Sunday, March 20, 2011

Mind Vampires - Greg Egan

Short Story

Number of words : 2600
Percent of complex words : 8.4
Average syllables per word : 1.5
Average words per sentence : 14.1


Fog : 9.0
Flesch : 69.5
Flesch-Kincaid : 7.8


Vampire slayer

Disturbed dreamer. Called in by the Headmistress.


Calls him in when she begins menstruating again at 62. Bad things are about.

Jack Rice

School gardener's apprentice who disappeared, and also vampire.

Rice Brothers

Four of them, vampires.

Rice sisters

Three of them, all vampires.

Rice Parents

The usual two, but vampires.



Part of New England.



Device for projecting pictures.


A disturbed man's fevered dreams of vampire hunting and is tormented by light projectors, or we hope so, as otherwise there are vampires feasting on a boarding school where he is called in as a vampire slayer. The gardener's apprentice, his four brothers, three sisters and parents are all vampires. Which is quite a lot for one school to deal with. The now menstruating again 62 year old headmistress that asked for help hangs herself as she couldn't cope, leaving one man alone against the mind vampires.

3.5 out of 5

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