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Saturday, May 18, 2013

"Vampire Shortstop" by Scott Nicholson

Originally appeared in WOTF XV.
Collected in Flowers.
Jerry is a vampire and a bit shy.  He comes to play little league and is fantastic.  The other teams, including the parents, are derisive to the point that during the championship the parents chant derogatory comments.  When the other team pulls a dirty trick, the unthinkable happens.

The title sounds like YA humor and/or something corny, but this one's surprisingly good.  What wins the story is the narrator's folksy voice.  The plot feels typical, but it hits you between the eyes, all the same.

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