WE LOVE BOO!

EdithLaytonHappy Halloween! Joyeaux All Hallow's Eve! 

However you parse it, it's the night for ghosts and ghoulies, and all manner of cryptic critters and critters from the crypt. We've taken a pagan holiday that was made decently Christian, and turned it into a pagan holiday again. Le plus change le plus meme, eh, mes amis? (trans: the more you know the worse you spell.) 

I love Halloween – or at least, I did until the grownups took it over. It used to be for kids. PIN THE TAIL ON THE THE DONKEY parties, apples and candy, dime store masks and homemade costumes. Now parents spend more time and money on their own cheesy costumes and party food than they do on their children's Halloween fun. I've had kids coming to the door in street clothes to beg for stale Tootsie Pops and Milk Duds, whilst their Superpower dads and sexy French maid moms stand posing and tittering on the sidewalkEdithDracula

Be that as it may – I have only one question on my so-called mind this All Hallow's Eve. What's with this Vampire Worship? I can understand getting a crush on some supernatural creatures. 

Who hasn't wanted to stroke a nice silky wolfman? 

Edithelf And Elves, we know, are HOT. (check those gorgeous blond Elvin cuties in the cinematic LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, if you doubt me. I even wrote a book about a human female enraptured by a magnifient elf: BRIDE ENCHANTED.) 

I can totally get a romance featuring a Frankensteinian fella loved in spite of his appearance and so reclaimed to humanity by his lady love (Beauty and the Beast retold again and again.) Witches have a certain something. They can bewitch, for one thing. That goes for Warlocks too. What's not to love?

Edithghost Ghosts have always been Hot. Ecotomorphic love affairs ring the graveyard bell, and have ever produced touching love stories. Ghouls, so far, have failed as cinematic and literary lovers. There is a thing as too icky.  Like mummies.  Mummies are just too vengeful, and who wants to go around with a first aid kit, patching up a lover who sheds shredding bandages all the time? Ditto, banshees and headless horsemen. A perpetually screaming lady isn't an attractive concept, and how do you share passionate kisses when your guy is holding his head under his arm? Phoo. 

As for Satan, demons and lesser devils? Irresistible, of course. Always fun. That is to say, if you are retending to be one of them or pretending to be attracted to one of them. Less so, of course, if you happen to meet up with the real things. 

But my problem is understanding the millions of otherwise sane romance lovers are suddenly mad for Vampires. Vampires? Whassup? Vampires have always been sort of popuar, from Dracula to Anne RIce's heroes and anti-heros, to Buffy and her pals, to the best seller lists today. Why? I can certainly understand the lure of Dracula, the prototype of all Vampire hotties. He was created by Bram Stoker in 1897, the height (or depth) of the repressive EdithVampire Victorian era. A time when a glimpse of a female ankle was enough to cause a riot. So who could blame a lady who was blamelessly sleeping when a bat flew into her open bedroom window, transformed into a tall dark man with a heavy accent, bent over her lush recumbent form, put his lips to her neck and sucked her blood! Turned her into a love crazed Vampire, he did! And the best part for those who read it when it was first written? All the ecstacy of it was NOT HER FAULT! A midnight rape comitted by a tall dark stranger, complete with spilled blood, and pain that turns into rapture. Are we being too symbolic here? Uhmm… nope. The innocent Victorian Female was seduced by yummy dark forces.

 Now, that worked in context of the time and place. In 1931, it was made into a movie. That was a time when women's roles were still changing from conservative mamas to red hot ones. The film killed! That's understandable, again. But today? When lovers can practically do it in the road? What's the lure of the Vampire now? I don't get it. (Well, beautiful blond Spike, on THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, was hot, I agree.) 

But what's a lover without a heartbeart? Where's the fun of cuddling with a EdithMoon long cold human mosquito? Hearing your neck being crunched by some fanged fella is sexy? Brrr. Not to me. To millions, though, it is. What, dear friends and readers, am I missing here? Please tell me. A Layton book of his/her choice goes to a random one who does. In the meanwhile, HAPPY HALLOWEEN, whomever you choose to love at the turning of the great gibbous Halloween moon, I hope they turn to you, and bitelessly, love you too.

135 thoughts on “WE LOVE BOO!”

  1. I’m the wrong person to tell you what vampires’ attraction is, because I don’t feel it either. I liked Bram Stoker’s Dracula when I first read it when I was a kid, and I still liked it when I reread it as an adult. I also like the classic Dracula movies, but not the modern ones. Too much blood and guts for my taste. Definitely not romantic.
    But I love Halloween. Happy Halloween!

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  2. I’m the wrong person to tell you what vampires’ attraction is, because I don’t feel it either. I liked Bram Stoker’s Dracula when I first read it when I was a kid, and I still liked it when I reread it as an adult. I also like the classic Dracula movies, but not the modern ones. Too much blood and guts for my taste. Definitely not romantic.
    But I love Halloween. Happy Halloween!

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  3. I’m the wrong person to tell you what vampires’ attraction is, because I don’t feel it either. I liked Bram Stoker’s Dracula when I first read it when I was a kid, and I still liked it when I reread it as an adult. I also like the classic Dracula movies, but not the modern ones. Too much blood and guts for my taste. Definitely not romantic.
    But I love Halloween. Happy Halloween!

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  4. I’m the wrong person to tell you what vampires’ attraction is, because I don’t feel it either. I liked Bram Stoker’s Dracula when I first read it when I was a kid, and I still liked it when I reread it as an adult. I also like the classic Dracula movies, but not the modern ones. Too much blood and guts for my taste. Definitely not romantic.
    But I love Halloween. Happy Halloween!

