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Lucas the (non-Vampiric) Bat

Bats and vampires. The twain is forever, intrinsically linked, whether we like it or not. Me personally, I love bats, so I don’t mind at all. Some creators have sought to separate the two. Christopher Lee’s Dracula never turned into a bat. The vampires of Anne Rice can’t turn into bats. The vamps on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER couldn’t transform into bats–except for Dracula, that one time he guest-starred. The trailer-trash vampires of NEAR DARK were bat-less, as are the nasty parasitic drones on THE STRAIN. Still, Dracula’s shadow is far too long to escape: he made the whole “transforming into a bat” thing chic. And then there was Barnabas Collins, who also could turn into a bat, and frequently did so on the hit daytime series DARK SHADOWS, despite the ABC network’s unwillingness to spring for anything more realistic than a rubber bat on the end of a fishing line. And lest we forget, there is the REAL vampire bat (actually three distinct species, the common vampire bat, the white-winged vampire bat, and the hairy-legged vampire bat) to seal the connection.

Lucas–who experienced a difficult birth, having to be delivered by C-section and bottle-fed with human baby formula because fruit bats, like primates, cannot synthesize vitamin C the way most mammals can–is NOT a vampire bat. But he is adorable, isn’t he? I am pleased to report that Lucas is doing just fine these days.

You know, given the far larger size of fruit bats in relation to vampire bats, I wonder why more vampires didn’t turn into THEM instead? Maybe they’re just too cute, despite their size.

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (,, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase here:


TheCheezman • September 5, 2017

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