Red Hair and Gold: St. Van Helsing University

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Demons, vampires and elementals swarm through Britain--held in check only by the faculty and students of St. Van Helsing University. In this short story, author Vanessa Knipe tells of the run-in between one young student and the forces of evil.
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About Vanessa Knipe

"As a teen, Vanessa learned her love of canoeing in the alligator infested bayous of the Texas Gulf Coast. Back in her native, Yorkshire she watches the River Ouse rise every winter and wonders if she needs to revive an old skill: so far she and her son have been lucky. She mixes raising her son and wrestling with Creatures of the Night, though that’s not a nice thing to call her cat. Currently she is studying the preliminaries to what she hopes will be an MA in Creative Writing."

That's what it says on the back of the dead tree edition anyway. But what was a Yorkshire lass doing in the bayous of Texas?

At fourteen I was dragged from a sleepy English Village - where the greatest excitement was the annual Village Fête and fancy dress competition - to a suburb of Houston, Texas. We lived just across Clear Lake from the Johnson Space Center.

It was a shock to the system. But I loved the bayous and saved up my pocket money - instead of buying lunch at school - and bought a canoe. As soon as I could drive I was off every free moment on the still water of Armand Bayou.

I returned to England when I was twenty, to go to University in York. And aside from a brief madness when I actually chose to live in London I have stayed here.

Now, I'm a fairly young widow bringing up my son as best I can, spliting time between York and the Seaside at Filey.

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Review by: Mike White on Jan. 8, 2017 :
This story works well enough for an 'in medias res' flash fiction. The prose and dialogue worked. While I'm not the biggest fan of the 'in medias res' style, many people are, and this story offered the strong initial action that a lot of 'in medias res' fans like.
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Review by: James Jenkins on Dec. 17, 2016 :
Stands alone well, but at the end you can tell there more to the story then delivered. I am not a big magic/fantasy reader, if I was I would be interested in reading longer works by the author.
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Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on July 30, 2013 :
A nice little suprise this short tale of wizardry, monsters and knuckledusters. The story itself is very original with some good comedy moments thrown into the mix to lighten and thrill us as we get but a taste of the strange mystical world our detective/magician named Josh lives in.

It's one of those stories that leaves you wanting more, so as a piece of quirky flash fiction, this one is a great short read and a good introduction to the authors writing.

Good stuff indeed.
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