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Whippoorwill

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Calling, mournfully in the night.

A cry born of ancient sorrow

Your penance for your

Transgressions.

Doomed to carry Cassandra’s

Fate. Only you cannot speak

The words to save man who will not

Hear them.

The twilight brings your song

But dawn will soon hush it

and silence your pleading for those

Unaware.

Small and brown you will

Sink to the depths for your rest

Clouding your judgment till you sing

Again.

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April 3, 2010 at 6:48 pm

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Hybrid Mythical Creatures

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In the movie Underworld and the sequels, we are introduced to different species of creatures that aren’t just vampires and werewolves. We are introduced to the hybrid creatures created by “crossing” the vampire, werewolf, and the first immortal. But my question is what do we call these creatures? I know that they cop out answer would be to call them hybrids and move on; however, I think that there should be some semblance of thought to the naming.

1) Michael Corvin’s mutation. The cross between someone who was a werewolf originally and then is introduced to the vampire genome. My friend and I were discussing this earlier (as we watched the movies of course), and we thought that this crossing where the host was more werewolf should be called the vamwolf. Why? Because the name suggests that there is more wolf in the creature. Also, it gives the suggestion that there is a vampire connection without saying that the creature has a major tie to the vampire.

2) Marcus Covinus–He is the first vampire, but after the events of the first movie, he is turned into a hybrid species as well. At this point though, Marcus has been a vampire for over 1400 years (as stated by Viktor in the first movie). He becomes more powerful as a result of the transformation. We would refer to him as a werepire because he is a blending of the two species. Yet, he seems to have a little more vampire; this is the reason why the name suggests this.

3) Finally, Selene with Alexander’s blood–What is she exactly? As seen from the movie, she is no longer allergic to sunlight which shows that she has in fact mutated. But to what? Alexander Covinus was the first Immortal; however, not much other than that is know to the audience. We know that as the first “Immortal” that he is more powerful than either of his sons: Marcus or William. He sits on the sidelines and cleans up their mess because he cannot bear to kill his sons…this name is a little more complicated. What exactly do we call her because she isn’t a hybrid of two species? She is a hybrid made up of the father species and a subspecies. We dubbed the creation that she is a Vamtal because she is a cross between the Immortal and a vampire. It fits oddly.

So, there you have it. Names of mythical hybrids from the Underworld series. Some make more sense than others, but how are we to know what to call. We are only human after all.

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March 24, 2010 at 12:22 am

Underworld: Vampires and the Werewolves who Love Them

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I am a big vampire buff all the way around, and I think that my blog probably says this about myself on a regular basis because I am constantly referencing vampires in some way form or fashion. A particularly interesting vampire movie that has come out in 2003 is Underworld. This movie stars Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Bill Nighy, and Martin Sheen, each of which play supernatural characters with drives and motivations that are a little odd to say the least (however, I mean odd by human standards…who is to say that they’re odd by vampire or werewolf standards).

In the movie, you are introduce to the sexy Selene played by Beckinsale who is trying to figure out why the werewolves (the vampires’ sworn enemy) are trying to get a human Michael Corvin (Speedman). In the movie, we meet the seeming antagonist Lucian (Sheen). He is the head of the werewolf army that has massed and Viktor (Nighy) the most powerful of the vampires. Turns out their story is one based on deceit and betrayal, murder and violence which leads to Viktor and Lucian being killed fairly brutally and with Selene and Michael (now a hybrid vampire werewolf…a vamwolf or a werepire…but they don’t have time to argue about the name for the new creature) going off to an odd cliffhanger-esque ending.

The movie itself is fairly well put together. There is an ancient blood feud. We have the idea of star-crossed lovers. We have friends becoming enemies and enemies becoming friends. I would suggest watching it to get more of a feel for the actual movie because I’m not going to rehash the plot for you here….that’s not my intent with this particular post. My true intent is to talk about some of the plot ideas that bother me.

