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The First Ones

Posted in Books 'n writers, General, Movies 'n series on 03/06/2011 by WickedGentleman

All vampire tales have their own legends. All the worlds have their own creators.

Long time no see, bloodsuckers… And I’m back from Disneyland to tell you a bit more about The Legend Of The First Ones. Or the Ones with no creator.

 

Anne Rice’s Akasha and Enkil

Akasha (or AkashAakaasháĀkāśa, आकाश) is the Sanskrit word meaning “aether” in both its elemental and metaphysical senses. The name may represent the basis and essence of all things in the material world, the smallest material element created from the astral world, the conception of the cosmos or the Fifth Element. A good name for the first vampire-devil on Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles.

As known as Those Who Must Be Kept, Akasha and Enkil are the progenitors of all vampires who are also regarded as the King and Queen of the Vampires. Originally King Enkil and Queen Akasha of Kemet (now Egypt circa 5,000 BC), became the first vampires when an evil spirit named Amel was able to enter the body of Akasha through a wound and fuse with her flesh. Akasha then turned Enkil into a vampire by drawing out nearly all of his blood and then allowing him to drink nearly all of hers. The term “Those Who Must Be Kept” was coined by the vampire Marius referring to the fact that what befalls Akasha and Enkil also befalls all vampires, if they are injured, so are their children, if they die, so do all vampires.

Actually their blood contains the real “thing”that must be kept, so the power of the first can be passed to others. They are so old that they remain seat and looking like real statues.

In the book The Vampire Lestat it is specifically spelled out that Enkil and Akasha were made into vampires at the same time by a demonic infusion but it is later explained in Queen of the Damned that Akasha made Enkil into a vampire, after she was first made by demonic infusion, in order to save him from the wounds inflicted upon him by citizens of Kemet. At numerous points in the canonical history of Rice’s books, Enkil rises from his throne to defend Akasha from being drained of her powerful blood. Marius rescues Lestat from being destroyed by Enkil after he rises and hits him away while he is drinking from Akasha, despite (or possibly because of) the fact that Akasha appears to have summoned Lestat to her. We see, then, that Enkil is not merely Akasha’s guardian and consort, but that he maintains his own will and emotions, including jealousy….

Akasha was pretty good played by Aaliyah, in the movie The Queen Of The Damned. The movie was sadly Aaliyah’s last big work, after that, she died in an airplane accident.

Vampire: The Masquerade’s Cain and Lilith

In the Hebrew Bible and in the game, Cain and Abel (Hebrew: קין ,הבל, HevelQayin) are two sons of Adam and Eve.

In the Greek New Testament, Cain is referred at least in one translation as “from the evil one”, while others have “of the evil one.” Some interpreters take this to mean that Cain was literally the son of the serpent in the Garden of Eden.  Cain is a crop farmer and his younger brother Abel is a shepherd. Cain is portrayed as sinful, committing the first murder by killing his brother, after God has rejected his offerings of produce but accepted the animal sacrifices brought by Abel. God declares that Cain must sacrifice his most beloved thing, that are not the plantations he has. Facing this declaration, Cain assassinates his own brother, that was supposed to be his most beloved thing. God judges this act as envy and condemns Cain into the eternal darkness with no pleasures and just pain.

Cain starts his journey through the dark world, unable to see the sun, to eat food and to touch the fire. He meets Lilith that is the first wife of Adam and mother of all demons .While in the Land of Nod she encounters another exile, Cain and offers him shelter. She awakens the power in him and is betrayed by Cain for her efforts, who, after leaving her, returns with his descendants to destroy her garden and slaughter her children.

The so-called Dark Mother was exiled from Eden before the creation of Eve, she was the first to taste the fruits of the tree of knowledge. Using her knowledge she created her own gardens, hoping to imitate Eden, she failed in her imitations and still longed for the paradise from which she had been exiled.

Worshiped by the Bahari & Lilitu, Lilith is said to impart her secrets to those who imitate her, choosing to challenge the established order and explore the limits of their own sensations.

The original Book of Nod did not have Lillith cursed in this way, it was her murdering Adam’s wife and children that got her cast out of the light of Eden’s garden, in subsequent books things may have been retconned for game purposes but it was not the original story.

The bulk of Cain’s history is covered in the Book of Nod, theErciyes Fragments, the Lilithian, and the Luciferian. These books conflict on Cain’s motives, but all agree he killed his brotherAbel. Days of Fire describes how Caine gave himself a “gift,” and the gift was delusion. Using this gift, he thought he killed Abel in an act of love when it was really an act of hate. He used this gift to make pride out of shame, which resulted in being outcasted.

Hellsing’s Alucard

Volume 8 presents flashbacks of when he was human. Dracula starts his career by fighting the Ottomans, believing that God does not reward prayer, but instead wants mortals to show their faith visibly. However, when his army is defeated and he is about to be executed, Vlad gives up on God, thinking that God deserted him and so turns his back to God in turn. It is not explicitly shown or stated how he became a vampire, but in one scene he drinks blood from the floor in front of an executioner.


The series mentions the events of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but deviates at the point of Dracula’s defeat. In Hellsing, he was staked in the heart but not destroyed. It is unknown if he was forced into servitude or was willing, but he became a servant of the Van Helsing family. He, along with a young Walter C. Dornez, were sent to Warsaw, Poland to stop Millennium’s vampire production program.

