Vampires: Dead, Undead, or Something Else
by Roxanne Rhoads
In most myths, legends and even in plenty of popular fiction vampires are described as either dead or undead, sometimes referred to as walking corpses. No heartbeat, no need to breathe, no need to eat food or drink anything other than blood.
Honestly all that doesn’t make a whole helluva lot of sense to me.
For me vampires are different and extraordinary creatures- and not dead at all. Just different.
I see being changed into a vampire as a transformation, not necessarily death though in a way it is but not like what it is often described as. Changing from human to vampire can be a death of human life and rebirth as a vampire, but not a true death.
I can’t wrap my head around the concept of a vampire being dead because of several things.
One they need to feed to “survive”. If you need to survive then obviously you’re not really dead, are you?
Another thing- rapid healing abilities. If you can change and heal, how can you be dead? Dead things don’t heal.
Other things I don’t agree with are the cold skin and lack of heartbeat and breathing. I think vampires are evolved and don’t need to breath as often as humans and their hearts don’t beat like ours- and the slowness of their heartbeat and breaths has something to do with the whole immortality thing.
And the cold skin… when they get cold that just means they need to feed, if they are fully fed their skin is just as warm as ours.
That brings me to the need for blood. As I mentioned I see vampirism as a transformation, kinda like a disease that changes the body. It changes the metabolism and the higher functions of the body but to keep these processes going the body burns up its blood supply and constantly needs to be replenished.
The other powers of vampires- the glamour and mind control and all that, even the teleportation and shape shifting that some can do…well that goes into the magic slot.
I think vampirism is one part disease two parts magic.
In many of my stories the vampires defy the normal vampire conventions. They eat, they walk in daylight and they have heartbeats, and they breathe. I try not to describe them as dead or undead and I don’t stick them in coffins or in the ground.
Mostly I make my vamps pretty appealing, but they’d have to be since I mainly write erotic romance and erotica. No one would want to be getting sexy with something grotesque, would they?
Want to check out my newest vamp tales? I have two new erotic vampire short stories now available. “Cemetery Seduction” is in Dark Tales Digest released by MidnightShowcase.com and “A Last Goodbye” appears in Like That Spark released by Circlet Press.
Description of “Cemetery Seduction”
All half witch half vampire, Abigail wanted to do was go out and have a little fun but when her powers go awry in a nightclub she has to run from the guards. Something strange has been going on in town so the Others are policing all human/magick interaction. The last thing Abby wants is to end up in a jail cell created for Others. On the run she ends up in a cemetery and jumps behind a bush to hide from the guards. She never expected to land right on top of a very sexy ghost hunter
Read an excerpt at or purchase at: http://www.midnightshowcase.com/midnight/DarkTales.htm
Description of “A Last Goodbye”
New witch Marissa is learning the ropes of being one of The Others. One of her mentors is vampire Deirdre, a tall beauty that really irritates Marissa. Marissa is extremely pissed when she shows up to Dante's Ball and finds Deirdre there with Marissa's recent ex-boyfriend, Jeff. The one she was encouraged to break up with because of his humanity. Deirdre explains her reasons for bringing Jeff and offers to help Marissa say goodbye to him in a way none of them will ever forget.
Warning: Contains F/F and F/M/F scenes
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