There’s actually only one that really peeves me. Why did Amelia the Elder vampire go down so quickly to the mass of werewolves? I can see the argument that some people would make for this saying that she was simply overwhelmed. However, there was a train full of the oldest, most powerful vampires. Surely to God…or whomever, they could have at least put up some sort of a fight. But no, they are ruthlessly slaughter so that the werewolves might get Amelia’s blood to produce the hybrid species and fuse the two lines: vampire and werewolf.

Why does this whole epic murder scene bother me so much? It’s because Viktor in the movie is not a vampire to be messed with. He breaks the neck of a werewolf that charges him and then spears it with his sword. He doesn’t flinch. He doesn’t hesitate. He just kills. Shouldn’t Amelia have this sort of power? I mean in the sequel they show her being a key figure in taking down the first and most powerful of the werewolves.

So, how does this mangy rag-tag group of werewolves all but sweep seemingly defenseless uber-vamps? If it were just sheer number, I could understand. However, there doesn’t appear to be a semblance of a struggle. I don’t recall seeing any werewolves dead on the train…just the vampires…the powerful council of the vampires….the oldest and wisest of the coven…the ruling body….

Please, someone explain this to me. Then, I will be able to have some peace of mind in the movie and to more fully enjoy it without having to see this gapping hole in the logic of the movie (granted I know that it’s not Oscar worthy…I’m just looking for a logical answer to this question).

Into the Darkness

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Into the Darkness

Cast

Mr. Abel Adams (the reincarnation of Cain): A lawyer of forty something who is married with two children and owns his own law firm. He has something to hide from very long past.

 Miss Lillian Helsgrave (the reincarnation of Lilith): A woman in her mid-twenties. She is joining Mr. Adams’s firm

Mrs. Havens: Mr. Adams’s secretary.

Evelyn Adams: His wife

Seth and John Adams: His sons

Abel: Cain’s brother

Adam: Lilith’s husband

 (The show opens black. A blue spotlight comes up on stage Left. A man and a dark haired woman are talking to each other. They seem to be nude.)

 Lilith: Adam, I wish we could just run away. Forget about God and just…just be…with each other…be free from this imprisonment. (Adam steps away from Lilith and turns his back on her. She follows and turns him to face her.) Do not look away from me! You are either going to be with me or you will never see me again.

 Adam: (A moment of silence.) I think we better speak with our Father first, before we do anything.

 Lilith: You foolish, foolish man…Why can we not just live without Him?

Adam: Without Him, we would be nothing Lilith. God created us. We should try to return this gift. (Lilith starts to speak, but she is silenced by Adam who is looking into the heavens.) Silence, woman! God speaks!! (There is a pause.) God commands that you should leave because you have spited him…

Lilith: But, Adam…

 Adam: Go Lilith!

 Lilith: Fine! Goodbye, Adam…may God comfort you in the days to come because you will never see me again. Maybe, He will create you some other evil (Eve syllable is accented heavily.) woman for you. (She exits as the light fades to black.)

 (A tinted red spotlight comes up stage Right on a scene of two boys in loincloths. They seem to be having an argument.)

Cain: He told me my offering was not good enough…and I tried so hard…

 Abel: It will be alright brother. He will be please with you next…

 Cain: No, He has always loves you more. He is always more pleased with you. You are his favorite. God!!

 Abel: Don’t say that…We are supposed to honor and respect Him.

 Cain: There you go again. Taking up for Him!

 Abel: Brother, you are walking down a dangerous road. You cannot blaspheme against God. He will punish you for it.

 Cain: I wish you would just stop. (He is now facing downstage and is downstage of Abel. He kneels and picks up a rock. He turns quickly in a fit of anger and slams the rock into Abel’s head. Abel falls to the ground. Cain then realizes what he has done and falls to his knees to and holds his brother. The light blacks.)

 (A purple tented light comes up DRC. Lilith stands on the edge of the stage looking off the stage as if she is looking off a balcony. Cain enters from UR.)

