Vampires.com http://www.vampires.com vampire games, vampire news, and real vampires Wed, 27 May 2015 17:44:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Mama Mia! Was Lilith the Mother of All Vampires? http://www.vampires.com/mama-mia-was-lilith-the-mother-of-all-vampires/ http://www.vampires.com/mama-mia-was-lilith-the-mother-of-all-vampires/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 17:44:28 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/the-proper-red-stuff/p/4044221362/2015/05/23/mama-mia-was-lilith-the-mother-of-all-vampires In her demonized form, Lilith is a frightening and threatening creature. Much more so than Eve, she personifies the real (sexual) power women exercise over men. Who, or what, is Lilith? Other than a feminist icon, that is. Transformed in our modern age from something evil and vengeful into an object of reverence, where did...

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In her demonized form, Lilith is a frightening and threatening creature. Much more so than Eve, she personifies the real (sexual) power women exercise over men.

Who, or what, is Lilith? Other than a feminist icon, that is. Transformed in our modern age from something evil and vengeful into an object of reverence, where did she come from? The imaginations of sexually-repressed men concerned with personal righteousness, as an attempt to explain their own pesky erections and nighttime emissions? Superstitious mothers seeking a scapegoat for the high number of mysterious crib deaths? Pre-Judeo/Christian Babylonian mythology? Answer: All of the above.

There are two separate creation stories in the book of Genesis, and Eve doesn’t show up as the partner of Adam until the second version. Though not named in the text, Lilith derives from the first, perhaps older, story, created at the same time as Adam and, dare we say it, equal to him? Banished from Eden by God because she refused to submit to the male—banished before the eating of the forbidden fruit and the imposition of the penalty of mortality— she was reputed to drink blood as well as seduce (rape?) men and strangle newborns. She copulated with demons (or the devil) and gave birth to a brood of evil progeny. Is there any doubt that the vampire is found among her children?

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Vampire or Victim: Premature Burial http://www.vampires.com/vampire-or-victim-premature-burial/ http://www.vampires.com/vampire-or-victim-premature-burial/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 15:44:36 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/the-proper-red-stuff/p/4044117293/2015/05/21/vampire-or-victim-premature-burial Modern medicine makes it easy to determine if someone who looks dead really is dead— not in a coma or otherwise still alive. In the old days, it wasn’t so easy. Can you imagine anything more horrifying? You wake up in complete darkness. You try to move and find that you can’t. Not more than...

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Modern medicine makes it easy to determine if someone who looks dead really is dead— not in a coma or otherwise still alive. In the old days, it wasn’t so easy.

Can you imagine anything more horrifying? You wake up in complete darkness. You try to move and find that you can’t. Not more than a few inches. Your scrambling hands and kicking feet discern the closeness of your confines. You find above you something hard, flat—and only a few inches above your face. With a sickening, primal rush of fear, you immediately understand what has happened to you: You have been buried alive. If you live in the First World (and if you’re reading this it’s a safe bet), you don’t really have to worry about this happening to you. Modern embalming techniques guarantee that no one goes into a grave when they are in fact still living.

It wasn’t that long ago, however, that this constituted a very real fear for people, so much so that they devised all sorts of ways to safeguard against it. Lacking today’s sophisticated medieval equipment, and often dealing with some serious outbreak or other, doctors could and did miss the faintest heartbeat, the shallowest breathing. When graves were opened and it was discovered that the body inside had moved, what other explanation was there except that the victim was a vampire?

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Croglin Grange – Did It Really Happen? http://www.vampires.com/croglin-grange-did-it-really-happen/ http://www.vampires.com/croglin-grange-did-it-really-happen/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 17:44:27 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/the-proper-red-stuff/p/4044115208/2015/05/21/croglin-grange-did-it-really-happen The phantom vampire of Croglin Grange is one of the best known vampire stories in Britain.  It’s so easy today, when we read about something fantastical that supposedly happened at some point in the past, to dismiss it. “That couldn’t have happened,” we tell ourselves. Our minds, whether we intend it or not, immediately start...

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The phantom vampire of Croglin Grange is one of the best known vampire stories in Britain. 

It’s so easy today, when we read about something fantastical that supposedly happened at some point in the past, to dismiss it. “That couldn’t have happened,” we tell ourselves. Our minds, whether we intend it or not, immediately start to search for the logical explanation, to discern the misidentified, misunderstood truth behind the accounts. And the farther back in time the event in question is supposed to have taken place, the easier it is to brush aside. The farther back one goes, after all, the less educated the populace, the more gullible, the less reliable any and all sources. Undoubtedly stories get altered in the repetition, facts get scrambled. Memories distort.

