Morgan’s actions, when it is warm or less so, hotter when Valerie shows her love for her friends. Both have their moments, and it is a contrast, but the unevenness is a little disappointing.

Overall, the plot is interesting, has a bit of mystery and there were moments when things worked in that. There were some side trips that didn’t make a lot of sense when they happened, but, later on, were explained and then the pieces came together. There are quite a lot of quirky and odd characters to add flavour to the work, which works in a lot of ways. Possibly the most interesting passages are when Valerie meets someone she never expected to and then finds out who she is, if not why she is there.

The work ends in a way that is a bit of a letdown when all that came before is considered. A new character appears out of thin air, there is conflict and confusion, and when some kind of answer is found, it really isn’t an answer. I’m not sure this was the best way to bring things to a close, unless there is another work coming to continue things forwards. There was, in a way, a better ending in the chapter before the actual ending, which might have been better at least to me.

There are a few, very minor, editing mistakes in the work, but nothing that really took me out of the story. What did make me turn the pages and skim a bit was when Morgan did some things that I wasn’t comfortable in reading. While that was part of her character, it took much of the good from the work and I wish that didn’t happen.

Getting past that issue, the balance of the work has a decent plot, good characters and everything connects in some way which works well. But Morgan’s actions and the ending are the stumbling points for me.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

The main thing that bothered me was some of the brutal moments that Morgan involved herself in. While that was her character, it was a bit too far for my tastes and, as such, it took a lot of the enjoyment of the rest of the work away. The world is interesting, certainly unique and unexpected. The metaphysical discussion at times was surprising and I liked that. The ending feels too short, too abrupt and too formulaic for my liking. Still, it does leave an opening for the story to continue some time… We’ll have to see.

 

Tera

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