This is a question that has bee gnawing away on my brain for a little while now.
I am currently writing a vampire novel, because I believe as a horror writer there are certain creatures you must write about. Vampires, Werewolves, etc. The traditional horror staples if you will.
I am now in the editing / fleshing out stages of the above mentioned novel, and the question of vampire lore is becoming more and more relevant. In the majority of novels I have read, Vampires are social creatures. By which I do not mean they like to have a pint and play darts on a Friday night, but rather, they live in groups, families, clans, nests, name it what you will. They feed and multiply at will. Yet my novel goes down a slightly different road. The key thing being that Vampires are solitary animals, and can only turn one human in their lifetime, their mate.
It is during this ‘mating period’ that they lose their immortality.
The story itself is not shocking, I am not pushing too many boundaries or that many taboos in it, so the main approach I have taken is the change in vampire culture.
One thing I don’t ever want, is to be mundane. To rehash something. I firmly believe that there is a new angle for everything, and from the majority of vampire books I have read, their clan based nature seems to be the one consistent element in their mythology? In my eyes that makes it ripe for change.