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?