Why Vampires?A Guest Post by Lorelei Bell
What is it that attracts us to this blood-feasting stranger that wanders the night? Why do we continue to perpetuate it? Possibly it is the delicious shiver we feel when we read about our heroine facing that dark, handsome stranger. We imagine her succumbing to his thirst. We may imagine ourselves in this roll and play it over and over in our heads and become the victim in this erotic fantasy: the stranger with marble-white skin, jet-black hair, unyielding dark eyes and strong arms, the desire for his kiss and finally the orgasmic spasm that accompanies it. Yes, it has masochistic undertones, but that's what thralls us, I guess. Down through time, the human imagination has created fantastic beings, solely for the thrill factor. We are no different today. But none is quite like the dark and erotic creature known as the vampire. I'm sure many of you out there have wondered where the myths may have come from. Every nation, and nationality has some sort of vampire lore. So, you have to wonder, is there something to it? Of course the concept has been exploited by Hollywood for generations, and now there is quite the glut on TV and books. But this is all fiction. Don't you just wonder if there might be fact behind this whole “do vampires exist?” question. Well, there might be something to it. Lately, the “real” human vampires are slowly coming out of the closet—and I'm not trying to be cheeky here. If you've caught something on a TV special, or have just heard about it, and wonder if there's anything to it, I too have been on the prowl trying to find the “truth” through the few decades I've written my fantasies out. I may have found a few items to titillate the curiosity further. My personal thought is that the reality is so very secret that those who are “real” vampires has been allowed the myths to perpetuate, and we authors may do as we please and no one is really hurt. It's all make believe, after all. Or . . . is it? This is what has come to the surface. There are two types of “real” human vampires. There are the psychic (PSI) vampires and the sanguinarians (those who do drink human blood from a willing donor).
PSI vampires are those who need the life energy, or emotional energy from people that they feed from. They have found a way to tap the energy from the emotions of people. In most cases it doesn't require touching, and in many cases large groups of people tend to be easier to tap this energy from—usually from a party, or maybe a concert, where feelings of elation and happiness exist. A vampire would never feed from anger, or any negative emotions. Feeding by physical contact is much easier, obviously. And this may be where the lore has come from because they will feed from any place on the body that forms a hollow, like the hollow at the base of your throat, or in your shoulder—I wondered where the idea of feeding from the neck came from. Normally most PSI vampires will feed with their right hand and drain with their palm. Not terribly erotic, is it? I've also delved into the sanguinarians. Blood—human blood is a real high to the sanguinarians. It acts like a narcotic on the brain. It has come to my attention that those people who are psychics naturally have a higher amount of something called adrenaline, also known as epinephrine. This would explain why they are a very different sort. Those people who have this epinephrine, and who are not powerful psychics, are considered schizophrenics—they can't help this condition and in some cases it's a very real need. Plenty of such unusual stories abound in history about them. Consider the more famous cases of blood drinkers such as Elizabeth Bathory, and many, many others. Werewolf, or lycanthrope may also be a subdivision of the same thing, mainly because blood is also involved. The bottom line is, there is something to the lore. We simply want to romanticize the truth and we, as writers seem to be doing a pretty good job of it. Hopefully I have not frightened you too much with the real vampire's addiction. Learning more about the reasons behind it has helped me write about my vampires with more of an understanding for their needs and how they might go about attaining them. Lorelei Bell is author of Vampire Ascending, and soon to be released, Vampire's Trill.