Mark is a Day Boy.
In a post-traumatic future the Masters—formerly human, now practically immortal—rule a world that bends to their will and a human population upon which they feed. Invincible by night, all but helpless by day, each relies on his Day Boy to serve and protect him.
But as Mark grows to manhood and his time as a Day Boy draws to a close, there are choices to be made.
Will Mark undergo the Change and become, himself, a Master—or throw in his lot with his fellow humans? As the tensions in his conflicted world reach crisis point, Mark’s decision may be crucial.
I learned to be a man from a monster.
You need to know that if you're to
understand anything that follows.
I am, I believe, a good man; so was he—
but the monster was always there.
I learned to be a man from a monster;
there's no escaping that.
But the God honest truth is that I miss him.
In Day Boy Trent Jamieson reimagines the elements of the vampire myth in a wholly original way. This is beautifully written and surprisingly tender novel about fathers and sons, and what it may mean to become a man. Or to remain one.
‘This a book about boys and men, their rivalries and cruelties, and the love of fathers and sons...It is a joy.’ Vampires in the Sunburnt Country
Trent Jamieson is a teacher, bookseller and writer of science fiction and fantasy, including the Death Works series. He has twice won Aurealis Awards for his short stories. In this guest post for Readings he talks about his love of vampires and the inspiration for Day Boy. And in this short video he talks about the thrill of being fourteen years old and discovering your place in the world.