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What vampire literature shaped your interest in vampires?



For me it was:
- Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Love in Vein by Poppy Z Brite




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Dracula started it all for me. Since, I have enjoyed new versions of the vampire - especially via Vampire: The Masquerade.



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The writing of Michael Romkey and the luscious prose of Anne Rice started it all for me.



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I haven't heard of Michael Romkey before. I'm going to give his work a shot.



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..Back in 1974, we conducted an interview, in Argentina, to the real descendent of the Count Dracula. I still got that interview. One of this day, I am going to translate it into English. Is Amazing.



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It's hard to discern whether vampire literature sparked the interest or if my interest in mythology and the paranormal naturally led to vampires. In any case, there was this rather gorily illustrated non-fiction guide to paranormal phenomena called Noidan Käsikirja ("Witch's Handbook"). Read it as a six year old in the basement of a remote library, which was a scary place in itself. I was terrified, but intrigued. It's regarded as somewhat of a classic here, and there's a new edition of it being published later this year actually.

The most influential ones since then have been Dracula and VtM Bloodlines.



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Anne Rice's Lestat completely captured my interest.



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Bram Stoker's Dracula, for me, along with small mentions of vamps in videogames. I read a fair amount of the classics as a kid, and found the concept interesting.



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While searching family genealogy.



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For me, the old legends from Balkan countries came first, and then I read Bram Stoker's classical novel.



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21:33:50 Aug 11 2018
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The movie Bram Stokers Dracula is what did it for me.



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For me it was Anne Rice. I like Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles and the movie Interview with a Vampire. I have read all her book's on the 'Brat Prince' and look forward to the book coming out in November now that he is the Prince of all the Vampire's. Bram Stoker's book I did not care much for due to how he wrote the book, journal style. Also, I was not impressed how he fashioned his Dracula after Prince Vlad.



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I loved history and did a book report on Vlad the Impaler as a youth. This in turn, led me to Elizabeth Bathory the 16th century blood Countess, Mercy Brown and many more incidents in history.



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I have to agree with imagesinwords, right up there. Who, can any literary vampire ever ignore. Dracula started it all. The companion guide to Vampire: The Masquerade, and several documentaries, started this insane obsession!



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I think for me it was a combination of things, The Vampire Dictionary, Dracula, Countess Bathory, Ann Rice's Stories, along with the countless lore and stories and characters you don't often hear about from different cultures describing the traits and differences.

Dracula would have been pretty unknown by the western world if it were not for Bram Stoker with the exception of the tales from Romania, and those who visited.
Countess Bathory was pretty well known however there seem to be a few things that happened to her, she wasn't executed for the crimes that happened in her Castle. She never really was punished for that either.
What I find interesting is most of those who were given the label Vampire were Nobles of some kind in Europe. You didn't really hear about peasants or common folk being put in that category, perhaps that's because they got whacked way ahead of time by the local populace.



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As i hit the great age of ten, or as my dad used to say tenteen lol. I had already read bram stokers dracula many many times , and so when i went to the library to re-check out dracula, i was dissappointed that it was taken so i wandered around and found an anne rice book. One of her vampire chronicles. The only one left on the shelf was "the vampire armand". Within the first few pages i was HOOKED. Even to this day re-read the vampire armand with the same love i had for it as a child. As i now have my own copy. I am slowly attaining the origional chronicles and even her newer books like prince lestat.



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I have a somewhat antique called perverse crimes in history. Its amazing and i did just read about her. I was fasinated yet appalled that such a thing could take place for so long and no much was done till years later.



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As far as writings (novels), Anne Rice's books are the only vampire literature that have ever interested me.

As far as films...Dracula (1931), Dracula (1979), Dracula (1992), Interview With The Vampire (1994), John Carpenter's Vampires (1998) and of course, my favorite vampire film of all time...Perfect Creature (2006).



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Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Stories.



