Vampires are no stranger to Immortal Monday. Traditionally they were the things of nightmares, creatures lurking in the dark and something to be feared. Today’s we’ve come to look at them in a new light. They’ve been romanticized and are now approached from many different angles. We have dark and sexy vampires that will befriend you (Damon Salvatore, Eric Northman, Angel or Spike) and strong protective vampires that can walk in the sun (Edward Cullen and Blade). Many fans enjoy immersing themselves in tales a power and intrigue.
Today I have a special treat for you. A friend and writer of vampire tales is here to talk about what started her along the path of author, and of vampire stories in particular. Please welcome Emma Meade to the blog.
Thinking back, I’m blaming The Lost Boys for my obsession with these creatures of the night and the world of the supernatural. It must have been around 1990 or 1991, and I was staying at my older cousins’ house. The boys were watching Kiefer Sutherland and his immortal gang devour the young population of Santa Carla, and I was having a scary, whale of a time watching this horror movie, which I knew full well my parents would not approve of me watching. To this day, I get delightful chills and a poignant sense of nostalgia whenever I hear “People Are Strange” by The Doors.
From The Lost Boys, I progressed to Child’s Play and Nightmare on Elm Street. Still not ten years old, my fascination with the world of monsters and horror was fuelled. My sisters and I would beg my father to tell us the story of the shadow man who lives under the bed. We had heard this tale a number of times during our childhood, but we would huddle together on long drives home from summer holidays while my Dad regaled his daughters with the spooky story we knew by heart.
Then along came Mulder and Scully, and paranormal fiction reached out and enveloped me forever. At school, I wrote short story after short story about ghosts, witches, vampires and aliens. I can still hear one English teacher sighing and asking me, “can’t you write anything normal for a change?” Inspiring me at this time were the Point Horror and Nightmares books. Many of these stories involved teen romance with intense feelings of love and a desire to live beyond the normal human bounds. I devoured tales of romantic entanglements between humans and paranormal creatures. Later, I would move on to Anne Rice and the gothic fiction of Virginia Andrews.
I stumbled upon the TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer one evening. Randomly flicking through channels, I had the good fortune to find the very first episode, “Welcome to the Hellmouth” and I was hooked. Buffy and Angel’s story was one that gripped so many girls, and women back in the nineties. I think Giles summed up their love story pretty well when he said, “A vampire in love with a slayer. It’s rather poetic.”
Angel was beautiful; he had a soul and suffered daily for his past sins. He was the typical, brooding, Byronic hero women wish to save, the ultimate bad boy we dream about taming and making our own. Vampires were no longer the ugly creatures of old. They were desirable demons, like Louis from Interview with the Vampire, struggling to hold onto his humanity.
We have seen many forms of vampire down through the years, from gruesome, blood-thirsty creatures like the vicious animals in David Slade’s 40 Days of Night, to the sparkly, ‘vegetarian’ vamps of Twilight, to the enigmatic and untouchable beings in Anne Rice’s intoxicating and lush novels. No matter what form they take, vampires continue to fascinate us. They have the ability to live forever; remain eternally young, and in a world obsessed with vanity and youth, to be a vampire is to gain access to the holy grail.
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My own YA vampire novel, Under the Desert Moon allowed me to create my very own vampire-human story. Small town girl, Erin Harris longs to get far away from the stifling town of Copperfield, Arizona, until the night James Linkin shows up. He’s the star of a cheesy, vampire movie, Kiss of the Vampire being shot in town, and he’s got his eyes set firmly on Erin.
And for adult eyes only, meet the sexy rock star, vampire Tristan and his girlfriend Alex in Night Sighs. Tristan is trying to persuade Alex to come over to the dark side. Just how long can she hold out? Hint – it’s not very long!
And check out Emma’s latest’s accomplishment: Under the Desert Moon.
Emma Meade lives in rainy Ireland. She has a BA in English and History from University College Cork and an MA in Literature and Publishing from NUI Galway.When she’s not reading or writing, she can be found at the cinema checking out the latest movie releases or sipping rosé or drinking Barry’s tea in her backyard with family and friends. Books, DVDS & TV show boxsets take up lots of space in her home, and she collects all the Point Horror books she can get her hands on. Writing supernatural stories and watching marathon reruns of Buffy are some of her favorite ways of escaping reality.
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