The strength of the vampire is that people will not believe in him. — Garrett Fort
With October on the horizon, all things that go bump in the night come out to play. In the US, you can’t escape the ghouls associated with Halloween. Vampires are no exception. Below, you will find my five favorite fictional “living-dead.”
Below, you will find my five favorite fictional “living-dead.” They are ones that I feel made an impact on my enjoyment of the gothic genre. The vampires that I choose follow the traditional vampiric mythos, so you will not find any sparkly creatures on this list.
When many think of a modern vampire, they think of Lestat from Anne Rice’s the Vampire Chronicles. Lestate is bold, charming, and defiant. He thinks that he is a god, and to those in his fan following, he may be right.
I don’t think that I need to do an introduction for Dracula, but he is the most famous vampire to date. He is considered the prototypical and archetypal vampire of later vampiric works. Some aspects of the character are believed to be inspired by Vladd III the Impaler, who subsequently was also known as Dracula.
Ruth can walk in the day and is not trying to trick the main character. The vampires in I am Legend are among the first to be portrayed differently than the older Gothic novels. This novel inspired George A Romero’s The Last Man on Earth, as well as the Night of the Living Dead. Would we have the zombies we know without I am Legend? A part of me doesn’t think so.
Lord Ruthven was the first vampire to appear in English fiction in a novel titled The Vampyre. He is mysterious, alluring, sexual, and terrifying. Lord Ruthven is a classical vampire that went on to inspire a number of other novels. Without The Vampyre, we would not have the vampiric mythos as we know it.
So, fellow readers, that is my four favorite fictional vampires. If you think that I missed anyone and I am sure that I did as it is only five, tell me or who you would choose in the comments.
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