Kinky Vampires

Now that’s a post title!22

First, we need to put aside any argument that “the vampire genre is dead” — no pun intended. Just because we’re not flying on Twitlight-level mania anymore doesn’t mean that those of us who love vampire stories aren’t still here and BUYING. Hell, I adored vampires of all kinds for as long as I can remember, and that won’t be changing anytime soon. Remember: vampire lore is as old as humankind, and the thirst (pun intended) for stories about them, from horror to erotica, came along WAY before they were all the rage a few years ago (AND SPARKLED!). The market is smaller, yes, but those of us who love writing and reading them still will. THE VAMPIRE GENRE IS UNDEAD 4EVA!

So. Let’s just talk about vampires and KINK instead. Specifically BDSM. The most common less than positive comment I got on my short story IF WISHES WERE SHADOWS was that it was more dark and violent than people expected. Some were squicked by it, others were more along the lines of, “… but I didn’t really mind.” (I’ve always thought it needed a stronger than standard warning… 50 Shades-style, it ain’t.)

There’s a method to my madness, at least in this case. Vampires are fascinating to me for a lot of reasons, and many of those feed directly into why I like writing them in hardcore kink situations.

1. Bloodplay — In “regular” people, bloodplay squicks me out. I guess we can call that one of my “Hard Limits,” because it reads to me like injury rather than play. I like it in my thrillers and horror, but not sex. WHICH IS NOT TO SAY THAT THERE AREN’T PERFECTLY SANE, SAFE, AND CONSENSUAL PEOPLE WHO ENJOY BLOODPLAY IN REAL LIFE. (You can read more about safe human bloodplay here, if you’re interested.) For me, however, the blood aspect of vampires is intrinsic to their mythos and their appeal. I’ve always believed that the need for blood is tied directly to their pleasure centers. It’s about more than survival, it’s about life force, about possessing that which they lack because they’re no longer alive. It feels good, to bite, to drink, to be satiated. It’s about sharing with a lover in some instances. With vampires, it’s an orgasmic kink I can’t do without.

2. Built to Last — Vampires are nigh-on indestructible. They can’t catch diseases (at least in my stories thus far), they can’t be permanently injured. Vampires can take part in BDSM (and other) activities that would probably kill any human (and enjoy it) without any lasting damage.

3. Immortality — While I don’t necessarily enjoy the old trope that all vampires eventually get so bored and lonely that they kill themselves from the misery of it all, I DO believe that living for decades, centuries, or even millennia, can get pretty damn boring. I think vampires seek varying kinds and level of adventure and danger. Maybe even crave it. It’s not necessarily sensible or sane, which is a no-no in human BDSM. But vampires are fictional, and in some aspects, monstrous and about as non-human as you can get. It’s like Angel once said, “I can walk like a man, but I’m not one.” If you’re a fan of more scary vampires (I’m looking at you, The Strain and Nosferatu), then you REALLY know what I mean. But even the sexiest ones aren’t human, and many of my favorite vampires (Lestat, early Spike, Deacon Frost, Henry Fitzroy, Eric Northman, The Lost Boys, Darla and Vampire Willow come to mind. Plus Lilith Silver from the cult hit Razor Blade Smile, which I love. Of course, she’s more into wholesale slaughter than anything else.) love activities that make humans go, “Oh, no, I don’t think so.” But to some degree, I think every vampire loves a special or different sensation, even if they don’t know it. Experimenting with BDSM certainly fits the bill. Challenging their immortal bodies is fun.

4. Pleasure and Pain — This may spring from the blood+sexuality aspect I mentioned before. It might stem from altered sensation in vampires. All their senses are said to be heightened in many traditions. If you add together those, throw in some pre-turning personality, sense of adventure, and what I’ve always imagined was the power structure of vampire society, you’ve practically got a pre-made BDSM universe. The elder is the dominant vampire, which translates perfectly to being the Dom. The younger vampire knows their place, and makes a natural sub. But there is a deep, abiding bond between Sire and Child(e) that strikes me as a great (albeit dark) parallel to the healthy BDSM couple (or more *G*). Where problems might come in with published fiction are matters of consent. I don’t feature a lot of Dom Sires sitting down to write out contracts or come to agreements with a sub vampire who essentially owes their life to them. S/he made the Child, so s/he has every right to destroy them. The Sire doesn’t have to pay even a bit of attention to what the Child wants, because the Child belongs to them. Slave/Master, but without the Safe, Sane, Consensual traditions of the real human BDSM community. When I say “dark” in describing my vampire BDSM, I mean DARK. You’re a pretty lucky vampire sub if your Master actually cares about getting you off. Or knows that whatever s/he does is going to get you off.

In addition to this, I think that vampires are wired differently because of their relationships to light/dark, life/death, and a morality that may not touch the human scale anywhere. I’d almost say that I think of my vampires as amoral in human terms — they live by their own choices, their own law, and that’s it. I think pain and pleasure are very much entangled in vampires by their very nature. The bite as the basis of their existence makes pain a natural companion. They like to give it, they like to receive it (to varying degrees, of course, depending on the individual and their place in the hierarchy), and HELLO DUNGEON.

Writing about vampire BDSM is a lot safer and less restricted than writing it for humans in my opinion, and for that reason I have to admit, it feels easier for me. It’s not much of a challenge to choose BDSM fun for characters who don’t need to have physical limits to keep them safe. I also like that I can really explore depths of Sadomasochism that might be really squicky using human characters.

In conclusion (she said like a crappy high school essay writer), Vampire BDSM Yay! I’m working on a sequel to IF WISHES WERE SHADOWS, so we can explore both the relationships established in that story, AND more fun with Dark, Hardcore BDSM!

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