Oct 172017
 

Amanda Clover is one of, if not the best interactive erotica writer around today. She writes great stories with meaningful choices on various subjects and kinks. She has secured her place among the greats with her interactive fiction but she also writes the Princess to Pleasure Slave series where women in fantasy world settings get dominated, seduced, mind controlled and fucked silly by just about every monster you can think of. Her abundance of talent is deeply unfair to the rest of us.

Escape the Island of Eldritch Lust combines both of her talents like chocolate and peanut butter.  You play Penelope, a scribe and scholar who needs to leave her comfortable life to go rescue her monster hunting mother and sister. You travel to a dread island where a Dark God is stirring and every damn corner hides a terrible insatiable monster of some kind or another. You are not that good with a sword and pistol, but luckily you have some magic and a nerd’s love of knowledge.

This book is huge. Just getting to the island will take awhile. Once on the island, you will engage an epic adventure that would fill a campaign in a tabletop role-playing game. It took me about a week to get to the end and that was just in one play through. Looking at the outline, I see that there are three major branches I didn’t even touch on. It is a giant of a book.

Like a previous book, Dungeon of the Monster Breeder, you are often given the same five choices for monster encounters. These are Wait, Parley, Magic, Fight and Surrender. The familiarity of these choices give the book the feeling that you are playing a tabletop game. The Surrender option almost always triggers your defeat which is really nice to have when you are just curious about the worse that could happen in an encounter. It is a nice system and one that is easy for the player to pick up on.

Needless to say, this is an amazing book. If you like interactive fiction or cute girls getting dominated by monsters, then you have to own this book.

 

 

Oct 122017
 

Cherry Delight is a secret agent who works for N.Y.M.P.H.O. (The New York Mafia Prosecution and Harassment Organization) as a combination call girl/assassin. She’s a hot chick with red hair, giant boobs and a high sex drive. Her vaginal muscles are also impossible to escape. She fights the Mafia during the dangerous free sex era of the 1970’s.

You may be wondering why in the world would I recommend such a piece of dated sleaze? The anwser is that the writer, Glen Chases, is actually a pseudonym for superstar writer, Gardener F. Fox. This is the man who created and wrote many of the comic book characters of the Golden and Silver Ages of comics. He also wrote a ton of pulp books including one of my favorite Conan knock-offs, Kothar. He is a fantastic writer who knows how to keep a plot moving and he has creativity and innovation to spare, even when writing spy porn like this.

Not only was this book fun to read, but it had a few surprising qualities that set it apart from most action-porn of the era. For one thing, there wasn’t a rape scene. Sleaze of this time period always had rape scenes of one kind or another but the closest we get in this book is Cherry tricking two of her captors into having sex with her while she is at their mercy. There is also an emphasis on foreplay that surprised me as mobsters and henchmen spend a lot of time making sure women are turned on before sex scenes. Although it is technically a porn book, the action scenes are top notch and the plot was mostly believable.

Best of all, this book was a fun breezy read that I finished in a single day. Cherry Delight paperbacks can be pricey to find but if you like erotic pulp like I do, this one is worth the price. Fortunately, this book has recently been released on Kindle at a reasonable price. I hope this means they will do the entire series.

Sep 262017
 

Lust of the Pirates is an interactive erotica story by Callista Hawkes. You are a dashing pirate Captain in the Golden Age of Piracy who forges an alliance with Tia, the dark and mysterious brothel owner, in order to find some Mayan gold. There are several steps you need to complete in order to find the treasure and being porn, all of those steps involve fucking hot women. Anne Bonny herself is part of your crew with no Calico Jack or Mary Reade to be found. There is a nice range of characters, from lusty pirates to horny wives and some more unusual types that I don’t want to spoil.

This is a rather forgiving book as it will give you a handy link back to the last bad choice you made if you come across one of the bad endings. The adventure itself has some permutations so you can reach the treasure in a few different ways, which enhances the replayability.  The sex is good and the book has a sense of humor so I was laughing out loud a few times.

If you are a fan of pirates like I am, you will enjoy this book.

Sep 202017
 

There are a lot of erotica books set in fantasy worlds but a major problem of these books is that most of them read like someone’s very flirty Dungeons and Dragons campaigns with the serial numbers filed off. Characters have very well defined powers that came from a player’s manual while the plots are usually weak excuses for characters to bang armor pieces together.

Witch-Queen of Vixania by Morgana Baron is an entirely different book. It is inspired by the countless fantasy series of the 70’s and 80’s where you have a wicked Queen and her submissive minions but you also have the sexy plucky rebels who conspire to bring the Witch-Queen down. There is a slow gathering of heroes, there are wise teachers and there are hidden Chosen Ones. There is a nice amount of world building that fortunately never goes on too long. It is a throwback to the fantasy series of an earlier time that avoids the pitfalls of their weaker parts.

