Wednesday 23 April 2014

AtoZ Day 20: T is for Thrall, Tlahuelpuchi, The Twins Effect

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A thrall is a vampires servant, so called because they are enthralled by their master.

Ludwig is a good example from Dracula: Prince of Darkness. He is perfectly harmless, a creator of beautiful books, until he comes under Dracula's influence, at which point he becomes his minion.

Many vampires are said to have mesmeric powers as a way to trap their prey. We used to have a cat who could stare at a bird and make it walk off a branch into his waiting paws, but I'm pretty sure he wasn't a vampire.

The idea that the will can be taken away is frightening and yet also freeing. Thralls are subject to the will of their masters so they are not responsible for what they do.

Is there a vampire you wouldn't mind being a thrall to?

Creature Feature:


This is a vampire from East-Central Mexico and is rather a sad case because it is the victim of a curse. This vampire is not turned it is born this way and cannot do anything about it. They don't even find out what they are until puberty. (Wikipedia) expands on this saying the vampire lives with its family and must be protected and cannot be killed by a member of that family or the curse will continue to the next generation.

According to Haunted Curiosities these mostly female vampires are the epitome of evil. Once they come into their powers at puberty they have an insatiable thirst for human blood and they can shapechange into animals.

Garlic onions and metal will repel this vampire and they can be killed by chopping off their head with a metal blade.

Movie Recommendation:

Title: The Twins Effect (aka Vampire Effect)
Rating: 15
Summary: Prince Kazaf is the last of the European vampires who are being hunted down by a rival vampire duke who wants their power. Kazaf relocated to Hong Kong where he meets and falls in love with Helen. What he doesn't realise is Helen's sister, Gypsy, and Gypsy's mentor are vampire hunters. With everything in the mix it's going to complicated.
Why you should watch this: It's fun and entertaining. It's a film out of Hong Kong so it has kick arse martial arts and it definitely has its tongue in its cheek at points. Definitely never going to win points for depth, but it is worth watching.

Gloves Off 
(#20 in The Diverse Life of Ianthe Jawara, Vampire)
by Natasha Duncan-Drake

Ianthe was no longer in a mood to play games. She had thought she wasn't before, but now she was furious. Her stalker knew things about her that could only have come from the supernatural community. Someone was selling her out and she was pretty sure she knew who.

Ren let her in without argument and gave her an obsequious little head nod as she marched into his cellar. Lilith stopped by the door, guarding it as if she knew exactly what Ianthe had in mind. Ren clearly noticed, however, he wasn't expecting it when she grabbed him by the front of his grubby shirt and pulled him towards her.

"Look into my eyes, Ren," she commanded.

His face filled with shock.

"You can't ... it's not allowed ... you ..."

Ren tried to look away, but it was too late.

Ianthe did not like mindless puppets and this was the first time she had ever used the power she knew she had.

"You are mine, little man," she said and let the vampiric energy in her veins flow towards the surface.

She had seen Alex do this; she knew her eyes would be glowing bright red and, for once, she wished she could see herself. It was child's play to invade Ren's mind and push his will down deep. She didn't snap it, even though she knew she could have; she didn't want Ren as a slave forever.

"I am yours," Ren repeated dutifully.

This was why vampires of certain bloodlines were feared. They were strong in body, but they were stronger in mind. Very few supernatural creatures could stand against those with such dominant powers of the mind.

"Tell me the truth, Ren," she commanded, "you are helping this hunter."

"Yes," Ren replied, his expression blank and his voice lifeless.

He was in her thrall and she could have ordered him to kill himself if she had wanted.


"He pays well and I don't like you," Ren replied simply.

She almost laughed.

"What have you given him?"

"Weapons and information about your habits and where you live," Ren admitted without hesitation.

"How did he get into my house?"

"I drugged your cleaner in the pub, copied her key and made her tell me the routine of the house," Ren explained.

Ianthe had to hold her instincts in check as the need to kill flashed through her. This rat had broken the first rule of the supernatural community in selling out to a human and he had allowed the priest to invade her home. The vampire in her saw it as a very simple solution; kill until there was no danger left. Luckily for Ren the part of her that retained human decency was in control.

