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Vampires & crosses | Fred Clark
It's a well-established fact that vampires can't abide crosses. There seems to be some confusion, however, as to whythis is so.
I should note here, before we go on, that I believe in vampire stories. I don't mean that I believe these stories are "literally" true — they're not that kind of story. But I believe they are true stories — stories by which we tell ourselves true things so that we do not forget them.

Vampire stories tell us, for example, that any of us can have great power if only we are willing to prey on others. Feed off the blood of others and great power will be yours. This is demonstrably true. It's how the pyramids were built. And Standard Oil.
The stories also tell us that there's a downside to this predatory choice. You become a creature of the night, unable to stand in the light of day.
And crosses will confound you.
Some mistakenly think that this is because the cross is a holy symbol, imbued with religious power. But this is wrong. The symbol, like the thing itself, is powerless. And that's the point. That is why vampires can't tolerate it.
Most vampires don't believe in the cross, but that hardly matters. It's the idea of the thing that gives them fits. The cross confronts vampires with their opposite — with the rejection of power and its single-minded pursuit. It suggests that no one is to be treated as prey — not even an enemy. The idea of the cross, in other words, suggests that vampires have it wrong, that they have it backwards, in fact, and that those others they regard as prey are actually, somehow, winning.

This notion is incomprehensible for vampires. The one thing they're certain of, the thing that drives them and tells them who they are and how the world works and that they've got it all figured out is that the key to immortality is in choosing to be the predator rather than the prey. The idea that this might be wrong is so befuddling, so contradictory to everything they have chosen to be that it forces them to recoil. They can't get past it.
It has become fashionable in modern vampire stories to portray these monsters as unaffected or somehow immune to the cross. Don't you believe it. This confusion arose due to the ridiculous, contradictorily cruciform objects being bandied about these days as "crosses." A filigreed gold or bejeweled cross refutes itself, denying its own representation of powerlessness. Likewise the oxymoronic martial crosses — a problem since at least the time of Constantine — that attempt to present themselves as sanctified symbols of power. Crosses like that aren't the least bit disturbing to a vampire — they merely proclaim vampirism by other means. Vampires have been known, in fact, to have such crosses emblazoned on flags, or even to have tattoos of them etched into their undead flesh.

So the apparent immunity of modern vampires to such crosses isn't what it seems. Sacrificial powerlessness still confounds them, but that idea is no longer quite so effectively signified by this particular symbol. I've heard rumor of a vampire not so long ago being turned away by one of Margaret Bourke-White's photographs of Gandhi at his spinning wheel. Fortunately I have not had the occasion, personally, to attempt to repeat this experiment.
As for garlic, well, I'm not really sure what that is supposed to tell us, but I'm open to theories.
vampire  faith  religion  Christianity  clipblog 
12 days ago by ree
Vorsicht, bissige Juden! | Jüdische Allgemeine
Vorsicht, bissige Juden! Die israelische -Serie »Juda« schließt eine Lücke: Endlich gibt es jüdische
Vampire  TV-Serie  from twitter_favs
21 days ago by reinhard_codes
Blood of the young won’t spare rich old people from sadness and death, FDA says • Ars Technica
Beth Mole:
<p>The US Food and Drug Administration <a href="">issued an alert</a> Tuesday, February 19, warning older consumers against seeking infusions of blood plasma harvested from younger people. Despite being peddled as anti-aging treatments and cures for a range of conditions, the transfusions are unproven and potentially harmful.

In a statement, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and the director of FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Peter Marks, wrote: "Simply put, we're concerned that some patients are being preyed upon by unscrupulous actors touting treatments of plasma from young donors as cures and remedies."

Establishments in several states are now selling young blood plasma, which is the liquid portion of blood that contains proteins for clotting. The sellers suggest that doses of young plasma can treat conditions ranging from normal aging and memory loss to dementia, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, or post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the FDA.

The claims are wild extrapolations from intriguing but preliminary findings in mouse studies.</p>

Ah, mouse studies. When I wrote about science all the time, the phrase "shown in mice" always meant "won't be shown in humans". Even so, 2019 really is screwed up if one of its official warnings has to be "don't be a vampire".
vampire  blood  fda 
27 days ago by charlesarthur
The Unquiet Grave - Dexterous_Sinistrous - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
“Don’t cry,” the figure’s voice stated in what was meant to be a gentle tone as he calmly wiped Stiles’ tears away. “We’ll be together again soon, Marcello.”


After returning home to Beacon Hills, Stiles finds himself being stalked by a vampire who has mistaken him for its dearly departed lover of yore. Terrified out of his mind, Stiles turns to the pack for help—even if it does feel awkward asking for help from his Alpha slash ex.
fandom:teenwolf  Derek/Stiles  rating:pg-13  Vampire  angst  emissary!stiles  getting_back_together  Words:20000-40000  stiles_pov 
8 weeks ago by hpfan_8890
drawing of an awesome, aristocratic vampire
drawing  vampire 
9 weeks ago by excentryke
After killing a nest of vampires, Sam is haunted with dreams of the legendary Count Dracula, ultimately leading up to Dracula seeking Sam out as his next victim. Can Dean save his brother before he is turned into one of the very things they hunt? Or will Dean have to kill the one person in this world that he had sworn to protect?8,611
Sam/Dean  pining  vampire  violence 
december 2018 by Misspookielo
When Jensen sees Jared for the first time, he knows he has to make him his forever.4,218
jensen/jared  J2  bottom!Jared  top!Jensen  vampire  AU  non-con 
december 2018 by Misspookielo
First Blood
While Dean is in the vampire's lair, he learns that Sam just stood there and watched as he was turned into a vampire. In his attempt to get revenge, Dean loses sight of the main goal for a split second and the beast within him takes over. Once he has his first taste, he can never go back. And there's no way he's going to let Sam get away with this, brother or not.3,339
Sam/Dean  vampire  bottom!sam  top!dean  non-con  NC-17  dark  soulless!sam  S06 
december 2018 by Misspookielo
oh, devour me (if you really think that you can stomach me)
While making his usual rounds on patrol, Shiro encounters a vampire who’s terribly hungry for a taste of him.
fic  slash  au  fusion:BTVS  vampire  pairing:Shiro/Keith  bottom_Shiro  kink:praise  kink:biting/marking  fandom:Voltron 
november 2018 by Ishara
So You're A Vampire? - elvirakitties
Harry gets turned into a vampire by accident. He lets Severus in on a few truths and it goes crazy from there.
HP  Harry/Snape/Lucius  vampire  a:elvirakitties  Complete  160-170k  AU  bad!Dumbledore  good!Riddle 
november 2018 by quiltedlives
Vampires navigate NYC in first teasers for What We Do in the Shadows
Fans of the quirky 2014 New Zealand "mockmentary" What We Do in the Shadows rejoice, for FX has dropped the first teasers for its much-anticipated TV adaptation. The half-hour comedy looks to preserve the same deadpan humor and worldweary tone that made the original film an instant cult classic.
Waititi  vampire  comedy  television  teaser 
november 2018 by emkay

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