Monday, July 18, 2011

Vampire trivia with author Laura Kaye


Vampire Trivia To Die For by Laura Kaye

I’m a huge vampire fan. Have been since my earliest reading experiences, when the adventures of Anne Rice’s Lestat de Lioncourt rocked my imagination through book after book. It’s not surprising, then, that my own first novel would feature a vampire. Forever Freed, celebrating its two-month publication anniversary today, is about a reclusive, empathic vampire who falls in love with a woman he planned to kill and her young daughter, then must fight his ancient guilt, bloodlust, lie by omission, and an old vampire rival who threatens everything he holds dear.


In celebration of the anniversary, I thought it might be fun to share some fun vampire trivia. Some of these had me laughing, others surprised me as I’d never heard them before. I hope you enjoy this Vampire Trivia To Die For:


In Romanian legend, if a vampire stared at a pregnant woman, she could have a vampire child. Romanians commonly believed that children could be “marked” in their mothers’ wombs by something the mother saw or experienced while pregnant.

Also according to Romanian legend, vampires are most active on the eve of St. George’s Day, April 22 by the Julian calendar or May 4 by the Gregorian.  Romanians also believed witches were most active on this day, too.

Moravians believed that vampires threw off their shroud and attacked in the nude.

Besides garlic, the other plant folklore most commonly says can be used to ward off a vampire is the wild rose. (I liked this one since The Wild Rose Press published Forever Freed!)

The Muppet vampire Count von Count from Sesame Street is based on actual vampire myth, which said you could deter a vampire by throwing seeds (usually mustard) outside a door or place a fishing net outside a window. The vampire would be compelled to count the seeds or the holes in the net, delaying them until sun came up.


The rare disease porphyria causes vampire-like symptoms, such as extreme sensitivity to sunlight and sometimes hairiness. In extreme cases, teeth become stained a reddish brown.

One of the most famous “true vampires” was Countess Elizabeth Barthory (1560-1614) who was accused of biting the flesh of girls while torturing them and bathing in their blood to retain her youthful beauty. She was by all accounts a beautiful woman.

Vlad of Walachia, also known as Vlad the Impaler (c. 1431-1476), inspired many vampire legends. He was known to nail hats to people’s heads, skin them alive, and impale them on upright stakes. He also liked to dip bread into the blood of his enemies and eat it. The name Vlad means “son of the dragon,” or “Dracula.” Though Vlad was murdered in 1476, his tomb is reportedly empty.


The first full work of vampire fiction in English was John Polidori’s The Vampyre, which was published incorrectly under Lord Byron’s name. Polidori (1795-1821) was Byron’s doctor and he based his vampire on Byron.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) has never gone out of print.


Certain regions in the Balkans believe that fruit such as pumpkins or watermelons will become vampires if they are left out longer than 10 days or not consumed by Christmas.

Mermaids can also be vampires—but instead of sucking blood, they suck the break out of their victims.

By the end of the 20th century, over 300 motion pictures were made about vampires, and over 100 of them featured Dracula. Over 1,000 vampire novels were published, most in the last 25 years of the century.


And that’s a trend that’s continued to grow. Vampires remain one of the most popular supernatural creatures, and it’s very exciting to have contributed a page to the lore surrounding them. So, tell me, what fun vampire trivia do YOU know?

Thanks for reading,
Laura Kaye
Hot, Heartfelt Romance – Because everyone longs to belong…
Laura Kaye is a multi-published author of paranormal, contemporary, and erotic romance with five titles releasing in 2011.

One commenter who also follows me on twitter @laurakayeauthor will receive an ebook in pdf format of Forever Freed.

Forever Freed:
A heart can break, even one that no longer beats.

I stalk my new neighbors, a single mother and her child, drawn by the irresistible scent of their joy and love. I crave their blood, starved for some healing respite from my ancient grief. Now to lure them into my grasp.

But they surprise me. Little Olivia accepts me without fear or reservation--talking, smiling, offering innocent affection that tugs at my long-lost humanity. Her mother, Samantha, seeks me out when she should stay away, offering sweet friendship, and calling to the forgotten man within me. They lure me instead.

