142 – Vampires

The Mythcreant Podcast

It is time to discuss… THE VAMPYRE. Vampires are a staple of fantasy fiction, from toothy Nosferatu to wise-cracking Spike. This week, we talk about how vampires have changed over time, how to keep them interesting in a saturated market, and why they’ve always been sexy. We promise not to do any silly accents.

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.

Show Notes:

The Vampyre




Lord Byron

A Fragment


Interview With a Vampire

Fevre Dream

True Blood


The Strain

Blade 2

Salem’s Lot

Inverse Ninja Theory

Lost Girl

Porphyria’s Lover

Let the Right One In


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  1. Julia

    I think the ‘sexy vampire’ trope started out for noble vampires. Old vampire lore among peasants made them out to be mindless, soulless killers who had to be buried in a special way to be stopped. It was only the vampires with titles (Elizabeth Bathory or Vlad Tepes) who become alluring masterminds. So capitalism really is the greatest monster!

  2. Dar Toften

    William, who became Spike, is clearly modeled on Keats, including the early death, the unrequited love, the widowed mother who died of tuberculosis, and his family’s riches-to-rags financial arc, not to mention extremely poor reviews of his poetry. Keats died believing he was a failure as a writer. At the time of his death, he’d sold a combined total of only 200 copies of his three books. The critics mocked him.


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