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)