‘Shot of Short’ #48: Abraham’s Boys by Joe Hill

Title: Abraham’s Boys by Joe Hill
Date Read: 31 August 2009
Available Online?: YES (as one of the stories posted by Harper Perennial on their website Fifty-Two Stories, which promises a new (or classic) short story from their collection, posted every week throughout 2009).
Briefly: Abraham Van Helsing is very protective of his sons, to the point where he is rather abusive. His sons are terrified of him, or at least one of them is, and they have even more reason to be when one day they sneak into the room that they are most forbidden – Abraham’s private study.
Afterthoughts: This is a really, really good story, that has a bit of everything. Most people associate Van Helsing solely with his mercenary vampire hunting endevours, but this story shows he has a bit of a domestic side to him too (although sadly no frilly apron 🙁 ). Highly recommended.
Notable Quote: “When he came into the yard, the sky was the shade of blue closest to black, except for a faint bonfire glow in the west where the sun had just disappeared, and his father was sitting on the porch waiting with the quirt. Max paused at the bottom of the steps, looking up at him. His father’s eyes were hooded, impossible to see beneath the bushy steel-wool tangles of his eyebrows.”

Rating: ★★★★½

*Story read as part of my 100 Shots of Short reading challenge.

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