Friday, March 03, 2006

Darragha on Vampires...

Since childhood I have been fascinated with vampires. From Dark Shadows to Star Trek's salt vampire in "The Man Trap," I've studied and pondered Noferatu. My cousin and I used to play vampires. I raised alarm in Sunday School when I told them I collected books on vampires...or maybe it was my mentioning I also collected glass frogs. Frogs! No! No frogs! Satan is afoot! When the pastor showed up at our house to discuss my collection with my mother, she sent him packing. She didn't see anything wrong with an 11-year old collecting books on vampires. Well...vampires rouse sexual feelings...and she should have cared. In one of my books, "In Search of Dracula" the "vampire culture" was discussed. The whole oral pleasure vampire style. I'm not touching on this any further. Ewwwww.

My April LSB release, Cold, Hard Kash, features a vampire-like creature. An incubus cowboy. He feeds on "time." Every woman who summons him for a roll in the hay must pay him with nine minutes of her lifespan. He's addicted to the 'taking of time.' Women become addicted to him.

From Bella to George Hamilton (Children of the Night...Shut up!) to Van Helsing to Blade...let's talk about our favorite Vampires!

One winner will receive the LSB ebook of her choice today!


Blogger Amy S. said...

Dracula, Lestat de Lioncourt, Louis de Pointe du Lac, Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric in The Lost Boys. Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

9:11 AM  
Blogger LSB Author, Darragha Foster said...

That's what I'm talking! Let me add Akasha, Vlad The Impaler and Elizabeth Bathory. Let us not forget Gilles de Rais! And the Count from Sesame Street!

9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Admittedly, I began to feel the attraction to vampires when I first started reading Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series. The sexual tension between Jean Claude and the heroine was incredible. For tv, Spike seems to have more of a following, but in truth I love both Spike and Angel for different reasons. Sometimes I want a thorough bad boy, other times I want more of a "teddy bear" kind of vamp.

Little Lamb Lost

9:37 AM  
Blogger LSB Author, Darragha Foster said...

What about David Bowie in 1983's "The Hunger."


9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clearly, I must research this topic further.

Little Lamb Lost

9:43 AM  
Blogger Sherrill Quinn said...

In books, JR Ward has just started a series and the vamps are very Alpha and brooding. The first book was great--I can't wait for the next one.

On TV (and I'm dating myself here), Michael Nouri played Dracula on a show called Cliffhangers (I think in the 80s). Grrrrrrowf.

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Cherie said...

How about Eric McNair from Nina Bang's Wicked Nights. Also, Olivier from The Midnight Work by Kassandra Sims. Talk about some hunky vampires.

11:48 AM  
Anonymous lsb author jan darby said...

Does anyone remember the syndicated tv show, "Forever Knight"? It was about a cop/detective on the night shift, who was a vampire, and there was a great romance with ... I think it was the coroner, and a marvelous secondary character who was the vampire who created the cop-vampire.

12:13 PM  
Blogger Sherrill Quinn said...

I remember Forever Knight. The TV show was kick-started by a TV movie, in which Rick Springfield played the main character. Yum.

12:15 PM  
Blogger Bonnie Dee said...

Spike, of course. I come from a background of writing Buffyverse fanfiction and for me it's all about Spike.
I'm actually not vampire crazy, can take'em or leave'm but I'm very much bad-guy-who-is-redeemed-through-the-power of-love crazy.

12:40 PM  
Blogger Cynthia Eden said...

Bonnie, I'm going to have to agree--Spike's currently my vampire of choice. So bad, but soooo good.

And, yeah, I remember Forever Knight, too, but that guy was a bit too tame for me. Too good.

I really like the bad boy vampires better.

By the way...I am so glad I'm not the only one who makes reference to George Hamilton and his children of the night. Yep...Love at First Bite is currently on my video shelf.

1:11 PM  
Blogger LSB Author, Darragha Foster said...

"I don't drink vine. And I don't smoke sh*t."

Love at First Bite.

Always a favorite.

1:14 PM  
Blogger Emma Sinclair said...

Hee Hee - I like The Count from Sesame Street.

I like the vampires that aren't really vampires. Like Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunters. For all Intents and purposes they're Vamps, but they have a different mythology.

I don't write vamps, but I have done a little bit of research on "real life" vampire lore. Fascinating stuff.

1:34 PM  
Blogger LSB Author, Darragha Foster said...

I'm not writing vampires, per se, either. But I am writing a whole new series called "Shadow Lover Tales."

Shadow Lovers feed on humans...but give something yummy in return. Kash takes "time." In "The Mooncusser" the Shadow Lover's name is Vesper Highgate. She feeds off of sexual energy and especially enjoys pizza delivery boys. The Mooncusser introduces the concept of the Paladins, who 'protect' Shadow Lovers and Soul Snipers, who are out to kill them. Kill them all! (insert maniacal laughter here).

In "DesertHighwayman@" the "Luke Wilson-ish" Shadow Lover feeds off of strong memories. In "Sleeping With the Monster Under the Bed" the Shadow Lover feeds off of fear--and feels really guilty about it.

I'm excited about my new series. Only Kash is slated to come out so far, but I'm sure the others will follow suit!

