Bruce McAllister. Blue Fire. (F&SF Mar/Apr 2010).

In a world where there is an army of blood drinkers, led by an infant born in Jersulasem on the same night as another infant, but whose mother died in childbirth and whose blood the infant how to draw life from instead of her milk, the ageing, dying pontiff is confronted on his deathbed by a child of the undead. The Pope has to struggle with this living/dead evidence of lack of God’s love, and the child’s resolute belief in being outside of god’s love is similarly challenged. McCallister portrays the inner struggle of the pontiff well, and it is quite categorically, the best short story about a vampiric attack on the Holy City that I have ever read.

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