The Blood of Cowards: A Dark Supernatural Fantasy

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The vampire, Lazarus Kalon, is on his way back to Atlanta to liberate his treasure before the city falls to Sherman's army. Sick from a prolonged thirst, Lazarus, encounters three rebel deserters in the Appalachians. Yet, as Lazarus closes in on the deserters, he is overcome by an awareness that one of these soldiers may be worthy of the immortal gift. More

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About Matt Cole

Matt was born in a Vancouver, British Columbia 1967. He earned a undergraduate degree in kinesiology at the University of British Columbia and a graduate degree in exercise physiology the University of Victoria.

He was first inspired to write speculative fiction while in college, during a speculative fiction literature course. Since then, in addition to short stories, Matt has experimented with writing screenplays and graphic novel scripts.

In addition to writing speculative fiction in various forms, Matt enjoys red wine (or the nectar of the Gods as he believes it to be); dark chocolate; watching the game at the pub; IPSC competitions; keeping physically fit; collecting comic books, attending film festivals, and wondering book stores.

Matt currently resides in Burnaby, British Columbia.

His author site and blog is

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Review by: Samantha Hawk on Feb. 14, 2013 :
The Blood of Cowards is an impressive example of a successful short story, where each word is carefully chosen and each sentence fits perfectly together to compose a harmonious and powerful story.

The story unfolds with a vivid description of the surroundings, which makes you feel like standing right next to the vampire Lazarus, hearing the gunfire and smelling the stench of war, but also perceiving the beauty of the countryside.

The plot, a vampire preying on three deserted soldiers and considering turning one of them, is fascinating in its simplicity, yet at the same time exceptional in its stunning outcome.

Reading The Blood of Cowards was a real pleasure and I admire the author's eloquence. Words like: "with a delicious stab of pain", "...emerald peaks surrounded the black water like a titan guard", " a wave of red paint crashing against my brain" created perfectly clear mental images with an amazing effortlessness.

Watering your mouth, this short story makes you wish for a full-length novel about the life and destiny of Lazarus Kalon, vampire.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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