Are Vampires becoming less frightening?

Johnny Depp and Johnathon Frid as Barnabas Collins The soon to release Dark Shadows by Tim Burton got me thinking about Vampires. Why have we taken something that was terrifying and turned it into something non-threatening, or even silly?

The background

I occasionally watched Dark Shadows when I was young, but what I remember the most, was the series of books. I would start reading one and If I didn’t remember to put it down before I went to bed, I was trapped reading until morning.

I saw Lost Boys and I read Salem’s Lot. All of them gave me the creeps.  I think it was the inevitable fear of the math – one Vampire could turn everyone, eventually.

I stopped reading about Vampires, and didn’t even get into the Buffy series.

What I see as the current state of Vampires

Well, there’s a lot of buzz about sparkly vampires and I have to say I try to stay out of it. I don’t think I should shout out an opinion on something I haven’t read and I don’t want to read the Twilight series. I’m not in it’s target audience and that’s fine. But Dark Shadows – no I haven’t seen it yet but I probably will. I love Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. The trailer is a bit disconcerting for me. I can’t see this Barnabas keeping me awake. He’s too human. He’s a fish out of water. He’s not relevant.

Why no Vampires in the Quinn Larson Quests?

Well, for both reasons.

I like to fill my stories with a rich mixture of creatures. I believe if this magical world exists, it would hold all the creatures we know from our legends. But, I couldn’t find a way to include the evil seductive kind, or the sparkly self sacrificing kind.

The original kind of Vampire would have taken over the story. The new Vampire just didn’t ring true for me.  I couldn’t just ignore them either, so I made them a lesson. If the humans defeated and obliterated Vampires, it would make the humans a real threat.

The bottom line

I still like a good Vampire story – one that has a bloodsucking variety that doesn’t much care about humans. I just can’t bring myself to put them in a book as a secondary character. If they go into a story , they take it over and they don’t much care what happens to the other characters as long as they can get some food.