Jonathan Squirrell grew up in Whitby. He has penned (word processed) scripts, songs and short stories which have been published and performed everywhere from stages in village halls to BBC Radio 4. He doesn’t really have a preferred style or genre, but just enjoys putting words one after another, and seeing what happens next.
Being lucky enough to work at a University, he took the opportunity to wander through an MA in Creative Writing. This involved starting a novel. He has been trying to finish it ever since.
Jonathan reviews fiction and poetry for Mad Hatter Reviews, displaying almost no seething envy whatsoever.
He lives in Hull with his family.
BECOMING FAMILIAR by Jonathan Squirrell
Jonathan's pamphlet Becoming Familiar is a work of literary fiction. It asks what it means to be human, to be a monster, and to exist.
Set in Whitby, it introduces the tropes of vampirism; a vampire story without any vampires.
The referential style and gothic setting is used to slowly unveil a new type of monster.
So here’s the truth: I’m not a vampire.
I mean, yes, I rely on blood to sustain my part-human, semi-immortal lifestyle, but that’s as far as it goes, okay? To be fair, it’s my own fault on this occasion for leading you down the gothic garden path, splashing out on all the juicy prose. But come on, drinking blood? No chance. That’s just disgusting.