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PETER AND THE VAMPIRES

Children and Monsters

By Jim Zoetewey, editor, author of The Legion of Nothing

Jan 13, 2009: My original review of Peter and the Vampires appeared when the story was only two weeks old. It has since grown to include several different stories, one of which actually includes vampires.

The basic idea is this: Peter, his mother, and his sister move into his grandfather’s house in the town of Duskerville. There Peter and his friend Dill encounter various flavors of the supernatural ranging from vampires to the fae.

Through it all, there’s whimsical humor and the sort of innocence possible only with ten year old main characters.

So far, the stories are very much in the "monster of the week" vein—if you redefine week to mean "however long it takes the story to finish." They take place in chronological order, but don’t currently appear to have an overarching plot line.

On other matters, I’ve enjoyed the characters: the somewhat quirky neighbor kid, the paranoid grandfather, and the younger sister. Peter seems interesting enough himself—though as the island of sanity in the midst of oddness, he’s not the character drawing the most attention.

Similarly, the writer’s style works for the story, and, provided you’re willing to accept the idea that a ten year old can regularly defeat supernatural monsters, the stories basically make sense.

I look forward to each new installment.

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