Dead Dreams, my novella, is going up on Amazon soon. I am basing all my vampire knowledge on the following, after much research.
Let’s not quibble here.I'm not going to debunk anything, I'm not going to complain about modern
writers wreaking havoc with the mythos of vampires.What I will do is tell you all how to
dispatch a vampire, so that if you should ever come into contact with one, you
know how to deal with it.
Yes, there are ways to get rid of a vampire.
First of all, a vampire cannot cross your threshold without
first getting your permission to do so.Though, if the vampire is particularly sly, it can coerce you or trick
you into saying something that will sound like permission, and that’s all it
“Are you going to stand there all night?” is tacit
permission.You gotta be really careful
because they are expert at twisting your words around.
Wearing garlic chains around your person will certainly
chase away the vampires, however, you’re gonna look a little strange.Might I suggest those garlic pills that are
supposed to help with cholesterol?They
work.It is the sulfur and sulfites in
the garlic, both plant and processed, that vampires cannot stand.Back in the old days in Transylvania,
the folks grew garlic and ate it regularly.They knew it worked, so always try to keep some on hand, or at least eat
Salt will also repel a vampire.Should you spread salt (it doesn’t have to be
iodized necessarily) in a two inch thick path around yourself, no vampire can
cross through that.
Face it: they’re rotting away slowly.You all know what salt can do to a garden
slug…it works on vampires just as easily.In a pinch, just spilling enough salt on your porch will work, but at
the least sign of humidity, the salt will dissolve and salt water doesn’t work
nearly as well.
Religious artifacts such as crosses, saint medallions,
Bibles, holy water…yes, they will work to repel and even shock vampires, but
there’s a proviso here.One must truly
believe in the power of the word, or the symbol of the cross or even Star of
David.If you just carry a crucifix on your
person but do not believe, well, it means the same to the vampire who is after
you and you’ll be steak tartare
Killing a vampire involves a bit more effort on your
part.The time honored method of
dispatch is simply driving a stake from hawthorn, aspen, ash or white thorn
directly through the vampire’s heart will stop them.There is a stage two to this, however, that
is far too often neglected.The head
must then be separated from the body and buried separately.They do not disappear in a puff of smoke or
shower of sparkles.The body will
remain, so you have to get rid of that, too.If buried, the body and head must be buried separately lest with the
power remaining in the head, the vampire reattach itself.Make sure the body is positioned chest down
in the grave.Burying the body under a
waterfall, since vampires cannot cross running water, will do the job
nicely.Burying the head at a crossroads
works well.Setting both body and head on
fire and making sure it is totally turned to ash works sufficiently.
are incredibly strong.They can travel
on moonbeams, though that is questionable in this day with the pollution in the
air. They have the strength of twenty mortal men and can change into canine
shape or big bat-creatures.Using these powers, they can cross running
water, but it takes a lot out of them.They do not reflect in mirrors but you can get a good snapshot of one
using a digital camera as it does not involve a glass mirror.They do not cast shadows, either.They do not breathe.They have no loyalty to anyone, not even
those that sire them.They need human
blood to sustain them, no other kind, as the particular hemoglobin is what they
need to exist.While they can merely
drink without siring another vampire, they can drain the individual of all
blood with their lust for nourishment.They must drink regularly…no dieting.They do not eat flesh nor can they ingest any type of food or drink.
Vampires are not necessarily good-looking.Their supposed hypnotic influence over
victims is pure Hollywood
since back when most vampire movies were being made, the sexual allure they
reputedly have over weaker mortals could not be portrayed.
garlic, carry salt in your pockets at all times, avoid talking to strangers,
don’t go out alone at night and never, ever invite a vampire into your house.