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  5. I’m the wrong person to tell you what vampires’ attraction is, because I don’t feel it either. I liked Bram Stoker’s Dracula when I first read it when I was a kid, and I still liked it when I reread it as an adult. I also like the classic Dracula movies, but not the modern ones. Too much blood and guts for my taste. Definitely not romantic.
    But I love Halloween. Happy Halloween!

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  6. For me, it’s the rationalization you can be as bad as you’ve ever wanted to be, because you simply CAN’T RESIST a vampire’s sexual lure. It’s the old good girl/bad girl scenario.
    But frankly, I would not want to live for an eternity with anybody. They’d get on my nerves!

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  7. For me, it’s the rationalization you can be as bad as you’ve ever wanted to be, because you simply CAN’T RESIST a vampire’s sexual lure. It’s the old good girl/bad girl scenario.
    But frankly, I would not want to live for an eternity with anybody. They’d get on my nerves!

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  8. For me, it’s the rationalization you can be as bad as you’ve ever wanted to be, because you simply CAN’T RESIST a vampire’s sexual lure. It’s the old good girl/bad girl scenario.
    But frankly, I would not want to live for an eternity with anybody. They’d get on my nerves!

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  9. For me, it’s the rationalization you can be as bad as you’ve ever wanted to be, because you simply CAN’T RESIST a vampire’s sexual lure. It’s the old good girl/bad girl scenario.
    But frankly, I would not want to live for an eternity with anybody. They’d get on my nerves!

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  10. For me, it’s the rationalization you can be as bad as you’ve ever wanted to be, because you simply CAN’T RESIST a vampire’s sexual lure. It’s the old good girl/bad girl scenario.
    But frankly, I would not want to live for an eternity with anybody. They’d get on my nerves!

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  11. It’s the notion that you can flirt with evil and not only will you not be made evil yourself, you will cure the evil in your lover. Bad girl and madonna all in one. Evil has been housebroken and made all nice.
    As for me, I think evil is … evil, and not within any human’s power to change. So I’m not much on vampires either. However if David Tennant played one in a movie I’d probably go see it. Many times.

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  12. It’s the notion that you can flirt with evil and not only will you not be made evil yourself, you will cure the evil in your lover. Bad girl and madonna all in one. Evil has been housebroken and made all nice.
    As for me, I think evil is … evil, and not within any human’s power to change. So I’m not much on vampires either. However if David Tennant played one in a movie I’d probably go see it. Many times.

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  13. It’s the notion that you can flirt with evil and not only will you not be made evil yourself, you will cure the evil in your lover. Bad girl and madonna all in one. Evil has been housebroken and made all nice.
    As for me, I think evil is … evil, and not within any human’s power to change. So I’m not much on vampires either. However if David Tennant played one in a movie I’d probably go see it. Many times.

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  14. It’s the notion that you can flirt with evil and not only will you not be made evil yourself, you will cure the evil in your lover. Bad girl and madonna all in one. Evil has been housebroken and made all nice.
    As for me, I think evil is … evil, and not within any human’s power to change. So I’m not much on vampires either. However if David Tennant played one in a movie I’d probably go see it. Many times.

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  15. It’s the notion that you can flirt with evil and not only will you not be made evil yourself, you will cure the evil in your lover. Bad girl and madonna all in one. Evil has been housebroken and made all nice.
    As for me, I think evil is … evil, and not within any human’s power to change. So I’m not much on vampires either. However if David Tennant played one in a movie I’d probably go see it. Many times.

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  16. I don’t know what draws me to them, much like the original where the innocent female was both repulsed and fascinated by the Count. Once he got his fangs in her, she was his.
    Somewhere along the way, one of them must have gotten his fangs in me, because I love to read them, though I’m selective about which ones. Some of the biggest names in vampire romance make me go ‘meh’

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  17. I don’t know what draws me to them, much like the original where the innocent female was both repulsed and fascinated by the Count. Once he got his fangs in her, she was his.
    Somewhere along the way, one of them must have gotten his fangs in me, because I love to read them, though I’m selective about which ones. Some of the biggest names in vampire romance make me go ‘meh’

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  18. I don’t know what draws me to them, much like the original where the innocent female was both repulsed and fascinated by the Count. Once he got his fangs in her, she was his.
    Somewhere along the way, one of them must have gotten his fangs in me, because I love to read them, though I’m selective about which ones. Some of the biggest names in vampire romance make me go ‘meh’

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  19. I don’t know what draws me to them, much like the original where the innocent female was both repulsed and fascinated by the Count. Once he got his fangs in her, she was his.
    Somewhere along the way, one of them must have gotten his fangs in me, because I love to read them, though I’m selective about which ones. Some of the biggest names in vampire romance make me go ‘meh’

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  20. I don’t know what draws me to them, much like the original where the innocent female was both repulsed and fascinated by the Count. Once he got his fangs in her, she was his.
    Somewhere along the way, one of them must have gotten his fangs in me, because I love to read them, though I’m selective about which ones. Some of the biggest names in vampire romance make me go ‘meh’

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  21. I am not a big fan of vampire romance but I think one of the lures is the everlasting life aspect. Not looking your age is almost an obsession for some so to forever be alive and to not age holds definite appeal.

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  22. I am not a big fan of vampire romance but I think one of the lures is the everlasting life aspect. Not looking your age is almost an obsession for some so to forever be alive and to not age holds definite appeal.

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  23. I am not a big fan of vampire romance but I think one of the lures is the everlasting life aspect. Not looking your age is almost an obsession for some so to forever be alive and to not age holds definite appeal.

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  24. I am not a big fan of vampire romance but I think one of the lures is the everlasting life aspect. Not looking your age is almost an obsession for some so to forever be alive and to not age holds definite appeal.

