My Life as an Archetype III

vampire
n. the reanimated body of a dead person believed to come from the grave at night and suck the blood of persons asleep

From French vampire or German Vampir.

In academia-land, the Female Vampire is classified as a Femme Fatale. While I don’t disagree, I’ve chosen to separate them into my own Vampire Archetype simply because they are all vampires.

Carl Jung theorized the vampire may be the projection about what man dislikes about himself or the projection of his own fears about himself:  The Shadow – and one person discusses the Vampire being an excellent model for a (woman’s) Animus – being that (male) Vampires are a little more in touch with their feminine side. (hmmmmm…..)

“…the rich history of the female vampire serves to remind us that she did not appear recently as some feminist response to a heterosexual male-dominated society, but has been with us since the dawn of creation…the female counterpart to the Byronic anti-hero…vampiric femme fatale…” link


Vampires are connected to Pluto which rules Judgement
Judgement is the card of transformation
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In Eastern Europe RED HAIR was associated with vampires. link  link

The Taga Clan was an Irish Vampire Clan (rough & tumble – loved to get into fights, were outspoken,
wild, unpredictable, crazy, and absolutely incapable of being tamed) link

(but did they have red hair????)

Countess Elizabeth Bathory ~ aka “The Blood Countess”
Carmilla
Lemora
Akasha ~ Queen of the Damned
Lily Munster ~ The Munsters (1964)
Miriam Blaylock ~ The Hunger (1983)
[played by Catherine Deneuve]
Claudia ~ Interview with the Vampire
Vampirella [also daughter of Lilith]
Darla & Drusilla * ~ Angel
Lily ~ Kindred: The Embraced [played by Stacy Haiduk]
Santánico Pandemónium ~ From Dusk till Dawn (1996)
[played by Salma Hayek]
Selene ~ Underworld [played by Kate Beckinsale]
Marie ~ Innocent Blood (1992) [played by Anne Parillaud]
Katia Vajda ~ Black Sunday (1960) [played by Barbara Steele]
[also Witch]
Draculaura ~ Monster High
Lilith ~ Bordello of Blood (1996) [played by Angie Everhart]
Regine Dandridge ~ Fright Night 2 (1988) [played by Julie Carmen]
Vampire Girl ~ Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
[played by Maila Nurmi, aka Vampira]

Carmilla


Barbara Steele in Black Sunday

Barbara Steele
(Black Sunday)


Drusilla & Darla (Angel)

Drusilla & Darla (Angel)

(There were so many references and articles about the connection between
lamia/Lamia and Vampires, I decided this needed inclusion.)

“In ancient Greek mythology, Lamia was a beautiful queen of Libya who became a child-eating daemon. In the myth, Lamia is a mistress of the god Zeus, causing Zeus’ jealous wife, Hera, to kill all of Lamia’s children and transform her into a monster that hunts and devours the children of others…Later traditions referred to many lamiae; these were folkloric monsters similar to vampires and succubi that seduced young men and then fed on their blood.” link

lamia
n. (Classical Mythology) one of a class of female monsters
n. female demon; a vampire or sorceress

From Latin lamia, from Greek lamia (female vampire); literally “swallower, lecher” from laimos (throat, gullet).

The Lamiai (Lamiae), Empousai (Empusae), and Mormolykeiai (Mormolyceae) were fearsome demons which assumed the forms of beautiful women to lure young men to their beds – where they fed on their flesh and blood. Behind the illusory facade the creatures were truly demonic: the Lamia had the tail of a serpent in place of legs, while the Empousa had flaming hair and two mismatched legs (one of brass, one of an ass). The Empousai and Lamiai were the ancient equivalent of vampires and succubi.  link

Lamia is the first vampire-type creature in history who was not a god or goddess, the first who was originally human.
link  link

‘I was now in a wing of the castle further to the right than the rooms I knew and a storey lower down…
I suppose I must have fallen asleep…I was not alone…’ (Stoker 1897, “Dracula”, Chapter 3)