Ah, Dio, Lucien, run and spare them while you can...


What the reviewers are saying:
Marissa, Sizzling Hot Book Reviews, 5/5 Hearts!:  "Forever Freed is packed with memorable characters...very distinctive and well written....more than just a paranormal story, you get exceptional entertainment!"
Tishia, Paranormal Opinion, 5/5 Stars!:  "Really loved this book! It's about love, passion, family, forgiveness... It's a heartwarming story that will have you feeling just about every emotion there is. I laughed and I cried, which I don't do often."

Steph, Fangs, Wands, & Fairy Dust, "Highly Recommended!":  "Occasionally the prose is actually transcendent....I stayed up until 3:30 in the morning reading it because I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep until I finished."

Melissa, Were Vamps Romance, 5/5 Stars!:  "Wow who knew such a heart-warming story could have you so on the edge of your seat. I absolutely loved this book! Oh please say there will be another one. I would recommend this to anyone to read!"

Rhonda, Vampire Romance Books, 5/5 Stars!:  "Unlike any vampire romance I’ve read to date. With characters that grab you from the start this is a book that will stay with you long after you finish. Laura Kaye has been added to my auto-buy list!"

Garnet, Words That Sparkle, 4.5/5 Sparkles!: "This story is not just another vampire love story, its a journey of hope between a man who stopped living, and a woman who taught him to love....It was both believable and fresh, which says a lot considering the genre of this tale. I'd never read a book by Laura Kaye before, but I can say with utmost certainty that I'll be looking for more in the future....Ms. Kaye is phenomenal at writing characters...."

Jeannie, So You Think You Can Write, "Wonderfully Told Story!":  "You CAN’T PUT IT DOWN until the conclusion. And even then you continue clutching the book hoping there’s more behind the back cover! Forever Freed is a wonderfully told story!"


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Website: http://www.LauraKayeAuthor.com
Blog: http://laurakayeauthor.blogspot.com
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47 comments:

Mandy said...

I love lure from different cultures. This was fascinating. Count von Count, in particular, made me giggle.

Sadly, I don't have any trivia of my own to share but I enjoyed reading these.

I actually have Forever Freed open in a tab right now! I've been meaning to buy it for my Kindle.

_yay_ said...

I, too, love vampires, but have to admit that recently I mostly read books with demons as protagonists. Would love to read Forever Freed, though! Following you on Twitter: (at)_yay_
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Laura Kaye said...

Mandy--I totally laughed at loud about Count von Count! I don't know why it's so hilarious, but it just is! lol

yay--I like demons too, but vampires will always be my first monster love! ;)

Thanks for commenting!

:) Laura

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

My ancestors came from the Carpathian Mountains in Romania, living as peasant farmers in the shadow of Castle Dracula. My great grandmother had lots of interesting and scary stories to tell when we were kids, all about the evil eye, werewolves, ghosts, witches and yes, vampires!

Katrina W said...

I tend to agree Count von count was a hoot !! My little bit of trivia ;)

What historical figure is the vampire legend based on?

Attila the Hun Ghengis
Khan Vlad the Impaler.

:O) would love to read Forever Freed !!! I love vampires to !!! My fab out of all the paranormals ;)
kat

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tlynnetolles said...

What a Cool Idea! Loved it - Thanks for sharing Laura! And thanks Lisa for bringing it all together.
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Tich said...

Following you on Twitter as momof5beauties

Tich said...

And I forgot my email addy, sorry

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Laura Kaye said...

@Julia - what interesting heritage! Growing up with those stories must've been fascinating!

Good trivia, Katrina!

Thanks for dropping by and commenting, Lynne and Tich!

Thanks everybody!

Jae Lynne Davies said...

Hi Lisa,

Vampires are my FAVORITE guilty pleasure of the paranormal realm. I just can't seem to get enough of them. Really enjoyed your post and can't wait to read the novel!

Leanore said...

I just discovered this talented author recently. She's awesome!

Char said...

