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Hell's Gate (eBook)

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Hell's Gate
Hell's Gate eBook Cover, written by Carl East
Hell's Gate eBook Cover,
written by Carl East
Author(s) Carl East
Publisher Pronoun
Publication date March 28, 2010 (Original)
August 5, 2017 (Reissue)
Media type eBook
Length 123 Pages
ISBN 9781452376226
ASIN B0752GWL31

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Hell's Gate is an eBook written by Carl East. In this work the character Sarah is a Succubus and the character Courtney has some aspects of a Succubus.


Overview

  • Title: Hell's Gate
  • Author: Carl East
  • Published By: Pronoun
  • Length: 123 Pages
  • Format: eBook
  • ASIN: B0752GWL31
  • IBSN: 9781452376226
  • Publishing Date: March 28, 2010 (Original), August 5, 2017 (Reissue)


Plot Summary

Courtney’s sexual appetite awakens as she uses her skills as a psychic to cleanse an old house. Her abilities and private parts are stretched to the limit when a demon uses her body to satisfy its lust. His cohorts along with her colleagues and friends join the party and that’s when all Hell breaks loose.


Book Review

The following review was originally published by Tera on her Blog, A Succubi's Tale on August 25, 2017


The mystery of a haunted house calls to a group of investigators to seek out the truth, but in doing so they open something that never should have been disturbed. Now the price to be paid will be by them all, and none will be the same again.

The work was originally published in 2010 and recently reissued. The story doesn’t really have a focus much of the time, turning from one thought to the next, causing events to be replayed and altered when past events seem to run the main characters into a corner or events transpire which serve to cause some issues with the main story. There’s a mixture of horror, some possession aspects and a mystery to solve as well. But the problem is that there’s no clear storyline for much of the work.

Characters enter the fray, they are drawn into some horror laden events and along the way there’s some erotic moments that just didn’t have much in the way of heat because of what happens along the way much of the time. That said, there is a succubus in this work, who has a very odd storyline that takes up quite a lot of the latter part of the plot to be resolved. Sarah’s succubus nature isn’t quite as might be expected, there’s a bit of futa involved among other tropes, but as a character she’s interesting. But there’s not a lot of detail about her that isn’t structured about her sexual needs. There is another unnamed succubus that appears as well, and while she is quite stereotypical, it’s a shame really because there’s hints of she being something more, but it doesn’t really amount to much.

Much of the plot focuses upon the evil that is released and what it does to the group on an almost constant basis. As such, there is page after page of various evil-themed sexual encounters and transformations to the characters which becomes a bit repetitive before too long. Sadly, this causes much of the storyline to stall at times which seems to happen too often and to get out of the pause the same method is used, over and over again which confuses things further.

Perhaps the most disappointing moment comes with the ending which I felt was rushed, didn’t have much in the way of being unique either. It doesn’t quite fit with all else that happened and even so, while it makes some sense, it’s just so unsatisfying in its nature that whatever I liked about the work overall was dampened. The work could use an editing to slow down the storytelling, to make the dialogue more readable and realistic as well. Certainly the ending needs a bit of a rewrite as well. Most of all, the work needs more structure and more focus at its core both in plot, but also the characters themselves. I just expected more, and I was just disappointed. I really wish I wasn’t.

Two and a half out of five pitchforks.

The work just seemed lost from the beginning, not having a focus, the characters were all over the place in their tone and actions. I found the work was rushing from moment to moment, event to event and never really managed to get far enough away from the erotica to build upon the core story well. It’s a shame because at times there were moments that worked, but then the story just took an odd turn and lost me along the way.


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