It could be an 80’s fantasy series if not for the massive amounts of sex scenes. The Queen and her evil forces engage in imaginative BDSM sex while the Hero engages in more vanilla yet still creative sex scenes. There is a lot of magic in these sex scenes and it is well used. Some fantasy porn uses magic to recreate modern pleasures like vibrators and hot tubs but this book uses magic for some really unique scenes you couldn’t have in normal porn.

I enjoyed this book a lot. I burned out on fantasy long ago but this book made me feel a bit nostalgic for the genre. This book drips with creativity and never goes for a simple sex scene. The Witch-Queen is diabolical and as a fan of Evil Queens, she is a new favorite. The Hero is not quite as interesting but fortunately there are other good guys who keep things interesting.

The only downside is that this is the first book in a series. There is a second book out there but at an average price of 95$ on the internet, it might be a awhile before I get around to it. I hope the series wraps up with the second book but I am doubtful.

Having said that, this book ends on a good note. The Hero and Queen have yet to met but the stage is set. Even if the story is never completed, you deserve to experience this book.

Aug 312017
 

The Suckulent Witch is a Hustler erotica book written by Marsha Bourns in 1980. It is a surprisingly good story for the genre about a woman with magic powers, Allegra, and her downfall at the hands of the sexy warlock, Justin. See, Allegra has influence over men and women but she doesn’t think it is anything magical. She just thinks she has a hot body and the right mindset to manipulate the weak. After working for a real witch, she decides that she has learned enough occult terminology to fake it and set up her own magic shop in which she can bilk customers of their money. In other words, Allegra is a bad girl.

She makes her own coven which consists of a rich older guy, a hot young guy and the hot young guy’s girlfriend. Together they have sex and spend the older guy’s money. In a surprising twist for the 80’s, there is even some homosexual coven sex between the men.

All of this comes to a screeching halt when resident mysterious Might-As-Well-Be-Someone’s-Player-Character, Justin O’Neal, shows up. Justin is a true practitioner of magic and is worried that the stuff that Allegra sells will get someone hurt because magic is too dangerous to be sold to the unwary.  He gives her a mysterious cease-and-desist that Allegra ignores. He then curses her to being tired all of the time and she realizes magic might be real after all.

That doesn’t mean she instantly gives up and closes her magic scam shop. Nope, she engages in a rather low-key magical war with Justin. She loses in the end because hey, this is a porn book written in the 80’s and guys have to win.  Needless to say, everyone is having sex while this battle of wills is happening.

All in all, this book is not going to be mistaken for a classic but it surprised me with the tightness of the plot. I liked how Allegra was a disbeliever, and the magic used was closer to ‘real’ magic than than it was to fireballs and crystal balls. You can tell the author did some research which is almost unheard of for a porn book. if you are in the mood for some trashy occult sleaze, this would be a good book for your collection.

 

Mar 072017
 

Bad girls have more fun and in erotica they certainly have more sex. Queen of Swords by Alana Melos is the first book in a series about a telepathic, telekinetic swordswoman for hire in a futuristic mega-corporation world. Caprice readily admits to having some mental issues when it comes to empathy as she likes to kill and fuck while telepathically linked to her victims/lovers. This is a very bad woman who likes her sex dark and nasty.

What was pleasantly surprising to me is how much good non-erotic action there was in this book. For every wonderful dark sex scene, and there are a lot, there is an equal number of action sequences that are equally riveting. Come for the hot sadistic sex and stay for the often equally sadistic fight scenes.

Another nice touch is how this book is filled with special characters. There is a vampire partner who is far more interesting than the usual vampire character in porn. There is a mysterious fixer who is not what he seems, a submissive magician and even the security guards have something different about them to elevate them above standard mooks.

I do want to stress that Caprice is a villain, so if you have problems with a character who murders an entire family to make a point, you may want to read elsewhere.

 

Jan 162017
 

I wrote two stories for the webcomic, Tales of Gnosis College. Gnosis College is a place where students and professors tend to engage in erotic mad science that gets out of control. It is written by Dr. Fausts and drawn by Lon Ryden. My contributions were also drawn by Lon Ryden. The first story I wrote stands alone but it also works as a sort of indirect prelude to the second story which ran through the last four months of 2016.

The second story has wrapped up and archive pages have been set up. For your convenience, I made a list of links here.

Trial by Curiosity

Nion Encephalon Enrichment Part One

Nion Encephalon Enrichment Part Two

Nion Encephalon Enrichment Part Three

Nion Encephalon Enrichment Part Four

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Dec 262016
 

Darth Vader is a comic series written by Kieron Gillen and illustrated by Salvador Larroca. It takes place shortly after the events of the movie, Star Wars and ends right before the movie, the Empire Strikes Back. At 25 issues, it is a relatively short series.

