Short Story Saturday was created by Lauren at 365 Days of Reading. This is such a fun idea, and occasionally I will be posting my thoughts on short stories here.
The Vampire Box by Tessa Gratton
Anthology: The Curiosities
Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab, October 2012
The first paragraph hooked me into this story! I immediately liked the protagonist, Nicole, a high school senior who is responsible for feeding the vampire, Saxon, they keep locked in a cage in the basement. She has to microwave pig’s blood for him in the microwave, and the smell makes her gag. Lovely, yes? No? OK, I don’t know why really, but I immediately connected with Nicole. Her character is believable and relatable, which made the whole story of keeping a vampire in the basement doable for me. I even liked Saxon, and felt bad for him being trapped there.
This story was only nine pages long, and I was disappointed with how short it was, I wanted to continue reading! This was my first taste of Tessa Gratton’s writing and I look forward to reading more from her! Blood Magic has been on my TBR list and I hope to read it soon.