Title: Vampire Weather
Author: Garth Nix
In: To Hold the Bridge (Garth Nix) & Teeth (Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Australian authors, Dark fantasy, Vampires
Format: Short story
Publisher: Hot Key Books
5th sentence, 74th page: Come down to my house.
We all hate going out in bad weather, but for Amos, it’s far, far, far worse.
This story might have only been 20 pages, but it is certainly a cute, slightly twisted story that I am going to think about for a long while. There is nothing like a short story that is going to stick with you to finish off the night. And, Vampire Weather is definitely one such story.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, but, as a general, I don’t enjoy vampire stories. They tend to make a creature that is traditionally seen as a villain as a fluffy, cuddly, romantic human with a slight disease. Luckily, Vampire Weather doesn’t do this in the slightest. The entire story is based around the premise that vampires are evil predators that can’t be allowed to triumph. From Amos’ secluded existence, to Tangerine’s cheerful vaccination, every single act is conducted to keep vampires away from one’s lifeblood.
Amos’ ignorance, caused by his seclusion and his sense of betrayal at the conclusion of this story are a great way to show that ignorance isn’t always bliss. After all, sometimes, being ignorant and naïve is exactly what gets you in trouble in vampire weather…
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