The Vampyre’s Lord Ruthven

Lord Ruthven appeared as the titular character in the 1819 short story The Vampyre. This had been written in 1816 by Dr. John William Polidori, another acquaintance of Byron’s. It was published in the April 1819 edition of The New Monthly Magazine. The publishers falsely attributed the authorship to Byron. Both Byron and Polidori disputed this attribution.

In the story, a young Englishman Aubrey meets Lord Ruthven, a man of mysterious origins who has entered London society. Aubrey accompanies Ruthven to Rome, but leaves him after Ruthven seduces the daughter of a mutual acquaintance. Aubrey travels to Greece where he becomes attracted to Ianthe, an innkeeper’s daughter. Ianthe tells Aubrey about the legends of the vampire. Ruthven arrives at the scene and shortly thereafter Ianthe is killed by a vampire. Aubrey does not connect Ruthven with the murder and rejoins him in his travels. The pair are attacked by bandits and Ruthven is mortally wounded. Before he dies, Ruthven makes Aubrey swear an oath that he will not mention his death or anything else he knows about Ruthven for a year and a day. Looking back, Aubrey realizes that everyone who Ruthven met ended up suffering.

Aubrey returns to London and is amazed when Ruthven appears shortly thereafter, once again alive. Ruthven reminds Aubrey of his oath to keep his death a secret. Ruthven then begins to seduce Aubrey’s sister while Aubrey, helpless to protect his sister, has a nervous breakdown. Ruthven and Aubrey’s sister are engaged to marry on the day the oath ends. Aubrey writes a letter to his sister revealing Ruthven’s history and dies. The letter does not arrive in time. Ruthven marries Aubrey’s sister, kills her on their wedding night, and escapes. His character is one typical vampire. His character is alluring and sexual, but is also linked with horror and supernatural terror.

 

 

Well little bats, thats all for today. Thank you for commenting and reading.

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Abraham Van Helsing

Posted in Books 'n writers, General, Movies 'n series, Myths x Science on 07/21/2010 by WickedGentleman

I’m back from the dead, my beloved blood suckers.

And today I bring you some information about Van Helsing… There are a lot of vampire legends in the world, and also a lot of people who hunt those vampires.

Dracula got his own hunter, maybe so famous as he is, Professor Abraham Van Helsing is, probably, the most famous vampire hunter in the whole world.

Created by Bram Stoker, Van Helsing is a Dutch doctor with a wide range of interests and accomplishments, partly attested by the string of letters that follows his name: “M.D., D.Ph., D.Litt., etc.”

In the novel, Van Helsing is called in by his former student, Dr. John Seward, to assist with the mysterious illness of Lucy Westenra. Van Helsing’s friendship with Seward is based in part upon an unknown prior event in which Van Helsing suffered a grievous wound and Seward saved his life by sucking out the gangrene. It is Van Helsing who first realizes that Lucy is the victim of a vampire and he guides Dr. Seward and his friends in their efforts to save Lucy. Van Helsing also appears in the Dracula 2000 Movie and in the The Tomb of Dracula Marvel Comics series, which was based on the characters of Bram Stoker’s novel, but the chronology slightly differs from Bram Stoker’s.

Abraham Van Helsing opened the doors to the creators, and, based on his existence, the other movie directors, writes, artists and producers created thousand of new vampire hunters.

It looks like any famous vampire in the world has his own hunter, except Edward Cullen. Even Lestat has the Talamasca (nor really hunters) to annoy him.

Based on Dracula, Nosferatu is another classic vampire. His hunter is named Professor Bulwer and appears only in a few scenes.

The Hammer movies had created a lot of versions to Van Helsing, sometimes with the same name. One of them is  J. Van Helsing, as seen in The Brides of Dracula. In the series of Hammer Dracula films set in the 1970s, the character of Van Helsing is named Lawrence Van Helsing and is seen in the prologue (set in 1872) of Dracula AD 1972. These movies had Dracula being resurrected in the 1970s only to meet Lawrence’s grandson, Lorrimar Van Helsing, a “different” vampire hunter.

In 2004 Van Helsing became a movie. Hugh Jackman played Gabriel Van Helsing, the eponymous hero of Van Helsing, loosely based on Bram Stoker’s character. The name was changed from “Abraham” to “Gabriel” for two reasons: because the writer/director/producer, Stephen Sommers, did not feel that “Abraham” was an appropriate name for an action hero, and because Universal wanted copyright privileges to the character. The name change is accounted for in the story of the film, in which it is implied that Gabriel Van Helsing is actually the Archangel Gabriel in human form. Gabriel hunts monsters for the Catholic Church, and in the movie is sent to Transylvania to kill Count Dracula. When he arrives, Dracula tells Gabriel that they have already met and have quite a history together.

Normally, the hunters are associated with the church, but this is a Bram Stoker’s stigma.

Abraham Van Helsing has also made a cameo appearance in the Japanese manga Hellsing. The first time he appeared in one of Alucard´s dreams, Van Helsing made many allusions to Dracula when referring to Alucard e.g. “So what are you going to do now, No Life King?”. At the end of this dream, Alucard seems to cry blood. The second time Van Helsing appeared as a silhouette after Alucard transforms into the “Count”, this last one is the most direct reference to the novel in the manga, since this time besides Van Helsing, Alucard mentions Quincey Morris, Arthur Holmwood and Dr. Seward, although, mysteriously, not Jonathan Harker. He appeared for a third time in a flashback showing Alucard’s previous deaths. In the manga series, Alucard’s Master is called Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, and she owns an organization with her own name, Hellsing.

