MYTH #3: Vampires Sleep in Coffins
This has a basis in historical fact. In eras past it has been necessary for vampires to take refuge in coffins during daylight hours. It is important, however, to take note of the reasoning for this.
The process by which we are transformed into vampires has the side effect of destroying pigmentation in our skin, rendering us more sensitive to UV rays than when we were human. Caucasian and East Asian vampires tend to be more vulnerable than those of other ethnicities, but everyone should take proper precaution.
Back then, a coffin in a crypt provided vampires with protection from sunlight, as well as security against those not keen on having a vampire as a neighbor. Today, it might be a climate controlled hyperbaric chamber in your bedroom, although for those who may be claustrophobic or just wishing to avoid comparisons to Michael Jackson (who is not a vampire), a well-appointed sub-basement apartment with a dead bolt will do. Anything with no windows.
Milan R. (age 27, 3 as a vampire) took this one step further. A professional photographer, Milan was both a night owl and a sun worshipper. So after his transformation, he had all of the windows in his Laguna Beach house replaced with UV filtering glass.
Milan stayed in his darkroom during construction, and afterward had that converted into his master bedroom. He no longer needed it for work, since he had switched to digital. Now Milan is able to continue enjoying sunsets over the Pacific, and has the added benefit of having a lower energy bill.
Milan also continues to take assignments for daytime shoots. When he goes on location, Milan covers up, wears a big hat, and a high SPF sunscreen. As he explains it, “When I go out like this, I’ll get a few curious looks, but most shrug it off as an L.A. artist sort of thing.”