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  25. I am not a big fan of vampire romance but I think one of the lures is the everlasting life aspect. Not looking your age is almost an obsession for some so to forever be alive and to not age holds definite appeal.

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  26. I’m another one who just doesn’t *get* the whole Vampire thing, at least not the way it’s currently being done in romance. I can see the appeal of THE BIG BAD, but I totally don’t see the appeal of THE BIG BAD, NEUTERED. To put it in simple Buffy-terms, I was a Spike girl (not an Angel girl).

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  27. I’m another one who just doesn’t *get* the whole Vampire thing, at least not the way it’s currently being done in romance. I can see the appeal of THE BIG BAD, but I totally don’t see the appeal of THE BIG BAD, NEUTERED. To put it in simple Buffy-terms, I was a Spike girl (not an Angel girl).

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  28. I’m another one who just doesn’t *get* the whole Vampire thing, at least not the way it’s currently being done in romance. I can see the appeal of THE BIG BAD, but I totally don’t see the appeal of THE BIG BAD, NEUTERED. To put it in simple Buffy-terms, I was a Spike girl (not an Angel girl).

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  29. I’m another one who just doesn’t *get* the whole Vampire thing, at least not the way it’s currently being done in romance. I can see the appeal of THE BIG BAD, but I totally don’t see the appeal of THE BIG BAD, NEUTERED. To put it in simple Buffy-terms, I was a Spike girl (not an Angel girl).

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  30. I’m another one who just doesn’t *get* the whole Vampire thing, at least not the way it’s currently being done in romance. I can see the appeal of THE BIG BAD, but I totally don’t see the appeal of THE BIG BAD, NEUTERED. To put it in simple Buffy-terms, I was a Spike girl (not an Angel girl).

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  31. I’m not a huge fan of vampire romances, but I think some of it that vampires seem to be the embodiment of a lot of “bad boy” characteristics, and that combination of eternal life/power/dark, tortured hero appeals to many readers…

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  32. I’m not a huge fan of vampire romances, but I think some of it that vampires seem to be the embodiment of a lot of “bad boy” characteristics, and that combination of eternal life/power/dark, tortured hero appeals to many readers…

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  33. I’m not a huge fan of vampire romances, but I think some of it that vampires seem to be the embodiment of a lot of “bad boy” characteristics, and that combination of eternal life/power/dark, tortured hero appeals to many readers…

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  34. I’m not a huge fan of vampire romances, but I think some of it that vampires seem to be the embodiment of a lot of “bad boy” characteristics, and that combination of eternal life/power/dark, tortured hero appeals to many readers…

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  35. I’m not a huge fan of vampire romances, but I think some of it that vampires seem to be the embodiment of a lot of “bad boy” characteristics, and that combination of eternal life/power/dark, tortured hero appeals to many readers…

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  36. I’m pretty tired of vampire romance, but I think I get the appeal of needly sharp fangs!
    Piercing
    Penetrating
    Pronging
    Poking
    Pricking
    imPaling

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  37. I’m pretty tired of vampire romance, but I think I get the appeal of needly sharp fangs!
    Piercing
    Penetrating
    Pronging
    Poking
    Pricking
    imPaling

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  38. I’m pretty tired of vampire romance, but I think I get the appeal of needly sharp fangs!
    Piercing
    Penetrating
    Pronging
    Poking
    Pricking
    imPaling

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  39. I’m pretty tired of vampire romance, but I think I get the appeal of needly sharp fangs!
    Piercing
    Penetrating
    Pronging
    Poking
    Pricking
    imPaling

    Reply
  40. I’m pretty tired of vampire romance, but I think I get the appeal of needly sharp fangs!
    Piercing
    Penetrating
    Pronging
    Poking
    Pricking
    imPaling

    Reply
  41. I think you’ve captured all the reasons why vampires are so attractive to some, but I (like several of the previous posters) am not one of them. Being kissed by a creature colder than a refrigerator doesn’t appeal. Plus, willing as I am to suspend disbelief, I get caught up in the “but how does he manage the (ahem) physical part?” I don’t know much biology, but I do know that (ahem) depends on blood flow. Kind of removes the spontaneity if one’s lover has to eat (or, rather, drink) before anything can happen. What I don’t know is why this pulls me out of the story when I happily read “Bride Enchanted” and lots of other books populated with creatures of a type not enumerated on the usual Census form.

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  42. I think you’ve captured all the reasons why vampires are so attractive to some, but I (like several of the previous posters) am not one of them. Being kissed by a creature colder than a refrigerator doesn’t appeal. Plus, willing as I am to suspend disbelief, I get caught up in the “but how does he manage the (ahem) physical part?” I don’t know much biology, but I do know that (ahem) depends on blood flow. Kind of removes the spontaneity if one’s lover has to eat (or, rather, drink) before anything can happen. What I don’t know is why this pulls me out of the story when I happily read “Bride Enchanted” and lots of other books populated with creatures of a type not enumerated on the usual Census form.

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  43. I think you’ve captured all the reasons why vampires are so attractive to some, but I (like several of the previous posters) am not one of them. Being kissed by a creature colder than a refrigerator doesn’t appeal. Plus, willing as I am to suspend disbelief, I get caught up in the “but how does he manage the (ahem) physical part?” I don’t know much biology, but I do know that (ahem) depends on blood flow. Kind of removes the spontaneity if one’s lover has to eat (or, rather, drink) before anything can happen. What I don’t know is why this pulls me out of the story when I happily read “Bride Enchanted” and lots of other books populated with creatures of a type not enumerated on the usual Census form.

