Author: Melissa Marr
Anthology: TEETH - Vampire Tales
Edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
Pub Date: 2011
This chilling tale by Wicked Lovely author Melissa Marr follows Eliana and Sebastian as their morbid relationship begins on the heels of Sebastian's relationship with former girlfriend Nicole. Told through alternating third-person points-of-view--between Eliana and Sebastian, of course--Marr's meaningful prose exudes purpose. Clearly, this is the work of a skilled writer. The most fascinating thing about this story has little to do with Marr's unique vampirism but more the symbolism the bloody exchange of partners represents. The most beautiful set of phrases in the story come from the lips of Sebastian himself: "...the shock and pain makes most people forget us. It hurts, you know, ripping holes in people's skin." To any reader of the story, Marr's metaphor is not only clear but resonant.
With well-rounded characters, a fascinating take on the aged (and well-worn) vampire mythology, and lurid sentences galore Marr stands triumphant. Give it a try; you'll love it!
--Anthony L. Isom