"Self knowledge is a rare and sustaining prize, hard won and elusive. The greatest warriors are those who know when to ask for help. Pride can blind a man or demon, denying him the power of living the truth."
“Self knowledge is a rare and sustaining prize, hard won and elusive. The greatest warriors are those who know when to ask for help. Pride can blind a man or demon, denying him the power of living the truth.”
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
Honestly, I struggle with vamp books. Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed them in the past – everything from Stoker through to Rice, and I am interested how the image of the vamp has evolved in the last 100+ years.
Now that we have moved from monster through a creature with almost human-like sensibilities, is there anything new to add to the mythos? In it’s current Romantic guise, does the image of the vamp even qualify as horror?
As part of my university dissertation, I read “The Liquid Dreams of Vampires” by Riccardo which considers the image of the vamp and which it means. It’s a very interesting book, but it does make you realise the limited format of the vamp (and you can by turn apply that to zombies and other popular monster formats).
Whilst dependent of the scenario, I think the modern vamp stories are not horror, but come more into Dark Fantasy, and in terms of sales, that bubble popped in September 2011.
“Even a creator cannot dictate for his creation, where free will is the unknown element.” Raum Daemon: “Extinguisher” Reconciler: Demon Rising
“Fate rarely calls on us at a moment of our choosing.”
Murknaga of Legion: Allu Demon God