“There was a deliberate voluptuousness which was both thrilling and repulsive, and as she arched her neck she actually licked her lips like an animal, till I could see in the moonlight the moisture shining on the scarlet lips and on the red tongue as it lapped the white sharp teeth. Lower and lower went her head as the lips went below the range of my mouth and chin and seemed to fasten on my throat. I could feel the soft, shivering touch of the lips on the supersensitive skin of my throat, and the hard dents of two sharp teeth, just touching and pausing there. I closed my eyes in a languorous ecstasy and waited - waited with beating heart.” —Dracula by Bram Stoker
The so-called love bite, a temporary red mark that is more often than not caused by a lover sucking or biting on the skin, has been a main element in supernatural romances since the beginning. Bram Stoker’s Dracula wrote the bite of a vampire for blood (food) as a way to sexualize his novel during the Victorian era, effectively creating a “requirement” that has appeared in almost every vampire (and other supernatural beings) novel since. Vampires sucking the blood of their victims is almost always written as a symbolic gesture that mimics the taking of one's virginity and/or the exchange of bodily fluids during sex. More often than not, the vampire bite is likened to a quick pinch of pain (the breaking of a woman’s hymen), that leads to a feeling of ecstasy until the feeding ends in a climatic, dare I say orgasmic, finish.