Title: The Midday Mangler Meets his Match
Author: Rachel Vincent
In: The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance (Trisha Telep)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Family, Vampires
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: My vision finally merged, and the Midday Mangler stood in front of me, tall enough that I had to crane my neck to see him.
There is a serial killer hunting vampire children, but it isn’t until he meets Keziah and Luci that he truly meets his match.
I really enjoyed the premise set in this story – that of a reality in which being a vampire is like being a human. Completely ordinary and the standard for everyone. They go to school, they have relationships, and they even have serial killers with weird nicknames such as “Midday Mangler”. It just makes the entire story line and system of vampires that much more… “normal”. And I honestly love stories that place a paranormal reality across our everyday one in such a seamless manner.
Although there is a little of a cute romance in this story, and the male romantic partner ultimately ends the story, I got a very family-driven vibe from this short story. The elder sister is willing to do anything to protect her youngest sibling, and her little sister is also willing to be very protective to save her older sister. After all, what are sisters for but to take on a kind of creepy, child-preying serial killer?
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