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Vampire Winter by Lois Tilton
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Apr 03, 2012

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bookshelves: science-fiction, post-apocalypse, horror, vampires

This book, Lois Tilton's first published, does an extraordinary job of getting into the head of an extremely unpleasant, inhuman creature. The vampire Kittredge is as nasty, unsympathetic, and cold a predator as you would not care to meet. At the beginning of the story, nuclear weapons destroy Chicago nearby, and civilization elsewhere, and Kittredge finds himself having to husband his resources rather than simply prey on them because he must have live humans' blood to survive, and uncontaminated by radiation at that, and there aren't enough for him to just kill them as he likes.

The story unfolds as the vampire works uneasily with a small community of humans to keep them alive and safe. By the end of the story he is different. Not any more human, still unpleasant, but different.

It's an interesting piece of writing, a good antidote to the sorts of stories where vampires are swoony, romantic immortal humans. There's almost nothing human about Kittredge, and yet his motives and actions are understandable.

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