Laura, thanks for the fab vamp facts! I've been watching vampire flicks since about five years of age and have read so many vampire novels, I can't even begin to count von count them. :) Vamp lore fascinates me, and one of these days I'll take a break from writing women's fiction and try my hand at writing a vampire story of my own. In the meantime, bring on the vamp novels! And I look forward to reading 'Forever Freed!' Thanks so much, Lisa, for featuring Laura and vamp lore today -

Judy said...

Anne Rice's Lestat got me hooked on vampires and still love to vampire books. I am amazed how the different authors come up with their own vampire trivia for their own characters.

I already follow on twitter @ladymagnolia99

Your book looks very good!!

Judy
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Laura Kaye said...

Jae--my favorite guilty pleasure, too! I knew I liked you! ;)

Leanore--aw, so awesome of you to say! *blushes*

Char--So glad to Count von Count's such a hit today! :)

Judy--Yup, Lestat was the one who hooked me, too! Great minds!

Thanks for all the comments, everyone!

June M. said...

I can't really think of any vampire trivia but I do love reading about vamps. They are definately my favorite paranormals. I think my earlies vamp crush was caused by the movie The Lost Boys. Still love that movie.

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Laura Kaye said...

Definitely a good entre' into vamps, June! :)

DANIELA said...

Hi Laura
*waving at you*
I love "good" vamps... Thanks for the trivia, it was very interesting.

Daniela.

P.L. Parker said...

I love vampire stories. Mostly what I read. I even tested the waters and wrote my own vampire story. Was fun and interesting to research the history surrounding the vampire legends.

loves to dive said...

Fun trivia, I've read the counting thing about fairies so it was fun to see poor Count having to do it too. We had to read Bram Stoker's Dracula as one our high school lit projects. Then we had to team up and do a presentation on the book we choose. Of course, we choose Dracula and had a Dracula club. Our motto was bite the one you love, love the one you bite (it was the 70s guess what song it was taken from).

Laura Kaye said...

Glad you enjoyed it, Daniela!

P.L.--Yes, the legends are SO COOL!

loves to dive--LOL that's awesome!

Thanks for the comments everyone!

ilona said...

I like the sound of the book. I love new twists on the old vampire stories :D

Here are a few Vampire facts I have gathered over the years :D

A group of vampires has variously been called a clutch, brood, coven, pack, or a clan.

In some cultures, drinking the blood of a victim allowed the drinker to absorb their victim’s strength.

An old Slavic belief is that a Dhampir is the child of a vampire father and a human mother. They are said to have the powers of a vampire and none of their weaknesses.

The reason a Vampire casts no reflection is believed to be that a mirror casts the reflection of the soul. A vampire, being an undead creature of the night, has no soul.

Chinese Vampires are called Chiang-shihs. They were nocturnal creatures and had difficulties crossing running water. It was said that they were particularly vicious and ripped the head or limbs off their victims. They were also said to have a strong sexual drive which led them to attack and rape women. After a period of growing stronger, chiang-shihs would gain the ability to fly, grow long white hair, and possibly change into wolves.

Laura Kaye said...

Ooh! You've got some great ones, ilona! Thanks for sharing!

Nicki Elson said...

Those Moravians were a kinky bunch, huh? This trivia was totally fun. I recently learned the seed thing, but I hadn't connected it w/ the "Count"! He was my first vampire love. <3

inga said...

Hi!

During the last couple of years I have read a lot of books where vampires are part of.

Most of these books what I have read have been really good. So good that sometimes I wish they were real! I wouldn't mind knowing one, especially when they decide not to eat the human :)

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Robin said...

Forever Freed looks great! Loved your post!

Robin D
robindpdx (at) yahoo (dot) com

Laura Kaye said...

@Nicki--LOL, the Count trivia is my fave!

@I hear ya, Inga! It would be so cool (maybe? LOL) if some of these worlds were real. Totally fascinating!

@Robin--Thanks so much!

Keep those comments coming, guys!

Jennifer Lane said...

Great vampire facts, Laura! Have you read The Historian? I think that book was about Vlad but I couldn't get through it, unfortunately. Good luck with your writing.

LIESA said...
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LIESA said...

I too love vampires!! The trivia was great and yes it made me chuckle! Thanks Laura!


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