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The Mosquito Song
Hunted by amateur assassins, confounded by a mysterious notebook, and vexed by modern technology, a derelict vampire travels west to Chicago for answers. And maybe a little blood.
Kindle Edition, 108 pages
Published September 30th 2011 by Tiny TOE Press
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Reading like a screenplay -- the conversational tone is both economical and crystal clear -- The Mosquito Song succeeds in a most unexpected fashion: it doesn't glamorize the, uh, affliction, nor does it ever ... even once ... lapse into melodrama. In fact, our narrator and "hero" is a very relatable character ... and this is where The Mosquito Song drives a stake through the heart of every emo-tastic, fang faced pretty boy you've seen since Ann Rice ruined everything. The reader doesn't secret ...more
I've never read a vampire story written in this kind of voice. It didn't take long at all to grow close to the undead narrator. The mixture of action, travelogue, and seedy street scenes is handled with dexterity. At only 103 pages it's a short book that leaves a lasting impression and was never guilty of weighing me down.
ML Kennedy writes about the spooky and the mundane. He has released a rust-belt travelogue/vampire novella called The Mosquito Song, as well as a short story collection called Thanksgiving for Werewolves and Other Monstrous Tales through Tiny Toe Press. Kennedy has a blog where he writes stories in exactly 100 words. You can find out more about those and his slightly longer stories at wbxylo.weebl ...more