The account of the vampire preying on the Cranswell family at Croglin Grange cannot be proven. There is no solid evidence that it ever happened outside the imagination of writer Augustus Hare, who first committed it to paper. Looking at it with modern eyes, it seems nothing more than a good story, meant to entertain (and sell books). But what IF? Don’t we secretly or not so secretly want it to be true? Don’t we WANT to believe in things that go bump in the night? I know I do.

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The Blight That Is ‘Twilight’ Just Keeps Rolling. And That’s a Damn Shame. http://www.vampires.com/the-blight-that-is-twilight-just-keeps-rolling-and-thats-a-damn-shame/ http://www.vampires.com/the-blight-that-is-twilight-just-keeps-rolling-and-thats-a-damn-shame/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 15:44:30 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/the-proper-red-stuff/p/4044111666/2015/05/21/the-blight-that-is-twilight-just-keeps-rolling-and-that-s-a-damn-shame Lionsgate’s Ron Schwarts, exec VP and general manager of home entertainment, said in a statement:  “Consumer demand for ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2″ reflects strength in all segments of the home entertainment marketplace – packaged media, digital and on demand.  This is further proof that author Stephenie Meyer has created a timeless classic...

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Lionsgate’s Ron Schwarts, exec VP and general manager of home entertainment, said in a statement:  “Consumer demand for ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2″ reflects strength in all segments of the home entertainment marketplace – packaged media, digital and on demand.  This is further proof that author Stephenie Meyer has created a timeless classic that moviegoers want to enjoy over and over in a wide variety of formats.”… 

“Timeless classic” my . . . Ahem. I’ll just say I’m not a fan of Twilight. And that’s me being generous. So stop reading here if you’re a fan. We’ll just agree to disagree. Keep reading at your own risk, Team Edward or Team whoever. Because the truth is, I DESPISE Twilight and everything it stands for. Stephenie Meyer watered down the lore and legacy of vampirism and whitewashed the sinister image of the undead, repackaging it as nothing more than a puddle-deep exploration of some teenage girl’s repressed libido and infantile romanticism, turning the bloodsucker of nightmare into a sparkling feeb prettier than the high school student he obsesses over.

Yes, Lestat was pretty, too, and Louis did his fair share of emo navel-gazing. But they still had at least some degree of the menace a vampire is supposed to have. Yes, even Dracula has sometimes been portrayed sympathetically, as a romantic interest. But he still had his aura of inhumanity, his innate darkness about him. Meyer has stripped the vampire of every ounce of fear, shorn and gelded the werewolf, turned the potent Horror genre into a sketchy version of something about as frightening as Sesame Street. Who’s with me?

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The Long List of Dracula’s Progenitors http://www.vampires.com/the-long-list-of-draculas-progenitors/ http://www.vampires.com/the-long-list-of-draculas-progenitors/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 17:44:31 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/the-proper-red-stuff/p/4044112569/2015/05/21/the-long-list-of-dracula-s-progenitors There were many books on vampires before Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Anne Rice’s name used to be synonymous with the word “vampire,” and regrettably the Twilight novels are conjured to mind today. But the name Bram Stoker and the title of his famous novel, “Dracula,” transcend fads and fashion. Dracula will be in print and haunting...

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There were many books on vampires before Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Anne Rice’s name used to be synonymous with the word “vampire,” and regrettably the Twilight novels are conjured to mind today. But the name Bram Stoker and the title of his famous novel, “Dracula,” transcend fads and fashion. Dracula will be in print and haunting nightmares centuries after Rice and Twilight are forgotten. Bram gave the world the seminal, the eternal, image of the vampire. He redefined the mythos for all time. But he didn’t invent it.

Stoker’s novel is a coalescence of all that came before, but a look at those stories reveals many obvious parallels to “Dracula.” Before the Count, there was Sir Francis Varney, Lord Ruthven, and the lusty Carmilla. There are numerous others, not so well known, even to vampire aficionados. Fans interested in the development of the cultural phenomenon that is the vampire, and the genesis of vampirism’s most infamous celebrity, will enjoy a perusal of this long list. Nor do all examples originate from fiction. There are the folkloric accounts that predate them to consider. How many of these Stoker incorporated is debatable, but there is no doubt he knew about them, and read many. Do you know of any proto-Draculas not appearing on this list?

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Practicing (Self) Vampirism For Your Health? http://www.vampires.com/practicing-self-vampirism-for-your-health/ http://www.vampires.com/practicing-self-vampirism-for-your-health/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 15:44:28 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/the-proper-red-stuff/p/4044114217/2015/05/21/practicing-self-vampirism-for-your-health Dr. Mosley shares a new strategy that he believes holds real promise to curing disease and restoring your health: the use of human blood. Why is the vampire so damned prevalent (if you’ll pardon something of a pun)? And moreso today than ever before. Oh, it has evolved a bit, gone from reanimated rotting corpse...

