Vampire Survival Guide
Well, this was a project we had to do in our English class. We had to create a Vampire Survival Guide. The purpose of the guide is that it teaches you about vampires and how to survive them if they attack you in different places. This project consisted in gathering information from our book Dracula by Bram Stoker and using quotes and elements from the story to backup our guide.
We made four different sections with two subsections for each one. The first section was about describing vampires and it mentioned the vampires’ strengths and weaknesses. The second section was about the vampires’ habitat. This described vampires that could be found in a castle or in a city. The third section was about what you would need to survive a vampire. Here we mentioned a hunting kit and how to be prepared. Finally, in our fourth section we talked out being rescued.
Here is part of my survival guide:
Vampires are dangerous creatures that may kill you in sight if they want to. This is a guide that will help you to survive if you encounter with a vampire. Just follow the simple advice that we are about to give you, and you will survive if you cross paths with a vampire. Well, probably!
Section 1: DESCRIPTION OF VAMPIRES
In this section you will find some characteristics that will help you realize when you are in front of one of these strange species that need to suck your blood in order to survive.
· VAMPIRES’ STRENGTHS:
Vampires are very powerful; they are able to control the climate and animals just like Count Dracula did. They are specialized in sucking blood by biting your neck. In the darkness of the night, vampires have their powers at its peak; they are faster, stronger and have the ability to transform themselves into a bat.
“There was no door near them, and they could not have passed without my noticing. They simply seemed to fade into the rays of the moonlight and pass out through the window, for I could see outside the dim, shadowy forms for a moment before they entirely fade away.” Page 47
· VAMPIRES’ WEAKNESSES:
If you want to attack a vampire, please pay attention to these recommendations that will help you confront this species.
Always, no matter what, wear a crucifix. This scares them away because all religious objects are a danger to them.
Holly water burns them. Also, if you have the opportunity, put some garlic flowers in the affected zone, this will keep them away because of the powerful smell keeps them away.
The other option is to expose the vampire to the sunlight, because they lose their powers. Besides, you can attack them with a wooden stake in their heart, and finally kill them.
“And he suddenly made a grab at my throat. I drew away, and his hand touched the string of beads which held the crucifix. It made an instant change in him, for the fury passed so quickly, that I could hardly believe that it was ever there.” Page 30
Section 2: VAMPIRES’ HABITAT
Vampires are commonly found in lugubrious, desolated and dark places, such as castles.The castles that vampires live in are located in cold somber places, where the sun barely touches the highest tower of the castle. It is usually located in a place surrounded by thick green foliage.
Most of the castles that vampires live in are in ruins; the towers ARE destroyed, the main structure nearly falling, etc. All of the castles owned by vampires are desolated from society. They are far away from towns or populated places.
“(…) in the courtyard of a vast ruined castle, from whose tall black windows came no ray of light, and whose broken battlements showed a jagged line against the moonlit sky.” Page 16.
If you encounter an empty castle, avoid it, because it might be a vampire living there, awaiting for an innocent’s presence like yourself in order to suck your blood.
If you are in the city, you must avoid empty and dark places, and try not to go out after sunset.
If you are in the city at night, do not walk alone, always have company. It is more difficult to vampires to attack if you have reinforcements. Under all circumstances; no matter what happens do not go to a creepy, dark and empty alley. In closed spaces, it’s easier for vampires to attack you, because they can block every possible route of escape you might use, and attack you quickly before you can even scream.
(At night) ”The town seemed as dead, for no soul did I see.” Page 109.
"I could see the seat and the white figure, for I was now close enough to distinguish it even through the spells of shadow. There was undoubtedly something, long and black, bending over the half-reclining white figure.” Page 110
As you can see, being alone in the city at night can be very dangerous, because at night all the terrifying creatures are lurking in the dark.So, what we are trying to tell you is: Do not leave your house at night alone. Unless you want to die!
Concluding, I can say that I enjoyed doing this work a lot because I love vampires and I learnt a lot more about them. Doing this was really fun and I hope you enjoy reading it too.
Florencia Muñoz, 2nd Senior