I chose this book because of the title (and I also love good vampire stories). I know, it’s not a convincing reason, but I guess it just shows that a catchy title (and also a cover) may help convince a reader to select a book. It’s Hard To Be a Vampire sounded like the title of a diary to me, so I picked it up. It turned out that it wasn’t a diary though.
It’s Hard To Be a Vampire is a collection of short stories, and by the time I was done reading I was glad I had judged a book by its cover. I simply couldn’t put it down. “Just one more story” … “Just one more” … that’s how it went for me.
Without giving away any spoilers, I especially enjoyed the unexpected twists and turns. The ending always came as a surprise; especially in the two consecutive stories of painters Jan and Anthony. While Jan was inherently evil and Anthony was a pure, honest soul, the torment in both artists was depicted so vividly, creating an understanding for both characters, even for the bad guy. It doesn’t happen often that an author can draw the reader to feeling the antagonist’s pain, and that was exactly what Victoria Faust did in Anthony and Jan’s tale.
I think it’s best not to give you a synopsis of each story. They are short stories, after all. Instead, I will explain in two or three lines what each tale is about, just to give you an idea.
List of Short Stories
- It’s hard to be a vampire: the story of a girl who wants to be a vampire, but she can’t because she is too fat.
- Gallery of Horrors: a young painter who sacrifices anything (and anyone) for his art
- The painting strikes back: what happens with one of the paintings, years after the artist’s death
- Narcissus: a girl who kills for love of herself
- Quietly they rise from the fog: a man walks into the fog to find his wife and daughter
- Behind the door: what lurks behind a door during the attack on a fort …
- The invisible ink: the story of the sister of a missing writer who keeps all her handwritten pages. There’s something about that ink …
- That bloody useless bloodless body: a horror author meets a fan who turns out to be undead
Like I mentioned in my introduction, I couldn’t put this book down. I was always looking forward to reading the next short story and I was disappointed when I came to the end of the book, because there was nothing more to read … I wanted to read more 😉 So, this is a good disappointment. If a reader doesn’t want a book to end, then the author definitely did a great job.
My favorite was Jan and Anthony’s story (Gallery of Horrors, and The Painting Strikes Back). It was filled with malice and evil, and it shocked with a terrible end. That one was a mesmerizing tale, the exquisite pain of the artist, justifying his evil streak. How can pain be exquisite? Only in tales of horror, of vampires, or of bad deeds told from the perpetrator’s point of view. Jan was a truly malevolent person, and yet …
Oh, I won’t say more. That’s for you to find out. I promised no spoilers!
The best price for this book is on Amazon, it’s available as Kindle. I didn’t see it on Kindle Unlimited, but at the price of $5.14 this is a pretty good deal.
It’s Hard To Be a Vampire would make a nice Christmas gift for any vampire or horror fan. I will certainly look at some more books in different genres to recommend for this Holiday Season. So, stay tuned for more reviews 🙂