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Never Seen by Waking Eyes

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Never Seen by Waking Eyes
Never Seen by Waking Eyes Book Cover, written by Stephen Dedman
Never Seen by Waking Eyes Book Cover, written by Stephen Dedman
Author(s) Stephen Dedman
Publisher Wildside Press (Original)
Infrapress (Reissue)
Publication date June 16, 2005 (Original)
August 1, 2005 (Reissue)
Media type Paperback
Length 228 Pages
ISBN 978097665440728

For other uses of the word Succubus, see Succubus (disambiguation).

Never Seen by Waking Eyes, is an anthology of short stories written by Stephen Dedman. One of these, What You Wish For, is a tale about a Succubus.


  • Title: Never Seen by Waking Eyes
  • Author: Stephen Dedman
  • Published By: Wildside Press (Original)
    Infrapress (Reissue)
  • Length: 228 Pages
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-10: 0976654407
  • ISBN-13: 978097665440728
  • Publishing Date: June 16, 2005 (Original)
    August 1, 2005 (Reissue)

Plot Summary

Two dozen dark tales from one of Australia's finest genre writers. Drawing on inspiration from such diverse sources as Japanese mythology, European folklore, modern urban legends, and ancient native Australian and American traditions, as well as the literature of Shakespeare, T.S. Eliot, Bram Stoker, Lewis Carroll, and Edgar Allan Poe -- the author tells stories of humanity's deepest desires and most dreadful nightmares. Dedman journeys into the past, present, and future...to the jungles of Malaysia, outback ghost towns, and modern metropolises...to places both too familiar and unfamiliar to give comfort. An accomplished storyteller, Dedman re-imagines supernatural entities like vampires, succubi, and ghosts and combines them with modern terrors such as ecological and scientific horrors and the eternal evils of the political and the rperverse. His stories are disturbing, erotic, or amusing -- or any combination of the three. With one original story and several never published in the United States or the United Kingdom, Never Seen by Waking Eyes will serve as an apt introduction for many to the darker short works of Stephen Dedman.

Book Review

A review of this novel can be found at the Horrorscope Blog.

In the review is a short description of the story in which a succubus appears as follows:

In What You Wish For our frustrated male finds ill-fated solace with a shape-changing succubus. The demon manifests for intercourse in various feminine forms including a disastrous incarnation as his ex-girlfriend, whose plump thighs and sagging breasts are apparently not worth reinventing. But his realized fantasy life eventually proves even less desirable than unfortunate reality.

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