About Becoming

Short Fiction


Ludwig, a young 18th century Prussian nobleman, was destined for the church. A trusted authority figure betrayed him and turned him into a vampire. Now he must face an ancient evil—including an evil that has taken root inside him—and learn who he really is…

And who he really loves.



Reader reviews:

Rhapsody in…red?
Becoming sings like a choir of angels accompanied by a wicked underlying basso sostenuto. The prose is at times spiritual and soaring, and other times evocative of unspeakable, irresistible desire.
Villyard harnesses her creativity and comprehensive knowledge of music, religion, and history to craft a story that comes alive (and unalive) on the page in ways that are moving, joyous, and tragic, and ultimately leave the reader thirsting for more.

–Cy on Goodreads

If you enjoy reading historical fiction and short stories, mixed with a little bit of suspense and a lot of fantasy, then I think you’ll definitely want to read BECOMING by Katherine Villyard. I read this short story not knowing anything about it or what to expect. I came away really loving it, though! It is beautifully written and the main character, Ludwig, has such tremendous depth — even though a short story, he is so well developed. This story acts as a prequel to the author’s upcoming book, which I am now super anxious to read! Can’t wait for it to be released!!

–Lisa on Goodreads

This is a very intriguing novella about the beginnings of a vampire. It is the prequel to the author’s upcoming book. It begins in the Catholic Church in 1762 when a young man is deceived by a trusted priest and turned into a vampire. The story that follows is dark and haunting, but well-written. It is definitely way darker than I usually read, but fans of vampire fiction may want to check it out.

Be aware that this story includes prejudice and violence.

–Bonnie DeMoss on Goodreads

    Love Stories

    What is love? What can love drive us to do?

    In these stories, love pushes us to revenge, to reach beyond the boundaries of life and death. To rescue a family member. To fight the good fight without even knowing it, or to risk everyone and everything to save someone who may or may not be worthy. To make the wrong decisions and walk into hell. To transcend who we are.

    Love can make us both the best and worst versions of ourselves.

    Broad Spectrum; The 2012 Broad Universe Fiction Sampler

    Twenty-nine excerpts and complete short stories from members of Broad Universe, an organization promoting women in genre fiction: fantasy, horror and science fiction.

    Alien Abduction; Collected Short Fiction

    Herein you’ll find thought-provoking, wondrous, hopeful, frightening, and deeply human tales on the themes of alien and abduction. Such stories have been with us far longer than most realize, perhaps for thousands of years, challenging humankind’s very position in the cosmos.


    Villyard’s artfully composed stories flow and, stylistically, her prose is vivid yet straightforward. Readers can dive astounded into her imaginative worlds in tales replete with surprising plot twists and endings. Both her fantastical and human characters are compelling and authentic. They reach out to grab the reader with intriguing thoughts, and dialogue that is genuine, never stereotypical, avoiding the genre’s tropes.


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