I’ve seen and read many versions of Christmas Carol even though I don’t celebrate it. This one is by far a christmas filled with a lot of brooding angst and blood. A Vampire’s Christmas Carol was about a vampire slowly losing himself and about his choice to fall into the darkness and lose himself to madness or redeem his soul. A demon who owed him his life came to Ben and decided to play the ghost of christmas past, reminding him the good days before he was killed in the alley, when he still have the love of his life in his arms and before everything changes and how anger will only drive him to a destructive path and he will soon destroy what left of his humanity.
For a one short novella, it was a good love story. Ben was a very dark character wrought by his past and the the Victorian Gothic Romance atmosphere in the story was a nod toward was Dickens. It was an emotionally heavy book and can be exhausting for those seeking some light reading but it was rewarding in the end. The storytelling was driven around the character and how he came to be and what he had lost. There was a side plot with the circumstance of the revenge path he had taken and how a deadly mistake could change everything.
It was not a usual feel good christmas romance which was accompanied by the season. It was a dark and violent book. Death and blood was a common theme in it but also forgiveness and love. It was a good short story you’ll enjoy at one sitting.
The ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.