I (blood-red heart) vampires. Not any particular incarnation of them (though there are some incarnations I do particularly dislike), but the mythos of them. Creeping, skulking, life-stealing, blood-drinking, vein-piercing, sexual-metaphor-but-not-sexy-themselves vampires.
How do I love vampires? Let me count the ways.
My purse is a Gothic coffin.
My hand-sanitizer holder is a bat. (My affection for bats is a happy crossover with my appreciation for vampires.)
A custom Dracula movie poster for the Historic Artcraft Theatre adorns my theater wall. (I love the bat design for his eyes.)
Me on an autumn tourist day: “Can I get away with buying this Gothy McGothgoth necklace?”
My sister: “….have you seen yourself?”
I started with Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and I’ve read Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla. I’ve watched Nosferatu, Lost Boys, and Let the Right One In. God help me, I’ve even sat through Dark Shadows (both the 60s original and the Johnny Depp remake). But oddly enough, I still haven’t gotten around to many of the “standards” such as Anne Rice. No particular reason, just haven’t yet. I’m not as up on the newer vampire trends, and my pretty-vamp tastes run more to Vampire Hunter D and Vampire Knight and less to those-which-sparkle.
In The Count of Monte Cristo — which has never been accurately adapted to TV or film, so if you haven’t read the original, you’re really missing the biggest part of the story — I really appreciated when the Count was rumored to be a vampire. (Spoiler: he’s not.)
I like vampire lore; I think I have more non-fiction books on folklore and cultural influences than fiction vampire stories. Running water, holy water and Christian icons, reflections and lack thereof, blood, roses, garlic, stakes, thresholds, thralls, mesmerism — it’s interesting to see what’s developed and how it’s infiltrated our culture. (Renfield Syndrome is a real thing, for example, and is named for the vampire’s human thrall in Dracula.) I’ve talked briefly here about Asian vampires, which devour life force rather than blood but are just as lethal.
Am I worried about vampires? Not really. I love garlic, a lot. On a good day, I can exhale and drop a vampire at 30 paces. So I feel pretty safe even in my vampire appreciation. Also, I live with a Doberman:
You can read more at the official Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency site. What, you doubt? Hey, I’m a data-driven girl, and I’ve done my research, and there is not one confirmed case of a vampire attack on a person accompanied by a Doberman. Not one. Can’t argue with math!
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|Want a short, sweet vampire story for Halloween? Try Sweet Tooth, another 8-Hour Book Challenge entry which I quite enjoyed. It costs less than that flavored carbonated beverage you’re considering from the vending machine and it won’t give you diabetes or cancer. Just a touch of anemia….And the author has just released a few more seasonal treats, as Dr. Pierce celebrates Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, and Christmas!|
|For a vampire novel with a bit of a different feel to it, follow baker Sunshine as she navigates a world of urban magic and deadly vampires. I quite liked this one.