Short Story Review: “The Camden Blood Thieves” by Salena Godden

3 of 5 stars.

Wonderfully bizarre movies like Night on Earth [Jarmusch 1991], and Before Sunrise and Before Sunset [Linklater 1995, 2004] capture the intriguing threads of strangers passing through each other’s lives–a mainstay of the urban experience. Night, especially, is when the crazy happens.

This tale follows one songwriter from her daytime meeting with a manager into her fever-dream crisscrossing of Camden and the northside of London until dawn the next day. A stranger with a sad story in a pub becomes a late night adventure with a side of paranoia achieving a 9 on the stalker scale. Rather than do the sensible thing and retreat to her flat, she sidetracks and follows the sad stylings of a nomad’s harmonica into an even later night adventure that starts to churn back on the previous adventure . . .

This tale appears in the anthology An Unreliable Guide to London by Influx Press, London. I received my copy of this anthology directly from one of the contributing authors through
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