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", "...like 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.
This is the perfect short story on a stormy afternoon for those of us that like traditional vampire myths with a bit of a twist.
Originally published in 2003, I had discovered it while sitting in some office or bar, or coffee shop while leafing through some esoteric magazine. Quickly jotting down his name in my moleskin. A few years later I ran across his name again,same story. I just really dug the vampire, Lazarus.
Matt Cole writes shorts with a very non-sparkling vampire named Lazarus. His writing has strong, dark and solid allegory, balancing the traditional vampire myth with Native British Columbian myths. Having grown up a bit south of there in the Pacific Northwest, I appreciated it even more. Totem poles are more than a think of wonder and beauty in the middle of the park, they have huge symbolic meaning within the Native religion.
In the perfect length of a short, in my opinion, he is able to throw at you such strength and power blending both, I even wonder if it can successfully be a novel. Maybe I do not want it to be, since I love good solid short stories. When I discovered it for my Kindle I quickly gobbled it up and discovered there are two more with Lazarus. This is a vampire that I can "sink" my teeth in.