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“The Strain” Almost Here!

On Sunday, July 12 the second season of The Strain (based on the trilogy of novels by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Logan) will begin.  Like season one, it will consist of only thirteen episodes and continue the story of a vampiric takeover of New York City, along with a small group who’ve learned this…

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Gimme home, home cookin’

 Visit Europa Restaurant by Transylvania in downtown Hollywood, Florida if you would like to enjoy our traditional Romanian and most European food, drinks and music. Bring your dancing shoes and enjoy our live music shows! ; As if I needed another reason to go to Florida. Beyond the beaches and weather, which becomes more and…

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Give the devil his due

A legal decision in Oklahoma to bar a Ten Commandments monument from its statehouse has a group of Satanists seeking a new home for a huge horned-goat statue of Satan. Okay, so maybe it is in bad taste, but they do kinda have a point. The Satanists, that is. In order to maintain a free…

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An Exorcise In Futility

I don’t know about you but I’ve grown increasingly tired of the various ghost-hunting shows on TV, as they never amount to much more than noises in the darkness and strange audio recordings that barely sound like anything. But Destination America is going one step further this Halloween, and it’s sure to be a must-watch…

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Yes, but is he actually IN it?

Max Schreck, the German actor who set the standard for movie vampires everywhere with his legendary portrayal of Nosferatu, has been honoured with a new gravestone commemorating his place in cinematic history. I honestly didn’t know that Max Schreck’s gravesite was unknown for three-quarters of a century. Truthfully, I never knew much about him at…

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An Academic Approach to Apotropaics

Apotropaic observances-traditional practices intended to prevent evil-were not uncommon in post-medieval Poland, and included specific treatment of the dead for those considered at risk for becoming vampires. Let’s get our Science on, y’all! Today we’re gonna talk about vampire burials and apotropaic rituals. “Apotropaic” means, roughly, some action taken in order to prevent or inhibit…

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Vampires is big bizness!

Bran Castle attracted over 570,000 visitors in 2014, up 7-8% year-on-year. Does this really surprise anyone? Despite the fact that Bran Castle is NOT the authentic castle of Prince Vlad III, more commonly known as “Dracula,” tourists are still flocking to it. And they need not be satisfied with this one (fabricated) locale as the…

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‘Velcome to the Hotel Transylvania!

Drac’s pack is back for a brand new adventure! See #HotelTransylvania2 in theaters September 25, 2015 HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA was not a great movie. And not just by animated movie standards. Gone are the days when we can judge them separately. Used to be, an animated flick, a cartoon, to use the common term, was designated…

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A Macabre Menagerie

We all know that being human isn’t easy, but being a mythical monster must really be challenging. Although these people appear to look like human beings on the outside, they believe that they are really vampires, werewolves, or aliens. I try to keep an open mind. I’m a big believer in personal freedoms. Also, I’ve…

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The Economics of the Undead

How werewolves, silver bullets, and vampires impact small business marketing. Jennifer Fontaine, of Fontaine Marketing, does two things in this blog post deserving of comment. First off, she admits to being a fan of the TWILIGHT movies. For this she deserves our pity, not our scorn. And while it might be expected, and perhaps justified,…

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Oh, oh here she comes . . .

Indonesian folklore features a wide variety of tales about ghosts and spirits. The kuntilanak is perhaps the most notorious of all. The surge in popularity of Asian Horror over the past few years means that many Americans are familiar with the Kuntilanak of Malaysia. Not its name, no, but with its appearance and disposition. The…

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Get fed and talk to the dead

For probably the first time in history, we’re going to mix spiritualism with… kale. This is a great idea. I’m surprised it isn’t done more often. Picture it: You enter a dining establishment. The lights are low. You are seated at a large, circular table with other guests. You enjoy a nice meal, maybe a…

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The Shroud of Turin: Whose face is that?

Some say it’s Jesus Christ’s burial wrapping, others say it’s a medieval fake. Either way, how does the Turin Shroud come to bear a man’s image? I’ve said before that one of the primary reasons for the prevalence in the modern age of the vampire myth is that it is, in truth, inverted Christianity. Both…

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