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Vampires: Undead of a different vein alive and well in Colorado

Douglas Brown
The Denver Post
(cm) FEXXVAMPIRES_CM Employees at the Wizard's Chest store in Cherry Creek wear the popular vampire costumes on Thursday October 8, 2009. The movie "Twilight" has made the Halloween standard a very popular costume choice this season. Group portraits pairs, left to right: Ali Elrick and Jon Alberico. Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post
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Forget those vicious vampires made famous by scary guys like Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee. Today’s vampires are downright sweet: lovesick teenagers, studly heartthrobs, folks just like you and me – except for that taste for human blood.

And right now, the mythical creatures are sinking their fangs into every aspect of pop culture. Books, movies, television series, video games, even the cover of this month’s Playboy magazine, have put vamps front and center.

This Halloween, vampire costumes are in particularly high demand. Fancy $25 fangs are among the most popular things on the shelves, said Errin Johnston at Halloween USA, a seasonal costume store in Boulder.

“I’ve had young girls come in, and they wanted the teeth and the outfits to go along with ‘Twilight.’ They think vampires are cool.”

The popular “Twilight” book and movie franchises aren’t the only things turning vampires from dark to desirable – a new generation’s James Dean. The smash TV show “True Blood” and scores of adolescent novels present vampires as the coolest, and cutest, guys in school – attracting enamored teens and, undoubtedly, causing consternation for their parents, raised on the double- crossing vampires of Anne Rice novels and shows like “Dark Shadows.”

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