PR Problems

By: Eric James Stone

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Mr. Ahsani is the maintenance man for his apartment building and he's also a ghoul. It annoys him that vampires and werewolves are romanticized in spite of their killer natures, while scavenger creatures like himself are looked down upon. There's a cannibalistic serial killer loose in city and when Mr. Ahsani enters an apartment to check out a water leak, he discovers a whole lot more than just a maintenance problem, while also getting a chance to finally play the hero.


"PR Problems" is a short stand-alone urban fantasy story of only about ten pages. It's told from the first-person perspective of a ghoul/hyena shifter named Mr. Ahsani who laments the fact that vampires and werewolves are viewed in a more romantic light in spite of them killing people, while carrion-eaters like himself are looked down on even though they don't kill. The city is currently being terrorized by a serial killer, and when Mr. Ahsani, who is a maintenance man for his apartment building, enters an apartment to investigate a water leak, he gets a little more than he bargained for and might finally get a chance to prove himself heroic. In spite of the brevity of this story, I did enjoy it. In addition to being well-written, I thought it was clever and imaginative. IMHO, it was one of the better ones in the Blood Lite anthology in which it's found, good enough to make me take a closer look at the author's other work.


Eric James Stone