Podcast Review of “Not a Vampire”

Story from Scratch #74: Tales from Speculative North


“This week, in a special episode, Yale and Justin take an in-depth look at two stories from tdotSpec’s Speculative North Magazine. First, we examine Not a Vampire by Jeremiah Kleckner (which can be found in Issue 2), and then we discuss The Alchemy of Curses by Joshua Grasso (which can be found in Issue 1). If you’d like to check out those stories or any of the other amazing works published by tdotSpec, you can grab a free digital copy at tdotspec.com or buy a paperback version of any of the Speculative North issues through Amazon.”


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“Contain and Detain” by Jeremiah Kleckner

“Contain and Detain” is a 988-word near-future post-apocalypse flash fiction story about our very human reaction to overcoming a zombie outbreak. Sam Herd is a state-sanctioned bounty hunter whose main objective is to prevent the further spread of the virus in our rebounding society.

You can read “Contain and Detain” on Dark Elements: https://darkelements.us/2021/01/13/contain-and-detain/

“Like We Were Never There” by Jeremiah Kleckner

“Like We Were Never There” is a 2400-word short story about Earth’s survivors aboard an airship hovering in the toxic clouds of Venus. As the highest-ranking officer, Ruby is forced to pass judgment on a crewmate who attempted a desperate act of sabotage. But can Ruby order the execution of humanity’s last living surgeon?

Read “Like We Were Never There” in Allegory Magazine, Volume 38/65, Fall/Winter 2020/2021 https://www.allegoryezine.com/stories/fiction/likewewereneverthere

“Not a Vampire” by Jeremiah Kleckner

“Not a Vampire” is a 3000-word short story about an immortal creature who looks after its most aggressive adversary in his advancing years. It’s a generally sad story peppered with some dry humor, which should be familiar to anyone who has had to care for an elderly family member.

Published in Speculative North Magazine Issue 2: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror


Amazon Description: Speculative North is a magazine of high-quality, entertaining, and thought-provoking science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories with an international scope and regional Canadian focus. Issue #2 includes: “Bathwater Mermaid”, by Avra Margariti; “Not a Vampire”, by Jeremiah Kleckner; “Vat Life”, by Franco Amati; “Turtle Hatchlings”, by Victoria Feistner; “Nominative Determination”, by Maureen Bowden; “Restraint”, by John Mavin; “To Sift the Sacred”, by Brian Rappatta; “Witching”, by Erin Kirsh; “Star Trip(tych)”, by M.X. Kelly. Non-fiction content includes an interview with fantasy author Scott Thrower.

Read “Not a Vampire” by Jeremiah Kleckner

“Working” by Jeremiah Kleckner

Working” is a 900-word near-future dystopian flash fiction story about how greed and opportunity turn our exploitation of the working poor into the next phase of professional wrestling.

Jack Hammery is an approved Workfare participant in state-sanctioned one-on-one fights where winners take home food vouchers and losers walk away hungry.

But, when the referee tells him to lose this fight in exchange for cash and continued visibility on the broadcasts, Jack is forced to decide whether the system is working for him. 

Read “Working” online for free on the publisher’s website or in Frost Zone Zine (Issue Book 1) on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HMFGMNY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_N1byFbD42898D