You know the story you’re reading is going to be good with an opener like this: “This is the night I’ll finally kill my baby.” I read that line and was hooked; my curiosity peaked and I put down everything else and read this short story, and I’m so glad I did. Patterson has a way with words. This is the third work of his that I’ve read, and I’m absolutely in love with his writing style and imaginative storylines. He’s written about zombies in his novel Mercy, fairytale characters in his hilarious short story Fairy Godmother-In-Law, and now vampires in his psychological novelette Baby Teeth. What I really enjoy the most is that Patterson creates completely original pieces, and he’s not set in just one genre, like many authors out there. Instead, Patterson is able to write about many different topics and still create an air of awe in the reader, for which I am grateful!
Baby Teeth is the witty story of a man who loses everything. His wife and newborn child die during labor, yet he finds out later that the culprit was a vampire, and that his child has accidentally been turned. Unable to let his heritage die, and having no one else in his life to love, he takes in his baby and hides him throughout the day, feeding him at night, all while struggling to create a new life for himself. The novelette is told in the past/present style, juxtaposing past events with his current decision—telling the story as the baby comes thumping down the hallway, opening doors, trying to get to his father. This is a very well written story, showing the complexities of the human psyche, and I really enjoyed it! Four stars!