Vampire Child

Vampire Child
Review by The Mad Bibliographer, submitted on 01-Jan-1991

Adapted from the column "Vampires in Print" in The Vampire's Crypt #2 (Summer 1990).

Ruby Jean Jensen. Vampire Child (Zebra, 1990)

If you want to read a book that really does not know what it is, check out Vampire Child. The plot is unified enough (only enough), but its vampire theme is fragmented to the point of being schizophrenic. So is the central character, Patrick Skein, who seems to be increasingly possessed by ... a vampire?

After Paddy killed his younger brother, his mother left him, taking his sister Babette. Three years later Paddy/Patrick finds them and apparently kills the child that Ketti (Babette's mother) has had in the meantime. Ketti tries to kill him and is jailed for child abuse; Babette is placed in a foster home; and Patrick is sent to Boys' Farm, where he proceeds to undermine everything he touches, frightening and killing animals and seducing Gwen, whose father runs Boys' Farm. Gwen is old enough, just old enough, to appreciate the romance of being wakened by Patrick at her window whispering, "Hurry, I need you." Is it Patrick -- or the winged thing gradually gaining control over him? And how is all this connected with his father's jacket that says Vampire and has a furry bat on the back? Jensen seems to think she has given a way of inferring all the connections. Perhaps I'm a little slow. More likely, Jensen is optimistic.

If your tastes lean toward kids with psychological problems, you might enjoy Vampire Child. The characters are shallow, but several are engaging enough, as is the plot -- if you don't look too close. Overall, however, this is not a book to spend quality time with.

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From the Library

As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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