I find it interesting that so many people attach a very hard definition and set of characteristics to a creature that most people believe never existed. In the past few years, I've heard and read many people complain about some nonsense of sparkling vampires, because apparently when they've been studied in their natural habitat, the undead do not sparkle in sunlight but instead at least don't tan very evenly. I have to admit, I've joined in on some of these complaints, because someone has to teach the youth of today what "real" vampires are all about.
Somehow I made it up until a couple of moths ago without reading Salem's Lot by Stephen King. I must say that for the most part I enjoyed the book, even though some of the anachronisms were aspects I had trouble "connecting" to. I prefer my vampires to be deadly and evil, and in King's book they are just that.
One of my all-time favorite portrayals of vampires come from the television show The X-Files. I know, no surprise there, but the two vampire episodes are among my personal favorites. What are you favorite vampire tales?