Cain: (Noticing her.) Hello, I am looking for a place called Nod. Do you know how to get there?

Lilith: (She is noticeably startled.) Not really…Who are you?

Cain: A man of the worst kind, one against God. Someone a lady like you should not associate with.

Lilith: I should be the one to decide that. Maybe, I want to know you.

 Cain: It would be good for you if you never got to know me…I will not waste your time anymore than I have. Goodbye. (As he begins to leave, she grabs him and kisses him. He pulls away from her and turns to leave.) I cannot take another person down my damned path. If you knew the curse I bear, you would never have done this.

Lilith: (Walks over to him, grabs his arm, and looks at it. There is a number/symbol inscribed there.) So, it is you, Cain. The killer of his own flesh…I have heard stories about you from all over this land. Come with me and live forever. I share your punishment…we are both cursed to be reincarnated eternally until we learn the errors of our ways…We were created for each other, Cain. Do you not see? We were destined to be together, forever.

 Cain: Forever? (She caresses him fondly, and the light blacks.)

 (The lights come up to a dim glow. Center, there is a long table stretching from center to DC. At the head, Mr. Adams sits talking on the phone which sits on the tabletop. There are several nice chairs around the table. He is dressed in a nice business suit. As he sits talking, Mrs. Havens and Lillian enter. Mrs. Havens is a middle-aged woman dressed in nice business attire. Lillian is a young woman with dark hair. She is dressed in a nice pants suit. They wait on him to get off the phone.)

 Mrs. Havens: Mr. Adams, your new intern is here to begin work with you, today.

 Mr. Adams: Charlie, I’ll have to call you back. (A pause.) Alright, I’ll call you then. (Hangs up the phone.) Yes, thank you, Mrs. Havens. Would you get us some coffee?

 Mrs. Havens: Yes, Sir. (She exits.)

 Mr. Adams: Well, Miss…forgive me; I seem to have forgotten your name.

 Lillian: Lillian Helsgrave, and I might say this is an honor to work with you, Mr. Adams. (She says this with feigned enthusiasm.)

 Mr. Adams: Well, it’s good to have you Lillian. You graduated from…Cambridge earlier this year, correct?

 Lillian: Yes, I did, the top of my class, actually. (She says this with a grin as she takes a seat at the table.)

 Mr. Adams: Good, and what internships did you have while you were there? I remember several top notch firms on your list of references, and you have gotten great compliments from them.

 Lillian: You flatter me Mr. Adams.

 Mr. Adams: What made you decide to come here to join my firm?

 Lillian: I heard you had one of the best law firms in the Midwest, and I just had to get out of those really big cities.

 Mr. Adams: It looks like a young woman such as you would want to be part of the nightlife of some big town.

 Lillian: Looks can be deceiving, Cain…(Quickly returns.) Mr. Adams.

Mr. Adams: (He tenses noticeably at the name Cain.) Ummm, yes. Well, welcome to my law firm Lillian…I am sure you’ll be a great asset to the firm.

 Lillian: Good to be here. So where do I begin?

Mr. Adams: Well, I really want you to work with Raymond Blaspher on an insurance fraud case. I think this would be an appropriate place to start you in.

 Lillian: Really, I was kind of hoping you would but me on the Allan Gonzaga case. You know the one where the teenage boy killed his brother to get more attention from his father? (She does this trying to bait him. Thus beginning to show who she is. She does this trying to get him to react.)

Mr. Adams: (Obviously shocked by her forwardness and at the subject matter. He responds quickly.) Lillian, we don’t take cases like that here. I find myself very disturbed by them because I have two sons of my own.

 Lillian: Why do you think a child would kill his brother?

Mr. Adams: Enough! I told you that I am disturbed by the fact.

Lillian: Really? Cain, is it you? Have I found you at last?

 Mr. Adams: Why are you calling me that? My name is Abel.

 Lillian: You have his name!! Are you trying to be like him? Is that what this is? You’re trying to be a goody two shoes. Ha, ha, ha.

