V is for Vampire.
Not many people know this, but it was vampires and not witches that were my first love in horror. Maybe it was my steady diet of Hammer Horror, Dark Shadows and the Night Stalker in the 70's that would later influence how I approached my games and later horror games.
My first character was a Cleric (an odd choice for an atheist gamer I know) but he described as a hunter of the undead. I thought clerical turning was about the coolest thing ever back then. I had written a number of "house rules" on vampire based on the books I would get from my local library and all the old Dracula movies I'd watch. It also helped to have a mother and father that liked that sort of stuff too.
I recall one summer during high school, I had bought myself a VCR and hooked it up to my parents VCR and I did nothing but rent vampire movies and make copies. Bad, I know. But in my defense...well I have no defense really I was just a kid. But I copied everything I could and watched and rewatched them all. I still have them oddly enough, 13 VHS tapes in black plastic cases with no names on them. I would watch whatever I popped in. I have versions of Dracula that have never made it to DVD as far as I know and some that maybe shouldn't have. The tapes are nearly worn out now and my faves I have on DVD. But that was not the end of my obsessions.
Read tons of books, most of questionable literary quality, and pretty much played nothing but Ravenloft all through college. Yes I did wear a lot of black, had a black trench coat and liked to hang out at the only thing that passed for a goth bar in town.
And then one day I got tired of it all. I kept the books, the clothes and the game stuff, but I was not as obessesed with it anymore. In fact by the time that Vampire the Masquerade came around it barely got a notice from me.
Every so often I get that old itch. I watched nothing but vampire movies for the first few weeks of October back in my Horror Movie Challenge. I still post a lot of vampire related material here including the stats of the girls from Vampyres and Dracula, nothing like the stuff I was doing in the 80's. Most of that is not even suitable to be re-read by me, let alone re-post for the public at large to see. But maybe if I find something good.