Dust, Blood or Flames – How do your Vampires die? by Pat Sawtelle

Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Anne Rice’s Interview With The Vampire, and Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, are just a few of the many books that have invited us to explore the life Vampires. Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi, and Gloria Holden are some of the earliest actors putting fear in the hearts of humans with their vampire fangs as they lurk in the shadows of the movies. Over the course of time, these magical creatures stalked unwitting humans drinking their blood before retreating to the dark places on earth, or coffins, to sleep away the day.

Staking the death walkers ends the life of these creatures. However, this is where authors use a variety of creative methods to remove the scary creatures. Vampire deaths range from bursting into flames, disintegrating into dust/ash, becoming a corpse, melting into a pile of bloody pulp, turning to glass then shattering, or even drifting into tiny particles of fiery light that floats away for a happy ending.

Vampire enthusiasts judge the creative treatments and beliefs of vampire stories based on the constraints of their favorite character in books or movies. Vampires that “glitter” in the daylight caused some very lively discussions as the twist challenged the beliefs of these enthusiasts.

For vampire enthusiasts, I encourage you to read and learn to look for the authors to explain the whys behind their death style creativity. For writers, I remind you to provide legends or logic to support your selected results from staking the evil that walks. Without support, readers can become disenchanted with your story if it conflicts with their preconceived beliefs about vampire deaths.

And yes, Chalice Moon contains support for why my vampires turn to ash! Check it out and see what you think. Fangs for reading!

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