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im a slow reader, still reading anne rice’s works



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I thought “99 coffins” by David Wellington was a good one. I don’t think any book or movie could truly shape the way I see or think, but it was the depiction of the vampire in this story that was left undefined in many ways, incapable of being understood or kept as a subject. Themes of the Civil War, and isolated burials underground were details of the condition and outbreak. If anything, the story went well with my knowledge of vampires and was a fascinating read.



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is good to read a good book or watch a good movie about Vampires. But, remember, those movies and those books, are fictitious. Remember, Vampirism is a taboo and for that, will remain underground.



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07:05:26 Jan 30 2019
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If you combine the best aspects of Blade, Twilight, Anne Rice, and a hint of holy scripture you would get my idea of a vampire.



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The classics drew me in, Anne Rice set the tone, with a few contemporary writers coming in later on. I find that my tastes and ideas of vampires has evolved over the years.



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Mine is Anne rice and interview with a vampire.



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I read Anne Rice's Interview With The Vampire in the 7th grade and that did it for me. From there I branched out to the rest of her Vampire Chronicles, Dracula, and books regarding vampire lore and mythology. But Interview will always have a special place in my heart.



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Dracula.
I think..it was mostly due to what one was..
And though it was dark,unwanted,feared..
Yet wanted to love and be loved.

Fascinated me,
How he became.
Like a human mimic.
What death of a loved one,
Transforms,creates a monster..who is just
Broken hearted,with anger and the lust to,
Be against a god,to be a god. Drinking blood
From his children as an act of revenge for
Taking his lifeMate.

All the powers that be.
How dark it all is.
There is a beauty.

I still have Dracula novel next to my bed.



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Books and movies didn't do anything for my interest in vampires.
I do enjoy them though.



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Dracula and then discovered others like Anne Rice



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Anne Rice's novels
I've read all of them and I cant wait for more.



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Bram stokers Dracula ! Vampire diaries. :)



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I think Anne Rice is what got me started



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I first started with Dracula by Bram Stoker like so many
I then graduated to other classics: Varney, the Vampyre by James Malcolm Rymer, the Vampyre by Byron I believe and Carmilla by Sheridan le Fanu
from there I went to Anne Rice, Sherilyn Kenyon, J. R. Ward, Lynsay Sands, Christine Feehan, Jeaniene Frost, Charlaine Harris, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Laurell K. Hamilton, Lara Adrian and many other authors



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Dracula. I read is as a child and I loved it.



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Lost boys I love the movie and is always been dream to think of living a mortal life,



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Anne Rice started my interest



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Anne Rice: Interview With The Vampire and let's not forget the D&D Monster Manual or "Haunted" comic books.



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Definitely Anne Rice's books



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Definitely Vampire the Masquerade



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As a kid I was interested in everything "spooky" and poetry and my mom would show me these old stories and poems. One day she showed me this one, only later in life did I find out its one of the earliest poems on the topic.

"My dear young maiden clingeth
Unbending, fast and firm
To all the long-held teaching
Of a mother ever true;
As in vampires unmortal
Folk on the Theyse’s portal
Heyduck-like do believe.
But my Christine thou dost dally,
And wilt my loving parry
Till I myself avenging
To a vampire’s health a-drinking
Him toast in pale tockay.

And as softly thou art sleeping
To thee shall I come creeping
And thy life’s blood drain away.
And so shalt thou be trembling
For thus shall I be kissing
And death’s threshold thou’ it be crossing
With fear, in my cold arms.
And last shall I thee question
Compared to such instruction
What are a mother’s charms"
(1748) by Heinrich August Ossenfelder

From that point on I was hooked.



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Dracula, my Grandmother would read it to me.



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I'm going to sound totally basic for this but The Vampire Chronicles, Specifically "The Vampire Lestat" *swoons* what a wonderful read. "Vampire Breath" From the Goosebumps series also surprisingly got me into it.



