Vampire tropes

Your Sunday Vampy Film Review – Dracula’s Daughter (1936)

imgres-6You might have seen Dracula’s Daughter at some point. A classic horror marathon on TCM or somewhere? Maybe not. While there’s an intriguing trailer with some hint that this lady vamp has no particular gender preference when it comes to the blood-sucking, generally there’s less action of any kind in this relatively short feature than you might be hoping for.

I’ll be giving a recap with running commentary, so there will be spoilers ahead. (Not that it matters, everything that’s going to happen is telegraphed.) If you want to play at home, you can get the movie on DVD through Netflix. It’s not rentable for streaming on Netflix, Amazon,or Youtube, but if you google you might find it somewhere –though I can’t vouch for the legality. Just pour yourself a drink at every trope and you’ll enjoy it. (To read the rest of this vampy review, just click the “read more” button on your right.)

Do Vamps Have Souls? There Will Be a Quiz

I thought I’d take a break from proofreading my book, and answer this super important question you may have googled: Do vampires have souls?

It depends on whose vampires you are talking about.

imgresThe original vamps were basically dead people who walked around and got into all sorts of trouble. Blood drinking was only a part of it. They returned to sleep in their coffins though how they managed to get in and out is a mystery. In any case because people who believe in souls believe that the soul leaves the body at death and vampires generally “die” before they wake up vamp, then vampires have no souls.

Where do the souls go?

What My Sockpuppets Are Saying

images-4No, humorless fools, I do not have any real sockpuppets. No one is saying anything about my new book because — it hasn’t even been published yet!

But here are some things I hope people will say:

Blood Diva is the bestest book ever!

It’s like Dexter if Dexter were a female vampire who used to be a hooker.

Finally, vampire erotica for opera lovers!

I prefer this version of Violetta meets Germont to the original.

La Traviata with vampires!

Who doesn’t love a beautiful sociopath?

Vamps NOT Like Us

carmilla imagesSomewhere in my virtual travels I came across feedback another author had gotten on her as yet unpublished vampire novel. The story involved a not so youthful, zoftig vampire who was also a mom. The reader loved the idea of a vampire with whom she could identify.

I get it. Some readers like characters who are “like” them. They love, especially in escapist