This short story was published in The Vampire Connoisseur, an anthology of vampire fiction edited by Todd Sullivan.
Told in first person by an unnamed narrator, this story focuses on a man alone after the loss of his wife and son.
Once more Bettis excels in her power of description and ability to create atmosphere. I sat on the porch with the protagonist and watched the sun sink below the horizon. I could smell the surroundings and feel the heat of the evening.
This was a perfect short story for me. The beautiful writing set the scene. The plot was tense and exciting. The underlying themes were thoughtful and emotional. The pacing built to a tense and breathless crescendo.
It is hard to find a new angle for vampires these days, and while this story gave me echoes of Near Dark and 30 Days of Night (both a good thing and a reflection of my mindset rather than the author’s intention), I loved Bettis’s original twist on vampires.
I award The Sun Sets Nonetheless…