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Dr. Mosley shares a new strategy that he believes holds real promise to curing disease and restoring your health: the use of human blood.

Why is the vampire so damned prevalent (if you’ll pardon something of a pun)? And moreso today than ever before. Oh, it has evolved a bit, gone from reanimated rotting corpse to sexualized predator, but it has lost nothing in the transformation. Quite the contrary. Its sphere of influence is growing exponentially. Why? What does the vampire tell us that we need to hear? Is it the whispered hint of continuance beyond death? Does it speak of our own realization of, and horror at, our own mortality? Is there more to it than that? Does vampirism suggest some unmet physiological as well as psychological need?

If Dr. Michael Mosley and others are right, it does. I confess that I haven’t done any in-depth research into the man, but for the sake of argument we’ll take it at face value that he is a physician. We’ll also take it on faith that he has experienced the positive results he claims from having drunk his own blood. Does blood consumption really benefit a person? Like milk, does it do a body good? And if so, why should it be that this applies only when one is drinking one’s OWN blood? Scary but intriguing questions.

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Dracula Has Left the Building http://www.vampires.com/dracula-has-left-the-building/ http://www.vampires.com/dracula-has-left-the-building/#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 17:44:35 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/the-proper-red-stuff/p/4044110912/2015/05/21/dracula-has-left-the-building A Hollywood Hills home once owned by actor Bela Lugosi, who portrayed Count Dracula onstage and on-screen, is listed at $4.197 million. I love Bela Lugosi. My relationship with him began in my childhood, when he scared the begeezus out of me in Universal’s seminal “Dracula.” I’ve been a devotee ever since, following his career...

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A Hollywood Hills home once owned by actor Bela Lugosi, who portrayed Count Dracula onstage and on-screen, is listed at $4.197 million.

I love Bela Lugosi. My relationship with him began in my childhood, when he scared the begeezus out of me in Universal’s seminal “Dracula.” I’ve been a devotee ever since, following his career through all its highs and lows. A truly fine actor handicapped by his inability to lose his thick Hungarian accent (which would become the trademark Dracula accent for all time) Lugosi never received in life the accolades which he deserved. For a little while he did, maybe, when his name was still synonymous with the king of the vampires; alas, it didn’t last.

This castle was a home fit for such a man, one worthy of his greatness. It was not the home in which he died. By the time of his departure from the flesh, Lugosi’s finances had dwindled, as had his marketability in the movie industry. He left this world a decidedly simpler, humbler man. But this estate did belong to him, once. Perhaps he was at his happiest there. And the place is now on sale. So—anybody wanna buy me a birthday present, or Christmas present? How about one gift to cover every birthday and Christmas I will ever have? Any takers? Pretty please?

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Prince Charles a Descendant of Dracula? Not Bloody Likely! http://www.vampires.com/prince-charles-a-descendant-of-dracula-not-bloody-likely/ http://www.vampires.com/prince-charles-a-descendant-of-dracula-not-bloody-likely/#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 15:44:27 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/the-proper-red-stuff/p/4044109799/2015/05/21/prince-charles-a-descendant-of-dracula-not-bloody-likely If you thought the only Hungarian connection to vampires is Bela Lugosi, and the only vampire connection to Prince Charles is Dracula – think again.  I call bull malarkey. Prince Charles might want to believe that he is a direct descendent of Vlad III of Wallachia—aka Vlad the Impaler, aka Dracula—and he may want us...

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If you thought the only Hungarian connection to vampires is Bela Lugosi, and the only vampire connection to Prince Charles is Dracula – think again. 

I call bull malarkey. Prince Charles might want to believe that he is a direct descendent of Vlad III of Wallachia—aka Vlad the Impaler, aka Dracula—and he may want us all to believe it, too. But it isn’t true. Rather, if it is, it means far less than Charley would like to admit. Why does he even want to be related to Dracula? Likely there are political reasons for it. Or perhaps it’s just for the coolness factor. Charley could be a big old geek.

Either way, let’s throw a little cold water on this claim. First, run the numbers. If Dracula had only two children (he actually had more than that) and each of those kids had two of his own, and then each of those had two . . . you see where I’m going with this? Half of Europe today could claim descent from the infamous Impaler. And that’s if Dracula’s line didn’t die off in the century following his death, which Dracula experts Randu Florescu and Raymond McNally attest. The bottom line: At best, Charley’s claim of blood descent is tenuous. At worst, it’s a lie. Anybody have any “evidence” to present to the contrary?

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Would You Drink Dracula’s Blood? (Wine, That Is.) http://www.vampires.com/would-you-drink-draculas-blood-wine-that-is/ http://www.vampires.com/would-you-drink-draculas-blood-wine-that-is/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 23:44:34 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/the-proper-red-stuff/p/4043614590/2015/05/14/would-you-drink-dracula-s-blood-wine-that-is “Would you buy a bottle of Dracula’s Blood? (Wine, that is.)”   If Prince Vlad III of Wallachia—aka Dracula—were indeed still alive (or rather Undead) today, what would he think of his current celebrity status? Would he be flattered that Bram Stoker made his name a household word, or annoyed that he could no longer operate...

