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{Review} Teeth by Kelli Owen

All myths have a kernel of truth. The truth is: vampires are real.

They’ve always been here, but only came out of hiding in the last century. They are not what Hollywood would have you believe. They are not what is written in lore or whispered by the superstitious.

They look and act like humans. They live and love and die like humans. Puberty is just a bit more stressful for those with the recessive gene. And while some teenagers worry about high school, others dread their next set of teeth.

Vampires are real, but in a social climate still struggling to accept that truth, do teeth alone make them monsters?

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Horror After Dark Review

“Just like all living things, we are rotting from the inside from the moment we’re born.”

Teeth isn’t a typical vampire book and I’m okay with that because I’ve read a LOT of vampire novels in my reading life and most of them bore me at this point. Those vampires are either sexy whiny monsters or they are ugly whiny monsters and there usually isn’t a helluva lot of room left for anything in-between.

In Teeth, vampirism is treated like a condition because it is one. People afflicted are called Lamian’s and it strikes when a person is a teen and their pointy teeth come in (of course, at the WORST possible time because being a teen isn’t bad enough!). They can still go out in the daylight, they do not need to be bloodthirsty savages and they aren’t instantly made glamorous and gorgeous by that tired old vampire “curse”. “I am immortal and forever beautiful and nobody will ever love me more than I love my loathsome self. Boo-hoo-hoo” Anyhow, those afflicted basically have to take supplements to survive but a segment of society is suspicious (at best) and prejudiced (at worse). That’s why many are terrified of coming out to the public when their Lamian genes start kicking in and who can blame them? People can be terrible creatures.

I enjoyed this story a lot because it took an old thing and made it into a new different thing. The story follows several teens as their teeth start erupting from their gums. They struggle with the alienation of people they thought were their friends and, in some cases, their parents. There’s also a deviant running about who is on a grisly murderous spree and he stars in some super gross scenes which were gloriously cringy and wonderful. If you are squeamish, read it anyway, haha.

The writer sets up an intriguing world here and if she ever chooses to revisit it I’ll definitely be there to read more.

4 out of 5 Stars

About The Author

Author Photo Kelli Owen

The author of more than a dozen books—my fiction spans the genres from thriller and psychological horror, to an occasional bloodbath, and the even rarer happy ending. 

I was an editor and reviewer for over a decade, and have attended countless writing conventions, participated on dozens of panels, and spoken at the CIA Headquarters in Langley, VA regarding both my writing and the field in general. Born and raised in Wisconsin, she now lives in Destination, Pennsylvania. 

For more information, please visit my website at 

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Scary books make everything so much better! I've been reading them since I was a wee, weird little thing and grew up with a steady diet of King, Koontz, Barker, and Brite and will read and watch just about anything with a hint of darkness.


  • Mary Kirkland

    That really doesn’t sound like my kind of vampire novel at all. Sounds a little too much like this author was trying to make new ‘hip’ vamps that have human problems. Still sounds angsty just in a different way. Thanks for the review but It’s not for me.

    • Laurie


      It definitely is a different “vampire” novel. Actually, they’re not really vampires at all but I really enjoyed the story. Thanks for reading my review, Mary!

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