Name apparitions:

Comics

  • The comic book series, The Tomb of Dracula featured Rachel van Helsing, granddaughter of Abraham, as a major member of the principal hunters. Minor characters were Abraham’s wife Elizabeth and his brother Boris.
  • In the manga and anime, Hellsing, modern day descendant Integra Hellsing leads a British government strike force against supernatural menaces. The story also includes her father Arthur and uncle Richard.
  • The DC comic Night Force features Abraham’s granddaughter Vanessa Van Helsing.
  • Sword of Dracula is a comic book with Veronica “Ronnie” Van Helsing.
  • Helsing (not to be confused with Hellsing) is a Caliber Comics title about a Samantha Helsing and a John Van Helsing.
  • The Vampirella comic books feature father-son vampire hunters Conrad and Adam van Helsing.

Movies

  • Dracula 3000 features Captain Abraham Van Helsing (played by Casper Van Dien), a descendent of the original Van Helsing and the captain of a spacefaring salvage ship. A twist is that this Van Helsing is killed unceremoniously by Dracula mid-film.
  • Hammer Films’ Dracula series features a whole dynasty of Van Helsings: “J.” (equivalent to Abraham); Lawrence, older than J., relationship unspecified; J.’s son Leyland, Lawrence’s grandson Lorrimar, and Lorrimar’s granddaughter Jessica. Peter Cushing played J. in Horror of Dracula (1958), The Brides of Dracula (1960). Lawrence in a brief opening segment of Dracula AD 1972 (1972), and Lorrimar in Dracula AD 1972, The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1974) and The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974); Robin Stewart played Leyland in The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires; and Jessica was played first by Stephanie Beacham in Dracula AD 1972, then by Joanna Lumley in The Satanic Rites of Dracula.
  • In the Disney movie Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire, Malachi Van Helsing is hunting the vampire Dimitri, who is preying on the mother of the main characters.
  • In the comedy movie Love at First Bite, Dracula falls in love, and Jeffrey Rosenberg, grandson of Fritz Van Helsing tries to kill him.
  • 2004 direct to video film The Adventures of Young Van Helsing depicts Abraham Van Helsing’s great grand son Michael saving the world from Simon Magus.
  • The 2006 film Bram Stoker’s Dracula’s Curse features a character named Jacob Van Helsing, who is inferred to be a descendant of the original Van Helsing, although this is never actually stated outright.
  • 2004 film Van Helsing starring Hugh Jackman as Gabriel Van Helsing.
  • 2005 film Way of the Vampire starring Rhett Glies as Dr. Abraham Van Helsing.[2]
  • 2009 film Stan Helsing is a satire comedic film revolving around the descendant of Abraham Van Helsing.

Television

  • A humorous British TV series, Young Dracula, featured Mr. Eric Van Helsing — presumably the descendant of his more famous predecessor, though with none of his competence — trying to exterminate Count Dracula and his children, who had been chased out of Transylvania by an angry mob and were now living in rural Wales. Eric lives in a travel trailer with his son Jonathan. There are also references made to previous Van Helsing vampire slayers, such as Manly, Porphyria, Abraham III and Norris.
  • The 2009 ITV series Demons follows a modern-day teenage descendant of Van Helsing.
  • In Tales of the Slayer story “House of the Vampire”, part of an unofficial series of short stories based on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Peter Van Helsing (cousin to Abraham) is a Watcher (an advisor and trainer of vampire Slayers.) Within the Buffy canon, Dracula is a real vampire but a charlatan and Van Helsing is unmentioned.
  • The TV series Angel (TV series), a spin off of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV series) following the exploits of Buffy Summers’s vampire paramour Angel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) prominently features a 18th century human vampire-hunting antagonist, based on Van Helsing and named Daniel Holtz who relentlessly tracks Angel across Europe in order to avenge the death of his wife and children.

Books and Stories

  • The short story Abraham’s Boys by Joe Hill is about the retired Abraham Van Helsing and his two sons, and how he passes along his knowledge to them. The story is included in the anthology The many faces of Van Helsing.
  • The short story “Immortal Hunters” by Suz deMello features John Van Helsing as a reluctant vampire.
  • According to The Vampire Hunter’s Handbook, Abraham was not the first Van Helsing to encounter vampires. The book is supposedly written by Raphael Van Helsing in the eighteenth century. It has also been prequeled by The Demon Hunter’s Handbook by Abelard Van Helsing (sixteenth century) and The Dragon Hunter’s Handbook by Adelia Vin Helsin (fourteenth century). The supposed writers refer to each other (in the cases where it makes sense) and other Van Helsings.
  • Similar to the above mentioned handbooks is Vampyre: The Terrifying Lost Journal which is written by Mary-Jane Knight but credited to dr Cornelius Van Helsing. The book implies that Cornelius is the brother of Abraham.
  • Young Dracula by Michael Lawrence mentions a farmer named Dweeb van Helsing.