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“Would you buy a bottle of Dracula’s Blood? (Wine, that is.)”  

If Prince Vlad III of Wallachia—aka Dracula—were indeed still alive (or rather Undead) today, what would he think of his current celebrity status? Would he be flattered that Bram Stoker made his name a household word, or annoyed that he could no longer operate in obscurity? More to the meat of it, what would he think of all the pop-culture ephemera that now bears his name or likeness? What would any centuries-old vampire think of the current vampire vogue?

I don’t know what they would think, but as a Dracula/vampire fanatic with an appreciation for all things kitschy, I can’t get enough of it. Fortunately there’s no shortage in the supply. From Count Chocula cereal boxes to these fine products, there really is something for every vampire mark. I’m already trying to decide which of the Dracula wines I want to purchase, and that vampire repellant soap has got my name on it. My waistline can’t handle the dessert squares, but I may buy and spray shellac a few of the suckers. Sadly, as for the Nocturnal French Roast, I never
drink . . . coffee.

Not that I’m gonna drink the wine either. Who am I kidding?

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13 Of The Most Successful Vampire Hunters http://www.vampires.com/13-of-the-most-successful-vampire-hunters/ http://www.vampires.com/13-of-the-most-successful-vampire-hunters/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 19:58:14 +0000 http://www.vampires.com/?p=27226 Stories need heroes and villains, or at least a protagonist vying with an antagonist. Usually. When it comes to vampire stories, that nearly always comes down to come kind of vampire hunter. For your consideration, the following certainly rank among the top thirteen such: 1. Abraham Van Helsing Originally a character in Bram Stoker’s novel...

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Stories need heroes and villains, or at least a protagonist vying with an antagonist. Usually. When it comes to vampire stories, that nearly always comes down to come kind of vampire hunter. For your consideration, the following certainly rank among the top thirteen such:

1. tumblr_nknj5qBr171rkiwdfo1_1280Abraham Van Helsing

Originally a character in Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, this character has since appeared nearly as often as the titular Count! More, he’s spawned an entire clan of vampire hunters with the same last name  in such stories, films and t.v. shows as Young Dracula, Dracula: The Series, the Alex Van Helsing books and even Penny Dreadful.

2. tumblr_lgbbew6owp1qbj0fio1_500Buffy Summers

Star of the t.v. series bearing her name (as well as motion picture), Buffy spent at least seven years slaying vampires as well as more than a few other kinds of monster, including two robots and at least one god. She was Joss Whedon’s ingenious flipping of a trope–the blonde cheerleader (up until then the obvious victim in every horror flick) against whom the forces of darkness fled in terror!

3. tumblr_md1i2gIFUx1qf2m9lo4_500The Winchester Brothers

Supernatural tells the tale of two brothers who spend their days and nights combating creatures that go bump in the night. This has led to some epic storylines, but for this article let us simply note Sam and Dean have successfully hunted not only a good number of vampires, but at least one who claimed to be the first of his kind! Along the way one of them even ended up a vampire (but he got better).

4. vampire-hunter-dVampire Hunter D

In a post-apocalyptic world many thousands of years in the future, the enigmatic man known only as D makes his way from town to town, across weird wastelands and deserted cities. His goal is to protect others, nearly always against the once-mighty nobles. Nobles in this context are vampires.

5. tumblr_mvyg7aSXcr1rhcgoho2_500Blade

First a comic book, then a movie, then a t.v. series, then even more movies, we most likely have not heard the last of this character, another Dhampir but this one a native to our own time. Wesley Snipes evidently remains eager to play the role once more!

6. tumblr_lshtk83PEB1qj7u8ao2_500Frog Brothers

The motion picture Lost Boys eventually became a trilogy as well a run of comic books, focusing in general on the Frog Brothers. Imagine a pair of comic book nerds who take all those horror stories seriously then actually run into some real vampires! More, imagine they survived and went on to survive more adventures!

7.tumblr_lwvxv5hhk81qdv84j Angel

The (in-series) fulfillment of prophecy, Angel aka Angelus aka Liam was that rarity, a Vampire With A Soul. Introduced on Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a mysterious helper, we slowly learned more about him. Eventually, the revelation that he himself was undead didn’t stop him from becoming a hero, even getting his own spinoff series. What made him especially heroic was his firm belief that all these good deeds made little difference in terms of his own fate. For all his prior deeds he remained convinced Hell awaited. Yet he went on, risking his life to save others.

