I've got two reasons for thinking that maybe I shouldn't. I mean, of course, people will mention the term here and there, because otherwise that would just be avoiding the obvious. But I think, as the "primary term", I might want to use something else. The first reason is, people like avoiding cliches and adding a sense of elegance to thinks by avoiding the use of the actual word of it. Some examples are Shiki where they call vampires "Shiki" (meaning "Corpse Demon"), which a vampire got from a book from an author they admired. Another example would be The Walking Dead with how it avoids the term "zombies" by calling them "walkers". I'm not a fan of the series, but I admired that touch. Another reason is, I think the term is too romantic. When my story starts, the only people who really know about vampires are people who dedicate themselves to killing them. I don't think they'd humble their enemies as much as to call them "vampires". Vampirism is a real illness that they want to keep contained so nobody finds out and wants to become immortal themselves. So I really doubt they'd want to use such an endearing term. I thought about calling them "infected" or something, but it's too generic. I don't even have a name for the virus. And of course something like "blood-suckers" just sounds weird. I do want it to be cute, like "Shiki". Just not explicitly "vampire". I was already sort of avoiding the term by having people just say "they're sick" or "I'm sick", which I think works really well, as it avoids the term but doesn't really go out of it's way to actually avoid the term. It's a very delicate balancing act, I think. So, given this information, my question is, what do you think a good name would be?