Come meet my darkest Archetype…

‘In the moonlight opposite me were three young women…they threw no shadow on the floor…Two were dark, and had high aquiline noses, like the Count, and great dark, piercing eyes, that seemed to be almost red…The other was fair…with great masses of golden hair and eyes like pale sapphires…All three had brilliant white teeth that shone like pearls against the ruby of their voluptuous lips…burning desire that they would kiss me with those red lips…The girl went on her knees, and bent over me, simply gloating. There was a deliberate voluptuousness which was both thrilling and repulsive…I could feel the soft, shivering touch of the lips on the super sensitive skin of my throat, and the hard dents of two sharp teeth…I closed my eyes in languorous ecstasy and waited, waited with beating heart.’
(Stoker 1897, “Dracula”, Chapter 3)

“The Brides of Dracula are characters in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula. They are three seductive female vampire ‘sisters’ who reside with Count Dracula in his castle in Transylvania…In the novel the three vampire women are not individually named. Collectively, they are known as the ‘sisters’, and are at one point described as the ‘weird sisters’…” link

(1931)  The Brides were played by (in uncredited roles): Geraldine Dvorak, Cornelia Thaw and Dorothy Tree – with Bela Lugosi as Dracula.

I remember the first Halloween I dressed-up like one of the brides. I was pretty young (maybe 6 or 7). I had found a dress in a thrift store that I thought resembled a “shroud” and happily went out trick-or-treating in it, safely assuming I would be recognized as one of the undead. I knocked on the door of this one house. A large man answered the door and he and his wife proceeded to gush over my “princess” costume! I immediately corrected them, declaring myself a VAMPIRE – not a princess!!!!

(I should’ve worn fangs…)

Subsequent Halloween vamping has been carried-out with a heavy dose of eye makeup, red lips, and flowing black dresses.

(I haven’t been mistaken for a princess since.)

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(1936)  Gloria Holden played Countess Marya Zaleska.

Where to begin? Although I was way too young to grasp the concept,
“The film is also notable for the possible first appearance of sapphic vampirism – the love that dares not spell its name.”  link

sapphic
adj. relating to lesbians or lesbianism

“The lesbian vampire has been a trope in literature dating back to Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1872 novella “Carmilla”. Dracula’s Daughter marked the first time that the trope was incorporated into a film.”  link

Being a kid, the only thing I “grasped” was her darkly mysterious, enigmatic presence – especially powerful being that she was the one brunette in a sea of blondes.

Anne Rice has cited the film as inspiration for her vampire novels, and named a bar in Queen of the Damned “Dracula’s Daughter” in its honor.

The Addams Family TV series (1964-1966)
Played by Carolyn Jones.

With her long black hair and skin-tight, black dress, ‘Tish’ more than exemplified the iconic Vampiress! She even raised man-eating plants – and was especially fond of an “African Strangler” named Cleopatra.

(I wonder if this is where I subconsciously formed my love and fascination for carnivorous plants.)

Their rival, The Munsters: “a satire of both traditional monster movies and the wholesome family fare of the era”, supposedly achieved a higher Nielsen rating. Not surprising:

  • The humor was more sly and subtle compared to the dumbed-down laughs on The Munsters.
  • Albeit macabre, the Addamses were portrayed as a very loving, close-knit family, whereas The Munsters more closely resembled the average household.
  • Ergo, the American TV viewer could relate easier to The Munsters (my mom preferred the latter’s “nagging mom/henpecked dad”).

HONORABLE MENTIONS

LUNA
Mark of the Vampire (1935)
Played by Carroll Borland

MARIANNE
Brides of Dracula (1960)
Played by Yvonne Monlaur

VAMPIRESS
Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966)
Played by Barbara Shelley

Carmilla
Encyclopedia of Vampire Mythology
Fire Vampires
List of Fictional Vampires
List of Vampires in folklore & mythology
List of Vampires in popular culture
Our Vampires are Different
Sexuality & the Vampire
The Vampire Project
Top 10 Female Vampires in Literature, Film & TV
Top 25 Sexiest Female Vampires of all time
Warriors of Myth: Vampire
Elizabeth Bathory:
Bathory (film)
Countess Elizabeth Bathory
Elizabeth Bathory in popular culture
The Hungarian Horror Show
The Many Faces of Erzebet Bathori

I once had a dream about a Vampire Horse…
Vampire Horse


Which FEMALE Vampire are You?

– and for EVERYONE:
What KIND of Vampire are You?
WHICH (well-known) Vampire are You?