BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Former rock guitarist flees death to become a vampire and finds something much worse.
PROS: Empathetic female protagonist; escalating emotional conflict; fresh twist on vampire genre; tight wrap-up.
CONS: Slavery and its theme drags a little; setting is claustrophobic; antagonist is a little weak.
BOTTOM LINE: Consistent to Montoure’s strengths in his best short stories, Still Life is beautifully written with strong characters and a surprising plot, and only lacked a larger playground in which to experience its story elements.
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