A few weeks in the past G/O Media had a casket delivered to the workplace. We acquired a crimson purple burial fixture from Titan Casket as a result of my colleague, Kevin Hurler, has made Taylor Swift a aspect of his character that may be mined for blogs, and this casket (in a unique colorway) was featured in her Anti-Hero music video. Naturally, he tried to sleep in it, lasted about half-hour, and went about the remainder of his day.
I don’t have any specific emotions someway about Taylor Swift (she’s fantastic, I suppose? No shade to Swifties, y’all do you) however I do care quite a bit about a couple completely different vampire exhibits and I’ve a deep and abiding have to decide to the bit in any state of affairs. Naturally, I scheduled time with the casket and despatched a pitch to my editor: “What if I tried to sleep within the casket like a vampire?”
We mentioned just a few completely different choices: lid open or closed? (Open, for security, though this was rapidly disregarded day-of.) Would I spend the night time within the casket or the day? (Daytime, clearly, that’s when vampires sleep, duh.) Would I be capable to deadtweet from the casket? (Completely not, mentioned my editor. I did it anyway, as a result of I believed that it might be hilarious. Fuck the person.) Ought to I costume up as a vampire? (We mentioned sure, however then I noticed I must put on a vampire costume in a casket for hours and I made a decision to not. Sorry, I’m genuinely upset about this one.) Would Molly Taft, one other colleague, costume up as Guillermo de la Cruz and stand guard my casket? (Sure, they’d. Nevertheless, they didn’t.) All these particulars sorted, I made my manner into the workplace.
There was only one small snag. I used to be nonetheless alive. Everybody is aware of that vampires are undead creatures of the night time, and I used to be nonetheless very a lot a dwelling, respiration member of the human race. Fortunately for me, Dying was headed into the workplace.
Kirby Howell-Baptiste, a British actress who has appeared on Killing Eve, The Good Place, and Cruella, additionally performs the character Dying of the Infinite on Netflix’s Sandman, an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s seminal comedian. It simply so occurred that on the day I used to be scheduled to get right into a casket to fulfill undeath like a gentleman, Dying herself determined to cease by. I needed to present her my coffin, naturally, and he or she instantly tried it out, getting it prepared for its subsequent inhabitant (me) and usually being pleasant. After we spoke (full interview coming quickly!) I made a decision that I used to be prepared. It was time to die.
I received within the casket. I do know I informed my editor I wouldn’t tweet, however I’m a monster, and I introduced my cellphone, a e book, and a flashlight into the coffin with me. My protection is that I’m positive fashionable vampires have their cellphone with them and Claudia in Interview With the Vampire has her little notebooks in her casket together with her on a regular basis, so bringing a e book in was not such a stretch. After which, resolution time. Ought to I shut the lid or not?
RIP to Kevin Hurler, however I’m completely different. I made a decision that right this moment was the day I used to be going to girlboss (not a woman) too near the solar. I closed the lid. If I used to be going to do that, I used to be going to commit. The lid closed and I lay on my again, staring on the off-white of the satin that lined the highest of the coffin and I believed to myself, you already know, this truly isn’t so unhealthy. After which, I fell asleep.
I awoke just a few hours later, a bit confused, barely dehydrated, however, for essentially the most half, completely fantastic. However I had reached a choice level. We had established that I might sleep within the coffin; now was my probability to name this a hit, bail from my undead jail, and do precise work. However there have been nonetheless a superb 5 hours till sundown (at that day in New York Metropolis, the solar would set at 4:36pm) and I used to be already form of cozy, and you already know what, my mom didn’t elevate a quitter. I stayed in that casket.
After which lunchtime hit. I slacked my boss who jogged my memory that below our union contract I used to be entitled to my lunch break, and as I couldn’t truly subsist on human blood (granted, this was an assumption), I might go away the casket to get meals. Nevertheless, he mentioned, I needed to eat lunch within the casket. It was a compromise, however I used to be ravenous, and I took the deal. Which is why, about half-hour later, I used to be sitting within the casket with a burrito bowl and a cup of kombucha, and Justin Rodriguez took this very glorious image of me to ship to my editor as proof. I enclose it beneath.
Now, the house stretch. I slid again into repose and tried to take one other nap. No cube. I did handle to tuck the flashlight in opposition to my neck, put the e book up proper on the prime of the casket, and skim a chapter or two earlier than my arms received drained. The e book was, mockingly sufficient, a horror novel by T. Kingfisher known as A Home With Good Bones. I like to recommend it. Very creepy. It comes out in March. Regardless, it didn’t make me sleepier.
There’s something I ought to point out about caskets. They aren’t made with consideration in the direction of physique warmth. I discovered, in a short time, that my little physique (which already runs fairly heat to start with) was not made for caskets. I used to be very heat. Not heat sufficient to persuade me to depart the casket, however definitely heat sufficient to trigger me to grow to be barely clammy. It was not best, however I’m a trooper, and I can genuinely say that I’ve slept in much less best circumstances than a heat, dry casket in the course of an open workplace in midtown Manhattan. Ask me in regards to the summer season I spent sleeping outdoors, in a hammock, on a ship, actually by lightening storms. Now that’s an precise problem.
So I continued to tweet sometimes, just a few of my colleagues got here by to say hey and discuss with me, and I waited out the remainder of my day. I opened the casket, just a bit, whereas chatting with my comrades. I figured it was bizarre sufficient that I used to be actually sleeping in a casket in the course of the workday, I would as properly look them within the eye as I discuss with them, whereas mendacity susceptible, in a casket. I’ve a really critical job.
After which, as I waited out the ultimate half-hour in that heat, barely humid casket that smelled faintly of ozone and pollo adobo, I requested myself. Might I do that day by day? Might I set myself up in a casket, sleep all through the sunlit hours, after which rise, renewed, a thirsty and fierce emissary of darkness? Might I endure by the limitless grind because the people round me labored, gossiped, and took union-mandated lunch breaks, doing the very issues that after made me human, issues that I would by no means take part in once more, as I lived as a satan within the shadows? Would I be capable to stand dwelling with myself within the liminal bardo between life and loss of life, torn in between who I was and the limitless expanse of an immortal future?
Yeah, man. Completely. No query in my thoughts I might hack it. The casket? No downside. Slice of human pie. Blood? I imply… I’ll get there after I get there, however in any other case? I’m prepared. I’m totally ready to take the subsequent steps into undeath, settle for the Darkish Reward, and be reborn as a goddamn, badass, motherfucking vampire. Take into account this take a look at run a hit. Give it to me. I’m prepared to totally reside the night time afterlife.
Thus ends my experiment in vampirism, having spent a non-consecutive six hours in a casket. Not unhealthy. I emerged from mentioned casket, as dehydrated as an Arizona cacti in summer season, however nonetheless I emerged. Perhaps that’s why the vampires have such a robust thirst. The casket’s simply not constructed to maintain them dehumidified. One thing for casket makers to consider. In response to What We Do within the Shadows, each actor who has ever performed a vampire on display is definitely a vampire simply pretending to be a human actor. This is smart. I’ve met just a few of these actors, truly. One or two of them may even bear in mind me. It looks like all I have to do to finish my transformation is to search out Sam Reid and ask him to make me a Sampire. I imply, a vampire. A vampyr! You get it. I’ll let you know the way it really works out.
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