8. tumblr_mvjj1mZrzo1ra6id4o6_500Akasha

Although a vampire who personally destroyed a very impressive number of vampires herself, Akasha in the motion picture Queen of the Damned is not doing humanity any favors. She just wants to get rid of her lesser children, allowing a chosen few to help rule the human “animals.” This makes quite a change from the novel’s character, who destroyed vampires (and was going to kill the vast majority of men) for the sake of peace.  Either way, she wiped out all but a very few undead. A wildly successful vampire killer!

9. tumblr_lzhrczmHsS1r2bgg3o1_500Abraham Lincoln

As fictional conceits go, this one contains more than a bit of charm. The sixteenth president of the United States re-imagined as a secret destroyer of vampires (who naturally enough support the South in the Civil War).  A best-selling novel (which spawned a sequel), then a movie, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter meticulously built up a back story to explain its premise. Young Abe saw his mother murdered by one of the undead, and gave him the motivation to grow and seek their final defeat. As a result, with the defeat of the Confederacy he broke their political power and toke away the human chattel they fed upon.

10. tumblr_nndn5aN8zj1riui0bo1_r2_500Mina Harker

Quite possibly no other character in Bram Stoker’s novel has been re-imagined in so many ways.  Little more than an intensely clever assistant to the men in the original story, everything changed in the silent classic Nosferatu when she ends up the one to lure Count Orlock to his doom. Not for decades did anyone make of her more than this, but in Bram Stoker’s Dracula she again gave the killing blow to the Impaler himself. In musical versions she does the same, more than once.  Comic books and other stories even give her a vampire-hunting career after that described in the classic novel!

11. tumblr_lqtfhfyD7l1qems7ao1_500General Spielsdorf

In Joseph Sheridan LeFanu’s Carmilla, this retired Austrian army officer avenged his niece’s death by hunting down the vampire who killed her. In subsequent film versions, he has sometimes gone missing (rather like Quincy Morris) but sooner or later he shows up once more.  Peter Cushing played the role in Hammer’s The Vampire Lovers. The character has turned up in radio versions, stage plays, as well as in the motion picture Styria.

12. tumblr_nj9lupzVki1qlny4mo1_500Count Dracula

This name might surprise you, but it shouldn’t. Looking at all the various and extensive re-tellings and adaptations that expand on Dracula’s centuries of existence, he has destroyed more than a few of his own kind.

13. anigif_enhanced-buzz-22085-1374852851-10The Doctor

Bear with me for a moment. The title character in BBC’s Doctor Who has four times successfully battled powerful vampires. In “State of Decay” the fourth Doctor discovered the last remaining member of an ancient race of gigantic space vampires. In “Curse of Fenric” he vied against a horde of vampires created by a creature from the last days and nights of the dying Earth ages in the future. Since the series returned he beat a Plasmavore hiding on Earth, and thwarted plans to turn all of Renaissance Venice into a new colony of alien vampire creatures.

 

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12 Myths That Combine Vampires With Religions http://www.vampires.com/12-myths-that-combine-vampires-with-religions-2/ http://www.vampires.com/12-myths-that-combine-vampires-with-religions-2/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 22:07:03 +0000 http://www.vampires.com/?p=27205 One of the most iconic of images–the vampire cowering when confronted with a cross (makes one wonder how the creatures handle a graveyard?). Not quite what folklore tells, but containing a grain of truth. Religion and the idea of the dead drinking blood entwined long ago: 1. Vampire Burials In recent years, archeologists found something...

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One of the most iconic of images–the vampire cowering when confronted with a cross (makes one wonder how the creatures handle a graveyard?). Not quite what folklore tells, but containing a grain of truth. Religion and the idea of the dead drinking blood entwined long ago:

1. tumblr_inline_mhcty0KaIb1qz4rgpVampire Burials

In recent years, archeologists found something of a goldmine when it came to publicizing their work–burials of what people evidently thought were vampires.  Mercy Brown makes for an American example but Irish vampire graves as well as Italian and Polish ones have popped up. An Eastern European princess‘ grave was examined for evidence along those lines as well.

2.tumblr_mrjgdhKvhj1qj0r5qo1_500 Adam’s First Wife

Lilith may have begun as a Mesopotamian demon goddess, patroness and progenitor of vampires, but legend later made her the first bride of Adam.  In this version, she mated with the fallen angel Asmodeus, giving birth to all the monsters that plague the Earth. In particular, with regards recent story-telling, she’s increasingly identified as the mother and queen of all vampires.  Clearly this myth remains a living one, harkening to (among other things) misogyny.

3. tumblr_nkv5ods7HR1u8864ho1_500Punishment

Like Medusa of old (turned into a death-dealing monster for the “crime” of being a rape victim), the idea of punishing women remains a meme in many faiths.  Those who do wrong become monsters that increase the suffering of the world, especially if the wrong is done by women. Likewise in the last two centuries we’ve absorbed the notion so prominent in Dracula that vampires bring out the bestial side of females, especially in terms of sexuality.

