It's time to talk about vampires. In addition to writing dark fiction, fantasy, and horror, I also write erotica and romance.
Vampires in horror are much different from vampires in erotica. Here are some differences:
Romance: vampires sparkle
Horror: vampires stink of the grave
Romance: vampires are damaged anti-heroes who can be saved if the right woman came along
Horror: vampires turn women into their personal slaves, and not in a good way
Romance: vampires are glamorous
Horror: vampires are terrifying
Romance: Edward Cullen
Horror: Max Schreck
Romance: vampire is redeemed by a good woman
Horror: vampire is killed in creative ways such as sunlight, impaling on a crucifix, drowning, and disease of the blood.
Although I write erotic romances, and I've written one with a female vampire as a character, I much prefer the classic horrific Universal and Hammer Horror styled vampire. The classic tale of the Vampire of Croglin Grange is what I consider a true vampire. And it doesn't sparkle. Here's the Vampire of Croglin Grange legend, from the Mysterious Britain and Ireland web site:
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