Stay Thirsty, My Friend – The World’s Most Interesting Vampire

May 1, 2012 General 10

Welcome to the Dos Equis Most Interesting Vampire List.  And if you aren’t familiar with the Dos Equis Man, please take a look here.

 

The World's Most Interesting Vampire

 

I compiled this short list when thinking about some of the most interesting vampires I’ve read about in recent years.  And by “most interesting” I don’t mean someone who had an awkward moment just to see how it felt; can make orange juice out of apples; or has blood that smells like cologne (and if you don’t recognize those, again, look up Dos Equis Man).  What I do mean by “most interesting” is a vampire whose world, power, method of feeding, or survival is different than the norm — basically, someone who does not fit the mold of a smoldering, mysterious, vampire who can mesmerize you at 40 paces and drinks passionately from your neck.  No.  The vampires on this list are a little more interesting.  So, crack open a Dos Equis and read on.

 

1.    Miriam Blaylock from The Hunger by Whitley Strieber

Strieber created an interesting and disturbing vampire in Miriam Blaylock.  What makes her different is that Strieber hints at an extraterrestrial origin.  They are not completely immortal, rather just stronger and with greater life spans.  Miriam and her kind feed on human blood but rely on The Sleep to stop the aging process and thereby live longer.

 

“It was necessary to eat only once a week, but Sleep required six of every twenty-four hours.  It was essential and it could not be delayed.  Almost as absolute as death, it was the key to the renewal of life.”

 

The problem Miriam has is that in creating her half-human/half-vampire lovers and companions, none are able to live as long as she. At some point, they stop being able to sleep and that leads to their demise.  And it is a chilling discovery when you realize what she does with them before moving on to finding new companions (victims).

The book itself is disturbing but I give originality points to Strieber for creating a vampire whose origins are not supernatural but alien, and whose key to survival is not only blood but sleep.

 

2.     Demoz from Shadow Blade by Seressia Glass

I loved this idea – a psychic vampire, one who feeds off of emotion rather than blood.  Demoz is a vampire who owns a club for supernaturals in Atlanta.  He feeds off the energy of his patrons.  In this scene, the book’s main character, Kira Solomon, visits his club for information.  She purposefully creates a sense of panic and fear in the crowd as she moves towards his office.

 

“The fear you invoked was delicious.  The adrenaline alone fed me quite well.”

The psychic vampire turned to the glass, staring down at the crowd.  “The fear tasted almost as good as the lust you cause when you dance. I suppose, however, that’s like trying to compare filet mignon to prime rib”…

Most informants liked being paid in money.  Not Demoz.  No, he preferred being paid in emotional energy.  But then, what psychic vampire didn’t?

 

Great concept.  I love the idea of moving the vampire away from bloodlust and towards another kind of sustenance.  Which brings me to my next vampire…

 

3.    Lamia and The Velvets from Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Lamia is the leader of a group of women called, The Velvets.  These very seductive women are vampires who feed off warmth.

 

“Lamia ran a cold finger down his cheek.  “You’re so warm,” she said, admiringly.  “It must be wonderful to have so much warmth.”

 

Through their kisses they slowly draw the heat from their victims, leading them down the road towards a very cold death.

 

“He could feel the ice on his lips.  He stumbled back against the wall.  He tried to blink, but his eyes felt as if they were frozen open.  She looked up at him and smiled delightedly, her skin flushed and pink and her lips, scarlet; her breath steamed in the cold air.  She licked her red lips with a warm crimson tongue.  His world began to go dark.  He thought he saw a black shape at the edge of his vision.

 

“More,” she said.  And she reached out to him.”

 

Another great concept for a vampire.  The seductive quality is there and the overwhelming need as well.  But to need warmth rather than blood is a great twist to the classic vampire.

 

4.    Bludmen from Wicked As They Come by Deliliah S. Dawson

This is one my favorite books I’ve read this year.  While the vampires, or Bludmen, are not unusual since they drink blood for survival, what makes them really interesting is their world.  Vampires and humans live side-by-side but even though Bludmen are physically more powerful than humans, they are not in power.  In fact, they are marginalized and treated as second-class citizens in the world of Sang where blood is currency.

 

“…But a few hundred years ago, one of the strongest cities elected a group to maintain the balance between blood drinkers and supposed innocents.  The Copper Equilibrium Consortium, they called it.  Because, of course, blood tastes of copper and is worth money, which is made of copper.  So clever.  And it spread from city to city until the Coppers took complete power.  They make the rules.  They punish the rule breakers.  And they make sure that blood drinkers, whether animals or Bludmen, never gain control.  Of anything.”

 

Dawson adds a great twist to the vampire mythology – instead of the all-powerful, they are the oppressed, fighting for equal footing in a world of Pinkies, or humans.  Great world.  Great new vampire.

 

5.  {WRITE IN BALLOT}  

Who do you consider the world’s most interesting vampire?

 

And for a little fun…what started it all….

 

 

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10 Responses to “Stay Thirsty, My Friend – The World’s Most Interesting Vampire”

  1. Felicia

    I need to get and read Wicked as They Come! I just do–everyone says it is great. I hated the cover so I avoided it LOL 🙂

    • shewolfreads

      I loved the cover! But you should read the book. It is different. The world is very original and she leaves you wanting to read more.

    • shewolfreads

      Bob, I actually liked the book better than the film. Let me know if you ever decide to pick it up. Would love to know what you think!

  2. Annie

    I like the originality of the vampires in Ilona Andrews Magic series (Kate Daniels) They were not people but complete mindless creatures who were controlled. Definitely not sexy, but loved the idea. Also liked the Argeneau vamps by Lynsay Sands. Again another original idea. Not mythical creatures, but medically created by nano’s via Atlantis scientists. Now those…were definitely sexy!! Yummy. Great list!

    • shewolfreads

      I read your review for Under the Vampire Moon! It piqued my interest in Lynsay Sands and her vamps!

  3. Jen D.

    I love your lead in with the Dos XX guy. I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t read any of the books on your list. I must rectify this. The only contribution I have for this list is Riley Jenson. She’s the first character I read that was half vamp and half were. I thought it was cool that she was able to rely on both skill sets even though she leaned more on her were side.

  4. Oddmonster

    Nikki from Denise Vittola’s “The Winter Man”. A vampire forensic pathologist who tastes blood at crime scenes? If I wasn’t sold already, I would be with her messy poly un-life. So good.

    • shewolfreads

      Ok, I just looked this book up and it sounds great. I had never heard of this one! I am definitely going to check it out. Thanks for the comment and, especially, the recommendation!

      • Oddmonster

        You’re very welcome! I’d love to hear what you think of it!