4. tumblr_lh91pfmEFF1qa1xnko1_500Heresy

Religions also use the vampire myth to warn those who might harbor ideas outside what’s accepted.  Medieval churches for example made a big point of ‘damning’ those who’d committed suicide, or who adhered to a variety of heresies.  They were hardly alone.  The Filipino Aswang, the  Chinese Jiangshi and the Romanian Strigoi all violated social norms. This eventually translated into the idea that heresy was literally one of the ways experts insisted one could become a vampire!

5. tumblr_mj7dmodTzi1rhd1xfo1_500Montague Summers

One such expert earned the title of a great eccentric in a nation of eccentrics–Reverend Montague Summers. Ordained as a deacon fairly early in life, the man donned clerical robes he was only technically allowed, eventually leaving the Anglican Church and more-or-less pretending to be a Catholic priest.  A genuine medieval scholar, he accepted a medieval world view. His books insisted vampires were real (he saw them as malignant spirits rather than undead flesh and blood)!  This attitude towards vampires remains with us today, at least among some religious types who react with such displeasure at the popularity of vampire fiction.

6.tumblr_ly7za1al9u1qfryqfo1_500 Incubus

Our own age is one of scientific categories and specific definitions. In the past, this often was not the case, even among the most educated. So it was that the vampire and the incubus (a masculine demon who sexually ravages women in their sleep) weren’t necessarily considered different things.  We of course see this today in the highly sexualized nature of our vampire stories.  A vaguely vampiric detail (echoing the androgyny we see in the undead) is how the same demon as a succubus gains seed from a man, and then uses it to impregnate women as the incubus.

7. tumblr_m9gr03ther1qb5vezo1_500Wisdom of the Dead

Of course another eerie idea, one touched upon in other faiths rather than Christianity, is how vampires and the dead in general know things we do not. Hindu vampires (or blood drinking demons) were said to possess vast learning while Ulysses in Greek Myth went to the underworld to seek counsel. The dead needed blood in order to gain strength enough to speak, however, so first he had to feed them.

8. tumblr_n2gz2tXkpS1sgsmamo1_500The Evil Place

Transylvania may summon up images of every movie monster we know (well, the classics anyway) but over the ages different religions warn us of other, more general locations to fear.  In fact, much of the world seemed deeply mysterious and dangerous.  The woods harbored who knows what? Graveyards were seen as literal homes of the dead. Likewise caves seemed like yawning pits into another realm where monsters, ghosts and demons might do all sorts of terrible things.

9.  tumblr_n455r0ih3r1sy652lo1_500Rituals

We may think of religion as a matter of belief, but historically (even to this day) it often seems a matter of correct action. Vampires for example can be created when funerary rituals end up done wrong in some way. Likewise actually getting rid of an undead nearly always requires some precise formula. This was one reason the whole idea of not receiving last rites (or the local equivalent) could prove so terrifying. Likewise saints and their relics might prove essential in defending oneself.

10.tumblr_m8wn6rf4yy1rwwz6fo1_400 Appeasing the Undead

Halloween today is (mostly) a children’s holiday celebrating all thrills and chills. Its origins however lies in the (pagan–hence some fears on the subject) notion that one must give the monsters something to leave you alone. In Ancient Greece this ended up common. The Bacchae, worshipers of Dionysus (not at all like the Roman Wine God Bacchus) consisted of women working themselves into a state to kill wild animals with their bare hands. Likewise, the Furies–hideous creatures that embody vengeance–were given their own grove within the City of Athens.  Perhaps the most obvious uses of this in terms of actual blood were Mesoamerica’s Aztecs.

11.original Natural Remedies

This takes a little mental adjustment. Christianity in the West has come to see faith and ritual as distinct from a fallen natural world.  Yet most other religions in history look more strongly to the forces around us. Like some forms of Buddhism, Western Churches focus upon what is beyond this world. Yet in practice, most religions look upon nature itself as a manifestation if not some kind of gift from the divine. So garlic and vervain are seen as effective, along with sunlight (seen as sometimes uncomfortable for vampires). Besides, priests were relatively scarce, and travel hazardous. In terms of practical religion, most people looked elsewhere than the official hierarchy for aid against the bloodthirsty dead!

12. KatherinebeforeattackingSin

Although it takes different forms, Christianity most of all associates the undead with some kind of sin–very nearly all of the deadly seven in one way or another.  In history Vlad the Impaler was not seen as a vampire, but others who committed evil deeds certainly were. More tellingly, vampires often seem to embody a sin–lust, gluttony, greed, vanity and the like. Disapproval by Church officials of belief in vampires explicitly mention superstition and/or apostasy.  Thus every single aspect of vampires–from who becomes a vampire, and why, who is victimized by vampires, who hunts vampires, even who believes in the things–becomes laced with the Church’s notions of sin.

