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The World of Vampires has long kept my interest. As a boy I would dress as a vampire for Halloween. But it didn't end there, I would keep myself in this fantasy world of power, invincibility, and evil. Well, not evil, but definitely darkness. I loved it there, I felt safe and in charge. As I grew older, so did my love of Vampires, and their world, I watched it change. I learned and became more enthralled by their power, their beauty. The image of the undead has changed considerably in the last century. Most notably by Bram Stoker and his Infamous "Dracula" in 1897. The story of a Bulgarian Count and his deal with the Devil and his Banishment from God. He was therefore possessed and became a Vampire. Walking the world as a wealthy count by day and becoming a monster by night.
Vlad Dracul, is a historical figure, who lived in what is now Romania. In the Province of Transylvania, is where he called home. Count Dracul, was also known as Vlad the Impaler, for his practice of taking the armies of his enemies and having their bodies and severed heads impaled on long sharp poles that were stuck into the ground, letting the weight of their bodies push the pole through. Nice Guy. He was accused of drinking the blood of the living and he himself of never dying. The legend of Dracula spread throughout the modern world at the turn of the century and led to the myth of Vampirism being brought into a new light. The Spotlight. In 1922 the classic silent film "Nosferatu" was released and became the first Vampire film. A decade later Christopher Lee would star in the 1931 film "Dracula". Between then and 1960 only 2 Vampire films were made. Over 40 vampire films were made in the 1990's. Some of the most popular were "Blade", "Bram Stoker's: Dracula", "Buffy: The Vampire Slayer", "John Carpenter's: Vampires", and of course "Interview With The Vampire".
For the remainder of this paper I will focus on the type of Vampire that I know the best, Ricean. Named for their creator Anne Rice, Ricean Vampires are by far the most variable and reasonable, if there is such a thing. The Star of this world is Lestat de Lioncourte. He was made a Vampire around 1790 in France he was the son of a Lord, and very wealthy. His "Dark Gift" was forced upon him be his creator, Magnus. He was made by the draining of his blood until he reached the point of Death. And then the Master Vampire cut his wrist and force-fed Lestat the Eternal Life-force. Magnus then committed suicide. He did this by throwing himself into a fire.
What a way to begin your Immortal Life. For company he turned to his mother who was dying of a disease without cure. In her final days, Lestat fled from his home with her. And made her into a Vampire. She too had no love for the Gift that was given to her and tried everyday to change herself. It is said that she filled the tower they lived in with her own hair for every night she cut it off and every morning it had grown back. This is a great example of their regenerative powers.
As I wander though this life I can always find great amounts of security in my imagination. I feel powerful when I am in my Vampire mode and that is what draws me to them. I always will find myself there for the rest of my life. I hope that others may have fun in this World of Darkness. But don't let it go to your head.
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