Vampires and Macabre Men of the Movies
A creepy girl has to have creepy tastes in men, right? *grin* For me, I think my first love was Frank Langella, when I saw him in Dracula (1979). This movie came out when I was just 5 years old, so when it happened to come on television several years later, I was totally enraptured by him. Frank gave Dracula an entirely romantic and passionate persona that I couldn’t help but fall in love with, and this movie remains in my personal archive to this day. Frank had such class, refinement, and a debonair style that I can’t find in today’s versions of the same.
My next crush happened to be well-renowned horror actor, Vincent Price, another handsome devil of a man, whose flair for dark humor had me love horror even more—or at least helped me ease into it, as I had a terrible vivid imagination as a kid—watching horror movies for me always led me to leaving the lights on at night! I first saw him on a special creepy episode of The Muppet Show, and his witty candor made him another on my ‘crush’ list. I have a ton of his movies in my personal collection, a few of them particular favorites of mine, as he starred in many Poe-based movies by Roger Corman, like Masque of The Red Death and The Pit and The Pendulum—and I love Poe’s works!
There are other actors that draw my eye because of something that seems creepy, quirky or unusual about them, or they just ‘stand out’ from the norm. Udo Kier is a stunning actor that gives me the shivers just by looking at him. (And who could forget him as Dragonetti in Blade?) Christopher Walken is another. (Ever see him as the Hessian soldier/Headless Horseman in Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow? Yikes… And he gave Archangel Gabriel the most unusual, dark and creepy persona I’ve ever seen in The Prophecy trilogy. ) And although I wouldn’t consider him macabre in the least, the first time I saw Sam Neill as a vampire in Daybreakers, my jaw dropped. I had always thought he was a handsome man, but the whole vampire aspect made him even more handsome. I’d love to see him in more roles like that. Also (not too surprisingly, since I love this man too) I think I’d love to see Alan Rickman in a Dracula-type role. I think he’d be able to play that character with the same kind of finesse that Frank Langella did *grin*.
Why such an interest in vampires? After Hollywood removed them from their horrific origins and turned them into the romantic creatures that they are perceived as today, vampires have enraptured us with their mysteriousness for dedcades. Some look at the inundation of vampires (along with zombies) as annoying these days, but despite the public’s teeth-grinding, both of them aren’t going anywhere.
In light of their creepy beginnings, “Diary of a Vampire Stripper” takes a modern urban spin on both vamps and those ‘other’ dead guys. A young woman named Audra in need of fast cash tries her hand at auditioning as a stripper, and lands a job, much to her surprise. Preparing herself to run into unsavory people during her stint there, she encounters a gentleman, who, unbeknown to her, is a vampire. After getting to know each other for a while, He invites her back to his beach house, where it all goes downhill from there. She awakens to finding herself craving blood, marks on her neck, and her lover nowhere in sight. Trying to adjust to this new predicament, plus continue her job while keeping her situation a secret isn’t an easy feat, not to mention the other problems that lie ahead for her. Her only friend at the club seems to have some secrets of her own, plus a group of radical cops who happen to know about ‘her kind’ are out for blood themselves by destroying any of ‘them’ that they come across. Audra’s misadventures are both hilarious and disturbing, a chick-lit ‘Thelma and Louise’ with a paranormal slant.
Diary of a Vampire Stripper is available on Amazon.com for Kindle, and in print at www.createspace.com/3778782.
I’m giving away an e-copy of Diary of a Vampire Stripper and some cool related swag to one lucky reader of this post. Just give me Audra’s friend’s name and tell me *what* she is, and send your answers to me at cinsearae.s(at)gmail(dot) com, and put ‘Book Devotee Giveaway’ in the subject line! The answers can be found on the book’s webpage. Good luck!
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