It All Began With Dracula

I think one of the very first vampire movies I ever saw was Dracula with Frank Langella. You know which one I’m talking about-the one with our legendary Master of the Fang in all his Victorian splendor but with a 70’s blow-out style hair do. He could have rivaled the “Farrah”. The way he moved wasn’t like the old Bella Lugosi who brought the ghoul part of the character to life but Frankie added the swoon factor. Is that why I fell in love with vampire stories and movies? Nah. Keiffer Southerland and Billy Wirth of Lost boys was what inspired that. Up until Lost Boys, you didn’t really have the romantic aspect of it all. It was basically, “Me vampire, me use mind control(which usually meant a dramatic musical interlude with a close up on wide or narrowed eyes) then girl suddenly tosses her head exposes neck and BITE”. Now that I think about it-we never know what becomes of Mina after she watches her dark prince becomes ash in the light of the sun. Lost Boys it all ends up a happy ending while Dracula, poor Mina possibly ends up in a loveless marriage and a head case.Who knows during the time period that Dracula takes place, she probably ends up in an asylum.

So what is the fascination? Well I don’t know if I would say it is a fascination as much as it was when it comes to horror movies vampires and even were wolves are what I’m drawn to. I’m not huge on slasher flicks because well I’m home alone at night and let’s face it-I would pop a lung trying to run. I would be slashed before the movie even got started. There wouldn’t even be enough time for someone to call and ask me what my favorite scary movie was. I like that out of every movie monster or book villain that has ever been, the vampire is that dark seduction. Unless you happen to meet up with the 30 Days of Night vampires-for the most part vampires are like Venus Fly Traps. They are beautiful, seductive, and they draw you in only to trap you and well….you know what happens should you find yourself within the embrace of a vampire.

I can’t talk about Vampires and not include the creations of Anne Rice. C’mon, until Anne’s Vampire Chronicles, how many vampire books were so easily to find in the mass market unless you went to some specialty book store? I can remember there being a small paranormal romance section at our Walden Books (man I miss having a book store). It was clustered with the Sci/Fi and Horror section. When Anne hit the stage it changed forever how Vampires would be seen. I saw Interview With The Vampire four times not to mention how many times I rented it when it came out on VHS. It was that her books and the movies that followed were like the first ever epic vampire tales. Until her we had Stephen King-who in his own right can keep me up at night holding a cross and garlic and Bram Stoker. I don’t know about you but as much as I love the movies that came from Bram, his book bored me to tears.

I wrote my first vampire story which was a short story in the eleventh grade. Let me clarify this-it was the first one that I ever let anyone read. My English teacher, Mr. Moritz told me that after he read my story he got chill bumps and then had to go home and watch  he and his wife’s videos from their trip to Disney. So I figured if I could scare him, then I wondered if I could scare someone else. It wasn’t long before me and my sister made me mad and I created a story about a woman who was being stalked by her twisted sociopathic siamese twin.

So tell me….

If you are a lover of horror or just a lover of the paranormal-tell me what hooked you and why. If you’re a bonafide Fang Banger, what got you addicted to the seductive world of vampires.

Less than a week until Halloween. How are you celebrating this year?

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Which Is Sexier, Vampires or Weres?

It is a simple question, Which is sexier a vampire or a were? I say were because so many authors have moved from were wolves to hunky men who shift into different animals. For me, I used to be a strict follower of vampires but in the past few years, thanks in part to authors like Lora Leigh, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Pamela Palmer I’m on the fence.

I can remember the first time I saw a vampire movie; it was Dracula starring Frank Langella. Now Frank wasn’t so much the Bo-Hunk but he did make for a quite daunting Dracula. Later, Gary Oldman would take the reigns of the infamous Vlad Tepes, aka, Dracula and made all of us drool but he wasn’t overly sexy either. The first time I read Anne Rice’s Interview With The Vampire, left me kind of hanging on Lestat and Louie until I saw the movie. I wouldn’t say they were pantie droppers but the first time I picked up a Black Dagger Brotherhood book and Acheron, I can say I found myself back on Team Vamp. It also helped with Erik Skarsgard portraying Eric Northman on True Blood. C’mon, who didn’t want to be his midnight snack? 

What is the allure? What is the attraction?

I get asked that very question a lot. I think for me its the whole element of the ultimate bad boy portrayed as something not particularly evil. It is definitely not a case of having some necro-fetish. A good vampire book for me has a strong female character who is 3 dimensional; a character that one can associate themselves with. It also has to have a great plot; can’t all be about great sex scenes in books. Like any reader, I want to be hooked in from the beginning and I try to write my own stories that hook readers in. I like at least most of my five senses engaged.

Wolves, Bears, Tigers, Lions, and Dragons oh my!

New to the frenzy is our Weres. Sherrilyn Kenyon has really put a spin on the whole man-animal-shifter thing. In her books, Were’s can be male or female, usually have one mate, and come with their own bag of tricks. If you have never read a Dark Hunter book, I won’t spoil it for you but for all my Dark Hunter Addicts out there, y’all know what I’m talking about and there are very few things more sexier than the Peltier Brothers and those who call Sanctuary home. Lora Leigh’s Breeds aren’t shifters but men and women who have been genetically created with animal DNA. Doesn’t sound like you’re cup of tea? Believe me, if you read her books, you’ll be needing more than a cup of tea! More like a cold shower. Deborah Cooke has her fearless warriors as dragon shifters that do not disappoint and Pamela Palmer dishes out her sensual tales of Feral warriors who shift into different animals. However, we still have our favorite were wolves like Alcide Herveaux from the famous True Blood series from the Sookie Stackhouse books from Charlaine Harris. I think we can all agree, Alcide is way hotter than Team Jacob any day of the week! Shifters, like vampires are bad boys who are all testosterone and pretty much are pantie droppers.

So which do you find sexier? Vampires or Weres? Do you want the eternal tormented soul of a seductive vampire looking for love or a man who is in tune with his inner beast and isn’t afraid to let the animal side show? Or are you like me, good to go with either one.