An overnight course on the art of female seduction by a vampire
Like in sex, you only get to know your partner after the deed. When your hearts have fraternized into a gory pool of love making, your bodies enveloped in zealous contemplation, and your souls journeyed into orgasmic crossfires in the sky... This nightfall you shall have sex with a vampire. And I guarantee you by daybreak, you won’t think of them the same way ever again. This is the foreplay. Think of what you know about vampires. Possibly a “reanimated body of a dead person believed to come from the grave at night and suck the blood of persons asleep.” 1 Now forget this, and prepare to be aroused, because it’s time to strip down and bare the true vampire.
The Stare: A look back at the beginnings of the vampire Dracula in literature
Every flirtation begins with the stare... So let’s take sight of our dear vampire. Here’s a picture: you’re in a bar and you see a few meters away from you a tall man, clean-shaven save for a long white mustache and clad in black from head to foot without a single speck of color around him anywhere. His mustache is thick and heavy, his skin pale and sullen. (Stoker, ) Behold, staring back at you is the most enduring vampire icon in history: Count Dracula. Raymond T. McNally particularly devoted his life’s work on discovering the true identity of Dracula in his novel In Search of Dracula: A True History of Dracula and Vampire Legends. Upon discerning that almost all Dracula films are set in Transylvania, he set out his research in the Hungarian province and eventually discovered the dual history of the Wallachian ruler named Vlad “The Impaler” Tepes and Bram Stoker’s horrifying vampire hero.
Vlad the Impaler is well known for his methods of torture. Impalement, as his favorite, involves a strong horse being harnessed to each leg of the victim, while the stake was being carefully introduced, so as not to kill instantly. He would also decapitate them, cut off noses, ears, sexual organs and limbs; then have them burned, boiled, nailed, and buried alive. (McNally, p. 112)
You must also know that Vlad the Impaler was a married man, albeit an unhappy one. The prince was often seen wandering alone at night on the outskirts of the city, usually in disguise, seeking the company of other women. His first wife died in 1462 for mysterious reasons, whereas his mistress was assassinated for infidelity, with her sexual organs cut out. (McNally, p. 63)
Fair warning, Vlad the Impaler exhibits sadistic sexuality. He was known to punish flirtatious maidens and unchaste widows by skinning them alive and then exposing in public, with their skins hanging separately from a pole or placed upon a table in the middle of the marketplace. McNally explains this savagery as a suggestion of Vlad Impaler’s sexual inadequacy. (McNally, p. 123) Our vampire now looks at you with alluring intensity. He finally walks down to you and offers you a drink. He talks like someone from a different era. You just can’t make out who he is yet. Is he the sadistic Vlad the Impaler or the equally mysterious Dracula of Bram Stoker? One just can’t help but imagine how the concept of vampires would have evolved if Stoker failed to do his euphemisms.
The Touch: A run down on the evolution of vampire in media and its effect on women The connection always begins with the touch... You’ve been talking with our vampire for quite a while now and you’re feeling flushed and excited, as you should. You must be reminded that you are one very lucky girl. A study by a group of Harvard psychologists made in 1995 revealed that 5 out of 10 women fantasize about being bitten by a vampire. (Philippine Star) Sexualization of vampires has gone a very long way. Within the cultural climate of the Victorian era, women were chiefly the victims of the vampires rather than being vampires themselves. This may be related to the era’s seeming disgust...