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Bram Stokers Dracula got me in.



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I read a series called The Black Dagger Brotherhood. I could do without all the sex constantly pushed in your face but otherwise it’s pretty good.



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Great question! For me it was the XIXth century vampire.
If you are interested I have a reading list on a page in my profile page. I am still working on it.



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the writings of ANNE RICE



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- Anne Rice
- The Cirque Du Freak
- Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines



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Bram Stoker's Dracula- like many others was what first piqued my interest. Since then, Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, and even the Marvel Comics character Morbius kept my interest.



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Feehans Dark series of books,
About Carpathians, and vampires..
In the old world... into the new
World.



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@DragonHusky

I used to devour Christine Feehan's Carpathian themed books!

I find trashy romance cool now. They bring me some comfort. After several heartbreaks and disappointments romantically, I completely stopped reading romance, back then. Now, I am back to reading trashy romance novels. Must be because I'm aging. Haw.
ce novels to be fun to read whenever I am bored. I just don't feel like reading the "heavier" literary sort anymore. I have done all of that already, and feel satisfied.

Trashy and girly adult romance novels are the in-thing for me now.



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Dracula was the first
Have read others that spiked my interest but wasn't til Anne Rice when discovered that not all vampires have to be the same



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It actually wasn't literature or associated things that 'shaped' my interest. I simply wanted to find out what exactly was going on with Me, since apparently, doctors couldn't explain anything that was going on with me, be it physical or mental.
It was some years after everything fully took hold that I was really introduced to the fictions of movies and books about them; I think that started with (of course) Bram Stoker, Stephen King, and one other (I forget the name, but I know it was pretty damn old, for the days). After that, my girlfriend (at the time) started to introduce me to the movies and whatnot, and I just got confusingly disgusted, at that point.


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I can't remember exactly what sparked my interest as I've always been interested in Vampires since childhood; perhaps Christopher Lee's Dracula movie which I watched as a kid (I've always been a nightowl so watched it with my parents lol). Later I really enjoyed reading Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles- Lestat was very good but my favourite in the series was 'Queen of the Damned'-Do not mention the film which missed out a vast amount of the ancients which was a travesty!!

I also really enjoyed White Wolf's Vampire-The Masquerade; The series was quite good as well :-)



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Honestly, the thing for me wasn't any literature in particular- it was just general lore on more, ahem, "adult" types of vampires, the incubi and succubi. The more mainstream, blood related vampires didn't interest me much until later, and I can't even really think of what in particular made me feel that pull, apart from the fact that most of the men I found most attractive had the vamp aesthetic, which probably sounds lame. But it did contribute to me starting to develop more of a genuine interest. I think I thought for a long time that I just wouldn't be much of a vampire fan because I found Anne Rice not to my taste.



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Bram Strokers Dracula was what originally enticed me. From then on I plunged head first into the world of vampires. Bram got me started. Anne Rice sealed the deal with her vampire series for me.



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Dracula



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My interest was derived from TV/movies, which prompted to read books. The movie "Bram Strokers Dracula" is what enticed me to learn more about vampires.



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My first reading exposure was an article by Michelle Belanger



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The Vampire, by Pollidori.



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Bram stokers Dracula,

most my books are 1991 and up my love for Vampires and horror is mainly the love of old classic movies.



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Fourth grade, our Language Arts teacher introduced John Polidori's 1819 short story “The Vampyre” to the class and I was so intrigued by it that I found all the vampire stories I could get my hands on.



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for me, it was the first three Anne Rice books (after those it just felt like she was trying to crank out books as fast as possible for the pay check....and the quality just wasnt there}
Bram Stokers "Dracula".
Fred Saberhagan "The Dracula Tapes"
Le Fanu "Carmilla"
King "Salems Lot"
there are many lesser ones, most rather forgettable and unfortunately, a few very good ones that I just cant recall the titles.
I fear Im not listing anything new tho.



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