This feature provides reviews of individual short stories. This meme was created by 365 Days of Reading. I wont be posting these every Saturday, but I will be as much as I can.
So its time for Short Story Saturday again and I am reviewing a story from Vampires Don't Sparkle! This time, I want to chat about a story called What Once Was Flesh by author Tim Waggoner.
Title: Vampires Don't Sparkle!
Story: What Once Was Flesh
Author: Tim Waggoner
What would you do if you had unlimited power and eternal life? Would you…go back to high school? Attend the same classes year after year, going through the pomp and circumstance of one graduation after another, until you found the perfect date to take to prom? Would you…spend your days moping and brooding, finding your only joy in a game of baseball on a stormy day? Or would you…do something else? The authors of this collection have a few ideas; some fanciful, some humorous, and some as dark as an endless night. Join us, and discover what it truly means to be “vampyre.” Edited by Michael West Foreword by Michael West “A New Life” by J. F. Gonzalez “What Once was Flesh” by Tim Waggoner “The Darkton Circus Mystery” by Elizabeth Massie “Robot Vampire” by R. J. Sullivan “Beneath a Templar Cross” by Gord Rollo “The Weapon of Memory” by Kyle S. Johnson “The Excavation” by Stephen Zimmer “Skraeling” by Joel A. Sutherland “Dreams of Winter” by Bob Freeman “Dracula’s Winkee: Bloodsucker Blues” by Gregory L. Hall “I Fuck Your Sunshine” by Lucy A. Snyder “A Soldier’s Story” by Maurice Broaddus “Rattenkönig” by Douglas F. Warrick “Vampire Nation” by Jerry Gordon “Curtain Call” by Gary A. Braunbeck A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to cancer research institutions to fight the real horrors of Cancer.
Alright, so let's talk Vampire. This story is very different from all the other vampire type stories I've read. I don't want to give anything about the story away, but just be warned the ending is great! I didn't expect the ending to end like it did.
I really enjoyed this type of vampire though, no they don't sparkle, yes they drink human blood and yes they sink their teeth into human necks. But, the story itself is what is so amazingly different about this one. The plot is great and I wouldn't mind reading more of this story to find out what the main character Al does next. Even though the way the story goes, you can pretty much guess, but it also makes me wonder if he will ever stop. Hmm that is the question I would love to ask the author. Would Al ever stop doing this, or will nothing stop him?
But anyway, this is the second story in this book and I can't wait to read more Vampire stories in this spectacular book!!!! AMAZING.
I would have to give What Once Was Flesh a....