Not sure if this should be placed here or in the Plot Development, but I guess it can go either way. Basically I'm planning a novel where three or four people decide to become vampire hunters as a joke after watching too many vampire-movies and reading too many vampire-stories. According to most stories, anyone can kill a vampire, so why not have some fun and make it your profession? So they set up a headquarter, design a website, make a gmail account and so on, then advertise their services as vampire hunters. It's mostly a joke, and they don't expect to get any jobs. And if they somehow do, they expect vampires to be like in the movies or tv-series like Buffy, where anyone can kill them. The problem is they do get a job... and it turns out real vampires are nothing like in the movies or tv-series. Real vampires are scary and dangerous. In fact, not all of the vampire hunters makes it home. Maybe none of them will. And that's the problem, right there. How do you make vampires scary? I want them to be deadly and scary, but how? So far I've managed to put together a short list on what makes a vampire scary, and I'll keep adding to it when I get tips. The list is in random order, as everything is important. * Have less vampires, but make each one count:. I learned this from computer games, of all things. If you have 50 vampires, but can slaughter them all with a kitchen knife, what's the big deal? However, if you have only a single vampire that can't be killed, it's a different matter entirely. * Change the rules: It's simple, really. We all know vampires follows a certain set of rules. They burn to dust in sunlight, can't take garlic, can't look at a cross and so on. But what if the rules suddenly change? What if a vampire attacks you in broad daylight, you toss a buckload of garlic on it and hold up a cross, but the vampire keeps attacking? Basically what if everything you knew about how to kill it doesn't work? Vampires are not sexy: Forget Twilight, House of Night, Buffy and so on. Vampires are not humans. They are not undead. I think a way to make them scary again is to turn them into animals that barely resemble humans at all. If they really are undead, make them look like humans that crawl on all four feet like animals, and make their skin decay. Instead of a sexy vampire, make it look like a decomposing corpse. * Vampires are not undead: It's fun to think of vampires as the undead, but what if they were an actual species? They are carnivores that hunts in packs, nothing else. Not undead. Not intelligent. Not superstrong. They are just animals. * Don't break the laws of physics: Meaning a vampire isn't superstrong, superfast and all that. It's stronger and faster than a human, yes, but not superfast. Also, it can't fly. It can't read your mind. It can't even see well in the dark. (it could be more like a bat, or perhaps it uses smell to locate the pray.) * They don't need to drink blood. This is just a myth. If vampires are carnivores, they would eat the victims and get blood all over their mouths. This could have been mistaken as vampires drinking blood to survive. That's a few points, but I could use a few more. Any ideas?