Just in time for Halloween, Courtney Captisa & Claire Bear have put a transgender spin on the Saw franchise with one of their darkest stories yet.Just in time for Halloween, Courtney Captisa & Claire Bear have put a transgender spin on the Saw franchise with one of their darkest stories yet.
In See: Guys Become Sissies, two complete strangers awake to find themselves locked inside a strange apartment with no way of contacting the outside world. Neither of them has any idea how they got there, much less why they were chosen, and are completely unprepared for the creepy porcelain doll who appears from behind a glass panel to introduce the rules of the game.
Sam and Perry face a series of ten forced feminization tasks, with Priscilla assigning a winner for each challenge - and cruelly punishing them for not playing along. Held captive for months, the young men have to learn the feminine arts of cosmetics, hairdressing, fashion, and more, while a combination of drugged food, a restricted diet, and a lack of exercise further feminize them.
Although both are reluctant, they slowly become more compliant, desperate to outscore the other and win their freedom. Neither is prepared for their final task, however, and even I was surprised at the clever (but cruel) twist on the loser's fate. Definitely dark, and more nightmare than fantasy, See still has the same attention to detail that fans of Courtney and Claire have come to expect. Hopefully the tease at the end is more than just a play on genre conventions, because I would love to see what's next.
Looking back on my introduction to the stories of Thomas Pike, it is hard to believe there was only a little over a month between the publication of hLooking back on my introduction to the stories of Thomas Pike, it is hard to believe there was only a little over a month between the publication of his Slimy Shemale Inflation and Shemales And Futanari 2 bundles. Both collections are a lot of fun, with some really imaginative details, but it is the refinement of his writing skills from one collection to the other that I find so remarkable.
To be honest, the awkward grammar and mixed tenses throughout Slimy Shemale Inflation were rather distracting - so much so that, had these three stories been my first encounter with Pike, I am not sure I would have given him a second chance. Fortunately, I have seen that improvement, so I have no problem urging readers to be patient and trust that his writing gets better (because it really does).
With that bit of critical commentary out of the way, on to the stories themselves!
Regeneratrix: Cave of Lust was absolutely fantastic, a sword-and-sorcery story of a futa warrior, damsels in distress, and a horny tentacle beast. It is rather intense, and even a bit gory in places, but the dialogue is glorious. From The Ocean It Came is a more subtle story, offering a nice contrast from the first, with some really sensual detail and even a touch of humor. I liked the way it developed, and thought the monstrous pregnancy aspect was well done. Parasite Thickness was a different sort of story again, a sort of parody/deconstruction of the horror genre, that is as wild as its women are wanton. Definitely over-the-top, it uses the idea of a parasitic infection to drive some hot futa transformations and threesome encounters.
Inventive, imaginative, and incredibly erotic, the stories in Slimy Shemale Inflation offer a nice mix of genres, styles, and pairings. Technical flaws aside, they are well worth the read, with Regeneratrix being one of my favorites to date.
This one just did not work for me. It was entirely too disjointed and distant, with a focus on other characters that was both unnecessary and distractThis one just did not work for me. It was entirely too disjointed and distant, with a focus on other characters that was both unnecessary and distracting. The storytelling was as flat as the characters, with the question of gender seemingly used more as a novelty hook as opposed to a theme to be developed.
In all honesty, I skimmed for a bit and then just gave up....more
In case the cover doesn't give it away. The Masker is an unusual addition to the shelves of transgender erotica. It is a dark, smart sort of literaturIn case the cover doesn't give it away. The Masker is an unusual addition to the shelves of transgender erotica. It is a dark, smart sort of literature that reminds me of Mykola Dementiuk.
Torrey Peters has written a story about the intersection of fantasy and reality. It is a story that takes an honest (and often painful) look at the many sides of transgender culture, including crossdressers, sissies, forced feminization, female masking, and transsexualism. It is a story of egos, attitudes, opinions, and stereotypes that manages to expose a little darkness in all of its characters.
