My summer reading list

What's On the Bookshelf?

It’s only the beginning of April, but I’m already thinking of what I’m going to read this summer. So, in no particular order:

Dracula by Bram Stoker

The Shining by Stephen King

Proust was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer

Moon by Tony Fletcher (reread)

Love Over Scotland by Alexander McCall Smith

Let the Right One In by John Lindqvist

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

And a bunch of other things that catch my fancy, I’m sure.

Any suggestions?

On vampires in fiction

The Twirl and Swirl of Letters

Sorry Twilight, I think you killed vampires in fiction. At least for the next 10 or so years, until they’re retro. They’re getting very over done, in my opinion.

I think it is time that we find a new mythological being to overexpose.

How ’bout goblins? Not much is written about them. I can see it now:

She glances across the room, her eyes locking onto the pale, yellow green ones of the small man in the corner. She can’t look away. “Who is that?” she asks one of the passing students.

“Oh, that’s Matthias,” replies the student. “But you wouldn’t be interested in him. His family is very, very strange…”

It would be a real Beauty and the Beast type story.

Or come up with your own kind. It worked for Highlander. We’re talking first movie.

So, today’s prompt is to write a story/scene featuring a non-traditional mythological being. No vampires. No werewolves. No weird hybrids.

On vampires

General Geekiness, The Twirl and Swirl of Letters

Vampires have intrigued me since I was in third grade. One of my favorite books at that age was the Great Illustrated Classics edition of Dracula. I remember reading that over and over again, especially during a visit to my grandparents on Nantucket. I can’t say that I’ve finished the actual version of the book, but Dracula holds a spot near and dear to my heart.

But more on vampires and less on my emotional attachments to a book I haven’t finished.

Vampire myths are some of my favorite things because they are so strange and varied. Disease, desire, death. If you watch the History Channel as often as I do, you’re bound to have come across some of the interesting hour long specials about vampires in history (Countess Bathory, Vlad the Impaler, the New England vampires). The methods for killing them are so different. Shoving a brick down their throats. Decapitation. Stabbing them with a stake. Sunlight (damn you Twilight with your sparkly, fangless non fiends).

My favorite portrayel of vampires in pop culture is probably in the show Supernatural. The vampires there look like normal folks, they drink, etc, and even if they don’t drink human blood, its for blending in and survival, not because they have a moral code. Oh, and their fangs descend from their gums. How awesome is that?

So, dear readers, any favorite vampire myths?