A History of Vampires in New England by Thomas D'Agostino

By Thomas D'Agostino

New England is wealthy in heritage and secret. various sleepy little cities and farming groups distinguish the region's scenic tranquility. yet no longer some time past, New Englanders lived in worry of spectral ghouls believed to upward thrust from their graves and stopover at relations within the evening to suck their lives away. even supposing the be aware "vampire" used to be by no means spoken, rankings of households disinterred family through the eighteenth and 19th centuries looking for telltale indicators that certainly one of them will be what's now known as the recent England vampire.

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He let his hand fall, landing upon a catalog on the small side table. A Sotheby’s catalog. The auction was to be held in just a few days. This was not a coincidence. None of it was coincidence: not the recent occultation, not the conflict overseas, not the economic recession. Like orderly dominoes we fall. He lifted the auction catalog and searched for a particular page. In it, without any accompanying illustration, was listed an ancient volume: Occido Lumen (1667)—A compleat account of the first rise of the Strigoi and full confutation of all arguments produced against their existence, translated by the late Rabbi Avigdor Levy.

He was unable to breathe. Eph looked around frantically, discovering Zack’s inhaler on top of the old television. He pressed the device into Zack’s hands and guided it to his mouth. Eph squeezed, and Zack huffed, and the aerosol opened up his lungs. Zack’s pallor improved immediately, his airway expanding like a balloon—and Zack slumped, weakened. Eph set down his sword, steadying the boy—but the revived Zack shoved him away, rushing toward the empty window. ” he croaked. Kelly retreated up the brick face of the building, the talons developing out of her middle fingers aiding her ascent as she climbed flat against the building side, like a spider.

A becoming. They have taken from us our neighbors, our friends, our families. They wear their faces now, the faces of our familiars, our Dear Ones. We have been turned out of our homes. Cast out of our own kingdom, we roam the outlands in search of a miracle. We survivors are bloodied, we are broken, we are defeated. But we are not turned. We are not Them. Not yet. This is not intended as a record or a chronicle, but as a lamentation, the poetry of fossils, a reminiscence of the end of the era of civilization.

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