 

 

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15 Pieces of The Creepiest Global Vampire Folklore http://www.vampires.com/15-pieces-of-the-creepiest-global-vampire-folklore/ http://www.vampires.com/15-pieces-of-the-creepiest-global-vampire-folklore/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 02:13:06 +0000 http://www.vampires.com/?p=27176 Think you know vampires? Maybe you do. But odds say all you know comes from t.v., movies and novels. But the undead arise from myth and legend, stuff far outside the imagination of Bram Stoker or Anne Rice. Consider these fifteen tidbits of genuinely creepy vampire folklore… 1. The Anti-Mother Our image of a vampire...

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Think you know vampires? Maybe you do. But odds say all you know comes from t.v., movies and novels. But the undead arise from myth and legend, stuff far outside the imagination of Bram Stoker or Anne Rice. Consider these fifteen tidbits of genuinely creepy vampire folklore…

1. The Anti-Mothertumblr_lbx1clAkeQ1qdqopvo1_500

Our image of a vampire as seducer, an avatar of seduction, has nothing to do with most folkloric creatures such as the Portuguese Bruxsa or Filipino Aswang. These embody the opposite of the Earth Mother, a female who devours instead of engenders. A death dealer instead of one who gives birth. Not a being of beauty or pure love, but foul and disgusting, fueled by hatred. To most mythologies, the vampire simply finds the weakest and most vulnerable of us–children–to treat them as prey, nothing more. Such stories say nothing of romance or loneliness and everything about revenge.

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Although touched upon now and then in fiction,  a vampire god to us seems more an aberration or perversion of true faith than a genuine religion. Other cultures do not agree. Egypt had a war goddess Sekhmet, to whom the shedding of blood was in some sense worship.  The Hindu Kali was the ultimate defender of mankind and the world, in no small part because she literally drinks blood! Naturally enough, worshipers of the latter sometimes go so far as to commit human sacrifice in her name (although to be fair, most do nothing of the kind).

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You just thought of Transylvania didn’t you? Well, why not? Ever since the novel Dracula appeared in print the association between the undead and that part of Romania has only grown. Yet in terms of myth, no place in Europe seems more infested with vampires than Greece. Indeed it seems likely nosferatu derives from a Greek word for disease, nosforos. Indeed Greece and its thousand-plus isles gave rise to the ancient legend of the lamia as well as tales of how the dead long to drink fresh blood (see Homer’s Odyssey).  Such a beautiful land, but one steeped in fear of the hungry dead.

4.tumblr_lgbe18T4ml1qg39ewo1_500 Un-Killible!

Despite Buffy, we do tend to believe pretty much anyone with the right tools and training can bring True Death to one of the Undead.  Not according to folklore.  In many places genuine vampires are held to be utterly immortal (like the Bruxsa above). You, a mere mortal human, stand no chance in any combat with a vampire. None at all. All you can do is protect yourself as best you can, praying you’ve not made any mistakes. It is a paranoid world view, one that assumes we humans as very nearly powerless, at the absolute mercy of an uncaring Fate.

5. bruxsaVampires as Disease

Operas and gothic literature of different stripes may seek to make romantic death by “consumption” but in fact tuberculosis means a steady fading of one’s strength, slow suffocation, coupled with the constant taste of blood in one’s mouth.  Little wonder victims of such in real life were often seen as nascent vampires. It inspired genuine terror, especially when the cause for disease remained unknown.

6. Tumblr_ln63wtRYMi1qbvrito1_r1_500Children of the Dead

It might startle some to realize how many viewed vampires not as in any way seducers but rather rapists. These days we rarely examine our dead personally, so all kinds of disturbing details escape our notice. Among these is the tendency for corpses to sport erections. Biologically speaking, nothing at all odd about this, but to many this indicated a desire by the dead for more than blood. Hence legends that spouses were among the first “visited” by a newly risen vampire–with the result sometimes a dhampir, half-breed between human and vampire.

7.tumblr_ml0k4lEHEX1qjouuqo1_500 Flesh-Eating

No, not all vampires survive on blood alone. Hindu Pishacha for example follow battles in order to eat those who have fallen. Romanian Strigoi  are straightforward gluttons, eating massive amounts of food, forcing people to starve. Then they drink the blood of those people, killing and then eating the people themselves–man, woman and child.

8.tumblr_mkcgohHhVZ1s8o1r4o1_500 Stench

Unpleasant to think on, but in folklore nearly all vampires give off the odor of the grave.  If you’ve never actually encountered the smell of a good-sized animal (like a dog or cat) decomposing, believe me you are missing nothing desirable in your life. However, such was far more common in ages past. It was said to be emanate from a vampire, a way to warn you such a creature might be near. In fact, this idea probably kept many a person from a real source of infection.

