I wrote a little about vampires not that long ago in a post about urban fantasy. At this time of year lots more people start thinking about these beings. Whether its Twilight, Vampire Diaries, Vampire Academy or any of the many more books, TV shows and films out there on this subject, there certainly is a fascination for the subject. I think it only right I make a respectful acknowledgement of these intriguing creatures too.
Let’s pause and reflect for a moment on this immortal. He beckons you, easily summoning you to him and you feel as though you would be content to remain with him here if only due to his handsome appearance and the intelligence in his gaze. Yet, it is his contradictory nature that makes you linger in the shadows.
- He is dead and yet hungers for life
- He is wise and yet possesses something primal
Before you think seriously of sidling up to this fellow, I must warn you – you can never fully know him. He is outside of time and nature. He has a consciousness, an awareness of what it means to be human, but with each passing day it dims; so that in the end, time is inverted and the past is far more palpable than the present moment.
If you do still want to draw nearer I recommend reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula and watching the 1992 film adaptation this Halloween weekend. I’ll also be treating myself to Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire and the 1994 film of the same. I believe the latter is the best of all vampire literature.
If I feel I haven’t had my fix I may throw in The Hunger, 1983 and Queen of the Damned, 2002. Admittedly these are less about substance and more about style with David Bowie strutting his stuff in the first and the songs of Jonathan Davis from Korn providing the voice of ‘The Brat Prince’. If nothing else, these two sure show that immortality gives you time to develop an impeccable sense of style, and taste.