My Favourite Monsters A-Z – Vampires

October 25, 2012 at 10:44 pm (horror, writing) (, , , , , , , , )

Once upon a time, vampires were very scary…now, not so much so. Often times, thanks to paranormal romances, characters are as likely to date a vampire as they are to run screaming from them. This posting is dedicated to the type of vampire that makes you shiver in your boots – the “inspired by Vlaad the Impaler and Dracula, throat-biting, blood sucking, surround by bats and wolves and ghoulish servants” monster of days of yore. I’m not saying that those vampires didn’t have a suave seductive side to lure in their prey, with good looks and hypnotic hooks, but those vampires always had that grotesque and ferocious beastly undead presence beneath the entrancing veneer, the one that made them truly frightening.

While I usually avoid writing about vampires, I have written a couple of shorts involving them. “Euthanasia” has a tamer vamp (although still a baddie) so I’m going to include an excerpt from “Don’t Feed The…” which offered nastier fare:

It was a foul, savage-looking creature, slurping and tearing at the teenager’s throat; an ugly beast with taloned hands and waxy, creased skin. Her fangs extended far beyond the typical person’s incisors and she champed at the flesh surrounding the girl’s torn jugular leaving great gouges on her neck and lower face, much like Simon had seen on the other victim. Between bites, her blackened tongue flicked out and dabbed at the blood oozing slowly from the holes there, no longer spurting as one might expect. The monster paused and grinned at Simon, although it looked more like a menacing, horrific grimace.

And this is my sketch of a less beastly looking vampire above.

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