Linda Thomas-Sundstrom is a native of California, where she lives with her husband and teaches at a major California University.
Linda writes in the genres of fantasy and romance, and at the moment has two more books in the works in the paranormal romance genre. She prefers reading and writing dark historicals, with plenty of gothic-style atmosphere, but on a challenge from an editor is finding light contemporary paranormal also a kick to write.
Hi vampire fans…
Happy to be with you today, at least in spirit, to celebrate vampires.
I’ve been engaged in writing about them for the last few years, first for Kensington Brava and currently for Nocturne, and loving every minute of it. So, I wanted to share some things about our favorite Night Creatures.
Did you know that if we type the word “vampire” into one of our search engines, we’ll come up with a goldmine of twenty-four million web pages about vampires? Yep. That’s right. Twenty-four million – including chat rooms for lonely enthusiasts wanting to reach folks (or vampires) or like mind. (Yikes!)
I found this out by reading a compendium book on vampires, and also discovered that vampires have been around, virtually spreading out through most of the entertainment industry since before there was an entertainment industry… with folk tales going back to the 1500’s. Heck, movies about vampires date back to the 1920’s. Seems we’ve always had this fascination with the dark side.
And the heartbeat goes on . . . So . . . Well . . .
I thought I might just drop a few names from the industry side of vampires, for fun, and include a few photos. See which of these guys you remember, and which like best, or least. Remember, everyone has a different idea of what floats their boat, so if you share your thoughts, this might a kick!
A partial list of actors playing vampires in film (in the not-too-distant past):
Christopher Lee – starting in 1948, Lee played Dracula 17 times in his movie career.
Peter Cushing – okay, he usually played a vampire hunter, Lee’s nemesis, but worthy of mention.
Gary Oldman – 1992 – Francis Ford Coppola’s version of Bram Stoker’s tale.
Frank Langella – 1979 – excuse me, but… YUM !!!!
John Carradine – second only to Lee in the number of times he played a vampire, starting in the 1940’s.
George Hamilton – 1979 – Love at first Bite – a fun, silly, comedy!
Willem Dafoe – 2000 – Shadow of the Vampire
Tom Cruise – 1994 – Interview with a Vampire
Stuart Townsend – 2002 – Queen of the Damned
Richard Roxburgh – 2004 – Van Helsing
Wesley Snipes – half human, half bloodsucker in the Blade trilogy
Gerard Butler – 2000 -Wes Craven’s Dracula (all that thick dark hair!)
Jonathan Frid – 1970 – gothic soap opera – Dark Shadows
William Marshall – 1972 – Blackula
Party with the vamp dudes . . . today . . Right here!
Oh, and for the record, my vampire books, both on the light and dark sides are as follows:
Immortal Bad Boys antho – Kensington Brava
Vampire Lover – Nocturne Bites
Golden Vampire – Nocturne
Night Born – Nocturne Bites
Veronica and the Vampire – goofy, girlie fare
Guardian of the Night – Nocturne – coming in June 2012
Christmas with a Vampire antho – coming in December 2012
The Immortal – Nocturne – TBA
Cheers for now-