The first of the “Double Feature” storylines, “Red Tide”, has thus far made its way to near the top of my favorite seasons of the series, for obvious reasons. The vampires in this episode I’m finding more satisfying than the ones depicted in AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL. I dig this take on them, how creative inspiration can be a byproduct of consuming human blood. (I also dig how their fake fangs, when they put them in, make them look like sharks.) As a creative who has on rare occasions tasted of just such inspiration, I can tell you it *is* addictive. Highly. Watching the latest episode the other night, my lovely better half asked me if I would swallow one of those little black pills if it were offered to me. I explained to her that I think I swallowed mine a long time ago.
Vampirism as a metaphor for addiction isn’t a novel concept. One could argue that it has constituted just such a metaphor since its prehistoric origins. But this spin on it feels fresh.
So, if I *did* visit that little town, and I *did* partake of one of those little black pills, would I become like Finn Wittrock’s character, an artistic dynamo, or would I be one of the mindless Strigoi-from-THE STRAIN-looking dumpster divers? I’d like to think the former. But I do already have the hairstyle for the latter.