Let me set up the scene for you – you have the full moon shining down on the dark dismal cemetery and there, sitting upon an aged mausoleum is a vampire. This vampire is just sitting there staring into the nothing, brooding all serious-like. This here is your classic emo vampire, the vampire that sits and sulks all night long, the vampire that hates the vampirism he is a slave to.
Self loathing vampires aren’t anything new. While many think that the famous Twilight’s Edward started it all that is actually far from being true. Yea Edward hates what he is; he thinks he is a monster and blah blah whine whine. But before Edward you had Angel from the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Angel was just as whiny, he hated himself for the centuries he spent as the evil Angelus, brutally torturing and killing countless innocents. There are a handful of episodes featuring Angel simply sitting in the dark brooding silently. But where am I going with this? Read on…
You see, before Angel you then had Louis de Pointe du Lac, the tortured vampire in the renowned novels by Anne Rice. Louis, like the others, he was a slave to the curse he despised, he felt that he was eternally damned. His sufferings were more than you could bear. Oh, but dear readers it doesn’t end there, before Louis there was another hate filled vampire and before that one yet another. But where does this long list even begin? Cue Varney the Vampire.
Varney the Vampyre came out in 1847, years before the influential Dracula by Bram Stoker. It was Varney that had part in inspiring Bram for Varney was the vampire that had fangs, left two puncture wounds on the necks of his victims, had hypnotic powers, and had superhuman strength – all ideas used by Stoker. Anyway, Varney was possibly the very first sympathetic vampire, a vampire that hates what he is.
It started in 1847 and has lasted until 2009, so chances are the moody self loathing vampires will continue to last for all time. Oh boy.