So Regan, I know you love Anne Rice and to me, that means vampires. What does being a vampire mean to you?
So, what about the other type of undead creature? The Zombie. Typically portrayed as a reanimated corpse with a mindless craving for human flesh, the zombie originated in Haiti with voodoo. The popularity of zombies has increased in recent years and is usually associated with the idea of a zombie apocalypse. Whether the disease is spread by an actual bite or just a transfer of fluid, a zombie infection usually spreads quickly and no one is safe. Zombies are not one of my favorite creatures and in fact, I don't read many stories about them.
I have to agree with you on that one, zombies aren't one of my favorites. There are exceptions, of course. Other undead creatures include, but aren't limited to: Ghosts, mummy's, revenants, wraiths, and poltergeists. And of course, there is one type of Magic User who is most associated with the undead, without actually being undead. The Necromancer.
The Spell Caster
I'm definitely a Potter-head for life, so I can appreciate your love for the witch.(Potter heads, unite!) There is such a wide variety of magic users, and magic-types. There are clairvoyants, telekinetic's, summoners, wizards, shamans. There are even some that can use magic to turn themselves into an animal... which IS completely different than shifters: think Merlin in a 'Wizards Duel' from the Disney adaptation, or an Animagus from HP, where the spell-caster transforms themselves into an animal. Speaking of transforming into animals...
I love love LOVE skin-walker lore. Skinwalkers are traditionally Native American's (or those with a Native American heritage) that can shift into an animal (or any animal) by will... sometimes the use of a pelt is necessary, but usually the pelt-users are evil. There have been TONS of skin-walker books to have come out in the past several years. It's not like being a were-anything, because it isn't dictated by the lunar cycle (though not all 'were' stories ARE), and the people are usually born that way, not infected... which makes them VERY similar to being 'non-human'.
That is really cool! I'm haven't read any skinwalker books,but I'll have to check them out.
Dude, I have a list. My FAVORITE is the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. (I think I read one of these.) So. Very. Good. (I thought so too!) She also has Vampires, werewolves, and... dun dun dun, The Fae, which would be a 'non-human'...
ME TOO!! I like them as the main characters, antagonists, fringe characters... all of it. I'm also a big fan of stories that have the Fae in them, but usually only if they're based on the older legends where they're pretty terrifying and capable of incredible things (Merry Gentry series is a good example, though it's SUPER X-Rated). Sometimes they seem too "human", and I like the stories where it is clear that they are NOT human, where they think differently and act differently.
I agree. I like it when Fae characters, even if they look human, act differently. These are beings that have powers we don't, knowledge we don't and have supposedly been around for thousands of years. They aren't going to act, think or be like you and me. I also like the Merry Gentry series, but it is pretty explicit (so.very.explicit). And speaking of dragons, and we were earlier, did you read the Silver Dragons series and the Light Dragons series by Katie MacAlister? If you're looking for a lighter read, check these out. I liked them! I may need to go read them again now that I think about it! I definitely will! I think we need to do a Dragon theme sometime!!!