"I should rip your throat out," she hissed at him, baring her fangs and letting her control of his mind drop.

He screamed and stepped backwards crashing into his work table. The smell of urine filled the air and she realised he'd wet himself.

"If you want to live you will tell me every detail you gave the priest," she said, her tone as cold as ice. "I will know if you are lying."

Now she had been in his mind that was perfectly true and Ren whimpered, but he nodded.

A few of us discovered that we all had supernatural themes for the AtoZ so we got together and did a mini list. If you also have a supernatural theme (ghosts, monsters, witches, spells etc), please feel free to add yourself to the list.

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  1. When I first started writing, I had an idea for a vampire story where the vampires were normal until a certain age. Sounds like they fit Tlahuelpuchi pretty well. Maybe I'll revisit that story now that I know about Tlahuelpuchi. =D

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  2. I love how different cultures have different versions of vampires. The Tlahuelpuchi sounds like a sad tale. But the shape-shifting aspect is cool. If I were to be a vampire, I'd want to be able to shape-shift. ;)

    1. Shape-shifting does sound like a cool power doesn't it :)

  3. That sounds like one super cool cat!!

    Tlahuelpuchi sounds like a very interesting type of vampire, albeit a sad way to 'become' one. I like the shape-shifting aspect, too.

  4. I think I wouldn't mind being a thrall to Adam from Only Lovers Left Alive, he's a moody sod, but he has a certain charm, plus it would be great getting visits from Eve :)
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  5. I can think of many Vampire book series that I enjoy because of the use of minions, as well as the fact that the vampires can be born instead of made, even ones where they can shift into mist. Great post today.

  6. Oh yeah. Vampire Effect is SO coming home with me. *runs off to Amazon*

  7. I can't think of any vampire I'd want to be a thrall for. I need to read more books first to make that decision :). Anyway, the links in this post for information will come in handy for me oneday. Zen .. what a sellout! http;

    1. You'd definitely need to make a thorough investigation before choosing something like that :)

  8. Thrall doesn't seem to be used much in vampire fiction these days, a shame because I bet some interesting stories could come of it.

  9. Hi Tasha .. I'd never thought about a thrall stemming from that derivation - so obvious! The mexican vampire - very sad .. but I agree the shapechanging is interesting ..

    I'm really quite happy I live in the normal world .. and can't envisage half these things !

    Cheers Hilary

    1. I think the normal world can be just as tricky sometimes ;)

  10. That is a very unique vampire. I don't think I have ever heard of it before.

    Timothy S. Brannan
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    1. I hadn't either :) it was the most interesting one that came up for T.

  11. I have vampire servants in my story, but I had no idea they are called Thralls. That is interesting and very good to know. :)

    1. I read the term years ago and always liked it :)

  12. Favourite minion ... I'm going comical here, it has to be Peter MacNicol (Renfield) in Dracula Dead And Loving It, so funny!
    Who would I love to be a Thrall to, has to be Dracula from the TV series. He could control me all day every day. ;)
    Ianthe showed a great deal of restraint with Ren, if it were me, I would've ripped his throat open and watched him die. :)

    1. Oh yes, he was very funny :).
      Well Jonathan Rhys Meyers is very pretty ::g::
      Ah, now I see your viscous streak coming out ::g::

  13. Ooh! The rat's a traitor... Yikes. I never particularly liked the idea of a thrall. I mean, yes, a mortal assistant is necessary if the daylight rules apply, but I suppose the servitude and lack of will was always what bothered me. In one story I've penned, there is no thrall, but rather a mortal who is a willing servant and friend.

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    1. I think the idea of a slave bothers most people these days, but I suspect some vampires would be old fashioned.

  14. I always thought the vampire thrall was one of their more incredible features. It makes them just a little more terrifying.

    1. The ability to take away all will is rather scary isn't it.

  15. Oooh, I like lanthe put her bitch heels on! I'm kinda surprised it was Ren though. Moving on to the next installment.

  16. I'm simple, I want to be entralled to a female vampire that looks hot naked. I wish I had more depth than that, but I am what I am.

  17. Yeah, wouldn't mind being thralled by gerard butler in Dracula 2000. Mm mm mmm.


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