Why Vampires Never Die By Guillermo Del Toro And Chuck Hogan

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Vamp Culture Vampires are so widespread today that it is hard to turn on your television or pick up a book that doesn’t mention the supernatural phenomenon that is vampirism. Out of the many different mythical creatures and monsters we can choose to obsess over, what is it about vampires that keep us on the edge of our seats wanting more? According to the essay “Why Vampires Never Die”: written by Guillermo Del Toro, a well known horror film director, and Chuck Hogan, a horror novelist, vampires are so highly recognized in mainstream media because of the history behind vampires, the allure of eternity, and the flexibility and availability of the story of the vampire through new technology. Del Toro and Hogan tell the story of the “Year Without a Summer” in 1816 where James William Polidori pieced together the idea of the vampire as not only an undead monster, but also as a romantic hero. However, the vampire was a known myth long before the creature was given a name. The vampire is widely known across the world through many different cultures and eras. Del Toro and Hogan even delve into the possibility of mankind being cannibalistic at one point and that maybe the stories of blood-suckers are actually “repressed memor[ies] we had has primates” (362). But when we…show more content…
Del Toro and Hogan state “the vampire transforms our vile, mortal selves into the gold of eternal youth, [i]f youth is desire married with unending possibility, then vampire lust creates within us a delicious void, one we long to fulfill…whereas other monsters emphasize what is mortal in us, the vampire emphasizes the eternal in us” (362). In a world where it seems as though time is moving too fast or maybe even running out, the thought of living eternally reels us in and allows us to believe that we can escape the real world and gives us a better appreciation of the supernatural

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