Vampirizing Animals: Is It Going Too Far?

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This topic always come down to the system and if it’s even possible.  Most times, the vampire infection is human-only, so it makes no sense for animals to get turned.  Those that appear to be are really ghouled or under magical control.  So, is there any history of true vampire animals?

Well . . . I can’t find anything.  I went searching and I found a bunch of paranormal sites that said it was possible.  Yet, I couldn’t find any of the stories moving beyond their original sites, which means they’re probably fiction.  Forums state that vampirizing animals is impossible for a variety of reasons.  The most common reasoning I found is that turning requires that the victim has a soul, which animals don’t have.  I don’t really agree with this because I think all living things have some kind of spirit.  Another argument is that vampirism requires drinking vampire blood by choice, which is something that an animal can’t do.  This is system dependent.  The list goes on, but there are ups and downs to this in the first place.

A Few Benefits to Vampirizing an Animal

These creatures will tend to be overlooked by people.  Even with red eyes, they might not draw much more attention than they normally would.  This means they can work very well as spies that the vampire can look through or talk to.  Unlike human vampires, animals don’t have any ambition to move up the ranks of society.  That means no backstabbing unless you forget to feed them or abuse them.  They can also act like an surprise force against your enemies.

A Few Downsides to Vampirizing an Animal

The biggest one involves vampires with a weakness to the sun.  Animals won’t always know to stay out of it, especially at the beginning.  They’ll only know that something is different once they turn and their instinct might be to hunt.  So, they could rush into the sun and then panic while in pain, which results in a quick death.  That hunting instinct is an issue too since animals would lack the ability to control their urges like humans.  A vampire will be found out pretty quickly if they turn a bunch of squirrels that end up eating half the town.  This is probably why it’s better to mind control or ghoul them because you can dictate their actions.

In War of Nytefall, I wasn’t really sure where to go with this.  I hint that vampires look down on turning animals, but that’s coming off as a proper society type of thing.  Many vampires still turn animals for various reasons, which can range from loneliness to wanting an expendable agent.  Then there’s Bob who makes horse and camel vampires because he wants to have a collection of mounts.  In his defense, he treats these animals like they’re his babies and will fight anyone that threatens them.  Honestly, this is probably the only area that the question comes up for me so far.  I do have an idea for one of the future volumes that requires strange vampire hybrids and toying with different vampirized monster species would fall under this category.

What do people think about vampire animals?  I know we’ve seen some games and shows that do this with zombies, but vampires aren’t very common.  Is this something you would like to see more often in the genre?

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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43 Responses to Vampirizing Animals: Is It Going Too Far?

  1. Bats, Owls and other nocturnal animals might be good as vampires, Charles – daytime animals, probably not the best subjects to vampirise 🧛🏻‍♂️

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  2. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Come join the conversation over at Charles’ original blog post 🧛🏻‍♂️🧛🏻‍♂️🧛🏻‍♂️

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  3. kytwright says:

    Your world, your rules. It’s as simple as that.

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  4. I have never heard of a vampire animal. I think vampires only feed on animals when they are desperate.

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  5. If I were a vampire I think it would be nice to have a vampire dog to keep me company. Just have to figure out how to feed it.

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  6. L. Marie says:

    Interesting subject! I agree with kytwright. You can do what you want in your world. I like the idea of vampire animals (besides vampire bats).

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    • I haven’t really touched on it because it felt like something that the vampires would frown upon. If they’re trying to remain a secret then having a bunch of Dawn Fang beasts running around is a problem.

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  7. Tina Frisco says:

    In my opinion, any myth is open to attribute tweaking and reassignment, and anything is possible in fiction and world building. E.g., nonhuman animals aren’t affected by the sun due to their unique genome, where a base pair of DNA protects them from the sun’s harmful rays.

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  8. Interesting list of the pros and cons. I vaguely recall a children’s book I had twenty odd years ago that had a suspected vampire rabbit in it…
    I personally don’t know if I’d really like to see many vampire animals, but that’s just me.
    Odd… WordPress still won’t let me like your posts, I don’t know why, it lets me like other blogs.

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  9. I think it’s all in the telling. If there is a reason, and it’s done well, why not. Don’t fall asleep in the field where vampire snails roam.

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  10. Reblogged this on DSM Publications and commented:
    Check out this post from the Legends of Windemere blog on vampirizing animals.

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  11. I’m with you on the soul thing. Also, I don’t see why you can’t have vampire animals. In fact, there are vampire cows in “The Little Vampire” movie.

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  12. It seems like I remember some animals in vampire movies, like horses, having a sensitivity and neighing or otherwise showing fear in the presence of vampires. But on the other hand, animals like wolves are long associated with vampires as possible servant creatures. It might depend on whether the animal is naturally a predator, like the wolf, or prey, like the horse. I’m not sure if cats would be inclined to vampirism or not since they are predators but other animals can also prey on them.

    I think if I was a vampire I would look for a common creature such as a dog or crow, that would be able to move around freely dyring the daytime, when I myself woukd have to hide from the sun.

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    • Vampires have a history of ghouling the ‘darker’ creatures of the world. Bats, rats, wolves, and snakes come to mind. The thing is that ghouling is different than vampirism. A ghoul possesses increased physical abilities, but not the rest of the abilities.

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