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  44. I think you’ve captured all the reasons why vampires are so attractive to some, but I (like several of the previous posters) am not one of them. Being kissed by a creature colder than a refrigerator doesn’t appeal. Plus, willing as I am to suspend disbelief, I get caught up in the “but how does he manage the (ahem) physical part?” I don’t know much biology, but I do know that (ahem) depends on blood flow. Kind of removes the spontaneity if one’s lover has to eat (or, rather, drink) before anything can happen. What I don’t know is why this pulls me out of the story when I happily read “Bride Enchanted” and lots of other books populated with creatures of a type not enumerated on the usual Census form.

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  45. I think you’ve captured all the reasons why vampires are so attractive to some, but I (like several of the previous posters) am not one of them. Being kissed by a creature colder than a refrigerator doesn’t appeal. Plus, willing as I am to suspend disbelief, I get caught up in the “but how does he manage the (ahem) physical part?” I don’t know much biology, but I do know that (ahem) depends on blood flow. Kind of removes the spontaneity if one’s lover has to eat (or, rather, drink) before anything can happen. What I don’t know is why this pulls me out of the story when I happily read “Bride Enchanted” and lots of other books populated with creatures of a type not enumerated on the usual Census form.

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  46. **how do you share passionate kisses when your guy is holding his head under his arm? Phoo.**
    SO true, Edith! So many monsters have drawbacks. Werewolves have the advantage of being furry and warm-blooded, but the whole ripping-throats-out thing does rather give one pause. 🙂
    Bring on the gorgeous elves!!!
    Mary Jo

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  47. **how do you share passionate kisses when your guy is holding his head under his arm? Phoo.**
    SO true, Edith! So many monsters have drawbacks. Werewolves have the advantage of being furry and warm-blooded, but the whole ripping-throats-out thing does rather give one pause. 🙂
    Bring on the gorgeous elves!!!
    Mary Jo

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  48. **how do you share passionate kisses when your guy is holding his head under his arm? Phoo.**
    SO true, Edith! So many monsters have drawbacks. Werewolves have the advantage of being furry and warm-blooded, but the whole ripping-throats-out thing does rather give one pause. 🙂
    Bring on the gorgeous elves!!!
    Mary Jo

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  49. **how do you share passionate kisses when your guy is holding his head under his arm? Phoo.**
    SO true, Edith! So many monsters have drawbacks. Werewolves have the advantage of being furry and warm-blooded, but the whole ripping-throats-out thing does rather give one pause. 🙂
    Bring on the gorgeous elves!!!
    Mary Jo

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  50. **how do you share passionate kisses when your guy is holding his head under his arm? Phoo.**
    SO true, Edith! So many monsters have drawbacks. Werewolves have the advantage of being furry and warm-blooded, but the whole ripping-throats-out thing does rather give one pause. 🙂
    Bring on the gorgeous elves!!!
    Mary Jo

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  51. This column would be a perfect example of why I adore you. I can’t tell you how many times I answered “Who are you going to be for Halloween?” today with “My 9 year old just finished sewing her costume, isn’t that amazing??” which was usually followed by “no, who are YOU going to be.” to which I answer “Oh! I’m going to be the one with the good candy bowl.”
    I hate vampires. But vampires are the ultimate alpha male. He could kill you, he’d like to kill you, he’s killed dozens of others without a second thought – and yet your innocent wholesome wonderfulness is such that he sees that purity inside as something to treasure and protect.
    It’s why women propose to serial killers and enjoyed Howard’s last novel. (No disrespect to Howard, she’s written some fine tales – but “I love the rapist who killed me?” Um, no.)
    That’s why there are two kinds of Rakes in Regencyland – my kind, sarcastic, jaded, maybe lacking in trust from past experiences, and the other one – the one with STD’s and a personality disorder. And there are two heroines to meet him – the TSTL spunky one and the self actualized go getter who calls him out on his issues.
    Ah, love.

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  52. This column would be a perfect example of why I adore you. I can’t tell you how many times I answered “Who are you going to be for Halloween?” today with “My 9 year old just finished sewing her costume, isn’t that amazing??” which was usually followed by “no, who are YOU going to be.” to which I answer “Oh! I’m going to be the one with the good candy bowl.”
    I hate vampires. But vampires are the ultimate alpha male. He could kill you, he’d like to kill you, he’s killed dozens of others without a second thought – and yet your innocent wholesome wonderfulness is such that he sees that purity inside as something to treasure and protect.
    It’s why women propose to serial killers and enjoyed Howard’s last novel. (No disrespect to Howard, she’s written some fine tales – but “I love the rapist who killed me?” Um, no.)
    That’s why there are two kinds of Rakes in Regencyland – my kind, sarcastic, jaded, maybe lacking in trust from past experiences, and the other one – the one with STD’s and a personality disorder. And there are two heroines to meet him – the TSTL spunky one and the self actualized go getter who calls him out on his issues.
    Ah, love.

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  53. This column would be a perfect example of why I adore you. I can’t tell you how many times I answered “Who are you going to be for Halloween?” today with “My 9 year old just finished sewing her costume, isn’t that amazing??” which was usually followed by “no, who are YOU going to be.” to which I answer “Oh! I’m going to be the one with the good candy bowl.”
    I hate vampires. But vampires are the ultimate alpha male. He could kill you, he’d like to kill you, he’s killed dozens of others without a second thought – and yet your innocent wholesome wonderfulness is such that he sees that purity inside as something to treasure and protect.
    It’s why women propose to serial killers and enjoyed Howard’s last novel. (No disrespect to Howard, she’s written some fine tales – but “I love the rapist who killed me?” Um, no.)
    That’s why there are two kinds of Rakes in Regencyland – my kind, sarcastic, jaded, maybe lacking in trust from past experiences, and the other one – the one with STD’s and a personality disorder. And there are two heroines to meet him – the TSTL spunky one and the self actualized go getter who calls him out on his issues.
    Ah, love.