 Mr. Adams: I was given this name by my mother and father…but enough of that. Mr. Blaspher has been working on this insurance fraud case for several months now. So, do your best to assist him.

Lillian: (Changing the subject.) Why don’t you start me on divorce cases? You know a man’s wife is insubordinate so she’s kicked out by his Father, and he finds his son a new wife. But then, this woman also finds another man with a dark past…and they fall in love and live for all eternity, together…

Mr. Adams: Why are you asking me such silly question? I put you where I put you Lil…lian.

Lillian: (She jumps on his hesitation.) Oh, Cain! It is you. I couldn’t be sure before, but now, I’m positive. We’re together again. (She clings to him much as she did in the past.)

Mr. Adams: (He tries to dismiss what she said.) Miss Helsgrave, I do not know what you are talking about. I know nothing of this Cain person of whom you speak.

Lillian: You can’t just get rid of…

Mr. Adams: (Anger rising.) Why did you come here?

Lillian: To find you…and I know it’s you. (She rushes over to him and pulls up his shirt sleeve. She reveals the same mark he bore in the past.) See, I know it’s you! You can’t just forget about us…

Mr. Adams: I am an honest working man…I am not Cain!!! Who the hell do you think you are coming here and starting something like this?

 Lillian: Like what. Bringing you back to me.

 Mr. Adams: There never was any us….I don’t know…(At this point, Mrs. Havens enters with coffee.)

 Mrs. Havens: Here’s your coffee, sir.

 Mr. Adams: Thank you, Margaret. Will you show Miss Helsgrave where Mr. Blaspher’s office is? Thank you, again Margaret.

 Mrs. Havens: Yes, Mr. Adams.

 Mr. Adams: Goodbye, Miss Helsgrave. It’s good (A slight pang in his voice.) To have you here.

 Lillian: It’s good to be here, Mr. Adams. I’m glad to be here, and I hope to get to know you and the rest of the people here. Thank you for you time. (She exits UR behind Mrs. Havens.)

 Mr. Adams: What am I going to do now? (Sits down in the chair with his head in his hands as the lights fade to dim and his silhouette is all that is seen.) What am I going to do?

 (Lights Black.)

 (Lights up. The table is covered with a nice table clothe and candlesticks. At the head sits Mr. Adams. At his right hand sits his wife, Evelyn, and a little further down on either side, are his two boys [Seth and John]. They are having dinner.)

 Evelyn: Did you have a good day at work, honey?

Mr. Adams: Yes, it was alright. We finally closed on an insurance fraud case that Blaspher’s been working on for the past few months. The new girl, I put on the case, is really proving herself (he smirks).

 Evelyn: A new girl?

Mr. Adams: Yes, her name is Lillian and…Boys finish you vegetable or no dessert for you…she’s new and seems like she is going to be a great asset to the firm.

 Evelyn: I remember the last woman that you hired. She tried to (Noticing the kids. She stops.). Well, you know….and I really didn’t like that…but maybe I’m just being paranoid.

Mr. Adams: Honey, nothing is going to happen…Quite frankly the woman annoys me…(Shakes head.) She reminds me of one of those psycho chicks in the movies.

Evelyn: (Chuckling.) Why would you say something like that? Do you feel threatened by her.

Mr. Adams: No, not at all. (Time freezes. The lights dim and a spotlight comes up on him.) Oh, God…I’m terrified. She is going to try to keep me with her. In this damnable cycle, I need to escape. I really thought that this life would win me my freedom. I have tried so hard to atone for my sins and become a good person. And until now, I have been successful,  but now, I see there is still one tether that needs to be severed before I can truly be free…before, I can truly be the man my brother was. (Lights come back up.)

Evelyn: Honey, are you okay? You just stopped talking all of a sudden…Are you scared by her?

 Mr. Adams: Why would I be?

John: Dad, may we be excused? Seth and I want to go outside and play…please?

Mr. Adams: Yes, you may, but take your plates to the kitchen to help your mother.

