Why Don’t Vampires Have Reflections?

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Not all vampires, but a classic characteristic of many vampires is that they don’t have reflections. While other traits (aversion to the sun, hypnotic abilities…) might make sense, the lack of a reflection is a little more unusual. Why don’t they?

Angel, how do you shave?

There are two theories about this (that I’m aware of):

  1. Mirrors used to be backed with silver, a pure metal that an impure creature like a vampire can’t tolerate. In some mythologies vampires can’t touch silver, either, usually being burned by the metal if they come into contact with it. The aversion is so deep that even the vampire’s image can’t interact with silver.
  2. There is a belief that mirrors reflect the soul. As beings generally without souls, vampires have no reflection.
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Do you know of other reasons vampires don’t have reflections? What’s your favourite quirky vampire trait? Share in the comments…

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Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Quote "The shadow is the greatest teacher for how to come to the light." via Ram Dass. Shadow, darkness, solstice, vampires.

Happy Winter, everyone (or summer if you’re down under)! I hope you’re all enjoying the season, and getting ready to welcome the new year…

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End of the Year Book Sale

It’s that time of year again– the Smashwords end-of-year e-book sale has begun! Get Love Lies Bleeding for 25% off (and as usual, Blood Magic and Tooth & Claw are free)! The holidays are a great time to catch up on your reading (or maybe even complete a challenge). Download my books and get started right now….

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Vampires in Art

“The Vampire II” by Edvard Munch

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The Vampire II by Edvard Munch by The Art Institute of Chicago is licensed under CC-CC0 1.0

Given the fear of (and fascination with) vampires that humans have had since pretty much all of recorded history, it’s no real surprise that they’ve featured in art, along with literature, film, and music. While most of us are familiar with the pop culture images of vampires, I think many are far less so with the depictions in fine art. Here are a few examples of vampires in art– enjoy…

“The Vampire” by Phillip Burne-Jones

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The Vampire by Philip Burne-Jones, 1897 (By Philip Burne-Jones – [1], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=79637054)

I couldn’t resist sharing this photo of the artist with a cat:

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Okay, back to the vampires…

“Lamia” by John William Waterhouse

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Lamia by John William Waterhouse, (1905), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

“Le Vampire” by R. de Moraine

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lithograph by R. de Moraine (1864)., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

“Vampire Woman” by Michael MacNeill

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Vampire Woman by Michael MacNeill (2013)

“The Kiss” by Ambrogio Alciat

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The Kiss by Ambrogio Alciati (c. 1900). Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

In early vampire mythology, one of the ways vampires would kill their victims would be to sit on them and crush them or steal their breath. There’s a fair bit of overlap in the mythologies of vampires, nightmares, and incubi/succubi.

“The Nightmare” by Henry Fuseli

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The Nightmare by Henry Fuseli (1781), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

What’s your favourite work of vampire-themed art? Share in the comments…

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Vampire Madness!

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One of the more interesting YouTube channels out there is Joe Scott’s, and my favourite videos of his are when he covers the strange and unusual. I was extra excited today when I saw he posted about vampires in New England, so I thought I’d share (please make sure to give him a like and subscribe to his channel).

What do you think? He touches on a few of the things I’ve mentioned; if you want to learn more about vampire lore, check out these posts:

5 Vampires You May Not Have Heard Of

5 More Vampires You May Not Have Heard Of

Another 5 Vampires You May Not Have Heard Of

Yet Another 5 Vampires You May Not Have Heard Of

A Further 5 Vampires You May Not Have Heard Of

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By the way, Happy International Cat Day! Give your favourite fanged furballs (and your local cat rescue) some extra love today! ♥

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If you prefer paperback, use this link to order Love Lies Bleeding from Bookshop – a portion of each sale goes directly to independent bookstores, as well as to myself. Thank you for supporting indie! ♥

Cheers,

Aspasía S. Bissas

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