This is another post where I go over where some of my stories come from. Last time up I went through my first collection, A Succubus for Christmas. This time I'll run through A Succubus for Valentine's Day.
There might be a few spoilers for people that haven't already read the stories.
A Succubus for Valentine’s Day
When it comes to Valentine’s Day I’m a bit of a black-hearted curmudgeon. Most of the stories I’ve entered into Literotica’s Valentine’s Day contests have been anti-Valentine’s Day tales of some description. It was while trying to think of an entrant I hit upon the idea of re-using the nameless succubus from “A Succubus for Christmas”. This then became an idea for a (semi) regular series featuring her, the succubus tablet and various themed days. In this story she’s playing a similar role to before – the evil genie that gives her poor victim what they think they want . . . until they actually get it.
I did get some comments misinterpreting Kurtzberg as a ‘nice guy’. Admittedly, I did set the story up to present him in a sympathetic light, and maybe fool the reader into thinking this might be one of those romcoms where the unfortunate slob ends up with the pretty girl after all. Then the story takes a turn into murkier territory until it culminates in what I hope is a gut punch of an ending (as every good anti-Valentine’s Day story should have). Kurtzberg is unfortunate and deserves some sympathy, but his actions take him far beyond the realm of nice.
Observant readers will have noticed the version in the collection, A Succubus for Valentine’s Day, differs from the version online. When I first started out I used to seek feedback on the Literotica forums. For this story someone made the suggestion that the ending would be nastier if Kurtzberg was left alive to let the horror of what he’d done sink in. It was such a good suggestion I rewrote the ending to incorporate it.
Aside from the usual asshole victims, a regular target of mine is the naive. GRRM has it right with A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones for TV watchers). When one of his characters makes a poor choice politically, he doesn’t step in to bail them out.
There has been cultural pressure to move Science Fiction away from blasting the Other on sight to presenting stories where the only correct response is to attempt to resolve conflicts through discussion and understanding. Personally I don’t like simple black and white certitudes. When the motives of the Other are completely unknown, which approach is correct can only be ascertained with the benefit of hindsight. In another story, another universe, Donaldson would have been the perfect protagonist to prevent inter-dimensional war. Sadly for him, this is not that story and hell-space is not that universe.
Succubus Summoning 101
This story eventually ended up being the first chapter of the novel of the same name. It was originally meant to be a short story about student warlocks making incorrect (and fatal) assumptions about which bits of succubi are dangerous to stick your cock in. On the surface there is a twisted sense to the logic. Succubi pervert the role of sexual intercourse to create new life by using it to take life. Anal sex can’t create new life; therefore under the same logic succubi can’t use it to drain life. Of course it doesn’t work out that way.
I neglected to kill Phil at the end of the story and since then he’s stubbornly just about managed to stay alive despite my best efforts.
The main reason I put the story in the collection was to protect myself from plagiarism. Someone had already tried to pass off the Succubus Summoning 101 series as their own on another website. Amazon’s kindle store was rife with plagiarists mining story sites like Literotica for material to rip off. Having the original Succubus Summoning 101 story in here would give me some protection against that kind of shit while I was working on the ebook version.
This is another superhero deconstruction story in the vein of “Squeezed”. Sexy villainesses have always been a feature of comics even if they rarely get to fully show their stuff (generally speaking, the hero has to survive otherwise that’s the end of the comic book). This story is a none-too subtle dig at the counterproductive aspects of the war on drugs in our own universe. Reading it years later I think I might have been a little too cynical with the ending.
I stopped included the superhero stories in later collections because they didn’t fit in with the shared universe elements that were starting to emerge in the series as a whole. I do have some ideas for other sexy super-villainesses. At some point I might assemble them into a themed collection.
I'll go through the remaining stories over the next couple of days.