“Steuert’s descriptions made the locations so real I could almost taste the dew in the air, and while there’s a look of really sublime lines, the idea that ‘in this particular universe, managing to be OK was kind of grand’ was my favourite, because come on, who DOESN’T feel like that at the moment.
The above art doesn’t have anything to do with “Late Night Partners,” though the woman’s style is fairly Doris-ish and I feel like even a stylishly shrouded vampire could survive a dab of sun among a cloudy evening sky.
“There are a lot of things to like about this book, quirky characters, memorable themes, a good balance between new takes on vampire lore and honoring the original mythos – but I think what stands out to me most is the representation. Considering how popular vampires are in the media, it’s appalling how rare it is to see vampires of color. Doris fits into that category, but that’s far from her defining trait. She’s intelligent, caring, and a huge step in the right direction for speculative fiction protagonists.” From Cat Voleur’s spoiler-free review at https://indefenseofthehorror.wordpress.com/2017/12/08/book-promotion-late-night-partners
She runs a pretty cool blog in general, so check it out.
“Late Night Partners” is “a full-fledged novella currently selling for less than two dollars” that is “well worth the price,” writes JL. “Doris’s transition into vampirism is not straightforward—it’s a very different narrative from the popular Romantic Vampire type; her sire isn’t there to mentor her, and there is no reason or ceremony to her turning. She simply is thrust into new circumstances and made to accept them and understand herself within them; through her vignettes in the eighteenth century, finally see where the ‘privilege’ of vampirism can run out.”
“So what personally excited me about this story is not that it’s just a story about vampires but! It’s a story about vampires with POCs as the main characters. How’s that for representation! … It also portrays a rather different perspective into the lives of the supernatural humans. Like here we sit in front of our TVs, or, faces buried in a book and, yampires yeaaa they have challenges but their lives still seem pretty great! (Apart from their brooding love lives). This book however makes them seem more human than most, with the problems they face, the thoughts they have and the way they deal with all the challenges set to them.” – An excerpt from this review of Late Night Partnersat diverse- and interesting fiction in general-centric sowereadthisbook.com.
Valentine’s Day, Smalentine’s Smay. According to this review by Ann of the great book review blog “Ann Reads Them,” Late Night Partners is “set in an intriguing, somewhat dystopian world, and is packed with interesting characters, quite a bit of action, and several different relations you are left wanting to read more about. Everything unfolds under a general tone of darkness and eeriness … There are moments that are beautifully written and that evoke real sympathy for the creatures of the night, especially for Doris, and I liked that we through her see a parallel drawn between being black and the struggles of her new life where she’s simply not human anymore.”
I’ve since expanded the novella, between the above review and the also recent one at https://sowereadthisbook.com – from which I will post an excerpt from soon.
In the meanwhile, check out Later Night Partners and both of those very fine, subscription-worthy book blogs. Citygirlscapes.com, too.