My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Night Sighs is a collection of short stories about vampires Tristan and Alex by Irish author Emma Meade. My favorites were The Dead Beats, Bourbon & Jazz, and West Of Forever. DB for the level of passion. B&J for the lovely integration of setting and story. And WOF for making me want to book a ticket to Galway and belly up to the bar with a gill of Jameson.
Meade reveals her love of vampires stories with nods to Lestat and BTVS, but Tristan and Alex are characters with all their own motivations. The descriptions are delivered with an allure equal to that you would suppose a vampire to have. Given my own tastes I only wish the same level of description were applied to the love scenes which Meade can definitely write – I just wanted more. Meade adheres to the common vampire traits while laughing at her own use of tropes, “They were being held in the cellar of a castle on the coast…How much more gothic could you get.” All in all this is a wonderful set of shorts and I look forward to reading more by Ms. Meade.