    Reply
  54. This column would be a perfect example of why I adore you. I can’t tell you how many times I answered “Who are you going to be for Halloween?” today with “My 9 year old just finished sewing her costume, isn’t that amazing??” which was usually followed by “no, who are YOU going to be.” to which I answer “Oh! I’m going to be the one with the good candy bowl.”
    I hate vampires. But vampires are the ultimate alpha male. He could kill you, he’d like to kill you, he’s killed dozens of others without a second thought – and yet your innocent wholesome wonderfulness is such that he sees that purity inside as something to treasure and protect.
    It’s why women propose to serial killers and enjoyed Howard’s last novel. (No disrespect to Howard, she’s written some fine tales – but “I love the rapist who killed me?” Um, no.)
    That’s why there are two kinds of Rakes in Regencyland – my kind, sarcastic, jaded, maybe lacking in trust from past experiences, and the other one – the one with STD’s and a personality disorder. And there are two heroines to meet him – the TSTL spunky one and the self actualized go getter who calls him out on his issues.
    Ah, love.

    Reply
  55. This column would be a perfect example of why I adore you. I can’t tell you how many times I answered “Who are you going to be for Halloween?” today with “My 9 year old just finished sewing her costume, isn’t that amazing??” which was usually followed by “no, who are YOU going to be.” to which I answer “Oh! I’m going to be the one with the good candy bowl.”
    I hate vampires. But vampires are the ultimate alpha male. He could kill you, he’d like to kill you, he’s killed dozens of others without a second thought – and yet your innocent wholesome wonderfulness is such that he sees that purity inside as something to treasure and protect.
    It’s why women propose to serial killers and enjoyed Howard’s last novel. (No disrespect to Howard, she’s written some fine tales – but “I love the rapist who killed me?” Um, no.)
    That’s why there are two kinds of Rakes in Regencyland – my kind, sarcastic, jaded, maybe lacking in trust from past experiences, and the other one – the one with STD’s and a personality disorder. And there are two heroines to meet him – the TSTL spunky one and the self actualized go getter who calls him out on his issues.
    Ah, love.

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  56. >> Werewolves have the advantage of being furry and warm-blooded, but the whole ripping-throats-out thing does rather give one pause. :<< And gives one paws. (sorry Mary Jo - could not resist)

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  57. >> Werewolves have the advantage of being furry and warm-blooded, but the whole ripping-throats-out thing does rather give one pause. :<< And gives one paws. (sorry Mary Jo - could not resist)

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  58. >> Werewolves have the advantage of being furry and warm-blooded, but the whole ripping-throats-out thing does rather give one pause. :<< And gives one paws. (sorry Mary Jo - could not resist)

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  59. >> Werewolves have the advantage of being furry and warm-blooded, but the whole ripping-throats-out thing does rather give one pause. :<< And gives one paws. (sorry Mary Jo - could not resist)

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  60. >> Werewolves have the advantage of being furry and warm-blooded, but the whole ripping-throats-out thing does rather give one pause. :<< And gives one paws. (sorry Mary Jo - could not resist)

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  61. Ah, Liz. Just so. But in my case, I gave up wearing a mask at the door on Halloween night, because too many children thought it was me.
    sigh.
    (and no, I won’t tell you what the mask looked like.)

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  62. Ah, Liz. Just so. But in my case, I gave up wearing a mask at the door on Halloween night, because too many children thought it was me.
    sigh.
    (and no, I won’t tell you what the mask looked like.)

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  63. Ah, Liz. Just so. But in my case, I gave up wearing a mask at the door on Halloween night, because too many children thought it was me.
    sigh.
    (and no, I won’t tell you what the mask looked like.)

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  64. Ah, Liz. Just so. But in my case, I gave up wearing a mask at the door on Halloween night, because too many children thought it was me.
    sigh.
    (and no, I won’t tell you what the mask looked like.)

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  65. Ah, Liz. Just so. But in my case, I gave up wearing a mask at the door on Halloween night, because too many children thought it was me.
    sigh.
    (and no, I won’t tell you what the mask looked like.)

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  66. The whole blood flow thing…well, there’s piercing on one end while poking on the other. But I won’t go there…
    😛
    And Pat Nixon! I could see that!

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  67. The whole blood flow thing…well, there’s piercing on one end while poking on the other. But I won’t go there…
    😛
    And Pat Nixon! I could see that!

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  68. The whole blood flow thing…well, there’s piercing on one end while poking on the other. But I won’t go there…
    😛
    And Pat Nixon! I could see that!

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  69. The whole blood flow thing…well, there’s piercing on one end while poking on the other. But I won’t go there…
    😛
    And Pat Nixon! I could see that!

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  70. The whole blood flow thing…well, there’s piercing on one end while poking on the other. But I won’t go there…
    😛
    And Pat Nixon! I could see that!

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  71. There seems to be this new breed of vampires in some books, vampires who have a heartbeat, who do need their daily dose of blood and who have some unusual skills, but who are not nesessarily evil. But the lure of vampires… Good versus evil, can the vampire win the evil that’s inside him and become a man again somehow, with the help of the heroine, of course.

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  72. There seems to be this new breed of vampires in some books, vampires who have a heartbeat, who do need their daily dose of blood and who have some unusual skills, but who are not nesessarily evil. But the lure of vampires… Good versus evil, can the vampire win the evil that’s inside him and become a man again somehow, with the help of the heroine, of course.

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  73. There seems to be this new breed of vampires in some books, vampires who have a heartbeat, who do need their daily dose of blood and who have some unusual skills, but who are not nesessarily evil. But the lure of vampires… Good versus evil, can the vampire win the evil that’s inside him and become a man again somehow, with the help of the heroine, of course.