John and Seth: Yes, sir. Thank you, Dad. (They exit hurriedly carrying their plates, UL.)

Mr. Adams: (Sadly.) Always, full of life…and so happy with each other. Do you remember when we married we always said we wanted to have children?

Evelyn: Yes…

Mr. Adams: And finally, we had our first after so much time trying, and we were so proud.

Evelyn: Where are you going with this?                                                 

Mr. Adams: Nowhere except that you’re more beautiful now than ever before.

 Evelyn: Now, I remember why I married you. (She embraces him and they kiss. John enters and crosses to them.)

 John: (To his Dad.) Dad, there’s a weird woman here, and she wants to see you…she looks scary.

 (Lillian enters UL without an invitation. She dressed in dark clothing that has an ancient flair to it to remind Mr. Adams of the centuries passed when they were together.)

Lillian: I’m sorry to burst in here like this, but I needed to discuss a case with you, Mr. Adams.

 Mr. Adams: Of course Miss Helsgrave…I don’t think you’ve met my wife…Evelyn, dear, this is Lillian Helsgrave, the new intern at my law firm.

Evelyn: Pleased to make you acquaintance.

Lillian: Charmed, I’m sure…(Vehemently) Eve.

 Evelyn: It’s been sometime since someone called me that (She’s quite bewildered.) I’ll leave you two alone to discuss your business. (She exits.)

 Lillian: So, here we are yet again. We’re destined to be together.

 Mr. Adams: (Temper rising) I don’t know who you think you are coming to my home!…You’re already treading on thin ice at work after the scene you made…

 Lillian: But don’t people have to be present to make it a scene, my dear Cain…

 Mr. Adams: You have always been insufferable, you know that…

 Lillian: Ah! So the fallen one does remember who he was or is rather…So, why don’t you drop this act, Cain, and come back to me. We’ve been together since the beginning. Why can’t we be together now?

 Mr. Adams: Because I’m a trying to bury that man I use to be. I don’t want to continue the cycle anymore. I’ve found a family I want to be with for eternity…in heaven.

Lillian: Oh, please…like heavens anything compared to what we’ve had.

 Mr. Adams: Yes, Lilith. What we had! Don’t you understand? There is no us anymore.Can’t you understand that. There could be redemption for you too. We could finally break free of this curse. We could finally go home.

 Lillian: Oh, please, these lives we’ve lived have not been as a punishment…

 Mr. Adams: Oh, but they have! Living forever…never finding peace. Always having to wallow in our sins. I’m tired Lilith.

 Lillian: Do you realize I searched for you ten years of my last life? Do you know it was just luck that I found you in this life? I am not going to give you up!

 Mr. Adams: You have no choice because I don’t want to be bound anymore…

 Lillian: There’s no way you can quit me, Cain. I won’t allow it…Do you remember on the banks of the Mediterranean centuries ago when you promised you would always want me? Well, your feelings may have changed for me, but I still desire you. I’ll have you too. Even if I have to take away all you cherish in this world. (She fingers a picture of his family on the wall.) I’ll do it, Cain…If you spurn me, what a bountiful harvest of flesh there will be!

Mr. Adams: (With fear in his voice.) Leave my house and my property now before I call the police.

Lillian: They can’t bold me Cain…I will be yours or no one will…(Evelyn enters quite awestruck by what she heard.)

Evelyn: Leave our house now you…you…hussy. (She brandishes the bowl of fruit she carries, ready to throw it at her.)

 Lillian: I will leave with no further argument, but remember what I said Mr. Adams. I am not to be trifled with. (She storms off. Suddenly, a roar of an engine is heard, the squeal of tires, and finally, the yelp of an animal is heard.)

(The children run in crying and through their broke sobs speak.)

Seth: Mommy…she…ran over Daisy.

(Lights black.)

(A blue spotlight comes up downstage on Lilith/Lillian. She stands there weeping as the light comes up. She is holding a dagger.)

