Knights, dragons, quests, castles, wizards… but no vampires. Not in any fantasy land I can think of. Where are my fantasy vampires at?
While wandering around the bookstore the other day and telling myself that I was just going to look and not buy anything (I bought two books), I found myself in the fantasy section (classic fantasy, not urban). It’s the area in the bookstore where you find The Lord of the Rings, The Game of Thrones, Wheel of Time, and on and on. The place of trolls, magnificent kingdoms, dwarves, elves, swords and magic. I couldn’t help but wonder if there were any vampires in the thousands of books before me. Surely at least one author has thrown a vampire into a medieval-like fantasy setting! But I couldn’t think of one. While perusing I found fantasy novels about grim-reaper-like creatures, necromancers bringing the dead back to life, wizards battling the undead, but not the vampire undead. So many tales, but I didn’t stumble across any vampires.
Does this mean there are no fantasy vampires? Of course not, silly! There are thousands of books in the fantasy section and try as I might, I can’t possibly look at them all. So it’s possible that there are such vampires, I simply haven’t found them yet.
But can you imagine what a magnificent story that would be? Picture something like The Hobbit, but with vampires as the villains. An entire underground vampire kingdom! It would be wonderful! Our heroes would be forced to travel through the underground tunnels to continue their quest, losing blood in the process. Ba ba buuuum!
You know you want to read a book like that. I do too! Which is why I am turning to you my lovely readers! Have any of you ever come across a fantasy vampire? A vampire in that classic fantasy realm? If not, do you wish such a book exists? Do you like the idea? It would be something new, something other than the same old urban fantasy.