Carnacki’s List of Top 10 Favorite Vampires

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In answer to questions posed by Ardeth Blood and a long-ago emailer, my favorite vampires:

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Bodhi from Baldur’s Gate II is No. 9 on my vampire list.

1. Lucy Westenra. From the original Dracula and from my novel, The Mystery of the Haunted Vampire. She plays with her victims.

2. Dracula (Marvel comics version 1972-1979). This was the version that I grew up reading and my first introduction to vampires.

3. Dracula (1932 movie version). Classic.

4. Valeria. The vampire at the heart of The Traveling Vampire Show by the late Richard Laymon arrives late in the novel and after a long build up she does not disappoint.

5. Marcilla/Carmilla/Mircalla Karnstein. Ingrid Pitt plays a vampire who changes her name to live with and seduce her victims in The Vampire Lovers.

6. Spike. I’ve got to go with Blondy Bear over Angel. “You listen to me. I’ve been alive a bit longer than you and dead a lot longer than that. I’ve seen things you couldn’t imagine and done things I’d prefer you didn’t. I don’t exactly have a reputation for being a thinker. I follow my blood which doesn’t exactly rush in the direction of my brain so I make a lot of mistakes. A lot of wrong bloody calls. A hundred plus years and there’s only one thing I’ve ever been sure of. You.”

7. Dracula (1992 Dracula version). The best is when Gary Oldman is playing the old version of Dracula, entertaining Jonathan Harker at his castle in Transylvania. Amusing, dangerous, congenial, maniacal all in one and all believable as a vampire.

8. Dracula (original novel by Bram Stoker). The original vampire version of Dracula has got to be on the list, but his low ranking is due to the fact that the Count does a lot of fleeing from the hunters and spends more time than he should seducing the women. Nevertheless, he does feed on a baby and turns the wolves on the child’s mother when she arrives at the castle doors so he’s got that going for him. It was a lot of fun for me trying to figure out why Dracula traveled to London when I wrote my novel.

9. Bodhi. Possibly a surprise pick, she’s a vampire in the computer RPG Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn. She’s the sister of the game’s lead villain, who turned to vampirism after being punished with a curse to strip her of her elven immortality. She appears to enjoy the dark nature of vampires immensely and the character’s avatar moves with a speed and grace to be expected of a vampire.

10. Kurt Barlow (Salem’s Lot by Stephen King). He revels in evil. He doesn’t suffer remorse like many other modern fictional vampires. He wants to drink blood and kill. Plus he owns an antiques shop in a small New England town. How could he get more evil?

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13 Responses to “Carnacki’s List of Top 10 Favorite Vampires”


Hello and WOW, what a fantastic site you have here!! It reminds me of going into a record or book store — there’s too much I want to see!

Barlow is one of my favorites, too — love his ego, it so fits my idea of what a really creepy vampire is like.

And I do so love Dracula in the original book — if only because he says, “Enter freely and of your own will,” — in terms of the “invitation rule” this is very slithery of him, I must say!

So, although my blog (and book) are about vampire “slaying” I’d love to link to your site because it’s so wonderful. Please let me know if it’s okay with you — perhaps you don’t wish to be associated with slayers!

Thanks and I’ll keep looking around.



Claudia, Thanks for the kind words. I’d be happy for you to link to the site and will exchange links with a slayer any day. 🙂

jake caoduro

hi u know nouthing of us or me ur stupid chieldish and dumb if u want to meet a real vamp go to austrailia vic and there is a school in bulleine called
marcellin look for 2 boys i named jake caoduro and the outher marc caoduro
jake is a vamp marcs a werewoulf good luck.

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A vampire at a Catholic school… interesting.

…who can’t spell ‘childish’? Dumb.

…who doesn’t realize he’s posting on a year-old post? Dumber.


Members of the Vampire Defense League are well aware of the Caoduros. We know you – you are members of the Ordur of Baed Spellerz. Vampires like you have been a terror to English teachers and a bane to comment threads for ages. Yes, your kind is taking over the WORLD and all those who love the written word tremble in horror at the increase in your numbers.


vanpires would hath to be the coolest thing to walk the earth. im not one my self but i know one hes 18 him selfand is afrraed to get to close to any one just in case.
they’ve got youth buitey ans strangth and some have magic powers that are rar to find.


I saw it all,i heard it all,i saw it FALL……I killed them all, SLAINE youre a kind king…..Vampires,el-riders,take me as youre true king! SLAINE,the horned god, Jislum,Fryslân,the Netherlands


Is it a joke? A story that became popular and lost the bite. The monsters eyes lose fear when everyone just pretend to wish they were real.

but they are.


is it forum of vampire lovers?


i have many vampire lover friends so they turned mi into one too!!


Whoa. I NEVER knew there were such things as vampires
Any who…
You guys absolutely rock!!!
Oh and dude…




Yeah vampires are
wonderful creatures
i hope they apear
for all human eyes
some day!i’ll be
waiting! I just love
their existence

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