By Kelli Owen
Enthralling and brilliantly written
All myths have a kernel of truth. The truth is: vampires are real.
They’ve always been here, but only came out of hiding in the last century. They are not what Hollywood would have you believe. They are not what is written in lore or whispered by the superstitious.
They look and act like humans. They live and love and die like humans. Puberty is just a bit more stressful for those with the recessive gene. And while some teenagers worry about high school, others dread their next set of teeth.
Vampires are real, but in a social climate still struggling to accept that truth, do teeth alone make them monsters?
Teeth by Kelli Owen is a masterwork addition to the horror subgenre of vampirism. The story is woven from two interconnected plots that illustrate timelessly relevant sociological and psychological issues and horrors. Owen’s expert characterization and storytelling will enthrall you as her story bleeds your heart and mind.
Before I continue, I feel the need to point out, with all due respect to other reviewers, that bigotry and prejudice are NOT the only issues this novel illustrates. I don’t want readers to avoid this story thinking it is one big political statement. Neither do I want readers to see only that when they read it. There is much more to this story than that plight of both historic and modern societies. This story is about cause and effect, self-loathing and self-acceptance, fear and love, bullying and sacrifice, mental illness and misinformation. This is a big picture story told by a literary black belt. And, as with all great works, it can be enjoyed purely for entertainment value if you choose to tune out the sociological relevance. The story stands on its merit both as a relevant literary piece and as an entertaining read.
To continue, Owen’s expert characterization is, in my opinion, a vital part of her expert storytelling. The characters in Teeth are representative of real people and real types of people without being the expected stereotypes. They have individual personalities and just enough backstory to keep their words and actions believable, if sometimes infuriating. They are clearly products of their life experiences, as real people are. They are engaging, believable, and entertaining. And Kelli Owen does this without overwriting, which is why I say she is expert level.
In addition to Teeth being a profound literary mirror of sociological plight with incredibly engaging characters, it is a good story. It is a compelling and fun read. Owen seems to have collected different ancient lore of a similar bent and melded them into a singular historic theme. It’s brilliant and brilliantly done. To be clear, this is a horror novel. It has disturbing and horrifying sequences and subject matter. It does not fall under the urban fantasy vampire story heading even though it deviates from the Nosferatu style of vampirism. This unique piece is wholly Kelli Owen and completely shelf-worthy for the discerning reader.
Read it because it is a vampire horror novel.
Read it because it is impactful and socially relevant.
Read it because it is a good story.
Read it because Kelli Owen wrote it.
Get it on Amazon:
Teeth (US Link)
Teeth (UK Link)
Print Length: 248
Published by Gypsy Press, August 2018
About the Author: Kelli Owen
Kelli Owen is the author of more than a dozen books–her fiction spanning from thriller and psychological horror, to an occasional bloodbath, and the even rarer happy ending. She was an editor and reviewer for over a decade, and has attended countless writing conventions, participated on dozens of panels, and spoken at the CIA Headquarters in Langley, VA regarding both her writing and the field in general. Born and raised in Wisconsin, she now lives in Destination, Pennsylvania.
For more information, please visit her website at kelliowen.com
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