Something Cool for Christmas? (For That Special Love)

I couldn’t resist.  A poem of mine, as yet unpublshed, “The Vampire’s Advice” gives instruction to a protégée to “smile, my dear, smile,/ let them think of those ruby lips/ . . . .”  Nor is my vampire the first in this strategy.  The jewelry, below, is by Salvador Dali (1945) via Facebook, courtesy of The Bram Stoker Estate, while the quotation that follows is from Jonathan Harker’s Journal in DRACULA concerning the ladies resident in the Count’s castle.


“All three had brilliant white teeth that shone like pearls against the ruby of their voluptuous lips.  There was something about them that made me uneasy, some longing and at the same time some deadly fear.  I felt in my heart a wicked, burning desire that they would kiss me with those red lips.  It is not good to note this down; lest some day it should meet Mina’s eyes and cause her pain; but it is the truth.  They whispered together, and then they all three laughed — such a silvery, musical laugh, but as hard as though the sound never could have come through the softness of human lips.  It was like the intolerable, tingling sweetness of water-glasses when played upon by a cunning hand. The fair girl shook her head coquettishly, and the other two urged her on.  One said: —

“’Go on!  You are first, and we shall follow; yours is the right to begin.’  The other added: —

“’He is young and strong; there are kisses for us all.’ . . .”


  1. Aha! I recognized the jewelry immediately (have been to the Dali museum and store several times over the years). Love the matching quote! Your story sounds brilliant!

  2. Ah, but the long quote is Bram Stoker’s, and I will agree that DRACULA is brilliant. The short quotation, above the jewelry, from the poem is mine, the last line of which is “how nice it would be to receive their kiss.” The interesting thing: I hadn’t realized how *much* my lines were influenced by “Jonathan’s” words in DRACULA until I looked up the passage specifically (having last read the original how many years ago?) to print with the picture.

  3. Oh, I figured that they were from DRACULA, mentioning Mina’s eyes, etc. –but they are your lines! How witty! All in all a good pair of quote choices. 🙂

  4. And then the ladies’ laugh, above — have I echoed it too in this passage from “Naughty or Nice,” on December 21 2011 in DAILY SCIENCE FICTION?

    “She kissed him, then, on the cheek. Then full on the lips, and laughed again, her voice tinkling like silver bells. ‘A Communist indeed!’ she had said. ‘If I were a Communist, would I do what I do?'”

    The vampiress Mignonette we may remember, in “Naughty or Nice,” had changed her name from “her old life where she had had a name filled with consonants, hard for those in the West to pronounce,” her old life having been in Transylvania, as one of the three in Dracula’s castle, from which she had fled to Paris after surviving Van Helsing’s staking.

    And what would I do had it not been for Bram Stoker? 😉

  5. Yes, I remember your adorable Mignonette! What a great story it was, too!

    Also, where would the HWA be without Bram Stoker? ;D

  6. I saw your post on BBB and just wanted to congratulate you and wish you a great release on Tears of Isis! 🙂

  7. Lexa, thanks, I appreciate it! I’m looking forward to THE TEARS OF ISIS which is currently listed as a May 2013 release by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing (the idea in part being to have it out in time for World Horror Convention in June). It will be my third prose collection — VAMPS (A RETROSPECTIVE) being all poetry — and I think of all three the one I’m most excited about!

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