Lilith: Oh Cain…Where are you? I’m completely lost without you, Cain. So, I’ll meet you in the next life. Please, forgive me. (She stabs herself in the stomach.)

 (The lights black.)

 (Lights come up on the office again. Mr. Adams is pacing. He seems to be worried about something. Evelyn enters.)

 Evelyn: There’s nothing they can do?

Mr. Adams: No, they said they have to have proof she was there to even try to enact the restraining order, and believe me, I’ve searched every possible way to overcome it and found nothing.

Evelyn: But she was at the kids’ school!!! I heard her threaten us if you didn’t come with her. I’m scared Abel.

 Mr. Adams: We’ll be okay, Evelyn. In all our years together, have I even let anything bad happen to you or the kids?

Evelyn: No, but this is different. She’s derang…

Mr. Adams: And I won’t let anything happen now. You go get the kids and take them to your mother’s. I’m going to stay here and finish up, but I’ll meet you there later.

 Evelyn: Okay…I love you (She kisses him tenderly.) Please be careful (she exits.)

 Mr. Adams: (Walks over to the table and talks into the intercom.) Mrs. Havens, please hold all my calls and cancel all my meeting today. Thank you, Mrs. Havens. (He starts pacing.) What to do? What to do? If I don’t…go with her or take some action against her…my family will remain in danger. But if I kill her protecting them, will I once again be condemned? I grow so tired of this weary world…(Picks up a picture of his family.) I love you all so much…And yet, something inside of me says it would be better to leave you, but I’m not going to. Haven’t I been denied happiness all my lives, and now that I’ve found it, I’m not going to give it away so that my soul can be rekindled into a new evil birth. I won’t do it…I will not do it. (Phone rings.) Hello….oh God! No, I’ll be there be there right away. (He hangs up the phone and begins to exit. However, he stops and drops to his knees.) God, I’ve never asked anything of you before and I’m not worthy to beg for anything…But please keep her safe…Please God…(The lights black on this scene.)

 (Lights up on the Adam’s home again Evelyn is tied to a chair as Lilith/Lillain wanders about the stage, she carries a revolver with her. They wait for Mr. Adams.)

 Evelyn: What is the matter with you…you, deranged woman?!?

Lillian: I come seeking the one thing I have lost for the past forty-eight years my dear lady.

 Evelyn: But why do you torment my family…me…my husband…

 Lillian: Oh, but Mrs. Adams, your husband is not who you married…he’s much, much more. For millennia our souls have been together entwined by destiny and fate throughout the ages. Now he’s trying to break the cycle and free himself of this mortality; this eternal mortality, but I cannot allow this. I cannot be alone…

Evelyn: You wicked, wicked, deranged woman. You need help…I can help you find a good psychiatrist for you…

 Lillian: No my dear, I am not crazy…or am I (She points the revolver at Evelyn’s head.) How sure are you of where you’ll go after death Mrs. Adams? Will you arrive in Heaven or kick at It and fall directly to hell?…Huh? Answer me!!!

 Evelyn: (Sobs) Please don’t kill me, I have two little boys. Who will take care of them?

 Lillian: Well, I guess we’ll find out both answers soon enough, won’t we.  (She cocks the revolver. Mr. Adams enters.)

Mr. Adams: No!!!!

 Lillian: So, you finally decided to join us, Cain.

 Mr. Adams: Yes, just put the gun down, Lillian, and we can talk.

 Lillian: I have done enough talking, and if I can’t have you then no one will (She presses the gun harder against Evelyn’s head. Evelyn cries out and whimpers.)

 Mr. Adams: No, I’ve come to take you with me and leave this place. Leave this futile individuals behind me.

Lillian: So, you have come back to me finally, my lover. (She pulls the gun slowly from Evelyn’s head. It still points there. Evelyn sobs quietly. Lillian moves toward Cain.)

 Mr. Adams” Come to me my darling. Be one with me…(She slowly drops her arm and walks to his outstretched arms.)

