In the 1990's I first read Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. Fascinating, not to mention well-written! The same fascination was true for the Mummy, Ramses the Damned (I don't think she has written the sequel yet, unless someone knows otherwise).
Perhaps its the concept of eternal life that keeps us mesmerized by these creatures ... the thought staying eternally beautiful through the decades. Humans are greedy - we want to keep experiencing life as the most perfect person we can be, but without the hassle of aging or consequences of our past actions, whether good or bad.
But not all vampires are beautiful - let's not forget the 1920's Murnau film, Nosferatu! There is no beauty in that creature, inside or out. As a little girl, I remember my grandfather telling me stories about the 'aswang' - the vampire monster of the Philippines. Aswang are always female. During the day they take they are pretty women with long hair, but at night, they separate from their lower bodies, sprout leathery wings, and fly through the air looking for prey. They're favourite food is the liver of a pregnant woman, and they feed using their thin, long, snake-like tongues. Truly terrifying, and nothing at all like the romantic vampires we're familiar with today!
Whether your vampires tend to be of the Twilight variety, or maybe even Angel or Dracula, just be careful when walking the streets at night ...
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