Church ladies and Christian publishers have a prejudice against supernatural fiction. They particularly despise anything with vampires in it. An agent who specializes in Christian fantasy and science fiction has told me that “Christian” publishers will not consider anything with vampires in it. Even if the vampires are the villains, the heroes are Christian and the story demonstrates the power of God over evil. It doesn’t matter. By definition any story with vampires is anti-Christian. This is garbage.
Dracula and all the traditional vampire stories from before Anne Rice applied her post-modernist touch to the genre are the very definition of Christian fiction.
Dracula is a story of how Evil invades a little English town. How just a touch of it spreads through seduction, by offering a fake eternal life. How seeking the promise of eternal life on your own terms leads to a life of murder and misery. And how the inhabitants of that town were helpless against the Evil when they relied on their own strength.
But when Professor Van Helsing arrives, armed with the scriptures and ancient wisdom he was able to teach the people how to rely upon the Cross for protection. Eventually by their resistance, Dracula was forced to flee and was finally destroyed.
In these stories the things vampires are said to be vulnerable to include the cross, holy water, communion wafers, the spoken word of God, prayers, hawthorn (the plant used for Christ’s crown of thorns) and garlic. That last is the only one that doesn’t demonstrate the power of Christianity.
I’ve seen several old movies where the village priest has lost his faith and is thus unable to resist the vampire. This is an object lesson teaching exactly what it is that has power over Evil. It’s not the Church; it’s Christ.
Those old vampire stories are about as Christian as a Sunday School lesson. (And a lot more interesting.)
But I understand why modern day church ladies despise vampire fiction. Since the 1970s the genre has been turned on its head. Now the vampires are the heroes. They are literally rock stars.
And the “good guys” who fight them don’t bother with the Christian tropes anymore. They don’t spout scripture like old Van Helsing. After the first season Buffy the Vampire Slayer never used crosses again. Why bother when a good roundhouse kick never fails?
No, the modern vampire slayer employs Wiccan magic and martial arts. They’re often allied to vampires (Angel and Spike) or might actually (like Blade or Bloodrayne) be a vampire themselves. Everything Christian has been neatly edited out. In the movie Bloodrayne the Christian vampire hunters are so inept they have to hire a half-vampire to save them from the vampire. (And in the end that plan succeeds about as well as you’d expect.)
But it’s not surprising that vampires would be seen as heroes in our post-modernist world. After all, the secular world doesn’t believe in an afterlife. Here is all you get. Therefore the seduction of a vampiric eternal life is strong. They have no faith in anything else.
In a Christian worldvew the lure of the vampire is strongest to those who have no faith. Those who believe in Christ and God’s promises know the “eternal” life offered by the vampire is a counterfeit. It’s not eternal, merely thousands of years, and it’s not life. It’s a living death. It’s hard to miss that symbology when they sleep in a coffin and drink the blood of the living.
Christians should reclaim the vampire genre from the post modernists. This was a fiction genre that was once uniquely Christian.
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