Weird writer moment #9999: sometimes real life imitates your fiction.*
Back when I started creating the Darkyn universe, the old superstitions about vampires and the Black Death appealed to me as an interesting jumping-off point for my world-building. No one else was taking that approach, either, also a bonus. Ultimately the vampire-Black Death connection inspired a good portion of the series conflict as well as some of the backstory and plot for Stay the Night, but for the latter so did Hawthorne, Genesis, Coleridge and other somewhat unorthodox sources.
Still, it's pretty strange. This must be my weekend for creepy coincidences.
*Thanks to Jess for sending me the heads up and the link.