References and Inspiration Part 1

So in today's blog post, I thought I might go into some of the cultural inspirations (beyond Twilight rage) for parts of An Unattractive Vampire. You know,

P.S. Minor spoilers to follow...


I often describe Yulric as Nosferatu-like, but really, for me, Salem's Lot came first. I remember watching this movie, probably on the Sci Fi Channel, in my teens or earlier and the vampire Barlow really made an impression.

Obviously, Barlow is based on Count Orlok .

I love Mike Mignola. His visual style is incredible and his use of mythology and folklore is pretty much the best. This is honestly the best vampire I have seen...basically ever. And so I felt the need to capture a similar image in my book. You know which one, or you will WHEN YOU READ MY BOOK!

Addendum: Another thing I love about Mike Mignola is how he adapts myths, takes aspects of old stories and creates new tales out of them. If he needs a particular legendary saint to have done something, well, he'll just make one up like in the Wolves of St. August. I call this "Pulling a Mignola" and in the process of writing this book, I realized I could do that too. Here is a particular story that I loved, but which ended up on the cutting room floor.

"St. John Pavia (1420-1483) also known as St. John of Florence or St. John of Heaven was a simple monk, who, during a near death experience, ascended into heaven where he was shown the Books of Life and Death by Jesus himself. He returned to the earth with the names of those who were destined for heaven as well as those who were destined for hell. Many were suspicious that those destined for hell were from wealthy families who could make generous contributions to the church. When faced with this accusation John just shrugged his shoulders and commented, 'You are surprised the rich are going to hell? Have you not read the Bible?'"

Erasmus Martin

I am Solomon Kane. I am a 16th century Puritan swordsman. That was how a two-man improv show began. Only later did I realize that this was actually a reference to an old pulp character written by Robert E. Howard (of Conan the Barbarian fame). He is definitely the silhouette for Erasmus Martin. The competence, meanwhile, comes both from him and from (again) Mike Mignola's Witchfinder, Edward Grey.

The Pink House

Yulric's imprisonment under the Pink House is based on H.P. Lovecraft's story The Shunned House in which a vampiric creature under before mentioned residence drains the life out of people from deep within the earth. Maybe not the best story, but it was such an interesting take on what a vampire could be, I had to use it.

The Phantom Vampire Mysteries

Take your pick.


Vampire Secrets

Vampire Secrets: as heard about in my interview with The Sword and Laser. This was the History Channel vampire documentary that Tom and Veronica had a hand in. It also served as the inspiration for the mortal vampire community in the book and for general vampire knowledge.

Anyway, that's all I can think of right now. I'll probably do another of these dealing with the various myths and legends I freely pilfered from.

Did I skip your favorite part/character/joke? Tweet at @jimmcdoniel and let me hear about it. I'll let you know where an idea came from or didn't come from.