Vampires Are Us
Understanding Our Love Affair with the Immortal Dark Side
by Margot Adler
"Margot Adler's new book does what I most appreciate in a piece of writing: it makes me look at the world differently. An illuminating and fascinating work!"
—Starhawk, author of The Spiral Dance and The Fifth Sacred Thing
NPR correspondent Margot Adler explores the issues of power, politics, morality, identity, and even the fate of the planet that show up in vampire novels today.
"My own vampire journey started with the issue of mortality. But I also realized my own fascination, even love of vampires, was about more than a desire to live forever. Truth be told, I wanted to be one. And I was not alone."
Are vampires a metaphor for the way we are drinking other species, the land, and each other dry?
Vampires are far more than immortality or sex – they reflect our innermost hopes and fears.
To honor the physical, to listen to body, to enjoy the senses: This was the ethic ultimately I was to discover in Paganism.
For me, exploring vampires was a way to explore my unexpressed ‘dark side’ and occult desires, aspects of myself I neither fully acknowledged nor felt safe doing so.