This is a look behind the scenes at how the stories of my second collection, A Succubus for Valentine's Day, came to be. The first part is here.
Venus of the Red Lights
I’ve visited Amsterdam a few times and De Wallatjes (better known as the main red light district) is an evocative location for a horror story. In fact this idea is a leftover from my days when I tried to write “normal” horror. Most of the non-supernatural elements of this story are based on firsthand experience or stories I’d heard.
The Soul Worm
I have no idea where the monster girl from this one came from. They bubble up from the depths of my imagination every so often and I think it’s best not to pry further.
At the end is a blink-and-you’ll miss appearance of a character you’ll see more of in the future.
This is the follow-up to “Bubble Bath”. The unusual succubus from that is just as pleasant to share a shower with as she is with sharing a bath. Sadly, those pleasures are invariably fatal, but we can’t have everything.
A Summer Dance with a Succubus
One of the pleasures of writing is when a story comes together and all of the elements slot neatly into place. I’d read a few articles about sex workers who provided services to disabled persons who would otherwise not experience the pleasures of sexual intercourse. This was something I could see my “good” succubus escort character, Nicole, doing. I also needed a story for a summer-themed contest and one of the things about summer is it’s ephemeral – all summers end to be swallowed by the dark and cold of winter. Some lives are also tragically short and ephemeral. But rather than obsess over the coming cold and dark, we enjoy the sunshine and long lazy days while they last. And life is no different. That’s how I pictured Terry – proud and defiantly making the best of an unfortunate hand.
This was the first of my stories to place in the Literotica contests and I used the money from that to buy a Kindle from Amazon. It’s still one of my favourites to this day.
I hope you've enjoyed this behind-the-scenes look at how some of my stories came to be. I'll do the same for A Succubus for Halloween at some point in the future.