Monday, 2 April 2012

A-Z Challenge: B is for...Bloodsuckers

B is for...Bloodsuckers!
Image Source: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Official Site
Today's letter is B, which is for Bloodsuckers! Shockingly enough, I'm not going to write about vampires *gasp*...because I rather fancy saving them for V instead ;D 

So what are bloodsuckers exactly?

Mosquito
Image Source: Wikipedia: Hematophagy
Simply put, bloodsuckers are creatures that feed on blood. The scientific name for this practice is haematophagy, which is derived from the Greek words haima (blood) and phagein (to eat). According to the BBC Nature website:
Blood suckers take a variety of forms, many of them parasitic, from small invertebrates to larger mammals. Specialised features, such as the vampire bat's front teeth or the proboscis of the mosquito, help puncture the skin of their victim and there may also be chemical activity to prevent the victim's blood from clotting and ceasing to flow. Blood is full of nutrients, which makes it an attractive option for an easy meal.
I could write a whole entry just about the fascinating world of insects and bats, but it's not very horror-themed is it? No, the Bloodsuckers I'm talking about come from the GSC/THQ sci-fi horror game series 'S.T.A.L.K.E.R.', which was loosely inspired by the Strugatsky Brothers' sci-fi novel 'Roadside Picnic'.

Image Source: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Official Site
A product of radioactivity in "The Zone", Bloodsuckers have developed claws, tentacled lower jaws to aid bloodsucking and the power to make themselves invisible, leaving only their glowing eyes behind. They prefer lurking around in the dark, in order to sneak up from behind on unsuspecting victims, but they do go on the prowl during the daylight hours as well.


Bloodsuckers are not only sneaky, but quick and strong too, which makes them formidable enemies. They are, however, not impervious to gunfire, so if you manage to keep out of their way long enough to shoot, you'll probably survive!


For more info about the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game series and Bloodsuckers, visit the following source sites:




This post is part of the A-Z Blogging Challenge.

9 comments:

  1. Personally, I find the mosquito the scariest of them all. Nasty little buggers!


    Elizabeth

    A to Z co-host

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    1. Guess they're just doing what's in their nature, but I know what you mean. I still have a scar from a mosquito bite I got 12 years ago!

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  2. I agree. I can't stand mosquito's. New follower here. I’m enjoying reading my fellow “A to Z”ers. I look forward to visiting again.

    Sylvia
    http://www.writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/

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  3. Hi there, interesting post!

    This is me, Duncan D. Horne, visiting you from the A-Z challenge, wishing you all the best throughout April and beyond.

    Duncan In Kuantan

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  4. Hate the little bastards they fill up then explode...

    Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]
    A to Z Co-Host
    IZOMBIE: Visit the Madness

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    1. Exploding enemies are always the most annoying! x.x

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  5. Gave you all a shout on the main HBA page and
    have given you a HBA Gold Member status...

    http://horrorbloggeralliance.blogspot.com/p/hba-gold-members.html

    Thank you all again!

    Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]
    HBA Curator

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    1. Thanks so much for the Gold Member status! We appreciate it :)

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