Title: Canine (Channeling Morpheus/ Sweet Oblivion #10.2)
Author Name: Jordan Castillo Price
Publication Date & Length: April 21, 2015 – 98 pgs
What’s the difference between a faithful companion and a feral animal? Wild Bill suspects the line separating the two is shaky at best. Supposedly, Michael has been tamed, and he swears he gave up hunting. But when he comes home covered in blood and reeking of adrenaline, Bill fears Michael has crossed paths with another bloodsucker, and the urge to exterminate the vamp was too powerful to resist.
Michael doesn’t need to hunt vampires to stir up trouble. His run-in with threatening neighbors has left him baffled, demoralized, and teetering on the brink of yet another episode of depression. It tears Bill up inside to see Michael suffer—unfortunately, the sorrow also trips his most primal vamp triggers. Before he knows it, his own inner beast rears up, ravenous, insatiable, and ready to tear into the next thing that crosses his path…making him wonder if it was wishful thinking to hope that either of them had been successfully domesticated.
Canine takes place after Elixir and contains series spoilers
Wild Bill and Michael are back for a moment. The van has been replaced by a 1980s abandoned split level. Domestic bliss? Maybe. Rescuing injured suburban dogs is certainly more civilized than staking vampires.
While Bill still views humanity with disdain, he loves Michael and it is wonderful to see them vaguely settled. Maybe next time we see our pretty boys, they’ll even have electricity and hot water.
This series is amazing and Price hasn’t put a foot wrong. This is a great short story. I prefer the novel length omnibus collections, but I’ll take Wild Bill and Michael any way I can have them.
Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price is the owner of JCP Books LLC. Her paranormal thrillers are colored by her time in the midwest, from inner city Chicago, to small town Wisconsin, to liberal Madison.
Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who’s plagued by ghostly visitations. Also check out her new series, Mnevermind, where memories are made…one client at a time.
With her education in fine arts and practical experience as a graphic designer, Jordan set out to create high quality ebooks with lavish cover art, quality editing and gripping content. The result is JCP Books, offering stories you’ll want to read again and again.