Crimson Rain

Rated 4.77/5 based on 13 reviews
Short story.

They say the time will come for the darkened sky to violate our Earth with her tears of blood. The legend foretells of a blood-thirsty race being born from these tears; Mother Nature’s punishment for our evil deeds. They say that day will come when mankind’s thirst for the blood of his own consumes him. They say that day is near.
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About Vanessa Finaughty

Vanessa grew up in Cape Town and still lives there with her husband of nineteen years, her two daughters and her furry, four-legged ‘children’.

Her passion for the written word started her career as an editor and copywriter, and she ran a writers’ critique group for close on seven years. She's been writing ever since she learnt how, has always been an avid reader, and currently lives on coffee and hugs.

Her interests include reading, ancient history, conspiracy theories, photography and graphic design, the supernatural, life's mysteries and martial arts, of which she has five years’ experience.

Review copies of all Vanessa's books are available upon request, and fans are welcome to email her at - she loves to hear any type of feedback and answers all emails personally.

*** Please note that Vanessa uses UK/RSA spelling and grammar, which is not always the same as US spelling and grammar.

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Reviews of Crimson Rain by Vanessa Finaughty

John Mc Caffrey reviewed on July 31, 2013

Beautifully written story.
(review of free book)
Artie Margrave reviewed on July 29, 2013

This is a fantastic short, very interesting, original and introspective. The imagery was vivid and the idea was original and unique. I loved the new twist on vampire fiction (won't give spoilers). I was so caught in the narrator's misery that I came up disappointed when the curtain called. It's a very good outline for a novel/novella length work. Writing was also clear, clean and easy on the mind. Well done, writer.
(review of free book)
Steph Anne reviewed on July 4, 2013

Unique! Rarely, do I use the !, but I can't stress enough the originality of this shorts plot and the authors choice in narration. I try not to get into too much detail when reviewing so as not to give out spoilers, especially with short storys but I will say that I loved it. Not the warm and fuzzy kind of love but the dark, disturbing, you made me think and feel as I read, kind of love. Elegantly written. Thank you for such an original read. Five-stars, highly recommend.
(review of free book)
Eve Metcalf reviewed on May 29, 2012

Read this one a while ago. Was an okay book, but I don't get what the other reviewers are seeing in it. It was an interesting start of a story, but far to short.
(review of free book)
Brian Harmon reviewed on May 10, 2012

I'm not much of a vampire fan, honestly, but every now and then I enjoy a good bloodsucker tale. This was a good story with some original ideas. Nicely done.
(review of free book)
CherokeeRose Alexander reviewed on April 19, 2012

I read this story the other day. I have had a dream before where it rained crimson red blood. I do not remember all the dream, as it was long ago, So reading this story I could actually feel all the emotions, and was drawn into every action, every thought, as if watching a movie in real. What a wonderful story, I love it.
(review of free book)
Cyndy Nishiyama reviewed on March 21, 2012

"Nnnoooooooooooooo," is the first thought that ran in my head when i realized i have read the last page. No. The story can't possibly be over so soon?! I want more!
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Tom Banks reviewed on March 13, 2012

While I found the book interesting and a good concept, I think it could have been taken further in only a few brief pages.
(review of free book)
J M Winspear reviewed on Feb. 28, 2012

Crimson Rain
by Vanessa Finaughty

I must confess; I gave up vampires long ago. There was a time when I devoured each new offering from Anne Rice, whose vampires, though certainly camp, were neither ‘sparkling in the sun’ nor dancing in forest glades with bare torsos and buff abdomens like some of today’s cinematic offerings are wont to do. Thankfully, Vanessa Finaughty offers up none of this. By self admission, her protagonist confesses to the horrors he has committed – one of which provides a nice shock for the reader – and leads him to the day of reckoning for himself and that of his kin as he stares bleakly at self-destruction.

Of course though, the writer’s cleverer than that; it is not just the vampire that must make a choice, but us. We are the ones staring into the void with the power at our fingertips to make just that change. Can we do it? I doubt it.

This is a finely crafted story that does just what a short story should do; it grabs you in the first few paragraphs and leads you swiftly to the conclusion. I shall certainly read more of this author’s work.
(review of free book)
k3books reviewed on Feb. 25, 2012

Crimson Rain
by Vanessa Finaughty

The book is only 40 minutes to read, I love quality short stories like this. This is an exceptional vampire story. Generally speaking you may find vampire tales boring, vampires in space, vampire westerns or vampire bankers attacking wall street, Yawn, Yawn, I know how you feel.

But this book is different, The Crimson Rain is human blood which is catalytic. That is to say, when it hits human flesh it changes you into a vampire. The first blood transfusion from the red clouds turns you into a vampire and the second infusion reverts you back to being human.

The question for our Vampire prince in the book is… do other vampires want to revert back to being human? Should he deceive his fellow vampires including his lover also a vamp and take away their free choice?

The book gets interesting as Mother nature is invoked as the agency sending the blood rain in the first place, like God in the Bible who "sets man up to fail".. With the… don't eat that apple scam, a scam because predictably curiosity.. plus free will.. plus time and chance, make it inevitable that curious man will eat that apple. Ultimately one day I predict man will even end up making a hydrogen bomb. Can we avoid a massive global war that will render man extinct? The Crimson Rain threatens the vampires? In the same way nuclear weapon or killer viruses threatens us now.

So the vampire having suffered for 300 years.. He sees like Adam, sees and has tasted (literally) blood, horror, brutality, hunger and pain. The Crimson Rain, like the magical apple in the garden of Eden turns men into a beasts. But unlike the one way street of the apple there is a way back with the this rain.

Meanwhile back at the ranch… Mother nature is the agent of the vampires infection with evil, and the one delivering the vampires from being trapped in fallen flesh.

Pay attention there at the back.. The Crimson Rain will bring about a dinosaur style mass extinction. Maybe it was a Crimson Rain that killed off the dinosaurs 60 million years ago ?.. OK pull yourselves together that’s ridculous..we know for a fact (but I can't prove it) that Aliens nicked our dinosaurs and now Aliens keep Earth's dinosaurs in zoos all over the universe.

Today man is base and vulgar (well I am at least) sick of beer, lose women, drugs, fast cars, films, books, sport, five star hotels expensive holidays...hang on...hang on. wait a minute what am I saying? Maybe I don't want to eat that second apple or stand under the second rain after all.

Erm.. the dilemma.. read the book it explores this dilemma brilliantly. Stay like this and it's a wipe-out war and extinction.. Or walk outside and stand in the crimson rain of redemption.

Could you really go back to being naive and living in a walled garden? That is the question.. It's what the snake asked Eve..That is the question…the vampire's dilemma., but the Rain is not a retrograde step back into ignorance and bliss, but an elevation into a higher plane of enlightenment and bliss.

Then the ending.. it is sensational. You will have to read the book.

This is a brilliant short story (like all good things in life) it's FREE on smashwords and Barns & Noble. The review was of the smashwords edition. (think this book would make a good radio and stage play)

Paul Kendall Leeds (Yorkshire) UK
(review of free book)

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