As someone who has shunned short stories in the past, I’m fast becoming a fan so I’m delighted to be part of the launch celebrations for Champagne & Lemonade by John A.D. Hickling which was published by Clink Street Publishing on June 5th 2016 in paperback and e-book. Champagne & Lemonade has a variety of pieces and is available for purchase here and to order from all good bookshops.
Today I’m reviewing one of the stories, Vampire of 133A Greenstone Street and tomorrow you’ll find my review of the poetry Depressing/Depressed Again.
Champagne & Lemonade
Champagne & Lemonade is a delightful collection of eclectic short stories, taking readers on a journey to different times and places, meeting a sparkling cast of well-drawn characters.
Nibble the fish is desperate to escape his boring old pond.
A new breed of super hero has been born and his name is Bob Cheesecake.
Dumpton Hospital’s staff have a somewhat unconventional approach to looking after their patients.
Robert Hood is on a mission to save modern England.
And just who is the vampire terrorising the neighbourhood from his home at 113A Greenstone Street?
From the quixotic to the poignant, John A. D. Hickling’s wild and whimsical tales fizz with fun and are sure to entertain almost everyone!
Vampire of 133A Greenstone Street
Murders were being committed, Jack believed them to be the work of a vampire, and would do everything he could to stop himself and his friends from becoming the next victims.
I stood up and looked out from my apartment window; a thick, scary fog engulfed Greenstone Street. Who or what was doing these murders? The police had no clue; but I had my own theory, it was a vampire who had been driven into town looking for fresh meat.
My Review of Vampire of 133A Greenstone Street
Jack and his university flatmate Kelly are surrounded by dark foggy nights and inept police as victims are found with animal like wounds to their bodies.
Crikey this is a fast paced and exciting story. It combines all the elements one would expect of a vampire film or narrative, from the creepy pathetic fallacy of the fog to rotting corpses and blood.
There’s light and shade too with humour offsetting the gore so that there’s a lightness of touch to the storytelling that I really enjoyed. Jack dropping his digestive biscuit as he reads the graphic description of the latest body is just one example.
I thought the characterisation was especially effective and felt Jack’s first person storytelling added to that success.The reader gets a clear image of what the characters look like and their relationship with one another.
Despite being only a few pages long, Vampire of 133A Greenstone Street would make a fantastic feature film for television as much of the writing has a very visual element.
About John Hickling
Proud father and grandfather, and jack of all trades John A.D. Hickling currently lives with his family in Nottingham. A lover of music, especially 60’s rock, John has previously recorded two independent albums, appeared in comedy band Space Cadets on Britain’s Got Talent and is an active member of Masque Productions amateur theatre group. His debut book, Champagne & Lemonade. For more information please visit John’s website or find him on Facebook. You can follow John on Twitter.
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