My Top 10 Vamp Books and Movies

© 2012 by Heather Palmer

Well here it is Sunday again, which means a new blog post. I’ve been thinking on what I wanted to post all week. I decided to share with you a piece of me. All these books and movies have influenced me or my writing in some way. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by horror movies. Though I have to say some were lacking when it comes to special effects or strong plots. I always get a laugh out of the large breasted women who walk into a darkened room, chest thrust out and feigned fear in their eyes and what do they do?

Walk in and call out “Hello? Is anyone there?”

I mean really.

Ah, but isn’t this part of why we love bad acting/script writing with the lame music. So we can sit on our comfortable couches and chairs, laughing at the ridiculousness of it all. I know I do.

Which brings me to my…

Top 10 vampire movies:

  1. Bram Stoker’s Dracula – My all time fav. Oh yes and let’s not forget Keanu Reeves.
  2. Queen of the Dammed – Stuart Townsend rocked this one.
  3. Underworld (all of them) – I shamelessly admit I have a thing for Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman.
  4. Interview with the Vampire – Brad Pit and Tom Cruise what isn’t to love here?
  5. The Lost Boys – I fell for Corey Haim and a new obsession was born.
  6. From Dusk Till Dawn – Selma Hayek and the snake…enough said.
  7. Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Like totally…
  8. Van Helsing – Kate again and this time with Hugh Jackman.
  9. Dracula (the 1931 classic) – This had to be on the list.
  10. Nosferatu (1922) – And the beginning of it all one of the earliest vampire films ever made.

I’ll have to do another post on who plays the best Dracula so stay tuned and check back in so you don’t miss it!

As far as writing goes, there are some really great paranormal writers out there. One day I hope to have my name show up on someone’s list. I’ve always been a voracious reader, but I think I really fell for the genre in junior high. These authors will always hold a special place in my heart.

Top 10 vampire books:

  1. Bram Stoker’s Dracula – The beginning. For which I have traveled to Ireland and seen an original copy of this book. One of favorite memories.
  2. Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice. My first ride into the adult vampire scene.
  3. The Vampire Diaries – L.J. Smith – my teenage obsession.
  4. Forever and the Night – Linda Leal Miller. This series made me want to write vampire romance more than anything in the world.
  5. Halfway to the Grave – Jeaniene Frost – I am so in love with Cat and Bones.
  6. The Last Vampire – Chrisopher Pike – Again with the teenage infatuation.
  7. Christine Feehan – any of her books qualify for this list.
  8. J.R. Ward – same goes here for all her books.
  9. Shayla Black – another all time fav of mine
  10. And last, but by far the least, Sherrilyn Kenyon.

So that’s it, the books and movies that fuel my passions. How about you? Who would be on your list? Please leave me a comment I love to hear from all of you!

Until next time….

Just One Bite

One bite…

That’s all it takes to change your life forever.

Hmm…that sounds like some kind of cheesy infomercial line you’d hear on television in the early morning hours. But we’re not talking about miracle makeup or a magic pill to help you lose weight. No, tonight, we’re talking about how one bite opens a doorway into a world where darkness rules and every whim is possible.

Mind you I said darkness, not evil.

In this realm, vampires rule the night. They walk among the living, another species mankind was never meant to contend with. But the battle is not what calls to us…it’s the bite.

The unspoken promise of forever is what draws us in. The lure of something different…

Fresh.

Exhilarating.

A life bordering on the edge of darkness where there is no fear, consequences or rules.

How far into the darkness are you willing to go…for a bite?

Vampires are capable of challenging death, staring the Reaper in the face and saying, “bring it on”. Imagine, for a moment, the possibility of an endless stretch of nights before you. What could you accomplish? What could you learn?

Most important, how would you live? You could choose good…or maybe…not.

The entire world placed before your feet, for only the paltry price of a little, tiny bite.

Would you answer yes on a breath of pleasure?

I would.

Oh, but vampires offer so much more than immortality. They offer a life on the fringes, somewhere between darkness and light. A constant push/pull between what makes them human and the predators they are. The kiss of darkness on their soul beckons to an elemental aspect of our humanity. For we fear death and they own it.

Command it.

Wield it like a shield before them, cutting down any who cross their path. Wicked, gleaming fangs bore to those who dare challenge their power.

A being so in command they instill submission in their prey with the slightest press of sharp teeth against warm flesh. Own a gaze intense enough to heat you from the inside out from a mere glance in your direction. Entice you to cross the threshold of day into eternal night because, deep down, you know it’s where you belong.

All you have to do is tilt your head.

Are you with me?

This really hit home for me today.

Writers In The Storm Blog

This week, Writers In The Storm is kicking off a new series for the Fall…sort of a “Be All That You Can Be” series for writers. The inaugural post comes out on Wednesday.

In honor of this, our own Jenny Hansen gave us today’s blog about discovering what you’re good at and doing it!

What Are Your Strengths?

CELEBRATE THEM!

As a corporate software trainer, I’ve got to be ON each day I’m in the classroom.

It doesn’t matter whether I was up all night with a screaming baby or if my best friend and I had a fight. Nobody cares about those things when they come in for a day of Word or Excel or leadership training. They’re focused on what they need to learn and it’s my job to deliver.

There are personality types who would hate my job. They’d get tired by all that “on” business. I see…

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