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  74. There seems to be this new breed of vampires in some books, vampires who have a heartbeat, who do need their daily dose of blood and who have some unusual skills, but who are not nesessarily evil. But the lure of vampires… Good versus evil, can the vampire win the evil that’s inside him and become a man again somehow, with the help of the heroine, of course.

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  75. There seems to be this new breed of vampires in some books, vampires who have a heartbeat, who do need their daily dose of blood and who have some unusual skills, but who are not nesessarily evil. But the lure of vampires… Good versus evil, can the vampire win the evil that’s inside him and become a man again somehow, with the help of the heroine, of course.

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  76. Not into vampires. Nope. But what I do like is sinister fog. Love novels with sinister fog. And right now, before my very eyes, on Halloween dusk, I’ve been watching the fog build outside my window.
    It’s been swirling and coiling and moving in, building a perfect atmosphere for this night of all nights. And what better accompanyment to encroaching fog than a chest-thumping live performance on the classical station of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. Sheer heaven. One of my favorite bits of music and favorite bits of weather.

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  77. Not into vampires. Nope. But what I do like is sinister fog. Love novels with sinister fog. And right now, before my very eyes, on Halloween dusk, I’ve been watching the fog build outside my window.
    It’s been swirling and coiling and moving in, building a perfect atmosphere for this night of all nights. And what better accompanyment to encroaching fog than a chest-thumping live performance on the classical station of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. Sheer heaven. One of my favorite bits of music and favorite bits of weather.

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  78. Not into vampires. Nope. But what I do like is sinister fog. Love novels with sinister fog. And right now, before my very eyes, on Halloween dusk, I’ve been watching the fog build outside my window.
    It’s been swirling and coiling and moving in, building a perfect atmosphere for this night of all nights. And what better accompanyment to encroaching fog than a chest-thumping live performance on the classical station of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. Sheer heaven. One of my favorite bits of music and favorite bits of weather.

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  79. Not into vampires. Nope. But what I do like is sinister fog. Love novels with sinister fog. And right now, before my very eyes, on Halloween dusk, I’ve been watching the fog build outside my window.
    It’s been swirling and coiling and moving in, building a perfect atmosphere for this night of all nights. And what better accompanyment to encroaching fog than a chest-thumping live performance on the classical station of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. Sheer heaven. One of my favorite bits of music and favorite bits of weather.

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  80. Not into vampires. Nope. But what I do like is sinister fog. Love novels with sinister fog. And right now, before my very eyes, on Halloween dusk, I’ve been watching the fog build outside my window.
    It’s been swirling and coiling and moving in, building a perfect atmosphere for this night of all nights. And what better accompanyment to encroaching fog than a chest-thumping live performance on the classical station of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. Sheer heaven. One of my favorite bits of music and favorite bits of weather.

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  81. As mentioned above, and as JAK frequently points out, the appeal of such creatures is that they are still allowed to be the un-PC über-alpha males so popular in 80s romances but now, not so much in real human men.
    I like vampire detective stories, but not so much vampire romances. And I like werewolves, but I think SF/fantasy writers do them better than most romance writers. But what I really like is intelligent animal companions that can talk to people (usually telepathically) as in Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels Trilogy, many of Andre Norton’s books, and of course, the beginning of it all, THE JUNGLE BOOKS. I’d rather pal around with Akela than sleep with the sexiest werewolf ever!
    Hey, Edith! Wanna mess around with a burrowing mammal?

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  82. As mentioned above, and as JAK frequently points out, the appeal of such creatures is that they are still allowed to be the un-PC über-alpha males so popular in 80s romances but now, not so much in real human men.
    I like vampire detective stories, but not so much vampire romances. And I like werewolves, but I think SF/fantasy writers do them better than most romance writers. But what I really like is intelligent animal companions that can talk to people (usually telepathically) as in Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels Trilogy, many of Andre Norton’s books, and of course, the beginning of it all, THE JUNGLE BOOKS. I’d rather pal around with Akela than sleep with the sexiest werewolf ever!
    Hey, Edith! Wanna mess around with a burrowing mammal?

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  83. As mentioned above, and as JAK frequently points out, the appeal of such creatures is that they are still allowed to be the un-PC über-alpha males so popular in 80s romances but now, not so much in real human men.
    I like vampire detective stories, but not so much vampire romances. And I like werewolves, but I think SF/fantasy writers do them better than most romance writers. But what I really like is intelligent animal companions that can talk to people (usually telepathically) as in Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels Trilogy, many of Andre Norton’s books, and of course, the beginning of it all, THE JUNGLE BOOKS. I’d rather pal around with Akela than sleep with the sexiest werewolf ever!
    Hey, Edith! Wanna mess around with a burrowing mammal?

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  84. As mentioned above, and as JAK frequently points out, the appeal of such creatures is that they are still allowed to be the un-PC über-alpha males so popular in 80s romances but now, not so much in real human men.
    I like vampire detective stories, but not so much vampire romances. And I like werewolves, but I think SF/fantasy writers do them better than most romance writers. But what I really like is intelligent animal companions that can talk to people (usually telepathically) as in Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels Trilogy, many of Andre Norton’s books, and of course, the beginning of it all, THE JUNGLE BOOKS. I’d rather pal around with Akela than sleep with the sexiest werewolf ever!
    Hey, Edith! Wanna mess around with a burrowing mammal?

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  85. As mentioned above, and as JAK frequently points out, the appeal of such creatures is that they are still allowed to be the un-PC über-alpha males so popular in 80s romances but now, not so much in real human men.
    I like vampire detective stories, but not so much vampire romances. And I like werewolves, but I think SF/fantasy writers do them better than most romance writers. But what I really like is intelligent animal companions that can talk to people (usually telepathically) as in Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels Trilogy, many of Andre Norton’s books, and of course, the beginning of it all, THE JUNGLE BOOKS. I’d rather pal around with Akela than sleep with the sexiest werewolf ever!
    Hey, Edith! Wanna mess around with a burrowing mammal?