Lillian: Cain…(As she nears, suddenly Mr. Adams lunges for the arm with the revolver. They struggle for it.) No, you lied to me! You stupid, stupid man. (They struggle longer for the revolver. Then, there is a gunshot, and it is unclear for a few seconds what has happened. Slowly, Mr. Adams sinks to the ground. And Lillian screams in anguish. Suddenly, everything freezes, and Azrael, the angel of death, appears before Mr. Adams. A bright blue spotlight lights him.)

 Azrael: Wandering child of spirit and flesh. So damned by your own actions. You are released from the prison of this world. You may break free of the circle of sin. Your punishment on earth is lifted. Hers is now to begin. (He kneels near Mr. Adams. Yet when the scene unfreezes, the others do not see him.)

 Evelyn: What have you done?!? (She sobs loudly again.)

 Lillian: (Starting to cry.) I am sorry…Why? Did I? No…(She cocks the revolver again and sticks it to her temple.) I’ll meet you again, Cain…I’ll find you. (The stage blacks and a gunshot rings out and another scream from Evelyn can be heard.)

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February 27, 2010 at 10:35 pm

My Vampire Rant from professorbeej.com

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I love good vampire books and lore. The stuff that you can truly respect. And you have to take the idea of the vampire back to the mindset of when the idea originated. It was an illogical response to the idea of bodies rotting in the earth…their blotted forms and flushed appearance became the basis for the myth, and the fact that people also associated them with plagues and diseases of the time.

In my mind, a vampire also doesn’t go bump in the night in my head. Vampires tend to be more eloquent beings living among the humans but not being part of them. They also represent all the bad aspects of humanity just exemplified. If you take Dracula for instance, he has all the desires and drives of any man; however, his drives take a more perilous front seat than many men because he has the power to go forward and nothing that can hold him back (save garlic, holy relics, stake through the heart). A reading of him could be paralleled to any tyrranical dictator that has been or will be.

While vampires can symbolize rape, they also represent the dawn of plague and darkness upon the land. During the course of human history, a lot of the time that plagues and turmoil of that nature arose, one could find it giving rise to the mythos of the vampire because they were considered the bringers of death. In the older ideal of the vampire, the vampire was a more personal creature going back to slowly take away their family, friends, and town folk to the darkness that is their death. For me, they represent the death that they inevitably cause because no matter how careful a vampire is in fiction or the movies they will eventually take a life. However, I do agree that they are also a perfect metaphor for rape because they do “penetrate” their victims and take their innocence away.

While I will admit that you are right about the vampire stories written from the “human” perspective, I will have to say that you need to read some vampire lit from the perspective of the vampire. Anne Rice does a brilliant job of this. She writes from the idea that the vampire is just a human who happens to have immortality, other special powers, and has to live off blood. Her vampires are just exceptionally flawed humans. They are set in their ways and have trouble changing with the times just like many of our older generation. They have loves, can’t stand to be around each other for extended periods of time, hate who created them, and eventually come back to this dark parent at some point with love leading the way.

I think that vampires are scarier too. We each have our own personal “vampires” that we deal with on a daily basis. They are anything that steals a bit of our spirit, of our soul, of our life blood. Religious cults also equate to religion because they have to “baptise” the new comers to their order with their own blood (anybody reminded of Christianity…everything is covered by Jesus’s blood). They also remind me of the cold, calculated evil of any dictator or religious fanatic that has sprung up in the last several hundred years like Vlad Dracul who is still celebrated as a hero in Transylvania, although we look on him as a mass murderer and altogether unsavory individual.

I don’t know. Vampires hold a fascination for me that no zombie ever could. I think it’s because they hold their individuality after “death” and still have to choose their own path or be left in the dust (no pun intended). They have infinite possibilities. I hate that the drivel that comes out of the mainstream has reduced this creature to a sparkling, love-sick wuss instead of the scary mofos they are…

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January 27, 2010 at 10:09 pm