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Hiraeth by S Lynn

the Adventures of Trevor and Jason 

Trevor Davies has some issues with his lifestyle. He’s stuck walking his flatmate. He overstayed his tourist visa by, oh, about twenty years. His new girlfriend eats people. Welcome to the life of the modern vampire, IDs, CCTV, bloody Facebook and all.

Note: Hiraeth is unfinished, and will likely remain so.  It contains some harsh language.

An abandoned novel

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Listed: Feb 10, 2013

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Loved it!

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Feb 12, 2013: I have to admit I was a little dubious when I read the summary for this piece, but when I read the first entry, the effect was like going to visit some good friends that I hadn’t seen in a while. I read the next and the next, landing with intense interest in the middle of the lives of Trevor, a vampire who doesn’t like to kill anything and his werewolf roommate, Jason, who’s part of a pack that have a habit of adopting many of the unusual people they come across. Before I knew it, I’d read my way through more than two years of posts and was ready for more.

The whole experience was completely natural. The author has an amazing way of setting you right down in the middle of things, not as an alien but as if you were actually part of the scene. The characters she draws seem like people you might meet any day of the week, complete with quirks, ups and downs, and bad and good sides. One of the things I liked most about this story, however, was how the author continually thwarts type expectations. The werewolves seem prone to be snuffly and cuddly when they’ve changed into their furry selves, simply wanting a nice run and then to come home and curl up on the couch and be petted. Not that they won’t hunt the odd rabbit, but they’re no mindless bloodthirsty killers. Trevor is the kind of person who’ll rescue a bug that falls into something rather than kill it, and generally prefers to ask for permission before taking some blood. I also loved the dark humor that often pops up; the way Jason will joke with his brother about which dogs he finds attractive, or how Trevor, Jason, and Jill (Trevor’s wendigo girlfriend) will joke about which guests at a party should be eaten. I think, in general, I really appreciated how the author portrayed all of these individuals, who have alter-egos as monsters that have frightened humanity for generations, as people like all the rest of us, struggling to make it in a modern world, albeit with hungers and dangers the rest of us don’t have to deal with.

The only thing I could think of that would improve the experience would be if there was a table of contents for this story. Currently, you can navigate from one entry to the next or previous, but it would be helpful if there was a page that had links to all of the entries, so that you could easily go back to re-read one you liked, and so that you could get an idea of how big the story is.

I give this an enthusiastic recommendation, especially to anyone who likes modern repackaging of old horror icons, and most especially to anyone who has a very dark sense of humor. Give it a try; I think you’ll find it time well spent.

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