…So suggests author Peggy Fletcher Stack with The Salt Lake Tribune in an article titled “Eat my flesh, drink my blood: Are vampires Jesus’ evil twins?”
It’s a nice fluff piece on vampirism and religion but as I neared the bottom of the article I noticed the emphasis shifted to Mormonism. The author recounts a story written in 1911 called “The Love Story of a Mormon” by a British writer named Winifred Graham in which a Mormon missionary comes to England and uses his superhuman powers to seduce a woman into leaving her fiance for him and his church. One of his powers is to raise people from the dead (like Jesus). In 1922 the tale was made into a silent film retitled Trapped by Mormons. I searched for it on Amazon.com and holy shit, it was there. Added to my cart immediately as this kind of entertainment fits my twisted sensibilities. According to the reviews it contains a commentary by by James D’Arc of Brigham Young University and the original Winifred Graham novel as well as additional information on anti-Mormon propaganda circulating at the time.
A real find for me as I collect these sort of oddities.
Stack continued on to make a comparison between the allure of the Mormon male and Dracula and how early polygamy was like Dracula and his many loves. I decided to look up the author and sure enough she is Mormon (how can you not be if you work in Utah). An earlier article she wrote that is reprinted on Beliefnet.com laments the plight of the Mormon intellectual in relation to a publication she edited and wrote for called Sunstone Magazine. I have to admit hearing the phrase “Mormon intellectual” does throw me off a bit but then I have to come back around to the fact that incredibly smart people can believe in incredibly dumb things. In some ways I consider belief in Mormonism to be worse than belief in Christianity because the hoax is traceable with court documents on how Joseph Smith was nothing more than a con man.
I guess if Mormon males have a vampire allure then the Twilight Series all makes sense. How come all the Mormon males I seem to run into are dorks like me? Though this would explain why Glenn Beck has such an influence over his followers…”Look into my eyes and do not question whatever the hell I am saying now despite those things called facts.”