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How to Write About Vampires</u>

There are a lot of stories out there about Vampires. But not too many of them make their characters “touchable” or “human”. The characters are usually so out of touch with their humanity that the reader really cannot connect with the character. That happens to be one of the main sticking points.

How can I make my Vampire more human?
Well for the Vampire, don’t make them too into themselves. Vampires cannot see themselves in a mirror, so how can they be vain? Believe me, if you ever read any of the classic horror novels and do you see any vampire with the ability to see themselves in the mirror? No you don’t, so please don’t make a vampire vain. Vampires still have their human vices when they turn, yet they can only either recall bits and pieces of their “human” life or in some cases, they can remember all of it.

What all characteristics do typical Vampires have?
All vampires don’t run around and suck just anybody’s blood. Read some Christine Feehan. You will see that some Vampires take someone to keep as a “feeder” that they can feed off of any time if they get low. But other than that, they usually know their prey.

1) Vampires usually don’t feed off animals for their blood nor do they feed off children.
2) Sometimes they (Vampires) keep a stash of blood in a hidden fridge where nobody else can find.
3) Vampires are long living and usually have money. And they don’t live in the same spot for too long.
4) They usually have impeccable taste in style and great manners. (That’s what makes them so appealing.)

I got my Vampire, what should I name them?
Don’t go for some very old sounding name. That will just give them away a whole lot easier. How could a human character not think that a person named “Gwendolyn” or “Lestat” isn’t a vampire. Come on. Lestat is the name of a vampire in one of Ann Rice’s novels! Go for something fitting for the character and for their age. But nothing too young sounding. Something from the last two centuries (1800-1900) would suffice nicely.

What should they be referred to as?
Men are usually referred to as “Count” “Sir” or “Master.” Women are usually referred to as “Countess” “Madam” “Lady” or “Mistress.” They are usually referred to as these titles by their servants, underlings and people who know their status quo. Never by outsiders. The usual titles of “Mister” or “Missus” is what unknowing humans usually call them.

How should the story start?
Think: Do I want to start while they are human and encounter the “Master” vampire that turns them?

OR
Do I want to start after they turn into a vampire?

Both are really great starting points to use when starting your story.

How do I make my Vampire “pick up” a potential victim?”
Bars work great for this purpose or just walking down the street. Just don’t make it too obvious that they are on the hunt.

Example:</b> Lady Victoria was at her usual haunt, Rubies, on a dark and rainy evening. The bar had a couple of people milling about. “Dinner shouldn’t be too hard to spot tonight.” Victoria thought to herself as the bartender filled her regular glass of wine. She picked up the glass and sifted the wine about in the glass, letting the spices fill her nostrils as a potential meal glanced her way. His soft brown eyes were looking over at her as he started to nurse a glass of bourbon. His black hair was tied back at the nape of his neck. “Easy access.” Victoria thought as she smiled. The man smiled back at her as he got up from his end of the bar to join her. “Shouldn’t be too terribly hard to seduce.” Victoria thought to herself as she applied some red lipstick as her potential meal sat down. “Hey there gorgeous, my name is Paul. What’s yours?”

See, it really isn’t that hard  to make your vampire to entice anyone. Good vampires are usually well taken care of and attractive. But if they turn bad....It is ugly.

What kills a Vampire?
There are many things that can kill a vampire.
1) Blood from dead people. That is a number one killer.
2) Garlic. Rarely kills, just irritates.
3) Stake through the heart. Got to be a specific type of wood.
Or what I read in a book once
4) Stake through the heart. Decapitate the Vampire, stuff the mouth with garlic and bury the body face down. Cruel and unusual, but no chance of the vampire coming back.

Light will NOT kill your vampire. It will just make him/her weaker.
What about Vampire fights?
Fights between vampires are usually bloody, gory and graphic.

What about sex scenes? Can they do that before they feed on a potential victim?
Hmm, they do still have the urges that humans have, so I don’t see a problem with anyone writing about those kind of scenarios. But don’t expect me to write a guide on that any time soon.