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  86. I used to feel the same as you, Edith. I remember reading a friend’s paranormal manuscript years back (I’d never heard of vampire romances then) and as the vampire hero leaned in for the kiss I was leaning back from the manuscript, LOL.
    I watched with bemusement as the paranormal romance exploded and while (being a dog person) I could see the appeal of the werewolf, vampires just seemed too repellent for words. Not elves either for me, Mary Jo — they might be pretty, but I’ve always thought of an elf as devious, manipulative and untrustworthy.
    Fast forward to last year and I read JR Ward, and… finally I got it. They’re not the kind of vampire who preys on people — they protect people and fight evil undead creatures called lessors, so maybe that’s why I could buy into it. And yes, Talpianna, they are very macho, alpha heroes.
    JR Ward’s are still the only vampire books I’ve read (apart from Bram Stoker), but now I’m willing to venture further into the field. Cautiously 😉 And when I’ve finished all these fabulous historicals and paranormal historicals sitting on my TBR pile.

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  87. I used to feel the same as you, Edith. I remember reading a friend’s paranormal manuscript years back (I’d never heard of vampire romances then) and as the vampire hero leaned in for the kiss I was leaning back from the manuscript, LOL.
    I watched with bemusement as the paranormal romance exploded and while (being a dog person) I could see the appeal of the werewolf, vampires just seemed too repellent for words. Not elves either for me, Mary Jo — they might be pretty, but I’ve always thought of an elf as devious, manipulative and untrustworthy.
    Fast forward to last year and I read JR Ward, and… finally I got it. They’re not the kind of vampire who preys on people — they protect people and fight evil undead creatures called lessors, so maybe that’s why I could buy into it. And yes, Talpianna, they are very macho, alpha heroes.
    JR Ward’s are still the only vampire books I’ve read (apart from Bram Stoker), but now I’m willing to venture further into the field. Cautiously 😉 And when I’ve finished all these fabulous historicals and paranormal historicals sitting on my TBR pile.

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  88. I used to feel the same as you, Edith. I remember reading a friend’s paranormal manuscript years back (I’d never heard of vampire romances then) and as the vampire hero leaned in for the kiss I was leaning back from the manuscript, LOL.
    I watched with bemusement as the paranormal romance exploded and while (being a dog person) I could see the appeal of the werewolf, vampires just seemed too repellent for words. Not elves either for me, Mary Jo — they might be pretty, but I’ve always thought of an elf as devious, manipulative and untrustworthy.
    Fast forward to last year and I read JR Ward, and… finally I got it. They’re not the kind of vampire who preys on people — they protect people and fight evil undead creatures called lessors, so maybe that’s why I could buy into it. And yes, Talpianna, they are very macho, alpha heroes.
    JR Ward’s are still the only vampire books I’ve read (apart from Bram Stoker), but now I’m willing to venture further into the field. Cautiously 😉 And when I’ve finished all these fabulous historicals and paranormal historicals sitting on my TBR pile.

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  89. I used to feel the same as you, Edith. I remember reading a friend’s paranormal manuscript years back (I’d never heard of vampire romances then) and as the vampire hero leaned in for the kiss I was leaning back from the manuscript, LOL.
    I watched with bemusement as the paranormal romance exploded and while (being a dog person) I could see the appeal of the werewolf, vampires just seemed too repellent for words. Not elves either for me, Mary Jo — they might be pretty, but I’ve always thought of an elf as devious, manipulative and untrustworthy.
    Fast forward to last year and I read JR Ward, and… finally I got it. They’re not the kind of vampire who preys on people — they protect people and fight evil undead creatures called lessors, so maybe that’s why I could buy into it. And yes, Talpianna, they are very macho, alpha heroes.
    JR Ward’s are still the only vampire books I’ve read (apart from Bram Stoker), but now I’m willing to venture further into the field. Cautiously 😉 And when I’ve finished all these fabulous historicals and paranormal historicals sitting on my TBR pile.

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  90. I used to feel the same as you, Edith. I remember reading a friend’s paranormal manuscript years back (I’d never heard of vampire romances then) and as the vampire hero leaned in for the kiss I was leaning back from the manuscript, LOL.
    I watched with bemusement as the paranormal romance exploded and while (being a dog person) I could see the appeal of the werewolf, vampires just seemed too repellent for words. Not elves either for me, Mary Jo — they might be pretty, but I’ve always thought of an elf as devious, manipulative and untrustworthy.
    Fast forward to last year and I read JR Ward, and… finally I got it. They’re not the kind of vampire who preys on people — they protect people and fight evil undead creatures called lessors, so maybe that’s why I could buy into it. And yes, Talpianna, they are very macho, alpha heroes.
    JR Ward’s are still the only vampire books I’ve read (apart from Bram Stoker), but now I’m willing to venture further into the field. Cautiously 😉 And when I’ve finished all these fabulous historicals and paranormal historicals sitting on my TBR pile.

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  91. I think it’s b/c vampires are the bad boys of the preternatural universe. They are gorgeous, sensuous, sexual, romantic, bad boys of the night and they don’t follow any human rules or laws.

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  92. I think it’s b/c vampires are the bad boys of the preternatural universe. They are gorgeous, sensuous, sexual, romantic, bad boys of the night and they don’t follow any human rules or laws.

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  93. I think it’s b/c vampires are the bad boys of the preternatural universe. They are gorgeous, sensuous, sexual, romantic, bad boys of the night and they don’t follow any human rules or laws.

