Long before Stephanie Meyer introduced us to Camp Edward and Camp Jacob, there was Barnabas and Quentin Collins, resident vampire and werewolf of the gothic serial Dark Shadows. I was too young to wrap my head around a day time soap opera (I still can’t do it) but the paranormal elements kept me mesmerized. I remember rushing home from grade school to catch the latest episode, enraptured by the vampires, werewolves, ghosts and witches that ran rampant at Collinwood Manor. Jonathan Frid portrayed brooding vampire Barnabas with David Selby in the role of smoldering werewolf, Quentin. From the moment I spied Quentin, I knew I was slated for the Wolf Camp. Don’t get me wrong—vampires are sexy and hot but, as a writer of paranormal romance, I’m drawn to the conflict of change that overtakes a werewolf every full moon. Throw in the enchantment of silver and you can practically feel the ghost-whispers creeping up your spine.
Not to diss the vamps—I’ve done my share of swooning over the fanged set—but when it comes to choosing sides, you’ll find me roaming the night-blackened hillsides and joining in the chorus of howls. That’s why I cursed the hero of my current novel-in-progress (Caleb DeCardian of Weathering Rock) with lycanthropy.
Conflict. Turmoil. Angst.
As every good writer knows, there’s nothing like a flawed character to create an emotional bond. So, whether you’re Camp Edward/Barnabas or Camp Jacob/Quentin, the result is the same now as it was decades ago–tortured heroes are hot!
If you had to choose, which would it be—Vampires or Werewolves?