I’m just going to come out and say it: I’m kind of bored of vampires. I feel like they need some RIP time – after all, you can only do so much with bloodsucking fiends before you’ve seen it all, right?
Zombies are getting that way, too. There have been a whole lotta zombie movies lately – not so much erotic zombies (though let’s not forget the B-movie named Zombie Strippers, which I watched in amused, grossed-out disbelief a few months ago), but the media seems to have latched onto zombies as the ‘next big thing’.
The whole vampire thing has just become kind of ridiculous, though – I’m not going to out-and-out bash Twilight since I know it has a lot of fans, but sparkly vampires seems to be scraping the bottom of the idea barrel a little bit!
While I’m on the subject of vampire fiction, I have to say that I loved the Daybreakers movie – the idea of humans being an endangered species because the vampires have sucked so many of us dry really made me think about it all in a new way.
Anyway, moving on from my personal views of vampires…
I wanted to see if I could write something different, so I sat down and thought about the whole vampire mythos. If I was going to write something non-vampiric, but kind of along those lines, then all the obvious things had to go. Death by sunlight, instant healing, stakes through the heart, garlic, crosses, fangs and blood-sucking…
What does that leave?
Vampires are takers – they take blood, and unless they feel like giving you immortality or sex, they don’t give you a whole lot in return. Instead of blood, I decided my ‘not-vampires’ should take human life force, which would be electrical, since the muscles in our bodies move as a result of electrical impulses sent from the brain to whatever we’re moving. Well, that’s a really simplified explanation, anyway.
So my ‘not-vampires’, which I decided to name psivores, are still takers, but they’re not blood-takers. They can pass themselves off as human, but have a good sense of where the strongest sources of food are – the most energetic humans. In addition to that, after feeding from a human, they are sustained by the human’s life force until what remains in the body is processed and renewed naturally – the way that blood cells and bone marrow regenerate.
In short, only the crazy or sicko psivores kill their prey, because without the connection to the original source, the meal doesn’t last as long. Enter the antagonist of my little story, a psychotic psivore who’s out for the biggest meals he can get – and the good guy, who’s made it his mission to stop him.
Oh, one more thing! Did I mention psivores can make human skin tingle by manipulating the electrical impulses? It comes in handy in certain spots during sex… ;)
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