Since the Immortal Writers have trusted me with their story, William Shakespeare has also entrusted me to post his and other writers' responses to adaptations of their work, fan fiction, and other material. Here is Bram Stoker's response in a memorandum about what vampires have become in our culture today. -Jill
MEMORANDUM WRITTEN BY BRAM STOKER, DECEMBER 9, 2015
I must write my thoughts before time gets further and further away from me. My mind has been hinged on this topic for some time. When I wrote Dracula, which was originally going to be titled Un-Dead, I had in mind a horrendous, evil monster, one with no remorse and an un-ending need to kill, even with his child-brain. Yes, he had a certain charisma that drew others to him, but he also had an air about him that repulsed his prey.
Even God, who loves all of His children, could not abide the monster. A touch of the Eucharist marked Mina as unclean after she had been tainted by this vampyre.
As such, I must express my concern regarding today's idea that vampyres are harmless, or, if not harmless, highly desirable. True, they can be attractive--as I have stated, Dracula had his own charisma and charm...trust me, I had to find him when I became an Immortal Writer...but he was a heinous beast, manipulative, with no regard for human life except as a food source.
How have we come to this? How has my work, how has my Dracula, turned into some of today's ideas of vampyres? Having met Dracula in real life when he crossed over into this reality from the Imagination Field after I became an Immortal Writer...trust me when I say that he is not at all as you imagine your vampyres today.
Be wary, my friends. Be so careful. They are among us, and they do not bring pleasure, but nightmares and pain. Eat plenty of garlic, and be equipped with a cross at all times.
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