At seventeen-years-old, Jennifer should have the world at her feet. Instead, she’s an ex-heroin addict living in a council estate with Tony, her boyfriend and former dealer. Shunned by her family and friends, she dreams of something greater than she’s been given.
Beautiful and strange, Ebony has moved in across the street. She’s just lost the one person in her lonely existence to cancer. She’s also a centuries-old vampire, struggling to cope with murderous outbursts and the desire to be something more.
When these two lost souls meet, an unusual friendship begins.
But with the news of Morris, Tony’s sadistic best friend and drug-dealing partner, being released from prison, Jennifer knows it’s only a matter of time before his path of vengeance leads to her and Ebony, too.
With a cast of memorable characters, a village full of secrets, and a gripping story, The Fragile Things is a layered tale of friendship, hope, survival and what it truly means to be human.
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I think you get the chance to push barriers which other genres wouldn’t typically touch, which I like.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Don’t be too hard on yourself. Never give in.
V. Shaw is the author of short fiction collection, The Lady of Chains and Other Stories. Born in Scotland, she studied Film and Media at Stirling University. Having reviewed horror films for the now defunct FatallyYours.com, she has turned her attention to creating her own stories.
A life-long love of horror films and unconventional characters. A desire for a flawed, realistic female protagonist. The idea that the things which go bump-in-the-night aren’t as dangerous as the people living next door. Dark pasts. Forgotten places. Broken people. The need to have a horror story with as much heart as it has blood and guts.