When you spend your nights chasing down psychopathic vampires it’s really important to keep fit. Vampires = vampire strength, and if you aren’t making sure to you hit those weights, you = vampire snack.

A killer workout calls for killer workout music, something high energy and motivating to keep you pushing through the pain even when all you want to do is cry, pass out and soothe your shattered ego with a pint of rocky road icecream. Or is that just me?

This is a song that I’ve come back to over the years time and again to get me pumped. Throwing punches, doing crunches or just pushing through writer’s block, this song makes it physically impossible for me to quit. So you KNOW Vanessa has this song somewhere on her iPod too.

Drowning Pool – “Bodies”

Everyone loves a vampire, but what the heck is a succubus?

In medieval lore a succubus was a female demon that came to men in their dreams in the shape of a human woman desiring to have sex with them, drawing on the man’s energy in order to sustain themselves. From the Latin word¬†‘succubare’¬†meaning “to lie under”, these creatures were often the scapegoats for monks needing a reason to explain away the phenomenon of wet dreams and sleep paralysis.

In some legends the succubus was a shape shifter, able to transform into her male counterpart the incubus so as to transfer the stolen male seed into an unknowing human woman. Children born with deformities and defects were said to be the result of these unnatural pairings as an explanation for their abnormalities.

Over time the legend of the succubus evolved to include powers such as hypnotism and mind control, as well as allowing them to take physical human form to seduce men while they were awake. They were able to convince men to commit unholy and unnatural acts, leaving them with cravings for what were seen as all kinds of deviant sexual behaviors.

“It’s not me, the succubus made me do it!”

Because of her need for sexual energy in order to survive the succubus can be likened to a sexual vampire, which is why I have made the succubus trait in the Vanessa Kensley books to be a type of lesser known cousin to the more common sanguineous (blood drinking) vampire, upposed to a dream walking demon.