Cloudy and chilly day. What better thing to do than curl up in front of the computer and read online magazines no?

Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series' first novel, 'Twilight' spawned the movie of the same title. Robert Pattinson played vampire Edward romancing the human Bella played by Kristen Stewart. Second movie in the works. Alan Ball of HBO liked the books of "The Southern Vampire Mysteries" so much that he successfully created the TV series 'True Blood' on HBO (with the nod of author Charlaine Harris).
What is it about blood-sucking night creatures feeding on humans that generations of readers and viewers alike find irresistible?

Here's an article on the history of vampire literature. From scholars' successive annotations of Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' as arguably the most widely-read work that shaped the development of the genre. The layers of meaning bringing readers closer to just why we find vampires fascinating. Quite a read.