Chrysalis by Ronald Hore


Title: Chrysalis
Author: Ronald Hore
In: Evolve (Nancy Kilpatrick)
Rating Out of 5: 3 (On the fence about this one)
My Bookshelves: Vampires
Pace: Medium
Format: Short story
Publisher: Edge
Year: 2010
5th sentence, 74th page: Lucy wouldn’t come out of the water until he had gone inside.

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Lucy’s parents never really wanted her, and she never really wanted them. But when she starts to undergo a bit of a change… things are all about to change.


I don’t think I’ve ever actually read a story that features a child of a vampire. There are so many about lovers, friends, family… but never one about a child. Nor have I ever read a story in which having a child is actually, well… possible. So this was surprising. And kind of weird to be honest.

From the beginning, it is clear that everything isn’t alright in this household, but, instead of clearly stating that there is a vampire in the house, it is insinuated beautifully. Actually, the word vampire never once is mentioned throughout. It is just hinted at, again and again and again. And then there is the change – and again, nothing is outright stated, but there is this great reading-between-the-lines feeling.

This story is certainly one that is great at showing and not telling. Something that not every good writer is able to do so neatly.

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