In this short fiction teaser for my novel in progress, an innocent young man must face an ancient evil—including an evil that has taken root inside him—and learn who he really is.
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
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.