Guest Post: Vampires on Screen by Suckers author @JackyDahlhaus @LoveBooksGroup

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Staying alive is hard in a world full of bloodsuckers. What do you do to survive?

Kate has just begun her new job as a high school teacher and is looking forward to living her suburban dream life. All her hopes and dreams turn into smoke as a virus turns people into vampires, roaming the world in packs and killing everybody they can get their hands on. Kate has to pretend to be one of them to stay alive. When she accidentally bumps into a handsome sucker who then mysteriously disappears, surviving is no longer the only thing on Kate's mind.

Will Kate stay alive and human while pursuing this mysterious stranger?

Pick up this action-packed, fast-paced, suspenseful novel and explore the depths of Kate's emotions as she struggles to make sense of it all.

Vampires have struck fear in the hearts of people all over the world for a very long time. They were given scary names like Chupacabra (South-America), BrahmarākŞhasa (northern India), and Vrycolakas (Greece) in folkloric tales. Basically, they were all creatures that drank the blood of the living. Most likely, the affliction was based on a rare disease called porphyria, in which the person may suffer temporary quadriplegia (hence seemingly to ‘rise from the dead’ after an attack) and an allergic reaction to sunlight (which made them night-dwellers).

The first time vampires were mentioned in English literature was in eighteenth-century poems. Lord Byron was the first person credited with writing a novel about vampires, titled The Vampyre, in 1819 (although it was his physician who actually wrote it). None, however, were so influential as Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1897, of course.

The first vampire on screen was in a 1922 German silent movie called Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror. It was the first filmographic version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel. They didn’t get permission to film it from Stoker’s widow and had to declare bankruptcy to avoid paying copyright infringement fees after the movie came out. They were told to destroy every film reel, but as it was already distributed worldwide, this was, fortunately, practically impossible.


Max Schreck (yes, I wonder if Shrek got his name from him too) portrayed the vampire Count Orlok in Nosferatu, and he still instills fear with his gruesome look. He was said to be such a loner in real life that some people actually thought he was a real vampire! Strangely enough, Schreck also played in comedies.


The first movie with a talking vampire in it was Dracula, in 1931, another adaptation of Stoker’s favorite in the horror industry, but it was also a novel. The main character was played by Bela Lugosi, a Romanian-born actor. He played Stoker’s Count Dracula on a Broadway stage before landing the role in Universal Pictures movie adaptation. His East-European accent made him a curse as he couldn’t shake the stereotypical horror casting. Lugosi was paired with Boris Karloff in five horror movies, and even though Lugosi had the lead role in some, he would always be upstaged by Karloff.


Christopher Lee was the next famous vampire on the silver screen. He started as the Count in theahum, Dracula in 1958. He played the role many more times in the Hammer Horror movies which regrettably, like Lugosi, typecast him as ‘the bad guy.’ Apart from great acting skills, Lee also had a great voice and has sang with, what do you know, heavy metal bands.


In 1979, when the Dracula copyright entered the public domain, another remarkable vampire was seen on screen; Klaus Kinski, in a remake of Nosferatu, aptly named Nosferatu the Vampyre (although originally titled Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht as it was a German movie). This time, it could have the original character names from Stoker’s original Dracula novel. Kinski didn’t have a great relationship with the director, Werner Herzog, but together they made a movie that paid homage to the first Nosferatu film and gave it more depth.


Some say the vampire theme has been, pardon the pun, ‘done to death,’ yet I disagree. Since the appearance on the big screen of these first blood-suckers, there have been many novels, movies, and TV series that have satisfied our craving for blood. Who didn’t enjoy Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Blade, Underworld, Fright Night, and Interview with the Vampire, to name a few? Not to mention the monumental hit of the Twilight series. Vampires will always remain something that we want to read about or see on the big screen. After all, who doesn’t want to be pretty, powerful, and live forever? I would be the last to complain being bitten by Damon Salvatore. 

Tell me, who is your favorite vampire?

About Jacky Dahlhaus:


Jacky Dahlhaus lived in many countries, has worked many jobs, and tried many hobbies before she realized writing gave her such pleasure. She now loves to write paranormal fantasy stories full-time while delving into the human psyche with all its faults and mysteries. 

Next to writing novels, Jacky helps indie authors by promoting them on her blog, writes an online newsletter/magazine, runs a writing club for adults and for children at the local library, and is a writer/director/producer for Aberdeenshire Film Productions. 

When not busy with the above (which is rare nowadays), Jacky works on renovating her Scottish Victorian home, watches movies with her family, and tries to stop her two Jack Russells from barking for no good reason. 

Jacky has written three novels, all books of the Suckers trilogy which is set in Maine, US, a novelette (the Prequel of the Suckers trilogy), and Short Shockers, a bundle of short stories. She is currently working on the first book of her next trilogy, this time set in Alaska.

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