Audiobooks

  • Faith – The Van Helsing Chronicles is a German series of audiobooks by Simeon Hrissonmallis.[3] The main character is Faith van Helsing, daughter of Adam and Melissa van Helsing. Other van Helsings mentioned include Michael, John and Samuel.
Be carefull Dracula… He is right behind you.

Vampire Poetry

Posted in Books 'n writers on 06/10/2010 by WickedGentleman

Hey bloodsuckers.

Today I’ll show you some vampire poetry. There are many many many writers that use vampire as their main theme… And also poets. Charles Baudelaire… Actually my favorite one, wrote “Le Vampire” on the year ov 1857 on his collection “Les Fleurs Du Mal”.

Charles Pierre Baudelaire was born in Paris, France in 1821. He published in1857 his first and most famous volume of poems, Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil), originally titled Les Limbes. In this volume, you can find a poem named “Le Vampire“:

Le Vampire
Toi qui, comme un coup de couteau,
Dans mon coeur plaintif es entrée;
Toi qui, forte comme un troupeau
De démons, vins, folle et parée,
De mon esprit humilié
Faire ton lit et ton domaine;
— Infâme à qui je suis lié
Comme le forçat à la chaîne,
Comme au jeu le joueur têtu,
Comme à la bouteille l’ivrogne,
Comme aux vermines la charogne
— Maudite, maudite sois-tu!
J’ai prié le glaive rapide
De conquérir ma liberté,
Et j’ai dit au poison perfide
De secourir ma lâcheté.
Hélas! le poison et le glaive
M’ont pris en dédain et m’ont dit:
«Tu n’es pas digne qu’on t’enlève
À ton esclavage maudit,
Imbécile! — de son empire
Si nos efforts te délivraient,
Tes baisers ressusciteraient
Le cadavre de ton vampire!»
Charles Baudelaire

The Vampire

You who, like the stab of a knife,
Entered my plaintive heart;
You who, strong as a herd
Of demons, came, ardent and adorned,

To make your bed and your domain
Of my humiliated mind
— Infamous bitch to whom I’m bound
Like the convict to his chain,

Like the stubborn gambler to the game,
Like the drunkard to his wine,
Like the maggots to the corpse,
— Accurst, accurst be you!

I begged the swift poniard
To gain for me my liberty,
I asked perfidious poison
To give aid to my cowardice.

Alas! both poison and the knife
Contemptuously said to me:
“You do not deserve to be freed
From your accursed slavery,

Fool! — if from her domination
Our efforts could deliver you,
Your kisses would resuscitate
The cadaver of your vampire!”

— Translated by: William Aggeler, The Flowers of Evil (Fresno, CA: Academy Library Guild, 1954)

Oh well, the text is pretty beautiful.

So… In 1857, Baudelaire wrote another one named “Metamorphisis of a Vampire“:

“When she drained me of my very marrow, and cold
And weak, I turned to give her one more kiss-behold,
There at my side was nothing but a hideous
Putrescent thing, all faceless and exuding pus.”

-Fragment of Metamorphosis of a Vampire” – Charles Baudelaire

Our next one was wrotten in 1748 by Heinrich August Ossenfelder. He brought up one of the first works of art to touch upon the subject is the short German poem Der Vampir (The Vampire), where the theme already has strong erotic overtones: a man whose love is rejected by a respectable and pious maiden threatens to pay her a nightly visit, drink her blood by giving her the seductive kiss of the vampire and thus prove her that his teaching is better than her mother’s Christianity.

Der Vampir
Mein liebes Mägdchen glaubet
Beständig steif und feste,
An die gegebnen Lehren
Der immer frommen Mutter;
Als Völker an der Theyse
An tödtliche Vampiere
Heyduckisch feste glauben.
Nun warte nur Christianchen,
Du willst mich gar nicht lieben;
Ich will mich an dir rächen,
Und heute in Tockayer
Zu einem Vampir trinken.
Und wenn du sanfte schlummerst,
Von deinen schönen Wangen
Den frischen Purpur saugen.
Alsdenn wirst du erschrecken,
Wenn ich dich werde küssen
Und als ein Vampir küssen:
Wenn du dann recht erzitterst
Und matt in meine Arme,
Gleich einer Todten sinkest
Alsdenn will ich dich fragen,
Sind meine Lehren besser,
Als deiner guten Mutter?
– Heinrich August Ossenfelder

The Vampire

My dear young maiden clingeth
Unbending, fast and firm
To all the long-held teaching
Of a mother ever true;
As in vampires unmortal
Folk on the Theyse’s portal
Heyduck-like do believe.
But my Christine thou dost dally,
And wilt my loving parry
Till I myself avenging
To a vampire’s health a-drinking
Him toast in pale tockay.

And as softly thou art sleeping
To thee shall I come creeping
And thy life’s blood drain away.
And so shalt thou be trembling
For thus shall I be kissing
And death’s threshold thou’ it be crossing
With fear, in my cold arms.
And last shall I thee question
Compared to such instruction
What are a mother’s charms?

Furthermore, there have been a number of tales about a dead person returning from the grave to visit his/her beloved or spouse and bring them death in one way or another, the narrative poem Lenore (1773) by Gottfried August Bürger being a notable 18th century example.

