Transylvania – Sunday Photo Fiction

Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by Susan Spaulding, who has taken over this great weekly prompt from my old friend Al Forbes.
This week’s frankly ridiculous photo comes courtesy of John Brand.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in the picture (below).
Click on this link to enter your tale, and see what others have written.

© John Brand

Click here to hear the author read the tale:


People here are funny.
You probably know that this region has a bit of a reputation, right?
You know, Dracula and all that, because of a book written well over 100 years ago.
Now I admit that getting your throat bitten and your blood sucked out is not everyone’s idea of a restful night, but there are associated benefits.
However, some people don’t fancy the idea of eternal life because of the accompanying restrictions.
Okay, you have to spend all day sleeping in a coffin, which sounds pretty much like the average teenager’s dream.
At night you have to pop out and find other necks to gnaw on, usually without the owner’s consent.
And you are allergic to garlic.
But you get a really cool cape, and you can turn into a bat and swoop around like crazy.
Anyway the folk here are pretty anti-vampire in general.
They rarely mix socially with the undead.
In fact, they go to great lengths to avoid them.
Now these poor unloved creatures are quite difficult to kill.
But a stake through the heart and a bit of decapitation does the trick every time.
Easier than growing a 15-foot lump of topiary, I think.

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16 Responses to Transylvania – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. mandibelle16 says:

    Hugs again 🤗😊


  2. mandibelle16 says:

    Neat POV from Dracula or one of his descendant vampires. Interesting being the eternal teenager who understands things that way
    Love the trickery in faking that he’s been staked, I imagine too, the older he lives. The harder he is to kill and stack for real.


  3. Ha ha, let’s hope these poor unloved creatures get their day in the sun soon 🙂


  4. Iain Kelly says:

    Probably a better explanation than the real reason someone went to these lengths of topiary.


  5. emmylgant says:

    Now, that’s how I like vampire stories! Love the humorous take on that prompt.


  6. Corine Gouy says:

    interessante cette histoire d’ immortalite , sauf pour le cercueil
    je suis claustrophobe !


  7. abhiray59 says:

    A different take. Nice!


  8. Nice one! 😀
    It was such a fun, casual take on the vampire lore!


  9. michael1148humphris says:

    Certainly easier then clipping such a work of art. I sooner write flash than battle Dracula’s minions. Fascinating take on the prompt.


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