Bite My Neck? I Thought You’d Never Ask…
What exactly is the allure of the vampire? What makes this wickedly dark and mysterious being so intriguing and the object of so many fantasies?
It started with Dracula, a novel written by Bram Stoker in 1897. Though the author did not invent the vampire, the novel was a major influence on the popularity of vampire lore. This legendary character then came to life on the silver screen in the 1930s when the economic depression created a need for people to escape.
Through the novel and the subsequent movies, the public was introduced to a well-dressed, intelligent, sexy and mysterious gentleman who represented dominance, virility, power, and wisdom. He was super-human and immortal. He defied the normal cycle of life by sleeping by day, and roaming by night. His depth of his knowledge was expansive, his patience limitless. After all, he’d had centuries in which to learn, in which to wait.
And women craved this bad boy.
Thus, a fantasy was born.
In the Victorian age, exposed skin was a big no-no, so women wore clothes to ensure the optimal coverage of their neck, arms, and legs. More likely than not, those women, married or not, would have taken any excuse to shed those layers of propriety. If a vampire just so happened to be in the vicinity and used his otherworldly powers to hypnotize her, to seduce her, to overpower her and bite her neck – if she was just another victim of the vampire – she couldn’t possibly be blamed for her indiscretion, right? After all, she didn’t set out intending to be ravished. It was that rascal’s fault (the blame game in action). He put a spell on her, she could say. She’d gotten wild with a neck-biting, blood-thirsty stranger, and had her virtue compromised, but would it really count?
And what man wouldn’t want to have that kind of power over a woman? To be dark, mysterious, sexy and alluring, to turn a woman into hot Silly Putty in his hands with just a brush of his lips across the side of her neck, with just a look into her eyes? The ultimate bad boy.
Some 22 years ago my cousin, Alejandro, had been walking in the heart of one of the many vampire communities – Hollywood, California. For Halloween, he decked himself out as a vampire. He and a friend went all out, experimenting with prosthetic teeth just to vamp it up. With Hollywood being what it was, and still is, he saw the potential to share the fantasy of the legendary vampire with others. So, his business of making fangs for others was created – and he found there was no shortage of customers.
His ability to craft such a simple, yet empowering accessory of prosthetic teeth, has earned him the name “The Prince of Fangs.”
His clients are hard core. They are serious about slipping out of their skin and into that of another image. Even Hollywood comes knocking at his door when the need arises.
Humans have a duality of dark and light, and even though most would be loathe to admit, it doesn’t make it go away.
Role playing allows us to step into another character for a time, – be it a storm trooper or other character – to nurture that darker side of us. It gives some people that edge they need – the need to be something they are not. But society keeps it in check. It’s a good thing, too, because it’d be a little difficult to explain this get-up to our co-workers back at the office.
So tell me – don’t hold back. We’re all friends here. Do you have a secret obsession? What character would you like to become, if only for a night?
Posted on August 17, 2011, in Paranormal, Vampires and tagged Alejandro Quezada, alluring, blood thirsty, Bram Stoker, charisma, dark, Diana Murdock, Diana Murdock's blog, Dracula, fangs, Halloween, Hollywood, immortal, neck, paranormal, Prince of Fangs, romantic, sexy, storm trooper, vampires, Victorian. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.