Pandora’s Guidebook to Vampires: Part VI


Hello darklings, Kidna Styx here.

Welcome to part six of Pandora’s Guidebook to Vampires. My vampire friend Pandora Grey Blackheart just had to debunk a few supernatural misconceptions about vampires...


After reading all the vampire propaganda out there, how could anyone believe that vampires don’t have a reflection? I suppose all the movie vamps, especially the Anne Rice variety, just wake up looking that good after sleeping in a coffin all day? No coffin bedhead? I doubt they would rely on a henchman to tell them if they had a cow lick or misplaced makeup.

I don’t see how vampires could possibly have a problem with mirrors. I know I’d be super annoyed if someone told me I had a pimple and I couldn’t look at it in the mirror—Well, happily, we don’t have to deal with acne, but you get the idea.

How did the myth get started? I’ve heard that some vampires started it back in the Renaissance to cover themselves if people got suspicious and a Van Helsing wannabe popped up to cause trouble.

Vamps don’t have many weaknesses to speak of, however, an angry mob in the middle of the day can put a severe kink in one’s chain. So, to avoid being found out, they made sure to spread around as much misinformation as possible—Like, ‘oh I’m not a vampire, vampires can’t be seen in a mirror and can’t stand crosses. I clearly have a reflection and just came back from communion.’

The wannabe hunter would employ stupid tests like that to catch us. Unfortunately, if they ever caught a ‘vampire,’ it was because they employed Salem Witch Trial type methods—e.g., if you were unfortunate enough to have a large birthmark, they would say it was the Devil’s Mark and call you a witch, which means they were guessing.

However, all the vamp hunters ever caught were a bunch of unlucky humans. Should they have caught the real thing—well, let’s just say it would not have turned out too well for their accuser.

The only beings that can contend with vampires are other Supernaturals and Hunters who use far superior methods of dealing with unruly vamps than simple silver mirrors.


Well the good thing about a mirror is that when shattered it makes a pretty good stabbing tool. Take that for what you will. You can definitely cut a vampire, perhaps enough to get yourself out of its grip. However, unless you have a piece the size of an executioner’s axe, I wouldn’t count on it stopping your fanged aggressor for long.

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  1. Like anything, the sub-genre’ of vpimare fiction will have a life-cycle. But I can’t see vpimares (or werewolves) being totally *out*. Maybe people will set them aside for a while and chase after the next thrilling chilling whatever, but vpimares have been around for a long time, made a strong comeback, and have a lot to offer. You could almost make them a class’ of hero archetype at this point. I know I will always sit down to read a new twist on the theme. I hope others feel the same.How many of the other types of romances are there? Do the die-hard fans ever get tired of the swash-buckling pirate or the pent-up duke? The rogue-ish highlander? The gun-slinging cowboy? The rich corporate suit? Nope. They want more. I think/hope that fang-junkies will prove to be the same.In my mind, story trumps all so as long as it’s told in a way that sweeps me into a new exciting world, I’m game!

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