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The Strain – Dracula Retold

US TV series The Strain features an epidemic of the supernatural beings that have captivated audiences since Dracula. But vampires long predate Bram Stoker, writes Roger Luckhurst. It’s cute when non-vampire people try to get all scholarly and analyze the phenomenon of the vampire. But the author of this particular article, Birkbeck College Professor Roger…

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Highgate, the Vampire Watergate

“Does a Wampyr Walk in Highgate?” asked the Ham & High 45 years ago. Evidence says no. Erin Chapman tracks the Highgate Vampire to some logical conclusions. Do you need a refresher on the Highgate Vampire scenario? Here’s the Cliff’s Notes version: In the 1970s, there was a media furor surrounding London’s Highgate Cemetery, when…

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Billy the Kid once said any man who loves chili can’t be all bad. Well, any man who hates TWILIGHT . . .

In a postscript, Veiovis expresses his “sincere condolences to the families involved in this tragic case.” When I first read about Caius Veiovis, a convicted killer and professing “vampire” who sports horns and a forked (i.e. split) tongue, I thought, “That does sound like a vampire name.” Immediately followed by the thought, “Probably means it…

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Witch’s Grave found on Scottish Coast

Back in 1704, in Torryburn on the south west Fife coast, they had a problem disposing of toxic material – it was what you might call a toxic witch problem. I knew that in centuries past suicides were often interred at crossroads, the reason for this being the fear that the dead would return as…

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Blood Feud!

I confess my ignorance of this one. I knew that there were people out there who believed themselves to be “real” vampires, and that there were people who engaged in the “vampire” lifestyle, going as far as consuming blood. What I didn’t know was that there are differing factions in this “community,” nor would I…

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Jack the Ripper Museum: Education or Exploitation?

A project billed as the “first women’s museum in the UK” in east London has been unveiled as a site dedicated to the serial killer Jack the Ripper. When you start off lying to people, it doesn’t speak well for your motivations. I totally get why they did it: it is easier to ask for…

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Up all night – The Russian Sleep Experiment

The following depicted events have been acutely documented by the remaining members of the original study (Researchers) who fled the grasp of the NKVD (KGB) in the 1940-1950s. This one has been going the rounds on the Internet for a while now, with little variation. Back in the 40s, a group of Russian scientists conducted…

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The world will end in Armadillo spit!

The number of Floridians contracting leprosy has doubled in the first half of 2015, mostly because of contact with spitting armadillos. Not really. That’s just hyperbole to get your attention and, hopefully, get you to read this article. If you’re still here, it must be working. Armadillo saliva DOES pose a health risk, though. Armadillos…

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If THE STRAIN’s vamps look familiar, there’s a reason.

In recent years we got so hung up on sexy vampires who ached to assimilate into society that we forgot how to make them undesirable and frightening. I’m really digging on THE STRAIN, even though I’m only a little ways into it. I’ve both started at the beginning, watching the first season on DVD from…

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Vampire CARS? Why not? It’s Grindhouse!

Said Dave Howe, President, Syfy & Chiller:  “This highly stylized roller coaster ride is a throwback to 1970s grindhouse cinema. With its fast-paced thrills and indie feel, Blood Drive will make an exciting and edgy addition to Syfy’s growing slate of original scripted series.” We don’t really know where the term “grindhouse” comes from. Either…

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There’s no one home in this House of Bones

The remains of 97 human bodies have been found stuffed into a small 5,000-year-old house in a prehistoric village in northeast China, researchers report in two separate studies. When archaeologists discovered the remains of a prehistoric “house” in Hamin Mangha, China, stuffed to capacity with human bones, belonging to at least 97 different skeletons, they…

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The Lady Wore Black

Over the weekend, I saw the film The Woman in Black.I don’t bend to reviews—I like to make up my own mind. I admit, it scared me. Then again, I probably found it more terrifying because I have a little bit of a personal history with The Woman in Black. Thanks to the excellent movie…

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