“Loud snorted the horse as he plunged and reared,
And the sparks were scattered round: –
What man shall say if he vanished away,
Or sank in the gaping ground?
Groans from the earth and shrieks in the air!
Howling and wailing everywhere!
Half dead, half living, the soul of Lenore
Fought as it never had fought before.”

-Gottfried August Bürger

One of Gottfried’s lines in Lenore poem is Denn die Toten reiten schnell (“For the dead travel fast”) and it was to be quoted in Bram Stoker’s classic Dracula.

n the carriage, Harker notes:
As he spoke he smiled,and the lamplight fell on a hard-looking mouth, with very red lips and sharp-looking teeth, as white as ivory. One of my companions whispered to another the line from Burger’s “Lenore”.

“Denn die Todten reiten Schnell.”
(“For the dead travel fast.”)”
-Bram Stoker’s Dracula

A later German poem exploring the same subject with a prominent vampiric element was The Bride of Corinth (1797) by Goethe,

a story about a young woman who returns from the grave to seek her betrothed:

“From my grave to wander I am forced
Still to seek the God’s long server’d link,
Still to love the bridegroom I have lost,
And the lifeblood of his heart to drink.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Another one from Goethe is “Skeleton Dance”, which is not really about vampires, but undeads, that’s why I’m not going to mention it here. So, now Robert Southey He was born on August 12th 1774 and was an English poet of the Romantic school, one of the so-called “Lake Poets”, and Poet Laureate for 30 years from 1813 to his death in 1843. He wrote in 1081 the poem named

Thalaba the Destroyer“:

“Her very lineaments,..and such as death
Had changed them, livid cheeks, and lips of blue;
But in her eyes there dwelt
Brightness more terrible
Than all the loathsomeness of death.
“Still art thou living, wretch?”
In hollow tones she cried to Thalaba;
“And must I nightly leave my grave
To tell thee, still in vain,
God hath abandon’d thee?”

-Robert Southey

Let us not forget Lord Byron! Oh yeah, his name is almost as cool as Vlad III, The Impaler (OH GOD.) Byron wrote in his epic poem The Giaour (1813) the traditional folkloric conception of the vampire as a being damned to suck the blood and destroy the life of its nearest relations:

But first, on earth as vampire sent,
Thy corse shall from its tomb be rent:
Then ghastly haunt thy native place,
And suck the blood of all thy race;
There from thy daughter, sister, wife,
At midnight drain the stream of life;
Yet loathe the banquet which perforce
Must feed thy livid living corse:
Thy victims ere they yet expire
Shall know the demon for their sire,
As cursing thee, thou cursing them,
Thy flowers are withered on the stem.
-Lord Byron

John Stagg wrote on 1810 the poem (with prose and poetry) “The Vampire“. It begins with and argument first and ends with poetry. That said, it belongs just as well in the prose story section since it features a dialogue format and basically tells the story of vampires crawling into bed with friends and sucking them dry, which then creates another vampire. There’s a lot of poems named “The vampire”. Writers like James Maxwell, Owen Meredith, Rudyard Kipling and many many others. There is also a lot of vampire poetry around the centuries, I can keep talking the whole day, but I’ll just live it to you. You can find the poem called “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” (1850) and “Lamia“(1819), both wrotten by John Keats, and also a lot of modern poetry, all over internet, you just need to google it. As I already did, here goes some of the new modern vampire poetry to you:

Dream’s End

Fly, little vampire, through the night
You think you control the wind you ride
Go, vampire, bring fear and fright
You think you’re a god in your foolish pride

But immortality’s just a vampire’s dream
Never I’ll rest before you’re gone
Your blood will flow in an endless stream
The dream will be over when I’m done.

-Solinquair, 1996

I hope you liked it. ’till next time.

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Lestat Himself.

Posted in Books 'n writers on 05/20/2010 by WickedGentleman

Hey you all,

Today I’ll show you a bit about Vampire Lestat’s life. He’s the most beautifull and sexy vampire in the whole world… (And also my favourite one.)

If Anne Rice could read this, for God’s sake, YOU MADE AN AMAZING WORK!

Vell then… Let us begin… And don’t forget to click follow on you twitter! (@vampirewords)

According to Rice herself, the character of Lestat was largely inspired by her husband, the poet and artist Stan Rice (and I would love to know him, I also like his works.) and shared his blond hair and birth date of November 7. So, Lestat’s zodiac sign is Scorpio. Wondering that, I found in cafeastrology the explanation:

“Scorpios are known for their intensity. They are determined folk that absolutely throw themselves into whatever they do — but getting them to commit to something is rarely an easy task. In fact, it’s better not to even try to “get them” to do anything. Solar Scorpios absolutely have their own mind. And, their primary motivation is unlikely to be prestige, or even authority — it’s real power.

(…)

Scorpio isn’t afraid of getting their hands (their bodies, their minds) dirty. The darker side of life intrigues them, and they’re always ready to investigate.(…)

They simply never give up. They have tremendous staying power and are not in the slightest intimidated by anybody or anything. Confrontations are not a problem. In fact, talk to any Scorpio about their lives, and you’ll probably be in awe at all they’ve gone through. Trauma seems to follow them wherever they go.”

