Vampire Bibliographica

‘sanguinis conjunctio benevolentia de-vincit homines et caritate’

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Vampire Bibliographica is the pet project and author page of author and general wordsmith, Carmen Dominique Taxer. All articles posted here are written by Carmen, unless specified otherwise.

When I was a little girl, I dreamt of vampires.

Never before has that line felt more appropriate. But what does it mean? When I was younger it meant that something was inherently wrong, a knotted psyche, a confused mind driven to sadism for amusement – a broken child that must be saved before it is too late.

“Too late for what?” You may ask. And to that I have no answers. It is a question which plagued me for over a decade. Why could I not love vampires in the liberation of my own preferences? Why must people glance sideways at me with concern, fear, and disgust? Had I opted for this? Was it a conscious decision on my part? I hardly think so. I don’t recall ever sitting by my book shelf, pondering what to read and actively deciding that I would prefer novels about blood drinkers over all others.

No. In fact, I recall quite clearly how I tried to stifle it. How it would sneak up on me and enthral me when I least expected it to, and my sub-conscious mind would recreate the vampire genre in my mind as I sat trying to ignore it. I would dream about vampires and wake up miserable that I could not shake the notion from me.

In short, I tried to squash the urge, I tried to shy from my nature, but it hounded me.

Now I choose to revel in it. And why not? In this society we embrace the vampire. We love him, adore him, make movies about him, write about him, and veritably wish him into our lives. Perhaps we even take it too far. But really, why fear something that has no basis in reality? Why be afraid of the urging within us that entices us to want that darkness?

It is a secure lust, a longing that will only lead to a surge of creativity, nothing more diabolical than that. Not the cataclysmic turn of events our parents expected when we were young.

When I was a little girl, I dreamt of vampires.

And I have done so every night since.

As vampire novelists, authors Richard T. Wheeler and Carmen Dominique Taxer have devoted a vast portion of their existences to the exploration of the vampire genre. This includes the implications that such a genre may have on real world ideals as well as human understanding and psychological stability. Their first book in a three-part trilogy, Bought in Blood, is currently published with Amazon.com and is intended to explore the literary vampire through the microscopic lens of what they refer to as ‘The Sangunem Emere Universe.’

Having revamped the series, “Nightfall on New Babylon,” the first in the new Sanguinem Emere series, is available through amazon.com

The intention behind Vampire Bibliographica is to give vampire enthusiasts a demesne in which to explore vampires, their origins, their future, and the genre they inhabit.

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  • ellie March 26, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Lovely, blog!

    • Lafaeyette March 26, 2013 at 8:12 am

      Thank you, Ellie 🙂

      • amanda= deafness November 11, 2014 at 3:09 am

        hello.

        • amanda= deafness November 11, 2014 at 3:10 am

          how are you?

        • amanda black November 22, 2014 at 8:30 pm

          hello?

          • Carmen Dominique January 4, 2015 at 1:24 am

            …Hello.

    • GREG July 23, 2014 at 10:41 am

      Thankyou! That was indubitably great! I recently had a dream a vampire bit me.

  • Inky Vampire April 9, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I concur. Both this being a nice blog and of being of the same sort of feelings on vampires (paranormal in general, really) Always nice to find others with similar longtime interests.

    • Lafaeyette April 9, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed it.

  • David Mattos April 30, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Que bacana adorei o site

    • Lafaeyette April 30, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      Thank you, David 🙂

  • IsaacsLaughing April 16, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Since you’ve reviewed Vampire Knight, a couple vampire mangas you might want to consider are Shiki and Crepuscule Yamchi. Both are more strictly horror genre than VK is and they both do it with clever handling of psychological tension.

    http://www.mangahere.com/manga/shiki/

    http://mangafox.me/manga/crepuscule_yamchi/

    • Carmen Dominique April 17, 2014 at 9:51 am

      I’ll look into them, thanks; )

  • Rozyve May 2, 2014 at 11:05 am

    I wonder what we love so much about vampires as opposed to other mythical creatures? For instance, I could only find 2 series on sirens. I could find them as minor characters in Charlene Harris type books but I am not fond of those kind of books. Mermaid books are hard to find for an adult audience and even harder to find slightly dark/gothic.

    We also hate to depict the werewolf as a maneater in modern fiction, for the most part. I feel if a werewolf does not eat human flesh its just a shapeshifter. At least Anne Rice had the decency to make her werewolves maneaters.

    I was having trouble with my comments getting through so forgive me if I am repeating myself but you could check out the Morganville Vampire series. http://www.rachelcaine.com/index.html

    When I read Morganville Vamps I thought they were good but I was a young teen so I may think differently of them now if I picked one up. Sadly I do not live near a public library currently so thank the dark gods I have internet access.

    The author Francesca Lia Block who I adore (you may have read Weetzie Bat as a teen), has written a vampire book called Pretty Dead but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. You should check out one of her books at your local library and see if you like her style.

    http://www.amazon.com/Pretty-Dead-Francesca-Lia-Block/dp/B003GAN43G/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1399020982&sr=1-1&keywords=Pretty+Dead

    • Carmen Dominique May 5, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      I will have to look into it some months in the future. For the moment, I am working exclusively on my own fiction writing and an encyclopedia of Ms Rice’s collected Vampire literature. But thanks for the suggestions. I will definitely bear them in mind for the future.

      • Hook in Mouth May 19, 2014 at 9:06 am

        Cool no problem. You have good insights into Anne’s books.

  • Aman July 27, 2014 at 7:12 am

    What Vampire are in fact ??????

    • Carmen Dominique July 27, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      Many if you know your history, and if I am understanding your burning question correctly.

  • william October 25, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    I would really love to read them !

  • Gemma October 25, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    I love your writing! It’s sophisticated and eloquent. I was wondering, do you any advice for young writers?

    And you should definitely follow Anne Rice’s advice and publish your collection of essays in a paperback. I’m sure a lot of people would gain a deeper understanding of our obsession with vampires.

    • Carmen Dominique October 26, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Thank you for the kind compliment, Gemma 🙂 Um, as far as advice is concerned, my only advice is to read until your brain hurts and write until you make yourself cry. If tears go into the making of a piece of literature, they will be induced in the reader as well.

  • abiodun October 29, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I have seen the different betwee vampires and the originals……

    • Carmen Dominique October 30, 2014 at 7:17 pm

      Mmhm

  • Fãye JR November 6, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Love Blog

  • hayley January 3, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    You guys think vamps are real REALY read this vamps are real because. They bite vamps are real because they fight vamps are real . and I really like the story was great and if you liked my poem just say like or vamps are real.

  • charlie jordanperry January 19, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    vampiers are really cool i love them so much more than werewolfs

  • M March 14, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    What are your views on, Marius…. Sweet Carmen.

    • Carmen Dominique March 14, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      …Where do I even begin?

  • Nancy Stornes March 15, 2015 at 1:27 am

    Awesome blog.

    • Carmen Dominique March 15, 2015 at 7:12 am

      I am very glad that you like it *smiles*