Edward in the sunlight was shocking. I couldn’t get used to it, though I’d been staring at him all afternoon. His skin, white despite the faint flush from yesterday’s hunting trip, literally sparkled, like thousands of tiny diamonds were embedded in the surface. He lay perfectly still in the grass, his shirt open over his sculpted, incandescent chest, his scintillating arms bare. His glistening, pale lavender lids were shut, though of course he didn’t sleep. A perfect statue, carved in some unknown stone, smooth like marble, glittering like crystal. ~Stephenie Meyer in Twilight
Experts gathered together to discuss more on my favorite subject of vampires: Faith Hunter, Kalayna Price, Theresa Bane, Tony Ruggiero. We had lots of fun in this discussion. This is also the last post about Stellarcon.
Theresa Bane is a Vampirologist and author of Encyclopedia of Vampire Mythology. “Vampires prey on the most precious in society,” explains Theresa. As an expert on vampires she doesn’t believe in the blood drinking fiends or the psychic ones.
The concept of the psychic vampire evolved in the sixties from slang such as ‘negative energies’ or getting certain ‘vibes’.
Those who practice vampirism are called lifestylers. The police call Theresa for help on some of their cases but her expertise is only with the vampire myth. Really? Modern day police actually have to know about vampires? She couldn’t tell us about any of the cases but talk about being freaked out.
Instead of advising them to sharpen some stakes and approach said vampires only in daylight she advises them to call Michelle Belanger who is a lifestyler. I’ve seen Michelle in several specials on TV including: The History Channel, A&E and on the Reelzchannel Twilight specials.
Michelle says she is a ‘psychic’ vampire. Instead of blood she feeds off the life force of other people. In one of the specials I saw her in, they showed an x-ray (it could have been a cat scan or mri, I just don’t remember) of her brain before she fed. There was a distinct difference in the appearance of her brain after she fed from a volunteer.
I don’t believe in blood sucking vampires either but the idea of psychic vampires has always intrigued me. Let’s be honest. We all know or have met someone who leaves us wrung out after being with them. Does that mean they’re consciously or unconsciously draining our life force from us?
Perhaps it’s only that they take all of our energy to handle them because they’re negative or difficult. It’s more fun to believe in the myth but you decide.
I asked about dhampirs and their origin. Theresa said the dhampirs are half human, half vampire creatures; their mythology originates from slavic countries.
And finally, as was inevitable, Twilight was brought up in the discussion. It is not necessarily a story about vampires but an archetype of Romeo and Juliet. New Moon all but says it is an analogy of the tragic couple and there is a brief salute to them in the movie. This was something I already knew but it was great to have Theresa confirm it for me.
There is a basis for the type of vampire that Stephenie Meyer writes about. Theresa said there is a vampire seen only at night who sparks when it walks. Sparks is pretty darn close to sparkle. She said it was from the Zuni? Zumi? It doesn’t matter, I’ll take it. I hope to get her encyclopedia to read more on this fascinating subject.
What does an expert on vampires like to read? Theresa has her own idea of what makes good vampire fiction. She recommends the books of Tony Ruggiero and Greyfriar by Clay and Susan Griffith because they are closer in reality to the myth. I plan to get these books and some of my favs are here.
The consensus of this panel was that the vampire monster will return as popular fiction because of the U.S. wars and difficult economy. Sparkly or multi-layered vampires won’t disappear but the monster may take center stage for a while with plenty of scare and gore.
A good example of the new monsters is from the movie Priest with a cast of hotties. Paul Bettany, Karl Urban (Spoiler Alert! He makes a mighty fine vamp), Cam Gigandet and Stephen Moyer. The movie didn’t do too well at the theatres but the vampires and the story concept were actually awesome.
Have you encounterd any vampires or are you a vampire? Have you ever met a psychic vampire? How did you handle them? Who or what is your favorite vampire? Do real vampires dance? Are you a vamp lover or are you more into weres? Finally, do you now believe a vampire can sparkle?