The vampire genre is an interesting one. It’s gone all the way from completely hokey (sparkling vampires) to entertaining (New Orleans) to downright scary (Jack Crow). In other words, it’s wide open. Unfortunately a lot of people like mimic the big names in the vamp world instead of finding their own voice and telling their own stories.
Enter John Hennessy and his Tale of Vampires series that started with Murderous Little Darlings and continues on. Today we’ve got book two: The Blood and the Raven. He’s found his own voice and his own terrifying way to tell the tale of the blood suckers.
Now, vampires have been around for a long time and are supposed to represent the worst in all of us. They’re parasites. They feed on the blood of the living and give nothing but misery in return. Kind of like spiders. Recent trends have started to paint the vampire as sexy, something to aspire to, a pale god-like figure that allows us to transcend our meager human existence and aspire to be something better.
But the blood suckers aren’t things to aspire to – or at least shouldn’t be. Real children of the night should be terrifying things: not necessarily because of what they do (seriously, who doesn’t enjoy a cup of their enemy’s blood every now and then), but because of how and why they do it. They kill violently, shamelessly, and without any thought of morality.
And when vamps like this show up, you really need to call this guy.
Hennessy’s vampires are a mixture of the sexy and the terrifying. They may use their powers to look innocent and beautiful but he’s not afraid of letting them bare their black hearts. Blood flows and he’s not afraid to show it.
The Blood and the Raven is a tale within a tale, which makes it all that much more interesting. Hennessy’s a talented writer and when it comes time for the internal story to be told he shifts gears and moves into the kind of narrative you get when you’re listening to scary stories around the campfire. Or Trump speeches. Take your pick. They’re both scary.
This is book two of a seven story set that’s scheduled to conclude in 2017. It continues the tale of Juliana (from Murderous Little Darlings) and expands on her particular brand of evil.
If you like beautiful vampires who will also rip your still beating out of your chest and rub the blood all over their faces while you watch in mute horror, John Hennessy has some tales for you.