Review of A Vampire or a Victim by Claudio Capra II

Short Story Reviews / Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

Part flash fiction, part epistolary short, part suspense. All existential.

A Vampire or a Victim is not what I expected. I thought I was going into a vampire short story. And, in an odd and esoteric way, I sort of did. If you broaden your definition of vampire. And short story.

What I ended up reading is an almost experimental piece that forces the reader to ponder the consequences of taking the life of another person – questions that are philosophical, moral, physical. In three paragraphs, Mr. Capra posits not only if you could kill someone, justified or not, but if you would enjoy it. It’s a very deep thought exercise. He then gives a scenario, and you as the reader begin to wonder, “is this a confession?” It’s short, but it’s haunting. It stays with you, and the longer you think about it, the more the layers seem to peel back.

On first reading I was confused, and little disappointed. But as I thought about what I wanted to say about the piece, I realized how nuanced and delicate the story really is. The story takes less than 3 minutes to read, but I know I’ll be thinking about this for the rest of the day. Check out Claudio Capra II’s A Vampire or a Victimright here.

Official Kristine’s BRF Rating:

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