Thursday, March 07, 2013
First Published: 2013
I feel a little strange about reviewing this, firstly because Willie Meikle is a friend on facebook and secondly because I am not sure how I feel about shorts being sold separately on amazon. As part of a collection, fine, but individually one has to ask is this price/substance ratio set fairly for the consumer?
Now, having said that, I didn’t buy this – it was on a special free offer when I got hold of it – and the question I ask is not a criticism of the author and indeed this particular short is something so special that it is definitely worth buying.
We have looked At Meikle’s work before, in the form of the rather excellent the Watchers Omnibus and, to be fair, his book Eldren: the Book of the Dark has been sat in my wishlist for some time. This short is a prelude to Eldren.
What he has done is, in fact, rewritten and re-imagined the old testament, and done so for vampires – or Eldren. In the beginning God makes Yorah and then, from Yorah's blood and dust and clay, creates Eriah. One commandment is given them, not to eat of the flesh of the creatures God has created. The serpent comes to Eriah and suggests that the blood is not meat and will offer warmth and succour and she attacks a lamb. Having seen this Yorah intervenes but she is in a frenzy and attacks him, their spilt blood mingling with the earth and creating the Eldren. The Eldren slaughter the creatures of the world and God damns and casts out Yorah, Eriah and the Eldren – cursing them to live in thirst and darkness and to never bear children in his image, creating the sun to blot out the darkness during the day. God then turns his attention to creating Adam – whose children are the Adamites.
As the story continues we discover two clans of Eldren emerging, those who maintain worship of God and those who turned their backs on his Ternants – the Unforgiven. Later still the Unforgiven mingle their blood with the Adamite tribe of Dan and create the Blood Childen...
Steeped in biblical language and prophecy, Meikle creates a really unique and interesting backstory that was utterly fascinating and very cleverly, and beautifully, written. It has certainly made me really want to read Eldren: the Book of the Dark (and so I will, hopefully in the near future).
I’m still not sure, generally, about selling shorts in kindle format but this is one that really deserves to be read. 8.5 out of 10.