Becoming Familiar by Jonathan Squirrell
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Becoming Familiar is a short vampire story without any vampires, asking what it means to be human, to be a monster, and to exist.
In Becoming Familiar the protagonist meets the man who is to become his friend and confidant, and the enabler for his continued existence.
Becoming Familiar is set in Whitby and plays with the conventions of vampire fantasy.
Whitby might be small, but it isn't insignificant. Who needs skyscrapers when you have higgledy-piggledy hotch-potches of haphazard cottages, rambling up hillsides in tipsy rows? Who needs high-rises when you have gothic ruins, black rocks of withering mystery, whispering history?
Who needs an inferiority complex when you have that magical amalgamation of moor and sea and sky? Why should a place have a chip on its shoulder, when it does such good chips, and, for that matter, plaice?