Wednesday, July 04, 2012

10 Reasons We Love Vamps

Top 10 Reasons Why We Love Vampires

By Kym Grosso

As early as I can remember, vampires were my favorite type of supernatural.  I guess it all started when I was a kid watching Dr. Shock.  For those of you who don’t recognize the name, Dr. Shock was the host of a 1970s TV show that played old horror movies. Dr. Shock was actually a magician in real life, but as a kid, he looked scary and the movies he played were even scarier. Every week his show promised favorites like DraculaFrankensteinThe Wolf Man, The Mummy and The Creature from the Black Lagoon.  Many a Saturday afternoon, I watched the monsters in black and white TV and loved being scared.

And up until recently, there was no denying who won the “sexiest monster contest”; after all, vampires rule.  Let’s face it; Frankenstein isn’t exactly dream guy material.  And the Creature from the Black Lagoon?  Unless you like algae- filled lakes on a dark night, he’s not the man for most girls.  And while werewolves like Alcide from True Blood and Jacob from Twilight could give any vamp a run for his money, the Wolf Man was so not a sexy beast.

So for many years in horror history, and what still holds true for many of us today is that Dracula was and is the one monster many women would actually agree to date. If we had to pick a monster dream guy, he is lookin’ pretty good.  He’s aristocratic, well-dressed, lives in a castle and absolutely focused on pleasuring women.  Okay, maybe he’s more focused on their blood than their emotional needs, but still, he’s hot.

In modern times, vampires continue to hold their appeal from movies to TV to books.  While some people ask “When will the vampire craze end?” I often see the craze as an ongoing wave that ebbs and flows but never goes away. Throughout history, vampires have been studied, portrayed on stage, TV and movies, written about, emulated and imitated.  So what makes us so attracted to these sharp dressed and sharp toothed males? 

Here are my Top 10 Reasons Why We Love Vampires:

10. Low Maintenance. They don’t usually require a woman to cook or clean very much.  Okay, I know that some women like to prepare meals.  And the saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” still applies with vampires.  But the average vampire male is usually looking for meals that are a little simpler to prepare and require no cleanup. Also, very little housekeeping is required with your vamp; no need to make the bed if your vampire sleeps in a coffin!

9. Telekinesis.  Lighting candles with a flick of the wrist.  This is a little known trick a lot of movie vampires have.  How convenient is that?  Lights on. Lights off.  No need for “the clapper” if you have your vampire with you.

8. Look deep into my eyes….Vampires can mesmerize people with a gaze and a few simple words.  I could really use Dracula to help me lose weight.  “You will not eat those potato chips!”

7. Fly Me to the Moon.  Vampires can fly through the air and sometimes even take you for a ride with them. Rush hour traffic, no problem, baby.  I’ll fly you there.

6. Bring on the Bling. Vampires, both male and female, are usually well off financially. The “wealthy vampire” is not a hard and fast rule but more of guideline. It usually is because they have been accumulating wealth over the centuries.  Even Bram Stoker’s Dracula lived in a castle, albeit a crumbling one; still, he had a castle and a second home in London.  Who wouldn’t want to visit a hot vamp in his castle?

5. Fashionistas…As Tim Gunn would say, “Make it work!” Vampires know how to dress well. There aren’t too many sloppy vamps in movies, TV or books.  And because vampires are often fond of dancing and operas, many times they don a tux and look sexier than James Bond at a casino.  Even when on TV, they know how to make casual look cool. Damon from Vampire Diaries always looks mighty fine. Need I say more? “Every Girl’s Crazy ‘Bout A Sharp Dressed Man”~ ZZ Top

4. Super strength, agility and speed.  In movies, books and TV, our lovable vampires use these skills to rescue the girl and/or win a battle.  But in reality, I could think of many reasons why this is great.  Need help rearranging furniture or moving?  As long as it’s done at night, a vamp is a good bet.

3. Immortality.  Ah yes, immortality is the one thing mere mortals will never have.  Yet, our vampires are blessed or cursed, depending on how you look at it, with living forever.  And the most appealing factor involved is that they never age.  Sure they stay out of the sun, but they never wrinkle a bit.  I, for one, would love to drink from that fountain of youth.

2. Sex Appeal Combined with Alpha Persona.  Most vamps ooze the kind sexuality that makes you want to drop to your knees.  And on top of that, they exude confidence that lets you know that if you ever got lucky with them, you would be begging for more.  Ever since Bela Lugosi’s portrayal of Dracula, women across the world have been swooning over vampires. Yes, I am talking about hot, sexy vamps like Eric Northman and Bill Compton from True Blood.  They are the kind of vampires that make you need a cold shower after watching them on TV.  “I am sexy and I know it” ~LMFAO

1. The big O!  The orgasmic bite is the number one reason why I love vampires. In romance novels, the heroines are often the lucky recipients of multiple Os simply by being bitten once by a vampire.  Not only do vampires have an increased sexual appetite and stamina, they are highly skilled in knowing exactly how to please a woman.  So while so much research over the years has focused on finding the elusive g-spot, perhaps Kinsey should have as asked a vampire what his secret is...fangs!  Who knew?

And that, my friends, is my Top 10 List for Why We Love Vampires!  I hope you enjoyed my take on it and feel free to add the reasons why you love vampires. 

Kade's Dark Embrace
BY Kym Grosso


After a series of girls are ritualistically murdered on the cold streets of Philadelphia, seasoned detective, Sydney Willows, is forced to work with sexy, alpha vampire, Kade Issacson. While working the case, Sydney finds herself inexplicably drawn to Kade, fighting the passion she feels towards him. Kade, determined to solve the case and mete out justice, is captivated by the independent, fiery detective. As he attempts to protect her from a very real murderer, Kade grows concerned that the beautiful, but very human detective, could easily end up dead should she tangle with supernatural forces that are beyond her control.

The investigation leads them into a dark and dangerous world, deep in the heart of New Orleans, where together, they search for the perpetrators of the Voodoo killings. Sydney soon becomes the target of the killer and ends up fighting for her life and love in the Big Easy. If she makes it out alive, will she give into the intoxicating desire she feels for Kade?

74,000 Words, Novel Length, Spicy Romance

book trailer for Kade's Dark Embrace 

About the Author

Kade's Dark Embrace is my debut paranormal romance novel. I have also written and published several articles about autism. I developed a late interest in writing after my son was diagnosed with autism and started advocating on his behalf. Three years ago, I started my own website, and now blog and write articles for

I live in Pennsylvania with my husband, two children and our dog, Ace. My hobbies include autism advocacy, reading, tennis, zumba and traveling. New Orleans is one of our favorite places to visit with its rich culture and unique cuisine. But we also love traveling just about anywhere that has a beach or snow covered mountains.

I love reading mysteries, romances and about all things vampires, werewolves and other supernaturals. I hope readers enjoy Kade's Dark Embrace. I have already started writing the next book in the series, about Luca, due out Fall 2012.

Twitter: @KymGrosso