Another alluring vampire was Carmilla, who was created by Sheridan LeFanu in 1872 , and rather scandalous in her day for her obsessions with and seduction of a young girl. Bram Stoker’s Dracula came next, in 1897, with his overtones of sexuality and sensuality during the repressed (and twisted!) Victorian times.
Anne Rice brought us the Vampire Lestat, and TV gave us Barnabas Collins of Dark Shadows, Nick Knight of Forever Knight; and Spike and Angel of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Then the Twilight saga introduced us to Edward Cullen.
There’s something fascinating about these dangerous demon lovers that draws us in century after century. The very first short story I sold was called Blood Gothic, about a woman who wants to have a demon lover. That story has been reprinted more tomes than any other story I’ve written. As Buffy the Vampire Slayer herself has said, the allure of vampirism is to “die young and stay pretty.” That’s pretty tempting…especially when you can do so in the arms of a beautiful or handsome, supernatural/magical creature who happens to be obsessed with you.
In Crusade, Antonio is very much the sexy vampire, but the other vampires in our series are the more old-fashioned, evil kind. They mesmerize and charm; they lie and seduce, but they do it for one reason only—to drink human blood. So we have tried to mingle the old—the sexy vampire, with the older--the evil monsters of ancient myth, who walk the night and damn our souls.
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