So what do you think? Oh yeah, characters can have real personalities too. In a 2003 interview, Rice noted that the character had also taken on some of her own attributes, stating “Stan was Lestat; he was the inspiration. Perhaps it is best to say Lestat was Stan and me. He was Stan and what Stan taught me. Lestat was inspired by Stan, and then I became Lestat.” The name ‘Lestat’ was a misspelling of “Lestan,” which Rice believed to be an old French name. According to the characters themselves, who discuss the issue in Blackwood Farm, Blood Canticle and Memnoch the Devil, the name is pronounced “les-dot” “with a rather French flair.”

Lestat describes himself as six feet tall. He has blond hair that is not quite shoulder length, and that is rather curly, which sometimes appears white under fluorescent lighting. His eyes are gray, but they absorb the colors of blue or violet easily from surfaces around them. He has a short narrow nose,and a mouth that is well shaped, but has always been slightly large for his face. His mouth can look very mean or extremely generous, but always sensual. He has a continuously animated face. Lestat’s fingernails look like they are made of glass. Because of his boldness, enthusiasm, and defiance, Lestat’s seniors refer to him affectionately as “the Brat Prince”, a title of which he is very fond. He is very vain and concerned with fashion, and will pause mid-narrative to remind the reader what he is wearing. And this can be really boring, believe me. You just try to read Memnoch the Devil… It begins JUST like that.

Lestat’s full name is Lestat de Lioncourt and speaks French but writes his novels in English… He has an amazing beautiful french accent, and I would marry anyone with this sweet accent. By the way, he shows himself as a bisexual, and has male and female lovers as both a vampire and a mortal. He is attracted to whoever most interests him at the time. Most of his early experiences are with male companions; he himself explains this by saying the women in previous centuries simply weren’t as interesting as men. Later in the series, Lestat offhandedly mentions that he is frightened of women and finds them extremely and egregiously distracting. I’m a girl, so, I would have double problems to attract him.

As a vampire, Lestat’s abilities include telepathy, superhuman strength, and resilience. After receiving blood from several ancient vampires, including Magnus, Marius de Romanus and Akasha, Lestat’s strength increases dramatically, and allows him to fly, perform feats of telekinesis and pyrokinesis, and survive exposure to the sun.

I’m not going to post his long story here, because of the spoilers, AND, because, if you’ve alreadry read hios books, you know all the story. Anyway he was born on November 7, 1760, as the seventh son of the marquis d’Auvergne in the Auvergne region of France. Prodded by Gabrielle (his mother), he eventually leaves Auvergne with friend and lover Nicolas and heads for Paris, intending to become an actor. During performances, he attracts the attention of an ancient vampire named Magnus (see? NOT Marius.) who later abducts him and transforms him into a vampire.

(Yeah, we’re all possessive too, Louis. Don’t worry, no one is going to steal him from you… Maybe… Ok, I would. – Click to enlarge.)

He’s always in love. With a lot of characters. Louis, Akasha, Marius, Nicholas, David and many many others. Lestat is the most amazing vampire in the world, so famous as the new born Edward Cullen, his books are also full of love and drama. Unlike Twilight series, Vampire Lestat’s love is full of blood and some beautiful narratives of sex.

His books are almost so famous as the Count Dracula’s (by Bram Storker) book. Lestat is the second most commercial vampire of the world. Anne Rice had suspended his books for a while, but now, they are back and with a new book cover.

Some bands had produced musics for Lestat’s band, at the Queen Of the Damned movie. My favourite is “Forsaken” made by the band “Disturbed”.

“You see I can not be forsaken.

(…)

Must we hide from everyone?

I’m over it

Why can’t we be together and erase it?

Sleeping so long, taking of the mask

At last, I see…”

I like the song. And it looks very “Lestat”. For the Marilyn Manson’s fans, check out the song “Redeemer” made by Manson himself. Well… I think that, if Lestat was really going to have a rock band, it would be HIM and he would look like Velle Valo with a blond hair… Eheheh 😀

There are a lot of people who believe that Marius was Lestat’s creator, and THIS IS WORNG. Read “Vampire Lestat” book, and you’ll find the truth. The name of his creator is Magnus, an ancient vampire. Magnus chooses Lestat and gives him no choice instead death or becoming a vampire. And he says it a lot on the “Interview of The Vampire” movie… “I’ll give you the choice I never had.”

Tom Cruise interprets Lestat de Lioncourt on the “Interview Of The Vampire” (1994). About eight years later Stuart Townsend brought the character back to life on the “Queen Of the Damned” movie, with his famous sentence to the ancient vampires “Come out, come out. Wherever you are.”

The Queen of the Damned movie brings up a wrong information about Lestat’s life. As I was saying before, this movie shows Marius as Lestat creator, and I say again that THIS IS WORNG!

Lestat de Lioncourt is now not only a famous vampire but a sexy symbol, and if he really existed, he would the lover of the whole world.

(made by: Eeba-ism)

You can find some fanarts here and here. Ans visit the Anne Rice post for more info.

Anne Rice

Posted in Books 'n writers on 04/15/2010 by WickedGentleman

Hello,

Today I’m going to talk about my favourite book writter, Anne Rice. She is the creator of the second most famous vampire of the world, Lestat de Lioncourt. Talking about vampire books, she  IS STILL the second on the list of the biggest vampire writters of the world, by now she decaying to the third place, being slowly overpassed by Stephenie Meyer and the Twilight Series for 100 million of copies against 42 millions…. Anne is now dedicating her life to create religious books.

