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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 and Werewolves…It’s Complicated

For as long as there have been vampires, werewolves have been part of the vampire lore in some fashion. Several dark fantasy and vampire fiction tropes include the turbulent relationship that vampires and werewolves have. On the one hand, they share many similarities such as unnatural forms, abilities, strengths and weaknesses. However, they are often portrayed as arch enemies and are quite opposite in that werewolves are everything forceful in the natural, living realm while vampires are often portrayed as the reanimated dead doomed to wander the earth alone.

Werewolves are large, brute animals with shapeshifting abilities that rival that of any self-respecting vampire. They are also rumored to be overly emotional, given to outbursts of anger and fits, and unable to control themselves once exposed to that wondrous magical orb, the full moon. The original werewolf lore can be traced back to a time when Christians associated Pagan rites of passage into the warrior class as true transformation into the devil or a kind of channeling of him. Basically, a misunderstanding of the Pagan belief systems and judgment based on little to no factual information led to werewolf trials that rivaled the witch trials of Salem. (Mass hysteria was rampant in medieval Europe.) There are claims that the werewolf myth was also used as a way to explain the behavior of serial killers in medieval France.

The moon, for the vampire, is a source of healing and strength. I suppose it could be construed as such for the werewolf as well as a weakness, causing supernatural metamorphosis although at inconvenient times. Perhaps both the vampire and werewolf are slave to the moon and her whims.

In some vampire lore, the werewolf and the vampire are literally the same creature, though referred to by different names with slightly different attributes. The vampire was thought to be able to transform, like Dracula, into a werewolf or bat or mist. It was simply a variation on the original vampire lore.

In other stories, the vampire and werewolf are mortal enemies, though they are like minded in their hatred of mankind. Their very natures are polar opposite with the vampire being portrayed as wealthy and intelligent, a socialite of sorts at times, and the lowly werewolf being a simple-minded brute at the mercy of his animalistic nature. It’s no wonder then that the relationships between these two recurring characters in fiction is a complex one.

I personally find the possibilities that this juxtaposition of character traits brings very alluring.  Maybe we’ll see the animal side of the vampire, the aristocratic side of the werewolf, the fangs, the moon, the passion! It can be combined in so many interesting ways to create conflict that is still drawing us in.

Alas, every good villain, or love interest depending who you ask, is doomed to have his weaknesses. Werewolves are no different, but silver certainly seems to be the only one.

The werewolf legend continues to evolve, often alongside the vampire. Sometimes friend to the vampire, sometimes foe, the werewolf is not hindered by the sun and it would be difficult to say who would ultimately come out on top of this centuries old pairing.