The Harrow: Original Works of Fantasy and Horror, Vol 10, No 1 (2007)

Weep Not for the Vampire

Review © 2007 Dru Pagliassotti
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Weep Not for the Vampire
William A. Veselik
© 2006, Mundania Press
ISBN-10 1-59426-343-4

Disregard the angsty title and gothy-romantic cover: Weep Not for the Vampire is a surprisingly fresh vampire novel that brings a new perspective to this much-overworked genre.

Cullen Roark, a vampire for over fifty years, has returned to his home town of McMullin, Virginia, to die. He's sick of living on the blood of others and horrified by what the blood-frenzy made him do a little over a month ago. Now he's swore off human blood and wants to say one last good-bye before he goes to a hell he feels he richly deserves. It should be easy. Drop in, find some old-timers, discover what happened to his friends and family, and then let go.

But when he meets the daughter he never knew he had and finds out that a vampire has been snacking on his teenaged granddaughter, Cullen Roark suddenly discovers that he's still got some unfinished business in town.

Weep Not for the Vampire is a human story, not a horror story. Cullen Roark has special powers, true, and so does his opponent, the vampire who claims McMullin as its hunting ground. But this is really a novel about a regular guy, an ex-town-bully who loved his mother and wife, who has been away from home for a very long time. With a combination of wistful nostalgia and righteous anger, Cullen Roark sets himself to putting things right before he passes on.

If you enjoy vampire novels but are getting a little tired of the same old thing, pick up Weep Not for the Vampire. The pacing is uneven at first, but by the last page you'll find yourself pleasantly surprised. This little novel is worth the effort.