The Rabbi and the Vampire (A Short Story)

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Although Vampires are found in many cultures, this is a short story about the Jewish origins of the Vampire legend as found in the Torah and Talmud which has entered into literature. The information in this regard is factual, as was the treatment of the Jews I describe in the late Middle Ages, just before the advent of the European Enlightenment in the early 1800's. More
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About Darren Stein

Darren Stein is an Australian writer and poet. He teaches English at a high school on Sydney's North Shore. His work has been published in a variety of publications, most recently, Poetica, Metaphor, Rangitawa Press, Tree House Arts, Going Down Swinging and Quail Bell Magazine. He is married with two children and a fat and happy guinea pig named Creeper. He has written two books, "Storage Space: A collection of contemporary poetry" and "The Nut House Poems", released by Red Dashboard Publications and available on Amazon.

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Review by: Jay Patterson on March 9, 2015 :
A neat twist on how to destroy Vampires. A pretty fair read.
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Review by: timothy haas on May 25, 2013 :
The Rabbi and the Vampire

I was searching for a short story to read the other day. Nothing really appealed to me until I came across this one. The setting is in the Ghetto's of Germany in the 1940's.

Impressive writing and I could really see in my mind the entire encounter. Darren Stein has written a new view on the Vampire story line, I hope that he will continue to write more.
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Review by: Ken on May 11, 2013 :
What a fantastic short-story. This is the first that I have read of vampires and the Jewish faith and it opens up for me a whole new arena to explore.

Very well done, Mr Stein!

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Review by: Sammi Cox on Sep. 25, 2012 :
I really enjoyed reading this book; it nicely combines a twist on the traditional vampire story with an evocative window into the Jewish community of centuries gone by. This is an excellent short story and is well worth a read!
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Review by: LaGina Reese on Aug. 31, 2012 :
I really love this story. The way you let the ending made me go "oh damn!" Very well done.
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Review by: Ardy on July 8, 2012 :
Awesome story, and it does my heart good to know that my Jewish blood protects me from vampires! I have a feeling that if they are really out there, some of my writing might piss them off. I loved the blend of legend and history. I think an entire novel about Jewish Vampire hunters is in order!
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Review by: Cindy M. Erwin on July 3, 2012 : (no rating)
I have had the delight and pleasure of reading the Rabbi and the Vampire by Darren Stein.
I was completely enthralled. What a clever idea. I totally believed it. Your command of the descriptive equally balanced with the narration was perfect. I liked learning the Hebrew words you used in the description of the holy men.
I did find a couple technical wording mistakes that were overlooked. This story is so colorful and vivid, I’d hate to have it go to print and be marred with minor typographical errors.
I have seen that happen sadly too often.

In the first paragraph in the first sentence you write ‘’,her feet mercifully numb as they slid and slit against the icy cobble stones beneath them.’’ Did you mean to say slit? It is interesting and different and can be used I suppose, however it is traditional to say slipped.
Also on page four, in the paragraph “So once again, -,looking back with concern at the young women and our little family- “ I suspect you meant to say the young woman.
Page five paragraph begins, “ ‘Thankyou, ‘ she said. Obviously a space is needed between.
Page eight, “we have known or you kind for thousands of years.” Of course you want ‘your kind’.
Again page nine ‘thankyou, Abraham. Space between thank and you should be there.
Thank you so very much in allowing me to read this gem and give my opinion of it to you.
Cindy M. Erwin
PS, A few years back the Stoker family had the story of Dracula denoted of the fact that Bram never got rights to his book, I wonder if you have let them see your story and how they would feel about it?
It tickles me so much how you have given Bram Stoker ‘back story’.
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Review by: Aaron Pery on March 3, 2011 :
Great idea. Loved it
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Review by: sunnysmiles on March 3, 2011 :
Good story interesting wish you had some more
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