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Vampire: My Demon Lover

The allure of darkness, especially vampires, has infiltrated nearly every genre of fiction. With the popularity of vampire fiction and dark fantasy, you may be wondering, why? What is so attractive about a creature that drinks blood, ages centuries if they don’t feed, can’t go out in the sunlight, is cold, and is constantly seducing other people? Not to mention the number of enemies, vampire and human, that inevitably try and kill them?

A study in evolution would perhaps tell us that a vampire is formidable and powerful, able to defend and protect. They are also old and probably wealthy, wise and worldly, but since they are supernatural, they are still physically attractive. For extra points, they also seem to possess unearthly levels of charisma and can charm the pants off of anybody they happen to come across.

Most vampires in movies, television shows, and books are at the very least mildly bad boy (or bad girl). There is something inherently sexy about someone who operates outside the norms of society and is brave enough to be an outright rebel, casting any cares about what everyone else thinks aside. A vampire’s supernatural qualities make for a formidably powerful lover, add to that more sexual experience than that of an average human’s lifespan, and you get an irresistibly rebellious combination.

With the publication of Carmilla, female vampires and their insatiable desire set the stage for a lesbian love affair way back in 1872. Carmilla introduced people to the fact that yes, women have desires, and it was a glorious, in your face wake-up call for the prudish Victorians.

Years ago, before everyone became sexually enlightened, vampire fiction was a way to disguise sexual themes within a story. In fact, the very feeding habits of the vampire are laden with sexual inuendo. The kissing of the neck and sinking in of the fangs (which are phallic symbols or a throwback to our more animalistic days, i.e. werewolf), the pumping of the blood and racing heart, the devouring taking place under cover of darkness. It all adds up to the promise of mind-blowing sex. (And/or death, depending which vampire fandom you hang with.)

Perhaps we are also drawn in by the vampire’s mysteriousness because we live in a world in which everything has an explanation and there is nothing that holds our imagination like paranormal experience. There is something to be said for mystery rather than in your face, straight up graphic sex. Maybe we desire to be wooed and have our minds turned on as well as our bodies, which makes everything a lot more interesting.

Whatever your reason for reading vampire fiction, these guys are the epitome of sensuality. They are evil creatures at their core, powerful enough to easily kill you, but they don’t want to. Instead, they want to unleash all of that pent-up frustration at having to try and be good all the time in the bedroom. And they want to unleash it on you.

Who doesn’t want that?

Vampires: It’s in the Blood

Blood mysticism along with vampire legends and the lore and religiosity surrounding it have been present since our earliest days. Many cultures revere blood as a symbolic representation of the life force of a human being and a link between the body, mind, and spirit which may be more than mere symbolism.

For thousands of years, people have believed that blood represents livelihood, vitality, power, and/or magic. In truth, the blood is wondrous stuff. I’m not attempting to be gruesome but to contemplate everything it is able to accomplish and how quick our demise is with its loss is truly staggering. It is literally keeping us alive. If something is wrong in the blood, then the whole being suffers.

Blood carries nutrients, delivers hormones, carries away waste, carries oxygen, and it fights infection. It is so important to our survival and wellbeing that we use it to symbolize everything from our relationships with others to our religious beliefs, not to mention the use of its color to represent our most passionate emotions. How many times have you heard the term “bloodline” in reference to families? We say we are related by blood or that there is bad blood between us when there is animosity. Blood is symbolic in sacrificial religious rites and rituals in many religions simply because it is the elixir of life, as it sustains and bolsters us in nearly every facet of our lives.

In some religious texts, blood is referred to as containing the life of the animal and therefore the desires of the animal, which is why they view it as sinful to consume blood. With some of these belief systems, practitioners wash and salt meat repeatedly to fully remove any trace of the blood so as not to risk becoming contaminated or even giving the appearance of doing so.

Blood is also often used as a symbol for life, love, passion, sympathy, sacrifice and loyalty. There is a reason why people took blood oaths so seriously and why that oath connected the persons making the vow. The blood is the life and by taking a blood vow, you are swearing your loyalty on your life.

In occult practices, blood is used in many magic spells and incantations to bring about the desired outcome. The more personal the blood, i.e. your own blood, the more powerful the spell is said to be. For many hundreds of years, blood has been the ultimate sacrifice for many behests of the gods requiring power.

There is so much more to blood and its use in fiction than merely as a device for shock value or to frighten people.  As in vampire fantasy, we have the culmination of all of this symbolism. Many films, books, and myths, vampire and otherwise, use blood to represent loss and life and the dual meanings of so many human emotions, for blood can represent each one equally well.

Perhaps blood links us to vampires in more ways than one and is actually a myriad of connection to our deepest needs, desires, and fears.