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The Vampire Fan’s Dilemma

I might be considered a vampire hoarder, if you took a look at my bookshelves, my closets, my home. There are vampire books, vampire comics, vampire t-shirts, vampire games, vampire things of all sorts everywhere. I like to consider myself a huge vampire fan, and some of you are probably a lot like me. Many of us have been this way as long as we can remember. I certainly have. I shared my love of scary movies with my mom.  She was a huge influence in nurturing my appreciation for horror by introducing me to great series like the Creature Feature and Chiller Theater. Growing up in the Detroit area, my interest was spiked by local celebrity horror hosts such as the Ghoul, and Sir Graves Ghastly, and the Hilarious House of Frightenstein. Each weekend and sometimes after school I’d catch an old horror film laced with regular intermissions of original short skits or hilarious morbid songs by a cast of spooky yet silly characters. If you didn’t grow up with horror hosts, you just don’t know what you missed! It was then that I’d usually dress-up like the vampire on Halloween, eagerly running from door to door with my pillow case with fangs and fake blood in a cape with my hair slicked back. It was all magical, and thrilling and even today my love for the vampire is fueled by the nostalgia. I also like the classic monsters — werewolves and zombies — still, the vampire is my personal favorite. If you go back and read some of our early posts you’ll get a good feel for that. If you haven’t already, I’d highly recommend it! Especially if you love the vampire in folklore. The Vampire Timeline is also a really good place to start.

Next week, I’ll share my top 10 favorite vampires.com posts with you.  You might have to remind me!

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Each new decade brings new vampires, and new interpretations, and digs up the old interests. Sometimes it’s absolutely wonderful, but often it’s just terrible and becomes a sad parody of the original. Through some of these periods, the hype can be too much and we’ll quickly grow sick of it. Kind of like loving chocolate milk, or donuts, or pizza, but getting sick of it after eating too much or too often. Maybe it happens in book 4 or 5 of a great vampire book series.  Maybe it happens in seasons 3 or 4 of our favorite vampire tv series; can you relate?

It’s a dilemma we all face at one time or another as huge fans or truly obsessed. Our passion wanes. The magic is lost for awhile. What makes it worse, is if we need to write about it regularly. It’s not easy to hold onto that magic when you’re struggling to find something entertaining to share about the vampire every single day. There just isn’t excitement or drama or  interesting news to share.  We’re left coming up with less interesting tidbits. I’m hoping to remedy that in the coming weeks and maybe we’ll focus on quality over quantity.  I’m also hoping to add more fun, and imagery than just lots of words so that you can enjoy skimming the site too when you have less time.  I’d love for you to return when you have a little more time and read some of our posts. We really appreciate it when you pause a few minutes to give us feedback. We love your comments.  Most of the time it’s the only thing that encourages us to continue.

So, what do we do? I want you to share this with friends and/or family that you think might have an interest in vampires or even the vampire lifestyle. I’m interested in hearing what may have worked for you or them in the past to keep the magic alive and nurture an interest in vampires. Oh, and if I may take this moment please Like us on Facebook, and Follow us on Twitter!

Thanks for reading!

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Veritas • April 3, 2013


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  1. Roh Morgon April 3, 2013 - 11:57 am Reply

    I love your blog and look forward to your daily posts showing up in my mailbox. I, too, am a longtime fan of the fanged ones, as well as a writer of vampire fiction.

    So me bored of your posts? Never. Keep ’em coming, both old and new. I’d love to see some of your earlier material.

    Roh

    PS – Love the black vampire kitty in the photo!

  2. Brian McKinley April 3, 2013 - 1:37 pm Reply

    I can relate. I love good vampire fiction and movies, but the recent Twilight craze made it almost embarrassing to identify myself as a vampire fan. Now the flood of vampire romance and vampire parody has made it hard to find quality reading material. Worse, as a vampire author, it’s very difficult to get noticed amid the deluge.

    • Veritas April 3, 2013 - 3:02 pm Reply

      Does the deluge affect your writing or story ideas? I have mixed feelings about the Twilight craze. I think it brought a lot of attention and money that was then invested in a lot of other vampire offerings that benefits authors, but then at some point it definitely becomes too much.

      • Vampire Syndrome April 3, 2013 - 11:09 pm Reply

        Now that Twilight is done, we might see more of a focus on classic vampires instead of paranormal romances. At least I hope so!

      • Brian McKinley April 4, 2013 - 1:19 pm Reply

        I agree, the Twilight craze certainly brought attention back to the vampires. I just find that now, when I tell people I write about vampires, one of the first questions I get asked is: “Do they sparkle?”

        I read Twilight and thought it was poorly-written fluff with a story I’ve seen dozens of times before. I still don’t quite understand its popularity. My major beef with it, though, is that in its wake, it has become much more difficult to get professional interest in vampire stories that aren’t paranormal romance.

        I just wish that if the public was going to embrace a vampire story and make it into a craze, that they would have chosen one with a bit more substance.

        • Vampire Syndrome April 4, 2013 - 10:33 pm Reply

          it has become much more difficult to get professional interest in vampire stories that aren’t paranormal romance.

          My non-romance novel Vampire Syndrome is now published by PDMI, while some of my author friends still can’t sell their paranormal romances due to the post-Twilight glut of submissions in that category.

          that they would have chosen one with a bit more substance
          And a more adult-friendly story basis instead of teen romance.

  3. CountessJJ April 5, 2013 - 4:42 am Reply

    I was a vampire bat at my ninth birthday. My love for everything vampire will never wain.

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