Famous Mormon Vampires
Q. I've heard that there are a lot of famous Mormon vampires. Are there? Where does this idea come from?
Let's examine where the myth of famous Mormon vampires might have come from. It is true that there are many famous Mormons. Most people know that among members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) there are many famous inventors (such as the inventors of television, the hearing aid, the Browning rifle, the word processor, DOOM, etc.), famous scientists, famous politicians, athletes, businessmen, directors, singers, etc. There's even at least one famous Mormon train robber: Butch Cassidy (although he wasn't very devout).
It's natural to assume that there are some famous Mormon vampires. But this simply isn't the case. In fact, there are very few (if any) famous vampires of any denomination. Vampires are very secretive. If the general public has actually heard of a vampire, the vampire is probably not real but is either a) a fictional vampire, or b) a fake vampire.
Nevertheless, there are some people who come close to being famous Mormon vampires, who may be the basis for the rumors.
In interviews she has said that although her character (the ironically named "Faith") is frequently evil, it's just a character. It should be emphasized that Eliza Dushku isn't really a "famous Mormon vampire" because she's NOT a vampire. She plays a vampire slayer on TV.
Also, Anne Rice isn't Mormon. Where did that part of the rumor come from? Well, Ms. Rice did invite MTV's Mormon missionary and Real World star Julie Stoffer over for dinner on the classic Mardi Gras 2000 episode. Julie probably invited Ms. Rice to church with her. But even if she went, she didn't convert. So Anne Rice is definitely not a famous Mormon vampire.
Moloch The Corruptor (voice: Mark Deakins) is a powerful demon who was bound within the pages of a book by some fifteenth-century medieval monks and trapped there until the book be read aloud. Centuries later, the book arrives in a consignment sent to Giles, the school librarian. Willow is given the task of scanning its pages into the new library computer and this allows Moloch to escape into cyberspace.The character Moloch is, of course, not Latter-day Saint, but the actor that plays him is yet another Latter-day Saint actor on the Buffy series.
Blade is the Marvel comic book character played on the big screen by Wesley Snipes. Sure, he looks Mormon, but he is not actually a Mormon. (The Falcon is another Marvel character who is not actually Mormon, although he acts like he is.) Besides, it doesn't matter whether or not Blade is Mormon. He's NOT a vampire. He's a vampire HUNTER! Big difference! (Even if he's part vampire, he's certainly not a practicing vampire.)
Famous? Yes (he's an aging shock rocker). Mormon? Well... Sorry to disappoint, but it appears that's a long-standing myth. He's actually the son of a Southern Baptist preacher. But he is a vampire, if that's any consolation!
Frequently debunked hate-meister and "Evangelical" apologist Ed Decker is definitely a Mormon vampire. But he's not very famous.
On April 1st, 2002 (hmm... interesting date), we received the following email message from Jackal (firstname.lastname@example.org), posted here with the correspondent's permission:
If a celebrity were in fact a vampire, do you really think that they would just come out and admit it? Would you? For example, in the article, you used the example of Eliza Dushku, saying "It should be emphasized that Eliza Dushku isn't really a "famous Mormon vampire" because she's NOT a vampire. She plays a vampire slayer on TV." How does the fact that she plays a vampire slayer on TV emphasize that she is not a vampire? How do you know? Wait let me guess with this small scenario. Well it's not really a scenario. But I'm sure you know all this stuff because you're God... Or maybe you like following young celebrities around when they don't know and making assumptions about them based on the little bit of their lives that you see when they walk from their door to their mailbox while you hide in the bushes.
Web page created 28 August 2000. Last modified 2 April 2002.