vampire games, vampire news, and real vampires

Chinese Hopping Vampires

I like to think of myself as well educated where the Undead are concerned, and I’d argue that it’s a true appraisal. I know stuff about vampires. I will confess, however, that I’d never heard of the Chinese Hopping Vampire before, the Geungsi. Or, if I did ever hear of it, I’d forgotten it. I…

Continue Reading

Review: DRACULA: LORD OF THE DAMNED

It’s surprising—or is it?—that we so often find the most creativity on display in independent, non-studio works. Perhaps something about the constraints of a small budget forces the creator to get, well, creative. Maybe it’s evolution of the artistic sort. In nature, trees develop strong trunks because of the wind. (Trees raised in vacuums oftentimes…

Continue Reading

Review: OUIJA: ORIGINS OF EVIL

Going by the numbers, it shouldn’t be any good. Like, at all. And true enough, it does have its weaknesses. The effects at times are a little cartoonish, and there are sections where the acting falls flat. For example, there is one scene where a teenage boy commits suicide in graphic fashion in front of…

Continue Reading

Which came first, the Spirit or the Shadow? Answer: The Vampire!

I was stricken by the similarities between the comic strip character The Spirit, creation of writer/artist Will Eisner, and The Green Hornet. I’d never noticed it before, probably as I’ve never been a big fan of either. But they both wear Lone Ranger masks and dress in suits and ties and fight crime. I wondered…

Continue Reading

Caves of the Knights Templar

Recent reports of the discovery of a series of caves and tunnels linked to the Knights Templar have already been discredited. The caves exist; there’s no question about that. It’s the link to the Templars that is dubious. Not that it matters at all for our present purposes. The caverns are spooky and cool-looking, and…

Continue Reading

1

Upside Down in Transylvania

If you’ve been watching the Netflix series STRANGER THINGS, you are familiar with the “Upside Down.” That’s what they call the parallel reality in which all sorts of spooky things exist and from which they sometimes cross over into OUR mundane reality. Or the mundane reality of the series, as it is itself a parallel…

Continue Reading

Paddy Drac gets To March!

Paddy Finlay—Of COURSE his name would be Paddy, wouldn’t it?—is an Irishman who likes to dress up as Count Dracula. (Which shows that his heart is in the right place.) He even calls himself Paddy Drac. He has been marching in the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin for almost fifty years, appearing for…

Continue Reading

When did Vlad start drinking blood?

That’s Vlad III, in case you couldn’t figure it out on your own. Nicknamed “The Impaler.” Surnamed “Dracula.” You might have heard of him. And to answer the question serving as title for this article: He didn’t. The infamous passage, dating from the Renaissance era, describing Vlad dipping his bread in the blood of his…

Continue Reading

Teacher uses Ouija Board In Class

A proper subtitle for this article would be “And teacher is now on paid leave pending an investigation.” A sub-subtitle could be “Duh!” This is one of those where you wonder what the person in question was thinking. (Clearly she wasn’t.) She pulled out a Ouija board in class and now some of the wee…

Continue Reading

Arise, Lord Ambrusias!

When Ambrusias the cat expired, the victim of an unfortunate collision with a speeding motor vehicle, his followers knew that his death was only temporary. They knew that, if they conducted the ritual properly, he would rise again. As he lay flattened and forgotten by all, save the turkey coven, in the middle of the…

Continue Reading

The Cane, boss! The Cane!

I was late getting into AMERICAN HORROR STORY. It wasn’t that it didn’t sound intriguing to me. It’s just that I was too damn busy to sit down every week for a television program, even if I TiVo’d it. I started watching it when Lady Gaga showed up as a vampire in HOTEL. Then, using…

Continue Reading

Dead Teenager Resurrects!

Sounds like the headline for a tabloid, doesn’t it? I figure that’s fitting, as the story is almost assuredly bogus. It has the ring of the urban legend to it. I’m not so much interested in debunking it or verifying it, though, as capitalizing on it. Yes, I confess. It’s interesting and I can make…

Continue Reading

1 2 3 307