Now the rest is up to you this was just an outline to help you. Please don’t use the example for the base of your story.
Since "A Guide to Writers" got such a warm welcome, I decided to delve into the fantasy relm.
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Fantashiama Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
GGRRR!! These How to's are so awesome but I CAN'T DECIDE to have my novel a WEREWOLF novel or a VAMPIRE novel, and I really don't want to use both because I've always hated those books like that.

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AboriChan Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this was good info! thanks to that I wrote a vampire story!! Found it helpful.
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MooglePirate9 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Writer
ooh nice. :) thank you!
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AboriChan Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) welcome
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FreakieGeekie Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I know this is an old deviation, but tradtionally the specific wood is ash.
I can't recall why though.
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MooglePirate9 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional Writer
that sounds right actually. and thanks much for the faves :)
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FreakieGeekie Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :D
I have a very thick book on vampires called The Vampire Encyclopedia.
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MooglePirate9 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Professional Writer
oh nice! that's pretty cool :)
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FreakieGeekie Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a geek :B
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Blood-Whispers Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
" They have little regard for money. Besides, where would they get the money. There isn't much they could do that would earn them enough money to live comfortably. Not if they want to feed at least. They'd have to work night shifts and still find time to feed properly. "

Newly turned vampires could easily have been born into riches, or inherit it from their maker. They can also be attracted to the wealthy for financial reasons. Money doesn't have to make them any less interesting, it can even create more options in their world.

" The main problem with a vampire having sex is that they're almost like reanimated corpses and there for dead. Their genitalia no longer works. "

That doesn't have to be entirely true. Vampires have grown and evolved over the centuries. Nowadays, you even read about vampires who can ingest food, while blood still remains their main source of nourishment.

Vampire Diaries and True Blood are good examples of how much they've changed since the days of old.
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Sanio Featured By Owner May 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a little bit stupid to think that cross and holy water will have any effect on a vampire. What if a vampire is Hindu? or Budist? or an ancient vampire that belived in egyptian panteon? XD
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Kendecia Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This really helped for a novel I want done before May 10th. Maybe after I'm done you'll read it over?
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Parasite-Positive Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009   Writer
3) Vampires are long living and usually have money

That bugs me a bit. It depends on the situation they're in. Most of my vampires are fledgling vampires and usually to young to operate as adults. They are forced to rely on older vampires for guidance and protection for a few years and sometimes the older vampires don't teach them how to survive away from them (half starved looking kids attracts stupid, sympathetic people for them to prey on). My vampires tend to survive by stealing food and things. They have little regard for money. Besides, where would they get the money. There isn't much they could do that would earn them enough money to live comfortably. Not if they want to feed at least. They'd have to work night shifts and still find time to feed properly.

4) They usually have impeccable taste in style and great manners. (That’s what makes them so appealing.)

Not always. Even Lestat could throw a bitch fit if he wanted to. I have the theory that vampires are very much like they were in human life, only with the ability to act on selfish desires with little worry for their consequences. Lestat and Claudia lived that way while Louis and Armand did not. He was generally guilt ridden, but that's beside the point. Say a vampire was horrible in real life, maybe he was a serial killer who murdered small children. What's to stop him from doing the same thing when he becomes a vampire?

If you remember, most of the vampires in the Vampire Chronicles were drunk with their own power. Also, they were born in a time where manners were everything. Times change and a modern born vampire probably wouldn't have those same impeccable manners.

Go for something fitting for the character and for their age. But nothing too young sounding. Something from the last two centuries (1800-1900) would suffice nicely.

So a vampire born in the 21st century should have an older sounding name? Not to say that they couldn't have been given an older name from birth, but the chances that every vampire has the same type of name is very slim.

Hmm, they do still have the urges that humans have, so I don’t see a problem with anyone writing about those kind of scenarios.

I see a problem with that. The main problem with a vampire having sex is that they're almost like reanimated corpses and there for dead. Their genitalia no longer works.


Your guide is good for historical fictions, but for anything after 1920, this wouldn't be a very good guide.
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DemonRei Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
This is helpful, thank you!

