They drink human lifeblood, but otherwise keep their distance.
And every century, they grow white blooming flowers.
A boy name Kyo is saved from the precipice of death by Bamboo, a vampire born of the tall grasses. They start an enjoyable, yet strange shared life together, Kyo and the gentle Bamboo. But for Bamboo, communication with a human being is the greatest sin.
“They say vampire stories are dead, but A Small Charred Face proves naysayers wrong with an absolutely different type of monster ripe for our cynical age.”
– Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Certain Dark Things
"Though horror in a sense, this is mostly a thoughtful coming-of-age tale about familial love and life with all of its blessings and hardships, related in an authentic voice. A compelling tale perfect for those craving something other than the usual fairy-tale retellings."
– Booklist (starred review)
"[A Small Charred Face] bares the truths of life through both violence and beauty, imparting lessons one won’t soon forget. It’s a definite must-read for fans of dark, emotional tales."
"Multiple times I was brought to tears while reading because Sakuraba so eloquently conveyed the depth of love these characters felt for life and each other. It is one of the most beautiful horror novels I've had the pleasure of reading."