I had a thought. I have told you about me, but I have not gone into any detail about my writing. Some that read my posts or that know me personally know my knowledge about vampires. I have had discussions about it with a few people in my day job. One of them is an English professor at Colorado State. Although he probably does not remember me. Most of the people I talk to do not know how far back the myth actually goes.
One of the earliest recorded depictions of a vampire is in ancient Sumeria. The Ekimmu as the link talks about predates to 4000 B.C. I know this from research on the subject not from a Google search. The most recent use of the vampire myth is in the Stephenie Meyer “Twilight” Series. There are countless numbers of other books and authors that delve into vampires. The most famous it Bram Stoker and his tale of Count Dracula. For those that have not read this book, it is a must read for any fan of vampires.
Stoker did not merely take a little story and turn it into Dracula. He based his tale on Vlad Tepes or Vlad the Impaler. Stoker’s tale took things that were going on during the time and used it to his advantage. Whether that be the tale of Jack the Ripper or the thoughts of sex during the Victorian Era. Stoker’s setting of London made the perfect sense for it was dark and dreary. Stoker wrote other stories, although none became as famous as Dracula.
I began reading vampire books as a child. One of the first I remember is Bunicula. After that I read “Interview with a Vampire” by Anne Rice. Her tales of vampires in my opion began a change in the perception of what a vampire is. They were no longer looked at as the creature the enchanting count, they had realness to them. After reading Interview and the books that followed, I found myself reading more and more. My favorite of Anne Rice’s books is “The Vampire Lestat”. In this one book she brought the tormentor of Louis from the first book to the forefront of the story. Giving the public a first hand account of what it was like to live as a vampire.
With my story I have taken certain things from the myth and made them my own. I will not delve into them right now. I want to let the manuscript speak for itself. Will be heading back into the writing crypt tonight.
Until the dawn,