Are vampires really scary?

Nasty vampire from 30 Days of Night

While at several local events the past two weekends in the Lexington area where I was either promoting my Lexington Vampire and True Blood Examiner page as well as doing my Vampire Tarot readings, I had several conversations with other vendors and guests about vampires and whether they are scary of not.

The conversations began when I saw people physically moving away from my booth and going to other booths that were there. I asked the others around me and the replies were all the same: vampires are too dark, it makes you think of blood and blood letting and if you are doing vamipire tarot readings then it must bring vampires there. Wow! I hadn't thought of any of these comments.

Yes in the past I know that people think vampires are scary and dark but with the light vegetarian Twilight vampires, the hunky Damon and Stefan from The Vampire Diaries, and the sexy and yes very viscious vampires of True Blood. But, with vampires so mainstream I assumed that many of the fans would come to events and look for vampire related items. But, that has not been the case.

So, this weekend while doing Vampire Tarot readings at the Mystical Paranormal Fair I asked people if they thought that vampires were scary and even showed them the tarot cards that I had. Everyone said that the cards were beautiful but that it vampires are still scary.

So, now when I hear discussions like, "Twilight has made vampires not scary" or " Vampires have lost their scariness" I just laugh because there are a lot of people who still think of Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee as a vampire and not Edward Cullen or the Salvatore brothers.

I love vampires for so many reasons. The vampires that I like depend upon my mood. Scary but romantic- Dracula, Brooding- Angel, Psychotic- Spike, Rescuer- Mick St. John, modern and hot- Henry Fitzroy.

So, what do you think are vampires still scary? Do they still have the appeal that they once had? What is the scaries vampire to you?

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From the Library

As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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