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B’ars at Dracula’s Castle

For once, an article written about “Dracula’s Castle” actually refers to his REAL castle, the ruined fortress at Poenari, and not the commercially-exploited Castle Bran which has only a tangential connection to either the historic Dracula or Bram Stoker’s fictionalized vampire Count. It does, however, perhaps illustrate why Bran is pushed by the tourism industry…

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Book Review: BLOODSTAINS by Jeff Mudgett

Does the name “Mudgett” sound familiar to you? It might, if you are a True Crime aficionado. Herman Mudgett was the real name of the notorious Victorian era serial killer, H.H. Holmes. Holmes operated a “murder castle” in Chicago, which he had constructed just in time to capitalize on the influx of people for the…

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Sorting Out The Nellies

I spent a little time this past week ‘net-surfing, educating myself on some matters of great importance. For example, I remembered that a figure called “Nelly Bly” featured in two different songs, and I wanted to know which one came first, which influenced the other, and what was the exact nature of the relationship. “Nelly…

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Revisiting the (Recent) Classics: GODS AND MONSTERS

This isn’t normally the kind of movie I’d seek out. This says nothing about the quality of the work, only that, in a world where time is limited and there are more movies I want to see than I’ll probably live to see, this type isn’t my teacup, as one of the characters in the…

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Bitin’ Brazilian Vampire Bats!

From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: Sensationalism (noun): 1. empiricism that limits experience as a source of knowledge to sensation or sense perceptions 2. the use or effect of sensational subject matter or treatment Adjectives: sensationalist, sensationalistic Friends, this article here is pure sensationalism. I’m only citing it to refute it. Vampire bats don’t pose any greater…

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Vampire “Educational Tools”

Although I will keep it PG-13, this particular post is for the grown-ups. You kiddies scroll on past now, okay? Good. Just us adults left? Splendid. Proceed. As a (I hope) curious aside, in my home state of Alabama it is illegal to buy, sell, or own a sex toy. Truth. And let me tell…

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15 Days of Night

For all the ways that the Internet has been a blessing–hey, I have my job because of it, so I’m not gonna go disparaging it–there are some negatives, too. It has proven to be fertile ground for the lowest among us, for one thing, a breeding ground for sociopathic bullies (i.e. “trolls”). And it made…

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Should Dracula Have Led?

THE MUMMY didn’t do too well at the American box office, although a strong overseas performance should compensate for that, thankfully. We want more DARK UNIVERSE movies, after all, don’t we? If anything, maybe the soft opening for the debut film in that “shared universe” will cause the powers-that-be in their cushy offices on the…

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Saint Christopher is a-comin’!

Last week I posted on our sister site, werewolves.com, an announcement regarding my soon-to-be-released first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF. I chose that site and not this one because, as the title implies, my central character is a werewolf. I COULD have chosen this one, too, though, just like I am now, because…

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Out and Proud in Horror

Here, a gay Horror fan laments the lack of openly gay characters in major Horror films. Thinking about it, he has a point. I don’t recall too many such characters in any fright flicks I’ve seen recently. And when you do have a gay character show up, they’re usually relegated to a supporting role, if…

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Prom Night

I didn’t go to my high school prom. I didn’t do much of anything in high school, really. I was so painfully shy and in terms of my emotional development, a few years behind schedule. Later on, looking back on it, I regretted all the things I hadn’t done, all the experiences I’d skipped because…

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What to Look for in Season Four of THE STRAIN

The Tone Show does a good job in this video of breaking down everything we see in the latest season four trailer for THE STRAIN, which is set to debut Sunday July 16th on FX. Is Setrakian going to be turned into a Strigoi? Or is it a fake-out, a scene from a nightmare, perhaps?…

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