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
Dracula started it all for me. Since, I have enjoyed new versions of the vampire - especially via Vampire: The Masquerade.
The writing of Michael Romkey and the luscious prose of Anne Rice started it all for me.
I haven't heard of Michael Romkey before. I'm going to give his work a shot.
..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.
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.
Anne Rice's Lestat completely captured my interest.
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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For me, the old legends from Balkan countries came first, and then I read Bram Stoker's classical novel.
The movie Bram Stokers Dracula is what did it for me.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Stories.
im a slow reader, still reading anne rice’s works
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mine is Anne rice and interview with a vampire.
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.
I think..it was mostly due to what one was..
And though it was dark,unwanted,feared..
Yet wanted to love and be loved.
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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