I Want to be a Vampire (and you should too!) - Karen Essex Guest Post and Giveaway!

Dracula in Love

I Want to be a Vampire (and you should too!) 
By Karen Essex

Friends and readers, let me give it to you straight.  I do not want to die.  It’s that simple.  And now that I have written a vampire book, Dracula in Love, and fully explored the advantages, I really, really thirst to be an immortal. 

Oh, I am not afraid of death.  I believe beyond a shadow of doubt in the immortality of the soul.  I am absolutely certain that death will be a pleasant, if not ecstatic experience.  I always believe that the best is yet to come, and I extend that belief to life after death.   If life is good, then death will be great.     

On the other hand, I am conflicted.  I know that my consciousness is eternal and that I have probably lived many lifetimes in one body or another.  But I really like this body.  It looks good enough, is aging better than I expected, and most of all, is very healthy.  It has always done what I ask it to do: crawl, walk, run, shoot baskets, dance, contort into weird yogic positions, sprawl on the couch.  What more could I ask of a hunk of flesh and corpuscle? 

I also very much like this mind; the one that is communicating with you right now; the one I educated for years and years; the one that has read thousands of books and written six of them.  Do you have any idea how much work that’s entailed?  Why would I want to start over with a mushy baby mind that can’t string a proper sentence together when I already have this finely tuned machine that once did calculus and can still turn out five pages of smoking prose even on a down day?  Why?

So you see, despite my optimism about the glory of the death experience, in the end, this birth-age-death-rebirth cycle just does not work for me.  I’m sure many of you feel the same way.  That is why I decided to look into other options. 

In fact, to write Dracula in Love, I studied every sort of magic and mythology having to do with immortality, and I concluded (along with Dracula) that the best and most attractive option, at least for me, is vampirism.  As Dracula himself might have worded it, if life is good and death is great, then how much greater is undeath?

Practically speaking, vampirism could facilitate sweeping globally change!  We could amortize the enormous investment we’ve made in ourselves over a few centuries at the very least.  One of the most depressing things about studying history is that humans do not learn by the mistakes of their ancestors.  Every generation has to learn its own lessons in its own time.  But imagine a world in which a good segment of the population was immortal.  These ancient beings, having been witnesses to so much history, could be our most valuable advisers and our most trusted and wise voices.  The accumulated wisdom and knowledge in each undead brain would rival the world’s greatest libraries, and, being immortal, would not be vulnerable to the sorts of things that have destroyed the great libraries of the past such as fire, flood, earthquakes, or marauding hordes of warriors. 

Thing is, we are very close to being vampires already.  Every generation has longed for a fountain of youth but today we actually have youth-extending tools that enable us to reject the very idea of aging. We have stem cell treatments, hormone therapies, miracle herbs and vitamins, cosmetic surgery, and loads of medicines that can keep us alive and looking good past our expiration date.  I often run into people who look better than they did twenty years ago!  It seems that we are vampirizing ourselves already.

The idea is definitely catching on.  For centuries, vampires were terrible monsters reflecting cultural fears; now they are more glamorous than rock stars and reflect our deepest fantasies. You can’t throw a stone without running into a woman looking for a Dracula or a Cullen to give her Eternity (and I don’t mean the cologne). 

Did the vampire community secretly finance a multi-billion dollar image improvement campaign?  I think so, and I also think it’s working; I don’t suppose you want to join me for a snack?

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  1. Very neat post. I enjoyed the author's theory on life and death. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. This one looks very interesting.

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  3. Cool guest post! I always enjoy reading about others' takes on various classic stories. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. It looks like an interesting story.
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  5. Very cool post! While I don't necessarily WANT to be a vampire, I do love reading about them. I do have a cousin who I traveled to Scotland with who refused to take out his fake vampire fangs while we walked around though, so maybe it runs in the family :). Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  6. Thanks for the giveaway. I really want to read this book. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  7. What a great contest. I would really want to win this.

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  8. I agree with the author, I don't want to die, BUT...and it's a big but...I don't want to be a vampire. I have to read this book!
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  9. Good post. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  10. I want to be a vampire, too! I don't just want not to die, I want to experience the whole supernatural experience! Thanks for a really great post and an awesome giveaway:)

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  11. Interesting post! :-) I can't wait to read this book! Love me some vampires.


  12. Very intrigued by this one!

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  13. What an intriguing post! I particularly like Karen's comments on our society's obsession with you and vampirism. I never connected the two together before...


  14. Have seen this book a lot lately, I am really wanting it. I love vampires!


  15. This looks like a very interesting read, I can't wait to get my hands on it! Thank you for the chance at winning a copy :)


  16. My favorite reads are vampires, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

  17. Sounds really interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!


  18. Sounds great! Enter me please.

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  19. I would love to read this! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. Wicked awesome! This one has been on my want list. Thanks for the opportunity. (Hugs)Indigo


  21. This sounds very interesting! Thanks for the giveaway.


  22. Looks like a great book
    great giveaway
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  23. I would really love to read this book!!!! It looks amazing!

    Rachel Leigh
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  24. I wanted this book when it first came out as a hardcover...was so glad to see and ADULT vampire book with believable content and adult views and real sex...none of that teenie booper stuff thank you very much ;) Wonderful guest post and would so love to win a copy. Thanks for hosting. Roberta
    yes...I have your blog in my google reader ;)

  25. I am new to the vampire books and so far love them! I have never read a Karen Essex book, but I sure would love to. Awesome post! Thank you :)


  26. I have heard great things about this novel! I can't wait to read it :) :) Thank for this chance to win it!


  27. Here's my entry for the Dracula in love.

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  28. all very valid reasons to be a vamp.


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  29. I have never heard of this book before but I love the sound of it. I can’t wait to read it.

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  30. Interesting post. I'm not sure if I'm really looking forward to death, but the book looks good!

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