My Five Sexist Male Vampires in Literature and Film
My latest book is Fighting Chance, a m/m vampire sequel to Last Chance; although both my books are stand-alone. In FC, I have created the Kresnik (vampire slayers) and vampire worlds inspired by Slavic mythology. My vampires are from different sects and have different strengths and weaknesses. Johan, who is a strix, becomes weak and unconscious when exposed to salt. Hor, a Red Serpent, cannot be exposed to sunlight for long, and has a weakness when it comes to bodies of water.
Vampires have always enjoyed popularity among readers, but for me, it was Anne Rice’s vampire series that really took the vampire pathos to a new level of sensuality. Vampire Lestat was the ultimate sexy brat.
Lestat d’ Lioncourt – introduced in Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice – here’s a description from Wikipedia…six feet tall. He has blond hair that is not quite shoulder length, and that is rather curly, which sometimes appears white under fluorescent lighting. His eyes are gray, but they absorb the colors of blue or violet easily from surfaces around them. He has a short narrow nose, and a mouth that is well shaped, but has always been slightly large for his face. His mouth can look very mean or extremely generous, but always sensual. He has a continuously animated face. Lestat’s fingernails look like they are made of glass. (Nice!)
Count Dracula – the story that set the vampire canon! In 1992 Francis Ford Coppola’s film brought to life a very sexy, angst filled Count Dracula played by Gary Olman. In a strange way, I had wished the Count could have been redeemed at the end of the film instead of having a stake put through his heart.
Angel – let’s not forget Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the TV program revitalizing the vampire myth and popularizing the benevolent vampire! Wikipedia: SFX magazine named Angel as the third greatest vampire in television and film, with rival Spike in first place. They claim that, while he could have worked simply as a brooding love-interest (Buffy) or redemption-seeking hero (Angel), the character also has a “wonderfully appealing, self-effacing humour, helped no end by Boreanaz’s ability to look like a slapped puppy”. While Angel could be “big and hard and manly”, he could also be “sulky, pathetic, in need of a hug”. They also cite his poor singing and dancing as examples of his “amusing awkwardness”, which “spoke volumes about who he was”.
Mick St. John – is from the Moonlight TV series, and although the series was short-lived, he’s my friend’s favorite sexy vampire. Mick is a private investigator who was turned into a vampire on the night of his wedding (poor man!). Also, this vampire has his standards and will not hunt women, children, or innocents. Ah, a nice guy, too.
Johan Maier III – last but not least, I have a soft spot for my vampire! He’s introduced in Last Chance and is one of the main characters in Fighting Chance. Johan was an aristocrat in Austria in the 18th century when he was turned. Hundreds of years later, he now has a chance to regain his humanity by injecting a newly created antivampire serum. I’m jazzed to announce Fighting Chance, my m/m vampire romance, is now available today at Loose Id! You can read an excerpt at http://www.loose-id.net.
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