I'm writing a short story for a course in Vampires. Has anyone ever attempted this subject matter for a work of fiction? Any advice from those who have, or suggestions from those who haven't but enjoy reading about vampires? It seems like a tricky subject to pull off successfully. I'd like to stay away from the humorous side - definitely want to stay away from the Twilightish love story side of vampirism. Here is my idea, in short: Young boy (Alex) and his twin brother Sam (both 10 yrs old) are orphaned after their parents die in a car accident. Alex, upon meeting Susannah, a stunning red-head orphan of 6, immediately falls in love with her in a big brother sort of way. However, one of the nuns, Ms. Caroline (it's a Catholic orphanage) is overly protective of her, and constantly seems like she's trying to keep Alex away from Susannah. She comes off to him as mean, scary, and smelling of garlic. Alex discovers that he can get time to play with Susannah after dinner - around dusk - when Ms. Caroline is attending mass. They start to become close friends, and Alex is intrigued by Susannah's charm and extensive imagination. Example: she thinks she's 38...and has many stories of traveling around the country with Mrs. Caroline. Alex chalks this up as fantasy. Things start to get weird as Alex spends more time with Susannah. He finds blood on her clothes - finds her pet cat dead - etc. Mrs. Caroline finds out that Alex and Susannah have been sneaking out at night to play. She is furious. Alex's twin brother is found dead. Susannah and Mrs. Caroline disappear. 30 years later - Mrs. Caroline contacts Alex, needing him to take custody of Susannah...who is still 6, stuck at that age because she is a vampire. Of course I'll develop the characters more, but there is a dry bone outline of what I'm thinking for the vampire short. Any suggestions is much appreciated!