Personally, I feel like I grew out of Star Wars when I was twelve. At that point I had discovered the fiction that inspired Star Wars and was ready to move on from what I considered to be a pale imitation. The prequels reaffirmed that opinion although Force Awakens was able to rekindle my initial nostalgia for the franchise.

I bring this up to give you an idea of how surprised I was to enjoy Darth Vader. Gillen approaches the story in an interesting way, which is that when the Death Star blew up, Vader was the only survivor of the greatest military disaster in Empire history, therefore he gets the blame. Vader is in the doghouse with the Emperor and the Emperor starts looking for other righthand beings to terrorize the universe. Vader has to assemble his own private army against his political rivals as well as justify his continued existence.

This means we get some of the greatest characters to ever grace a Star Wars story. Doctor Aphra is a cunning woman who specializes in droid archeology. Triple-Zero is a protocol droid who really likes to torture and kill organic beings. BT-1 is an gun arsenal disguised as a astromech droid. There is a bunch of cool bounty hunters and surprisingly cool Imperial commanders. It is a grand buffet of evil.

But more importantly, there is a grand sense of space opera with cool science fiction concepts that is often missing in Star Wars. The Emperor’s side project involves telekinetic cyborgs as the next logical step after putting Vader in a metal suit. Heists are done with real space physics. There is a sense of real Imperial logistics that go beyond the simple bad guy tactics of the movies.

And with this amazing supporting cast, interesting world and neat politics is Darth Vader himself. This Vader has seen some shit and he is annoyed that he has lost his rightful rank of Supreme Badass. Gillen makes the right choice in never giving Vader an internal monologue which keeps him as the scary mofo in a black suit that he is. At the same time, what little peeks into his character we do get is a reminder that Vader was once a great Jedi who has made some really nasty choices and quite frankly, he is not done making those nasty choices just yet.

Probably the best compliment I can give this series is to describe what I felt when I watched the recent Rogue One movie. At one point, Vader in the movie kills a bunch of rebels. He tears a path in a fight scene using force powers, his lightsaber, some choking and being an all around shitkicker. After his glorious murder-sequence, my thought response was, “Oh wow! It’s Kieron Gillen’s Vader!”

In closing, I would also like to add that this is a surprisingly funny series as well. Sure, Vader is a moody silent killer, but the droids are the best murder comedy team you will ever read. You owe it to yourself to read it for the droids alone.

Nov 142016
 

flint_cv4_dsAs a kid, I never liked the Flintstones. I thought it was dull and pretty bland. I watched it because as a kid you watch every cartoon but I never enjoyed it. When the live action movies came out, I avoided the heck out of them.

Which is why no one is more surprised than I am that my favorite new comic of 2016 is the freaking Flintstones. Written by the brilliant Mark Russell and drawn by the talented Steve Pugh, the Flintstones is a comic about newly civilized cavemen trying to adapt to the changes of an insane society that is inventing money, consumerism, war, and monogamy. It is a really dark take on some cartoon characters but yet also amazingly funny.

Fred Flintstone is a veteran of the Tree-People War, where Fred’s tribe decided to massacre the Tree-People for their land. Fred’s best friend, Barney, is also a veteran of that war and the Water Buffalo Club of the cartoon has been transformed into their PTSD Veteran Support Group.

In the first issue, Fred is assigned to teach Cro-Magnons how to work, get paid and spend their money. “I don’t know. Use the money to buy something someone else hated making.”

In the second issue, the new invention of buying the latest hot item forces Fred to get a second job selling vitamins.

In the third issue, alien spring breakers show up to entertain themselves at the expense of the third-world locals, the people of Bedrock.

In the fourth issue, Fred and Wilma face social pressure because they are monogamous while the rest of society believes in just going to the Sex Cave and hooking up. This is a favorite issue because when the inventor of marriage excludes the couple of Adam and Steve, Fred makes a stand for “non-breeders” to be married too.

In the fifth issue, a new Warlord wants to be voted leader and we see Fred and Barney’s experiences in the previous war.

Like I said, it gets dark.

But for all of the darkness, there is a huge amount of heart. Wilma explaining what her art means to her in the first issue will make you cry. Fred explaining his respect for Adam and Steve will melt your heart. The surprise appearance of certain characters are timed to make your heart sing.

In these trying times, it is amazing to see social satire that condemns the worse of society but is also immensely entertaining. It is also filled with optimism which I feel we desperately need right now. Sure, I read an issue about ethnic cleansing but the ending, which I won’t give away, gives the reader such a lovely surprise that you leave the comic feeling good and hopeful rather than depressed.

It is also really funny. The first news telecast shows a person dying and the newscaster says “Wow, that was upsetting! We probably shouldn’t have shown that!” Appliances are animals and they have strong feelings about social classes. Barney is a lovable idiot.

Oh, and Carl Sargon launches a monkey into space.

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