(She looks great)

Anne Rice (Birth name Howard Allen O’Brien) was born on October 4, 1941. She was married to the poet and painter Stan Rice for 41 years until his death from cancer in 2002. Her books have sold nearly 100 million copies, making her one of the most widely read authors in modern history.

Rice spent most of her early life in Now Orleans, Louisiana which forms the background against which most of her stories take place. She was the second daughter in a Catholic Irish-American family. Rice’s sister, the late Alice Borchardt, also became a noted genre author. About her unusual given name, Rice said: “My birth name is Howard Allen because apparently my mother thought it was a good idea to name me Howard. My father’s name was Howard, she wanted to name me after Howard, and she thought it was a very interesting thing to do.”

Rice became “Anne” on her first day of school, when a nun asked her what her name was. She told the nun “Anne,” considering it a pretty name. Her mother, who was with her, let it go without correcting her, knowing how self-conscious her daughter was of her real name. From that day on, everyone she knew addressed her as “Anne.”

Rice graduated from Richardson High School, in 1959, to attend Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas and later North Texas State College. After a year’s stay in San Francisco, during which she worked as an insurance claims examiner, Anne returned to Denton, Texas to marry Stan Rice, her childhood sweetheart. Stan became an instructor at San Francisco State shortly after receiving his M.A. there, and Anne lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1962 to 1988, experiencing the birth of the Hippie Revolution first hand as they lived in the soon to be fabled Haight-Ashbury district. Both attended and graduated from San Francisco State University.

Anne’s daughter Michele was born on September 21, 1966 and died of leukemia on August 5, 1972. She returned to the Catholic Church in 1998 after several years of describing herself as an atheist. She announced she would now use her life and talent of writing to glorify her belief in God, but has not expressly renounced her earlier works. Her son Christopher Rice was born in Berkeley, California in 1978 and is an author.

On January 30, 2004, having already put the largest of her three homes up for sale, Rice announced her plans to leave New Orleans. She cited living alone since the death of her husband as the reason. “Simplifying my life, not owning so much, that’s the chief goal”, said Rice. “I’ll no longer be a citizen of New Orleans in the true sense.” Rice had left New Orleans prior to the events of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, and none of her former New Orleans properties were flooded. She remains a vocal advocate for the city and related relief projects.

After leaving New Orleans Rice settled in Rancho Mirage, California, allowing her to be closer to her son, who lives in Los Angeles.

In 1958, when Rice was 16, her father moved the family to north Texas, taking up residence in Richardson. Her mother had died three years before of alcoholism. Rice met her future husband while they were both students at Richardson High School. “I’m a totally conservative person,” she later told the New York Times (November 7, 1988). “In the middle of Haight-Ashbury in the 1960s, I was typing away while everybody was dropping acid and smoking grass. I was known as my own square.” She would not return to New Orleans until 1989. She completed her first book, Interview with the Vampire, in 1973 and published it in 1976. This book would be the first in Rice’s popular Vampire Chronicles series, which now includes over a dozen novels, including 1985’s The Vampire Lestat and 1988’s The Queen of the Damned. Along with several non-series works, Rice has written three novels in the Lives of the Mayfair Witches sequence. Additionally, Rice wrote three erotic novels under the pseudonym “A. N. Roquelaure.”

In October 2004, Rice announced in a Newsweek article that she would henceforth “write only for the Lord.” Her subsequent book, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, she calls the beginning of a series chronicling the life of Jesus. The second volume, Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana, was published in March 2008.

In 1994, Neil Jordan directed a relatively faithful motion picture adaptation of Interview with the Vampire, from Rice’s own screenplay. The movie starred Tom Cruise as Lestat, Brad Pitt as the guilt-ridden Louis, Antonio Banderas as the beautiful vampire Armand and was a breakout role for young Kirsten Dunst as the deceitful child vampire Claudia.

A second film adaptation, The Queen of the Damned, was released in 2002. Starring Stuart Townsend as the vampire Lestat and singer Aaliyah as Akasha, Queen of the Vampires, the movie combined incidents from the second and third books in the series: The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned. Produced on a budget of $35 million, the film only recouped $30 million at the domestic(US) box office.

A 1994 film titled Exit to Eden, based loosely on the book Rice published as Anne Rampling, starred Rosie O’Donnell and Dan Aykroyd. The work transformed from a love story into a police comedy, possibly due to the explicit S&M themes of the book. The film was a box office flop.

A film version of Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt was planned but, sadly later cancelled.

In 1997 she wrote a television pilot entitled Rag and Bone starring Dean Cain and Robert Patrick, which featured many of the common themes of her work.

The Feast of All Saints was made into a miniseries in 2001 by director Peter Medak.

Plans to adapt Rice’s Lives of the Mayfair Witches trilogy into a twelve-hour miniseries to be aired on NBC were dropped after a change of studio head and subsequent loss of interest in the project.

In 1997, there was a ballet adaptation of Interview with the Vampire, which premiered in Prague.

On April 25, 2006, the musical Lestat, based on Rice’s Vampire Chronicles books, opened at the Palace Theatre on Broadway after having its world premiere in San Francisco, California in December 2005. With music by Elton John and lyrics by Bernie Taupin, it was the inaugural production of the newly established Warner Brothers Theatre Ventures.

