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Was the HISTORICAL Dracula a Vampire, too? (Part Three)

Remember that scene in THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, when the agent says to Clarice Starling, “Is it true what they’re sayin’, he’s some kinda vampire?” And she replies, “They don’t have a name for what he is.” This works perfectly to describe our dreaded and beloved Impaler. Was Vlad seen as a vampire during…

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Was the HISTORICAL Dracula a Vampire, too? (Continued)

Having established that the famous passage describing Vlad Dracula “The Impaler” dipping his bread in the blood of his victims, the only documented evidence of him ever consuming blood, is in fact a mistranslation, what evidence remains, if any, to connect the historical warlord of Wallachia with vampirism outside of fiction? There IS evidence of…

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Was the HISTORICAL Dracula a Vampire, too?

The facts are pretty clear that Vlad Dracula, aka Vlad III, aka Vlad Tepes, or “The Impaler,” was one scary dude. But was there any vampire connection with the guy before Bram Stoker created it? Kinda. Not overtly, no. But . . . The primary sources for what we know of Vlad’s nature come from…

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How many licks does it take to get to the center…No, wait. That’s not right…

More like “how many BITES would it take for a single vampire to decimate society?” A-one, a-two-who, a-thrrrree? CRUNCH! A-thrrrree.” Actually, according to “experts” Costas Efthimiou and Sohang Gandhi in this linked article, it would take about three years’ worth of bites, provided that the vampires in question feeds once a month. Oxford professor Dino…

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Step Right Up and Test Your Necro-Knowledge!

There’s a great book entitled VAMPIRE FORENSICS, UNCOVERING THE ORIGINS OF AN ENDURING LEGEND, written by Mark Collins Jenkins. In it, the author explores the practical, tangible ways in which an ignorance of human death and decomposition in centuries past served to fuel the widespread belief in the existence of vampires. People tend to fear…

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It was a Vampire Café!

You need to read the title of this post again, singing it in your head (or aloud, if you prefer) to the tune of Prince’s “Raspberry Beret” to get the most out of it. Go ahead. You know you want to. There. Now that the song is stuck in your head, let’s talk about the…

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What’s even lamer than TWILIGHT?

A lame-ass TWILIGHT knock-off, that’s what. I have thus far resisted the venting of my spleen upon THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, the popular (there is no accounting for taste) teenybopper TV show on the CW network, but this seems as good a time as any to spew some deserved vitriol its way. I HATE this show…

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Jack the Ripper Identified for the SECOND Time This Week

The Ripper has truly become legend. He could never now be contained by history; he haunts the shadows of dreams. He has, in the 127 years since his murder spree, transformed into a sort of Every(bogey)man. He could be ANYone, or no one. And players of the game “Hunt the Ripper” are free to put…

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Jack the Ripper Identified for the FIRST Time This Week

DRACULA, when it was published in 1897, was not an immediate success. There are those who have suggested, and not without some credence, that the popularity it eventually garnered was due in no small degree to the crimes of Jack the Ripper less than a decade prior. The depredations of this real-life monster whetted the…

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Putting Out The Fire: Devil’s Night

I actually had never heard of Devil’s Night before watching the 1994 movie THE CROW. A sociologist’s wet dream, worthy of an endless number of doctoral dissertations, Devil’s Night, “celebrated” on October 30th, was—Is it safe now to refer to it in the past tense?—a cultural happening confined geographically to Detroit, Michigan, characterized by the…

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The Necronomicon Does Not Exist

Okay, like, if you are up on your quantum physics and all, then you’re familiar with the theory that, for every potential possibility, there is a universe in existence in which that possibility is a reality. In other words, there is a universe wherein H.P. Lovecraft’s Great Old Ones really do exist, as does his…

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Review: New Carmilla!

A wildly successful web series, not one but two recent films, a musical in the works–little wonder Audible decided to produce a new audio version of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu‘s last work (and the ancestor of all lesbian vampires since). Carmilla was offered as a free download for Halloween, not a reading of the book…

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