Welcome Meredith Woerner to VampChix today! She's just come out with the VAMPIRE TAXONOMY to ensure we all know how to identify our fine-fanged friends and not-so-friends.
Meredith started her search for vampires while pulling night shifts as a "copy kid" at the New York Post. Combining her supernatural know-how with a pulp pop awareness, she now writes daily about all the things that go bump in the night at Gawker's sci-fi blog, io9.com.
One lucky commenter will win a copy of Vampire Taxonomy; winner will be announced on Sunday.
Ah, let's see how to not start this post with the cliche "ever since I was a little kid" line, but darn it that's the things about vampires. They've been around forever, not only are the characters immortal but so are the stories they inhabit.
While my sister was getting dressed up in princess tutu's I was folding back the mask on my batman cape and swooping about like a giant vampire bat making *poof* noises like I'd just transformed. The largest scolding I ever received was when I was busted mixing up paint and glue potions in the basement recreating Grandpa Munsters lab, leather gloves intact. I later learned of vampire cowboy renegades, "Lost Boys" and, of course, the Whedondverse. And what can I say, I got the hunger.
Vampires, be them villainous and heroic, are a dependable monster that isn't going anywhere. It's a Supernatural/Fantasy/Scifi world right now you can not deny it. With comic book characters flooding the box office, demons on our TVs and genre tales stacking up in the book stores, how could this not herald the return of one of the best creatures in the supernatural realm? Just this Wednesday Gavin Rossdale slipped on a pair of fangs for CBS, Criminal Minds. They are everywhere.
Vampire Crochet Dolls
Vampires on The Cover of Playboy
Vampire Sex Toys
And a whole lot more. Even the fair weather fangers are getting caught up in the hype. It's a great time to be "out of the coffin," as the True Blooders would put it. And the present vampire glut has compelled me to put out a guidebook, Vampire Taxonomy. Because with all this fame, we need to make sure people know what they are really dealing with.
Vampire Taxonomy: Identifying And Interacting With The Modern-Day Bloodsucker basically maps out the types of vampire based on personality traits, physical features and habitual actions (among other things). I wanted to compile a fun and engaging look into the real world of vampires using pop culture as a spring board.
Think of it as a How-To Guide for vampires. Using popular culture as our teacher, the book is stocked with lists, instructions and tips for sorting out who's who in the vampire world. And how to deal with their real life counter parts.
I think it's important to get the word out to the folks reading Vampire Diaries and let them know that, repeat, reborn lovers were a common theme among vampires. Long before Stefan was fawning over his reincarnation Katherine in her new Elena form, George Hamilton was using the "you have an old soul" line on Cindy Sondheim (the second reincarnation of Mina Harker). Amy from Fright Night knows what I'm talking about, and plenty of vampire lovers before them can concur. So if you find yourself in the embrace of an undead beloved and they slip up on names, time to start checking the stack of old oil paintings tucked away in the attic.
Hopefully Vampire Taxonomy will encourage not only safe vampire interaction but inspire those new vampire fans to check out other fangophile favorites and meet characters like Cassidy from Preacher, Logan Griffen from Moonlight and Nick Knight. Recently just spoke with John Cusack at io9.com about bringing this comic to life, and he seemed pretty interested.
It's a slippery slope loving vampires but you have to admit, once you've seen Near Dark's Severen dance his spurs across a bartenders throat, how could you fall for any other supernatural creature of the night? Plus it's only going to get better with movies like Daybreakers on the rise, we're about to see a whole new class of vampires take the stage.
I'm curious as vampire fans yourselves what vampire would you most like to reintroduce the world to? Who is your favorite repeat dater? And what new up and coming vampire book, comic, tv series of film are you most excited to see?