The past few days I have had the chance to talk over the script with those who will be participating in the reading. Here's the question - what attacks Aubrey Porlock in the first arc?
Not who. That is evident when you read the play. But what? It that a vampire? How does Aubrey become what he is?
This is the story of the evolution of the vampire, or how what we think of when we think of vampires came into being.
They did not use to glimmer. But then, they did not always burn to a crisp in the daylight, nor did they always become a vampire from drinking the blood of another vampire.
Once upon a time, the words witch and vampire were exchangeable. So, too, was the idea of a ghost or a revenant - an animated corpse. The rules were flexible. They were evil, unholy, they could curse you, or drink your blood. Did they need the blood to survive? Who knows. Did they like Peter Murphy? They don't say.
Like a werewolf, there were beings who walked as human during the day, but the power of the moon would change them. I believe we have a being like this in this play. The rules bend as the years progress. But it all goes back to the power of the night to scare us, and transform us into our worst nightmares.