Everyone loves a vampire, but what the heck is a succubus?
In medieval lore a succubus was a female demon that came to men in their dreams in the shape of a human woman desiring to have sex with them, drawing on the man’s energy in order to sustain themselves. From the Latin word ‘succubare’ meaning “to lie under”, these creatures were often the scapegoats for monks needing a reason to explain away the phenomenon of wet dreams and sleep paralysis.
In some legends the succubus was a shape shifter, able to transform into her male counterpart the incubus so as to transfer the stolen male seed into an unknowing human woman. Children born with deformities and defects were said to be the result of these unnatural pairings as an explanation for their abnormalities.
Over time the legend of the succubus evolved to include powers such as hypnotism and mind control, as well as allowing them to take physical human form to seduce men while they were awake. They were able to convince men to commit unholy and unnatural acts, leaving them with cravings for what were seen as all kinds of deviant sexual behaviors.
“It’s not me, the succubus made me do it!”
Because of her need for sexual energy in order to survive the succubus can be likened to a sexual vampire, which is why I have made the succubus trait in the Vanessa Kensley books to be a type of lesser known cousin to the more common sanguineous (blood drinking) vampire, upposed to a dream walking demon.