I'm in the planning stages of my own vampire novel, right now I'm deciding on how my vampires work on a mental and biological level... I've been trying to keep with all the old myths and what-have-you, but making them physically possible, such as their jaw/teeth being arranged similarly to a big cats' or canines' so that those big fangs fit into their mouth comfortably. So on and so forth like that~

Anyway, I've been collecting as many resources as I possibly can (as long as they say nothing about vampires sparkling), both scientific and fictional. This is a great help to me!
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MooglePirate9 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Professional Writer
Not a problem :) Glad to hear that you don't want any sparkling vampires. I do like that idea of how you want to have their jaws arranged sounds pretty darn neat.
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DemonRei Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
...Gotta admit, though, I came awfully close to having them sparkle. Sure, I'd give an actual reason for it, but... I don't want to look too much like I'm trying to flip Meyer the bird.
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NyxMoon Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Professional Writer
this one related to alot more of the loar of vampires, except dead mans blood dosent kill them it only paralizes them.
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endless-one Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I was wondering if you've read the JR Ward Novels? It's called the black dagger brotherhood series and it's a pretty fresh take on vampires, I thought it might interest you :)
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PowerRangersGirl Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008
I have one question.

I thought Vampires could be killed by sunlight? That's not true is it?
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MooglePirate9 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Professional Writer
It all depends on what you are going by. Like in Bram Stroker's "Dracula" that was what killed his vampire. I have read some novels where light didn't kill them so it is all what you want to go by.
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nrhods Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Dracula was not killed by sunlight, it didn't affect him at all. It was in the silent film Nosferatu that sunlight became lethal to vampires because the creator needed a way to make it different from Dracula. So in the end, instead of biting the girl, the sun came up and he had to retreat.
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Lasago Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There's just one great thing you need to pay attention to, like Cei-Ellem said:"the only required traits for vampires is that they drain some sort of life force from humans".
Vampires are fictional beings and because of this there are no restrictions! You can give them whatever power or weakness you want, as long as they drain some sort of life force from humans. No offence meant, though, this guide is great. It shows one way of how your Vampire can be.
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PowerRangersGirl Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008
Great! Thanks.
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Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
This is a good launching pad for writing stories about vampires, however I think it would do you well to note that none of these traits are set in stone. I'm currently involved in a collaborative fiction in which the vampires have several traits that contradict your guide or some other classic horror cliche. In this story:
  1. Vampires are not undead, per se. They're heart beats, however they do not need to eat or breathe in order to survive.
  2. Vampires have reflections like normal humans, and for all appearances, look human unless they bare their fangs or become angered, at which point their eyes will glow (various colors, depending on age).
  3. Vampires can feed on animals, but the nourishment is less than satisfying. Fresh human blood is preferred, and victims do not die nor become vampires themselves after feeding. NOTE: It could just be me, but having either of those latter options occur seems counterproductive, as the vampires' food supply would rapidly dwindle. Unless, of course, that is an important plot point to the story.
  4. Ways to kill a vampire: fire, sunlight, and decapitation (although the head must be destroyed or buried separately from the vampire, lest it will reattach itself). A stake through the heart paralyzes them, and through any other part of the body immobilizes that part (i.e. stake in the leg paralyzes that leg, etc.).
  5. Vampires are unaffected by garlic, holy water, crosses, and other holy symbols unless the wielder of the object has complete faith that it will protect them.
  6. Likewise, other mystical prohibitions (can't cross running water, must be invited into a home, etc.) don't apply.


  7. Just a thought, really. Like I said, this is a wonderful launching pad for beginning writers. Just watch out for the cliches and remember: the only required traits for vampires is that they drain some sort of life force from humans.
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draumstafur Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome guide, again some of the facts I did not know about :giggle:
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MooglePirate9 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008  Professional Writer
Thanks!
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draumstafur Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Np :hug:
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mangachu Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
Nice! This has inspired me to write a vampire fic!


TOO THE WRITERS BLOCK CAVE!
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MooglePirate9 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Professional Writer
Cool! :w00t:
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mangachu Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
I HATH BEEN INSPIRED.
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MooglePirate9 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Professional Writer
:iconexcitedplz:

that plz looks a bit too excited...
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mangachu Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
Crazy excited...

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MoogleMage Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I sure got inspired of writing a short vampire story after reading this. If I'll do it, I don't know ^^; Great guide mate :D
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MooglePirate9 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Professional Writer
Give it a shot the story may end up being pretty good. :) You're welcome.
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