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  94. I think it’s b/c vampires are the bad boys of the preternatural universe. They are gorgeous, sensuous, sexual, romantic, bad boys of the night and they don’t follow any human rules or laws.

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  95. I think it’s b/c vampires are the bad boys of the preternatural universe. They are gorgeous, sensuous, sexual, romantic, bad boys of the night and they don’t follow any human rules or laws.

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  96. Oh. My. Yes…Frank Langella was an AWESOME vampire! Wish they’d show that one occasionally…
    I’m not an elf person. All I can see is a cobbler and a bunch of little guys carrying cut-out soles around.
    Or Santa. And I don’t even want to think about Christmas! 😯

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  97. Oh. My. Yes…Frank Langella was an AWESOME vampire! Wish they’d show that one occasionally…
    I’m not an elf person. All I can see is a cobbler and a bunch of little guys carrying cut-out soles around.
    Or Santa. And I don’t even want to think about Christmas! 😯

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  98. Oh. My. Yes…Frank Langella was an AWESOME vampire! Wish they’d show that one occasionally…
    I’m not an elf person. All I can see is a cobbler and a bunch of little guys carrying cut-out soles around.
    Or Santa. And I don’t even want to think about Christmas! 😯

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  99. Oh. My. Yes…Frank Langella was an AWESOME vampire! Wish they’d show that one occasionally…
    I’m not an elf person. All I can see is a cobbler and a bunch of little guys carrying cut-out soles around.
    Or Santa. And I don’t even want to think about Christmas! 😯

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  100. Oh. My. Yes…Frank Langella was an AWESOME vampire! Wish they’d show that one occasionally…
    I’m not an elf person. All I can see is a cobbler and a bunch of little guys carrying cut-out soles around.
    Or Santa. And I don’t even want to think about Christmas! 😯

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  101. LOL I’m not a blood person, but I love Vampire Romance. I’m not 100% sure why but I think it has alot to do with they’ve seen so much from living for hundreds or thousands of years. I like all paranormal stuff though so I guess I’m not really sure what the appeal is for me.

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  102. LOL I’m not a blood person, but I love Vampire Romance. I’m not 100% sure why but I think it has alot to do with they’ve seen so much from living for hundreds or thousands of years. I like all paranormal stuff though so I guess I’m not really sure what the appeal is for me.

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  103. LOL I’m not a blood person, but I love Vampire Romance. I’m not 100% sure why but I think it has alot to do with they’ve seen so much from living for hundreds or thousands of years. I like all paranormal stuff though so I guess I’m not really sure what the appeal is for me.

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  104. LOL I’m not a blood person, but I love Vampire Romance. I’m not 100% sure why but I think it has alot to do with they’ve seen so much from living for hundreds or thousands of years. I like all paranormal stuff though so I guess I’m not really sure what the appeal is for me.

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  105. LOL I’m not a blood person, but I love Vampire Romance. I’m not 100% sure why but I think it has alot to do with they’ve seen so much from living for hundreds or thousands of years. I like all paranormal stuff though so I guess I’m not really sure what the appeal is for me.

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  106. Secretly, I love vampires. It’s the rescuer in me, I think. To use one’s human lure to rescue a gorgeous man from the torment of the undead whether he wants to come or not… now that’s a power rush! 🙂

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  107. Secretly, I love vampires. It’s the rescuer in me, I think. To use one’s human lure to rescue a gorgeous man from the torment of the undead whether he wants to come or not… now that’s a power rush! 🙂

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  108. Secretly, I love vampires. It’s the rescuer in me, I think. To use one’s human lure to rescue a gorgeous man from the torment of the undead whether he wants to come or not… now that’s a power rush! 🙂

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  109. Secretly, I love vampires. It’s the rescuer in me, I think. To use one’s human lure to rescue a gorgeous man from the torment of the undead whether he wants to come or not… now that’s a power rush! 🙂

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  110. Secretly, I love vampires. It’s the rescuer in me, I think. To use one’s human lure to rescue a gorgeous man from the torment of the undead whether he wants to come or not… now that’s a power rush! 🙂

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  111. Speaking of hot elves, how about David Bowie in Labyrinth (although I think he was the King of the Goblins.) I think that “Dark Shadows” started some of this, if yur remember that television series. Lots of us really liked Barnabus- but even so, I’m not fond of vampire heroes. Who wants a date that can’t take you to an Italian Restaurant because he’s repelled by garlic?

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  112. Speaking of hot elves, how about David Bowie in Labyrinth (although I think he was the King of the Goblins.) I think that “Dark Shadows” started some of this, if yur remember that television series. Lots of us really liked Barnabus- but even so, I’m not fond of vampire heroes. Who wants a date that can’t take you to an Italian Restaurant because he’s repelled by garlic?

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  113. Speaking of hot elves, how about David Bowie in Labyrinth (although I think he was the King of the Goblins.) I think that “Dark Shadows” started some of this, if yur remember that television series. Lots of us really liked Barnabus- but even so, I’m not fond of vampire heroes. Who wants a date that can’t take you to an Italian Restaurant because he’s repelled by garlic?

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  114. Speaking of hot elves, how about David Bowie in Labyrinth (although I think he was the King of the Goblins.) I think that “Dark Shadows” started some of this, if yur remember that television series. Lots of us really liked Barnabus- but even so, I’m not fond of vampire heroes. Who wants a date that can’t take you to an Italian Restaurant because he’s repelled by garlic?

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  115. Speaking of hot elves, how about David Bowie in Labyrinth (although I think he was the King of the Goblins.) I think that “Dark Shadows” started some of this, if yur remember that television series. Lots of us really liked Barnabus- but even so, I’m not fond of vampire heroes. Who wants a date that can’t take you to an Italian Restaurant because he’s repelled by garlic?

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