Ironically, it is an angry conversation between a female masker and a sissy, brought on by the scorn of a transsexual, that exposes the heart of the story. Felix (the masker) talks about the fetish side of transgender expression as a gift, a sort of super-power, that provides the same escape or stress relief as alcohol, cocaine, and physical violence do for others. More importantly, he insists his sissy be grateful for it.
"You think it means something is wrong with you, that you should be a woman. Actually, you are as you were intended to be. Every transsexual I have met has wasted their gift and picked up so many worse habits to replace it. But our gift can bring us joy.”
The story is darker than I expected, with some moments of cruelty and betrayal that saddened me, but it is also far more authentic that I expected. The Masker feels almost autobiographical, and contains a great deal of thought and philosophy in so few pages.
I have to admit, I was not expecting much out of A Sissy Diary after the first few pages. It seemed like just another story of a self-hating crossdresI have to admit, I was not expecting much out of A Sissy Diary after the first few pages. It seemed like just another story of a self-hating crossdresser and his cruel, unforgiving wife. As much as I love stories of female domination, I do get tired of seeing sissies cruelly punished for something that should be a pleasure.
Fortunately, Shaun Putaine shares that disdain for the cliche, redeeming it with a surprise twist, and then breathing new life into the genre with some lovely sentiments.
While Scott's wife needs time to cope with the discovery, it is the lies and the secrets that bother her, not the crossdressing itself. Fortunately, her sister and brother-in-law have some experience with alternative lifestyles, and they are prepared to guide Scott (now Sallyann) into a new life as a sissy, while her wife assumes her role as dominant cuckoldress.
Where Putaine breathes new life into the genre is with the focus on self-acceptance. Sallyann has to recognize that she's the one being intolerant, that her guilt and shame are self-imposed. Once she does that, she can really settle in to her dreams and enjoy being pampered (and punished) as a sissy by her new Auntie, who makes a girl of her, and by her new Uncle, who makes a woman of her. The level of detail there, both physical and emotional is just delightful, as Sallyann really gets indulged in her femininity.
This is only the first part of her story, howver - it is A Sissy Story where her wife takes control.
The second book in Shaun Putaine's Undiminished series (although it can be read as a stand-alone story), Love Undiminished is a remarkably thoughtfulThe second book in Shaun Putaine's Undiminished series (although it can be read as a stand-alone story), Love Undiminished is a remarkably thoughtful and emotional look at the dynamics of a non-traditional relationship.
Tom and Lisa are a happily married husband and wife who began exploring a female dominant lifestyle in the first book, Passion Undiminished. With their new roles and Mistress and slave firmly established, they are ready to evolve into the realm of cuckolding. What makes the story work so well is the way Putaine establishes and explores the reasons why couple might choose to make such a move. He looks at what both Tom and Lisa get out of it, what it means to their relationship, and how it does - and, more importantly, does not - alter their relationship.
The heart and soul of the story is Tom, who really struggles with the clash of fantasy and reality. We get to share in his emotional struggles as he reconciles his submissive tendencies with his jealousy. He has a hard time with this change in their lives, even though he was the one who wanted it. As excited as he is to see his wife and Mistress enjoying the sexual passion she deserves, he worries what that will do to their love for one another. Lisa may come across as a little harsh for some readers, but I loved how she was both firm and loving, a perfect blend of Mistress and wife.
There is a lot of BDSM themed punishment and submission here, with Putaine extending the scenes to reveal the emotions that are revealed. We get to see Lisa's aftercare for her punished submissive, and come to understand that she loves him more, not less, with the opening of their relationship. There is even a touch of forced bisexuality and forced feminization, although neither are the focus of the tale. Well-written, with a nice blend of romance and passion, and just enough explicit sex to define the transition, Love Undiminished is a fantastic story for lovers of female domination and cuckolding.