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

I became interested in vampires after attending an author panel at a science fiction/fantsay convention about 15 years ago. One of the authors was Chelsea Quinn Yarbo - she was impressed that we showed up on Sunday at 10 a.m. after partying Sat. night. A friend of mine and her husband wanted to go to the panel and I was the driver.

I've watched tons of movies and TV shows many of which people have already names.

Loved Forever Knight and Buffy. Also the new Dark Shadows with Ben Cross, plus many others.

Vampire research is abundant both on the internet and in book form.

Now trying to research werewolves is another story.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Y. said...

I love Vampires! There is Spike and Angel. Spike is probably my favorite though. Gerard Butler's Dracula, Stuart Townsend in Queen of the Damned, Brad Pitt in Interview with a Vampire, Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric in The Lost Boy are some more faves. I don't know if I have a fave from a book though.

LOL! The Count of Sesame Street!!! Well, I guess he probably is the first vampire I ever saw...him and Count Chocola from the cereal!

3:38 PM  
Anonymous annalisa said...

I love reading all kinds of vampire books...

I remember seeing Brides of Dracula back in the 60's. I think I was 11 or 12 years old. I loved that movie when I was a kid! :) Now I love movies like Interview with the Vampire, Queen of the Damned, The Hunger, Lost Boys.

One of my favorite books is Fallen Angels: Rafe's Heart (Rafe Fahlan)by Cindy Gengler. Other vamps I like are Eric Northman (Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris), Eric Sinclair (Maryjanice Davidson's Undead series), Laurell K Hamilton's Jean-Claude, all of Christine Feehan's vamps, Nina Bangs' Eric McNair, Meghann in Trisha Baker's Crimson series, Duncan Mordoor in Patrice Michelle's A Taste for Control, JR Wards' Rhage in Lover Eternal, Thierry in Bitten and Smitten by Michelle Rowen, and I could go on and on.... :)

I am sooo glad to see that there are more vampire books out now! For so long it just seemed like there weren't that many authors who wrote them.

4:39 PM  
Blogger snowflake said...

What an interesting concept you have for Cold, Hard Kash. My favourite vampire are the non-traditional dark hunters by Sherrlyn Kenyon. As for TV, I like Spike.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Tamara said...

Spike on Buffy the vampire slayer, no question. Accept no substitutes!

But the first vampire that caught my eye was Barnabas Collins on Dark Shadows (the original series).

7:08 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

You mean I actually have to pick one. OMG - that is to difficult.

Brad Pitt - Interview with a Vampire
Jason Patric - The Lost Boys
Spike - Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Stuart Townsend - Queen of the Damned

Ummm, I might have a problem only picking a few so I will stop here.

7:24 PM  
Blogger Pamk said...

I Love vamps too. JR Wards vamps are wonderful. I like the tv show forever night too Rick Springfield was yummy in that. And also Sherrilyn Kenyon's dark hunters are sort of like vamps too. Well Z likes to take a bit of blood every once in a while. BTW your book sounds very interesting.

8:09 PM  
Blogger LSB Author, Darragha Foster said... Queen of the Damned. Oh, the violin...on the beach...


10:07 PM  
Blogger Tina Holland said...

I'm responding late...Sorry... must be the night-oul in me.

Definately my favorite vampires...I was totally addicted to this show "Kindred: The Embraced." I guess it was based on a game (like dungeons and dragons). It had all these vampire sub-groups and each had it's own rules and culture. Very Cool. I loved it.

1:40 AM  
Blogger Mahaira said...

I am not a horror flick/vampire fan but I do love some vampire movies

* Lost Boys.
* Gary Oldman was excellent in Bram Stoker's Dracula.
* And of course, Buffy and Angel were awesome!!!!

Has any one seen Vampire's Kiss, with Nicolas Cage in it? It is not a good film, but it is really funny watching Nicolas Cage chasing pigeons to eat them!!!!!! lol


2:03 AM  
Blogger blackroze37 -tami said...

john carpenters VAMPIRES
personally i think, vampires, why i love them, well they dont grow old, they will actaully be a FOREVER love, and i dont like the thoughts of dying, and tada vampires dont, {unless some 1 stake them}

3:39 AM  
Blogger blackroze37 -tami said...

the movie '''''''underworld'''''', man there was werewolves AND vampires to choose from! and 1 of both

3:41 AM  
Blogger blackroze37 -tami said...

forever knight,, there was 2 of them,, 1 rick springfield and a canada forever knight (think canada)
with a blonde dude ( and knight/night crawler was the vamp on the canada verison)
frank lagella , i was very VERY small child then

i think my first vampires book,was amanda ashley, anne rice
i just read about month ago, 'how to marry millionare vampire'

3:52 AM  
Blogger Pam P. said...

Barnabas Collins first sparked my interest in vampires many years ago. I liked Forever Knight, too, but not happy about the way they ended it.

Some of the first vamp romances I read were by Nancy Gideon, Maggie Shayne and Linda Lael Miller. Now I read them all, and like reading different types, like the ones feeding off energy. Still haven't grown tired of them.

I'll be checking out Kash, Darragha.

7:28 AM  

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