Despite Rice’s own overwhelming approval and praise, the show received mostly poor reviews by critics and disappointing attendance. Lestat closed a month later on May 28, 2006, after just 33 previews and 39 regular performances.

There are also a lot of comic books inspired on Rice’s novels, they are listed bellow:

  • Anne Rice’s The Mummy or Ramses the Damned #1-12 by Millennium Comics (1990)
  • Anne Rice’s Interview with the vampire #1-12 by Innovation Comics (1992)
  • Anne Rice’s Queen of the Damned #1-6 by Innovation Comics (1991)
  • Anne Rice’s The Tale of the Body Thief #1-12 by Sicilian Dragon (1999)
  • Anne Rice’s The Vampire Companion #1-3 by Innovation Comics (1991)
  • Anne Rice’s Vampire Lestat #1-14 by Innovation Comics (1990)
  • Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour #1-5 by Millennium Publishing (1992)

Rice has an adamant stance against fan fiction based on her work, releasing a statement on April 7, 2000, that prohibited all such efforts. This caused the removal of thousands of “fanfics” from the FanFiction.Net website. But the internet is always big and you still can find some of them. I sugest Live Journal and Dany&Dany.

Vampire Chronicles Fanart By Claudiakat (Click to enlarge)

There are also a lot of songs based on her stories, including Cradle of Filth’s Count Lestat, and others like the metalcore band Atreyu declares in the song “The Crimson,” “I’m an Anne Rice novel come to life.” An Italian band called Theatres des Vampires is named after a location featured in several books of The Vampire Chronicles. Their 1999 album is called The Vampire Chronicles. Malice Mizer, a Japanese rock band based heavily on French culture, uses the phrase “Drink from me and live forever” in their song “Transylvania.” “Drink from me and live forever” is a phrase from the first book Interview With the Vampire. Psytrance project Talamasca was named after the secret society in both the Vampire chronicles and the Mayfair Witches series. This is a solo project by the French musician Cedric Dassulle, which also calls himself DJ Lestat. Japanese visual kei rock band Versailles first album, Noble, is subtitled “Vampires Chronicle.” Furthermore, the sixth song is entitled “After Cloudia“, insinuating a relationship with Claudia from the series. The lead singer, Kamijo has stated he models himself after Rice’s character, Lestat de Lioncourt. The band Disturbed made the song Forsaken, that with Marilyn Manson’s Redeemer were sang by the Vampire Lastat on the movie Queen of Damned.

Her books are listed bellow:

This is how the real vampires look like.

The Vampire Chronicles

  • Interview with the Vampire (1976)
  • The Vampire Lestat (1985)
  • The Queen of the Damned (1988)
  • The Tale of the Body Thief (1992)
  • Memnoch the Devil (1995)
  • The Vampire Armand (1998)
  • Merrick (2000)
  • Blood and Gold (2001)
  • Blackwood Farm (2002)
  • Blood Canticle (2003)

New Tales of the Vampires

  • Pandora (1998)
  • Vittorio the Vampire (1999)

The Lives of the Mayfair Witches

  • The Witching Hour (1990)
  • Lasher (1993)
  • Taltos (1994)

Vampire/Mayfair crossover

In these novels the Mayfair Witches become part of the Vampire Chronicles world.

  • Merrick (2000)
  • Blackwood Farm (2002)
  • Blood Canticle (2003)

The Life of Christ

  • Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt (2005)
  • Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana (2008)
  • Christ the Lord: The Kingdom of Heaven (date not announced)

Songs of the Seraphim

  • Angel Time (October 2009)

Miscellaneous novels

  • The Feast of All Saints (1979)
  • Cry to Heaven (1982)
  • The Mummy (1989)
  • Servant of the Bones (1996)
  • Violin (1997)

Short fiction

  • October 4, 1948 (1965)
  • Nicholas and Jean (first ch. 1966)
  • The Master of Rampling Gate (Vampire Short Story) (1982)

Non-fiction

  • Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession (2008) (autobiographical)

Under the pseudonym Anne Rampling

  • Exit to Eden (1985)
  • Belinda (1986)

Under the pseudonym A.N. Roquelaure

  • The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (1983)
  • Beauty’s Punishment (1984)
  • Beauty’s Release (1985)

In the US is possible to find a lot of Anne Rice’s fanclubs and book conventions.

The coolest vampire lestat quotes:

“I’m the vampire Lestat. Remember me? The vampire who became a super rock star, the one who wrote the autobiography? The one with the blond hair and the grey, and the insatiable desire for visibility and fame? You remember…”

“…I hated the fact only extreme pain in me could ever wring from her the slightest warmth or interest.”

“…And what constitutes evil, real evil, is the taking of a single human life. Whether a man would die tomorrow or the day after or eventually… it doesn’t matter. Because if God does not exist, then life… every second of it… Is all we have.” – Louis

“And she had been awakened, she had risen That music of yours could wake the dead. I’d done it again.”

“Finally those you love are simply… those you love.”

“I will be the Vampire Lestat for all to see. A symbol, a freak of nature – something loved, something despised, all of those things. I tell you I can’t give it up. I can’t miss. And quite frankly I am not in the least afraid.”

quotes source: lestatsdarkgiftshop