Narcisse's work is a wonderfully dark noir weave of poetic metaphor. It is a first person vignette exploring the dark recesses of one of the genre's classic creatures, the vampire. Narcisse's greatest strength is her use of descriptive language, which brings the setting and characters to life. The story suffers from a certain disjointedness, which is perhaps an intentional reflection of the tormented mind of the protaganist, but results in some confusion for the reader. There were a couple of points of conflict and confusion for me storywise, and when blended with flashbacks and other goings-on it leaves for a bit of a muddied middle. Though a short tale, it may have benefited from some cutting to make for a tighter read. As beautiful and dark as the language may be, it hsould still lead one somewhere. The lead character's speech is also proceded by the use of a dash as opposed to quotation marks, which took me a moment (I assumed it was internal monologue at first), but was a relatively quick adjustment. In fact dashes seem to be a favorite language mechanic of the tale for Narcisse, as they appear like drops of blood on nearly every page. The tale ends strong, if unfulfilled, as the vampire is left little changed and still seeking. In that vein, I hope Narcisse continues in the future with this character, that we may partake again with him. This work is a strong offering, and I only see Narcisse's work continuing to improve.
*Review based on advance copy.