I was first taught about vampires from cartoons.
They said vampires can't eat garlic, they melt in the sun, they turn into a bat to fly away, sleep in a coffin, and die if they are stabbed in the heart with a stake. They were also immortal.
This is what Anne Rice says:
In her review of The Vampire Lestat (1985) The New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani noted, "We learn lots of 'facts' about vampires and vampire culture. We learn that they cry tears of blood, that they're capable of reading other people's minds, that they can be destroyed by fire and sunlight. We learn that 'no vampire may ever destroy another vampire, except that the coven master has the power of life and death over all of his flock'; and we learn that 'no vampire shall ever reveal his true nature to a mortal and allow that mortal to live'."
The first vampires appeared in Ancient Egypt, their origin connected to spirits which existed before Earth. Mekare and Maharet, twin witches living on Mount Carmel, were able to speak to the mischievous and bloodthirsty shade Amel. Amel grew to love Mekare, becoming her familiar. In time, soldiers sent by Akasha, Queen of Egypt, burned their village and captured the two witches. Coveting their knowledge and power, the Queen imprisoned and tortured the witches for some time; this infuriated the spirit of Amel, who began to haunt Akasha's villages and her nobles.
In time, as Akasha's own treacherous noblemen conspired against her and instigated both her murder and that of her husband, King Enkil, the spirit of Amel infused into her body as she lay dying. The shade's power and bloodlust roused her from death - reborn as the first immortal. After siring her spouse as well, Akasha and Enkil became known as the Divine Parents. To punish the twins for standing against her, the Queen had Maharet's eyes torn out and Mekare's tongue severed. Before they were to be executed, the steward Khayman sired them both out of pity.
Together they formed the First Brood and stood against the Divine Parents and their followers, the Queen's Blood.
Rice's vampires differ in many ways from their traditional counterparts such as Dracula. With the exceptions of sunlight and flames, they are unaffected by crucifixes, garlic, a stake through the heart, or holy water. Ancient immortals are almost completely unaffected by the sun. The key trait of Rice's vampires is that they are unusually emotional and sensual, prone to aesthetic thinking and sexual deviancy.
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Interesting coincedence I uploaded her entire collection to a well known book torrent site once.
"aesthetic thinking" seems to have a strong connection to the art world.
We know billionaires and specifically their wives have strong interest and connections to the art world too.
I know Q anon is not legit but something that did resonate with me strongly was "Follow the wives".
Could all the art elitists be vampires?
Vampires feed off not only blood but the energy... the electromagnetic aura of the body in a fear or lust state.
It's often said the value of original works of art is that you get a feeling when looking at them that is lacking in replicas or even 2nd prints. Like the art itself has it's own field.
Maybe it's all connected or I'm just barking up the wrong tree so someone more knowledgable can confirm/deny at this point.