Are vampires immortal? Or can they be killed? The answers are yes and yes. We are not talking easy, not talking simple. Killing a vampire is a difficult, frightening task at best, and all but impossible unless you have studied the literature and are possessed of Seal Team bravery, cunning, and implacable intention. The end game is simple: drive an aspen stake through the heart, followed immediately by decapitation, the two parts then buried a considerable distance apart. (One wouldn’t want the two parts to rejoin, would one?)
As is often said by politicians, the devil is in the details. We have recently learned that vampirism is not caused by a bite on the neck. It is caused by a mutant gene in one’s DNA. Those relatively few unfortunates can carry the gene for a lifetime and live a normal life if the gene is never activated. But if activated, the hapless male or female ceases to age and begins a hellish descent into the state traditionally called “the living dead.” They lose their mortality. And they begin to acquire special powers, but many of those powers have to be cultivated and practiced. Among the most difficult of the occult powers is the ability to transfer one’s consciousness into another being, as Spock did in Star Trek. Another is to become invisible. These may take centuries to acquire and refine. More about vampire special powers in our next blog.
If you are a vampire aficionado you likely have read Vic Brown’s Vampire Resurrection. One traumatic scene shows Morgan Bradford, a vampire for 325 years, performing the Rites of Charna to kill two vampires who were undergoing “radical unwinding”—death-like decomposition without any hope of actually dying. Morgan had studied the rites and was able to kill both vampires (a husband and wife), a death they ardently desired.
So, yes, they can be killed, but only using arcane practices. You can’t shoot a vampire and expect him/her to expire; you would only incur the vampire’s wrath . . . not at all smart. There you have it. Ritual killing, including assisted suicide, should eventually rid the world of vampires. But there is another way. A better way.
A secret project at Harvard’s genetic lab produces startling results. Scientists discover the gene that causes vampirism and perfect the surgery to remove that gene, thereby liberating the victim from vampirism and returning him/her to normal, mortal human life.
The sequel to Vampire Resurrection—Vampire Embrace—focuses on the race between Harvard’s genetic scientists and a secret cell in the Vatican: the OVFS, Order of the Vampire Final Solution. Since 1925 the OVFS has been finding and killing vampires.
Will the OVFS succeed, or will most vampires be enticed to renounce their condition and undergo Project Resurrection in Harvard’s genetic lab? Can vampirism ever be totally eliminated?
Vic Brown lives in Williamsburg, VA. He is the author of two vampire novels and a soon-to-be-published memoir, Sleeve an’ Me. One of his novels, Viking Lady, won grand prize in the Maryland Writers’ Association’s annual novel contest. He is currently working on a novel about a paleoanthropologist, Chandler Reynolds, working a dig near Johannesburg, South Africa. She encounters the last living humanoid from a long-deceased race that dates back many thousands of years, and. . . .