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Writing is a creative activity, and with ‘The Disallowed’, author Owen Jones has presented readers with a gem of a tale which sparkles with originality whilst still bringing back a certain nostalgia to those of us old enough to recall the memes created by the Hammer Horror movies of the mid-fifties through to the seventies.
Jones’ take on the vampire story starts with a major break from ‘tradition’ in his setting of the tale. Instead of the tried and tested Transylvanian castle of yore, we have a small agricultural village in northern Thailand in the present day. There’s no Count creeping around dark passageways either. His counterpart is a simple goat-herder, Heng Lee, who, through circumstances never fully explained, experiences a traumatic change that leaves its mark not just on him but, initially, on his immediate family and subsequently on the society in which he lives.
The characters are wonderfully drawn, and Jones’ skill quickly has the reader sympathising with their plight. As Heng Lee overcomes his situation and ultimately turns it to his advantage, many subtle parables regarding the working of our World quickly become apparent. There is also a wicked vein of shrewd humour running through the tale that will provoke many a grin as the reader becomes engrossed in the trials and tribulations that await the protagonists.
Highly recommended to those who dare to read something fresh and vibrant!
Heng, who is the first to become a Vampire has no idea how it happened. His aunt. the village Shaman, tells his family how to keep Heng alive. They do what she says. Then Heng finds out he can take to the air as a bat! He loves it. His family accepts it.
Then the fateful day when Heng and his son find two hikers hurt and they bring them back to their home.
All I will say is this all ends on an actually happy note--you really have to read it to see what I mean!!