On the night of 29th December, I had the following dream:
Vampires are coming tonight and my sister and I are going to have to deal with them somehow. The evening is approaching and I quickly try to put the animals out of doors -- a dog, a cat and a small deer -- but they keep getting back into the house again. Then all of a sudden the sky goes very dark -- an unexpected solar eclipse is happening, and my sister and I note grimly that this means we are in for 36 hours of darkness.
Now my sister is still downstairs in the house, but I am upstairs in a dining room, and the vampires are all assembled around a large table. They're excellent company and I enjoy being with them, I feel quite at ease chatting and joking with them. They all seem to assume that I am on their side and am going to become a vampire too. I ask whether there will be any kind of ceremony when I become a vampire, and at this they look rather uncertain and say that well, they hadn't actually prepared anything because they weren't sure in advance that I would really be willing to become one of them. More vampires keep arriving as I go around the top floor of the house locking all the windows and doors. I don't know myself whether this is to keep intruders out or to keep the vampires locked in until help arrives; and I also don't know whether I am really going to join them or am just playing along in an attempt to act as some kind of decoy and save my sister. I feel very ambivalent about the vampires altogether. On the one hand I get along very well with them, especially with a young dark-haired female vampire who wears a knitted black beret and whom I find extremely charming and attractive. On the other hand my sister is still downstairs and, well, after all they are vampires. I want to send my sister a text message to let her know that I am still alive at least, but I don't want to make the vampires suspicious by getting my phone out, and in any case I don't know what else to say to her about what is happening.
While I am upstairs with all the vampires checking the doors and windows, I have to go to the toilet. I am menstruating heavily and need to change a tampon; in fact the tampon has leaked and I get a lot of blood on my hands while I do so. While I am cleaning up a couple of male vampires come into the bathroom and start chatting casually to me, which does not seem at all strange or intrusive to me. I show them a handful of toilet paper which has some menstrual blood on it, very thick and dark; I am uncertain of the etiquette of this around vampires, but am pleased to discover that menstrual blood is considered a great delicacy and they are very keen to take it.
Waking up from this dream the following morning, I went downstairs and sat drinking tea surrounded by a lot of books and papers which were haphazardly strewn about because for several days I had been busy re-organising my bookshelves. I idly picked up an old Swedish Surrealist zine from the 1980s that was lying on the top of the pile nearest to me, and it fell open at a short text called "Landskap av det vampyriska skötet".
Not understanding any Swedish, and only able vaguely to recognise the words “landskap” and “vampyriska”, I emailed the author to tell him that the text had appeared to me in this way after I had dreamt of vampires. Without telling him anything else about my dream, I asked him what the text was about. He replied that it was not particularly about vampires at all in fact but about quite another subject: cunnilingus.