Sunday, March 13, 2016

Why Vampires Should Be Visible In Mirrors

It's a pretty standard picture. Vampire walks up to mirror, mortal sees only himself. Mortal gets scared. But it doesn't actually make sense. Yes, I know it's fiction, mythology. It's really not supposed to make sense.

Nonetheless, I feel I ought to address it.

Vampires are sensitive to sunlight. Unlike Jon Koshar in Delany's "Fall of the Towers," whose epidermal refraction index has been reduced--thus he disappears in dim light, vampires have the reverse problem: death by sunlight, right? So their epidermal refraction index has been increased... if anything, they should have a more pronounced presence in mirrors.