I promised you some posts to celebrate Halloween and have been remiss in posting! To make up for that I’m going to post a list of favourite vampires. The Vampire myth became popular in the late 18th century with the publication of a novel by Bram Stroker, although there was ‘The Vampyre’“, a short work of prose fiction written in 1819 by John William Polidori as a forerunner of the genre.
My first entry in this list is Henry Fitzroy, from Blood Ties. Based on the Blood series of novels by Tanya Huff, Henry was played by Kyle Schmid in the short-running TV series.
As per all books versus TV shows, there are differences between the characterisations portrayed in each medium and their roles, although Henry remains the alleged illegitimate son of King Henry VIII.
My next vampire you’ll probably recognise from his more popular stint down in Cornwall as Ross Poldark. Before his transference to the Cornish cliffs, Aidan Turner was a vampire called Mitchell in the show ‘Being Human’ (UK Version).
He is still just as brooding, though!
Speaking of brooding then we need to look at our next entry for the ultimate brooding vamp! He hung around with Buffy for years before he got his own show.
He began as 18th-century Irishman who was turned into one of the most sadistic vampires in history. He assumed the name Angelus, shortening it to Angel later. Under a gypsy curse, he had a human soul, leading to his tortured brooding vampire existence. Only a moment of pure happiness could relieve him of his curse and when this happens he is returned to the souless bloodsucking fiend he’d been before.
More vamps for you tomorrow…