The Psychological Appeal of the Fictional Vampire

Please welcome today’s Guest Host, Roxanne Rhoads, author of Hex and the Single Witch.


Vampires give us what we need.

The strength to fight the bad guys, the smoothness that gets the girl, the sexiness that grabs the guy, forever young, beautiful, powerful…

By living vicariously through vampires we can fulfill all of our fantasies. Vampires become extensions of ourselves, a way to deal with the monster inside, accept it and enjoy it.

Consider this quote from Richard Dyer that appears in the book The Lure of the Vampire by Milly Williamson.

If the vampire is an other, he or she was always a figure in whom one could find one’s self…the despicable as well as the defiant, the shameful as well as the unashamed, the loathing of oddness as well as pride in it.”

The image of the vampire, everything that the vampire represents, is a way to accept and revel in everything that makes us odd and everything that we would love to do and to be.

In the book Blood Read this quote graces the introduction written by Joan Gordon and Veronica Hollinger:

An ambiguously coded figure, a source of both erotic anxiety and corrupt desire, the literary vampire is one of the most powerful archetypes bequeathed to us from the imagination of the nineteenth century.”

And now, in the twenty first century the literary vampire is still one of the most profound archetypes of any literary character or monster that we see today.

The vampire on the page still reigns supreme as he (or she) embodies more universal feelings of desire, empathy, and oneness than any other creature. The literary vampire lets us fully live out that wild existence and forbidden experiences in our way, vicariously through the words on the page. And even though the author leads the way we still use our own imaginations and desires to come up with an image that is each uniquely our own-not those pushed onto us by Hollywood.

The vampire in a book is each and everyone’s own personal fantasy. And now we have so many to choose from we can decide which book, which series, which vampires we love the most.

And fulfill that need inside us that reaches for something different while still finding something of ourselves in the Other.

My newest book, Hex and the Single Witch, is the first book in the Vehicle City Vampires series. Anwyn, the heroine, has a vampire love interest, but he has some serious baggage that comes along with him. She wants to get past that because he is everything different she craves. He is Other, like her so he can accept that she is not human. But her family does not like vampires- so he is forbidden. Galen represents everything Anwyn desires- something familiar yet forbidden and dangerous at the same time. 


Hex and the Single Witch
Vehicle City Vampires Book One
By Roxanne Rhoads
Anwyn Rose is descended from a long line of powerful witches yet she can barely cast spells young witchlings have mastered. She has one functioning witch gift, the power of knowing, which she puts to good use as a Detective on Flint’s Preternatural Investigation Team.

It’s a new era in Vehicle City, supernaturals are running the town.

The P.I.T has their hands full with paranormal crimes. Top priority is a serial killer, who appears to be a vampire, draining young women in the city.

Anwyn is on the case with her sexy partner Detective Mike Malone. Complicating things is her relationship Galen, a vampire who looks more guilty than innocent, although Anwyn trusts her instincts even if her power is on the fritz.

Mysterious spells, compromising situations, and a possible demon on the loose make it hard to focus on the case, but Anwyn has to make things right before the human police execute the wrong vampire.

Hex and the Single Witch contains magick, a little bit of mystery, a lot of supernatural mayhem, and a sexy love triangle that will leave you wanting more.

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About the Author:
Story strumpet, tome loving tart, eccentric night owl…these words describe book publicist and erotic romance author Roxanne Rhoads.

When not fulfilling one the many roles being a wife and mother of three require, Roxanne’s world revolves around words…reading them, writing them, editing them, and talking about them. In addition to writing her own stories she loves to read, promote and review what others write.

Roxanne is the owner of Bewitching Book Tours and operates Fang-tastic Books, a book blog dedicated to paranormal and urban fantasy books.

When not reading, writing, or promoting Roxanne loves to hang out with her family, craft, garden and search for unique vintage finds.


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4 Responses to The Psychological Appeal of the Fictional Vampire

  1. thanks for hosting the tour 🙂

  2. Ann Gimpel says:

    Great post, Roxanne. Vampires are projections of our shadow side that actually make the forbidden far more acceptable. You nailed it in today’s post. Hex is on my TBR list.

  3. Loved the post! Just right for a girl like me who likes a sexy neck-biter. 😉

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