Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 30 June (In the Laboratory of the Night/Vampire Variations)

By the time the last work on the towers of Notre-Dame-de-Paris completed that shape against the sky, the night was my native country. I remember its peaked roof and flying buttresses every night, as I drift up the hill to the university library whose towers imitate the Gothic.

It’s true about the thresholds; were this a church, I could not enter by any door, however insincere the faith that raised that pile. The vertical intention would bar me.

Universities, mercifully, have no such barriers, for all they meant this a fortress of learning impenetrable to the likes of me when I was alive.

But I cannot settle to my pleasures in a nest of books. Not yet, anyway.

Terence has a new inamorata. 


This is the second-draft opening of my story In the Laboratory of the Night, my contribution to the Vampire Variations challenge, to be released July 15 from Glass Knife Press.

Weekend Writing Warriors offers eight-sentence excerpts from a variety of writers; see the other excerpts here.

Convention update: On Thursday 4 July, I will be speaking on the CONvergence panel “Stealing from the Best: How SFF Writers Beg, Borrow, and Steal Ideas.” Expect an interesting exchange of ideas!

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5 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 30 June (In the Laboratory of the Night/Vampire Variations)

  1. I really love the “voice” of this story. Excellent excerpt!

  2. daezarkian says:

    I’ve said it before, but I absolutely love the cadence of your prose and the character voice. Keep it up!

  3. Susan Deborah Schiller says:

    I’m definitely drawn into the main character here, wondering what it’s like to find the night your home… and unable to enter the door of a church… excellent snippet!

  4. burnsmillie says:

    New initiate of WeWriWa, delicious little excerpt.

  5. Nice description that fix the reader in the place and gives one of the rules for you vampire at the same time. Good job!

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