9. tumblr_inline_mnj9lcpSry1qz4rgpHidden

Some legends say vampires are easy to spot. Others insist, however, there’s no way to easily recognize one of the undead. Ever. Lots of myths make zero mention of sunlight causing any harm at all to the things, mirrors refusing to reflect them, crosses or holy objects having any impact upon them whatsoever.  Most aren’t even cold to the touch, etc.  Our fiction comes up will all kinds of ways to give humans the advantage, but folklore has no such imperative. So legendary vampires remain many times more terrifying.

10. tumblr_static_tumblr_mb2glftiye1r3nfc7o1_500Unhuman

For clear and obvious reasons, dramatic stories about the undead have them retain (or sometimes acquire) human personality traits. Legend sometimes insists nothing of the kind is even remotely true.  The Hindu Peymakilir  to give one example, isn’t even a former human being. They are demons, never spending their time as humans do in distorted versions of our own lives. Russia’s upir likewise seem little more than eating machines, their minds gone and replaced by all the conscience or emotion of a leech.

11.30daysChildren First!

As mentioned earlier, legend insists that most vampires do not in fact seek out lovely young virgins to join them in an eternity of darkness. Rather, their meat of choice are the youngest of our species, the younger the better.  Some legends even refer to Lilith, supposed first wife of Adam, who seeks with all her offspring to consume the children of Eve.  When you blend this tendency with other types of vampires, we can see the undead as another version of our own modern monster of legend–the pedophile.

12. tumblr_niz7b3bkCq1u9cqypo1_500We Drink Blood Too

Yes we do. Human blood as well. For pretty much the same reason we imagine vampires to do so.  Many a warrior in history proudly drank the blood his enemies, sometimes (as a matter of style or at least boasting) from the hollowed out skull of another enemy.  Understandable in a way. When we lose blood, or are pale, we weaken. Certainly some animals live upon blood, like fleas and ticks and leeches. But we don’t do that anymore, right? Even if many of do adore our steaks rare enough to bleed. The less said about the ritual symbols of drinking God’s blood on Sunday the better, though. Right?

13. tumblr_mt9znctePc1qj5wwwo1_400Zombies

We think of zombies as shuffling mindless corpses motivated by a simple, implacable hunger. Our image of vampires focuses on temptation, infused with eroticism. But that really begins with Dr. John Polidori’s The Vampyre novel. In centuries prior, what most peasants and others thought about “vampire” (or the equivalent) what they had in mind was a lot closer to what we call a George Romero-style zombie.  No cape, but rotting rags. Not eyes burning with eldritch power, but filmy orbs lacking the spark of what made our loved ones human.

14. tumblr_lt55fhAEQm1qdx4k4o1_500Hammer and Stakes, Not Enough!

Movies might portray it easy to pierce a chest cavity with a pointed piece of wood. Actually, not really. Rib cages are tough precisely to as protect what’s inside! Mind you, according to folklore that really isn’t enough, usually. At the very least one is supposed to burn the vampire. That sounds easy, too, though. Well, no.  You need a fair amount of kindling for one thing. For another, legend and legend says all kinds of things will crawl out of the flames–birds, frogs, snakes, insects and like. You have to kill every single one of these or the vampire will return. Every. Single. One. And there might easily be thousands.

15. tumblr_mvi8faBRli1qcxbdxo3_r1_500No Help.

This one in some ways is the most creepy of all. Movies and books portray some essence of divine power ready to defend you against the thirsty dead. Folklore doesn’t have that much hope in it. Most assume the universe just naturally wants to kill and eat you, with vampires just one vivid example of this. At best, even among the most Christian of nations, firm belief insisted the powers of the universe–God, his Saints, the Angels–will leave you to your fate if you do one little thing wrong. If you are born on Christmas, you become a vampire. If you forget to light a votive candle, God will let a vampire eat you alive.  If a cat jumps over your corpse the Heavens reject you and back into your corpse you go, to prey upon your friends and family. Prayer may or may not work to protect them from you. And no one–no one–knows why.

 

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Vampires.com is hiring http://www.vampires.com/vampire-jobs/ http://www.vampires.com/vampire-jobs/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 17:13:08 +0000 http://www.vampires.com/?p=27169 Vampires.com is looking for a part-time content-curator. You will be responsible for using our custom solution to provide daily posts of interest to our readers. You should be able to create interesting and catchy titles, and tight thought-provoking summaries. The ideal candidate: is interested in vampires has seen Let the Right One In, Byzantium, Only...

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Vampires.com is looking for a part-time content-curator. You will be responsible for using our custom solution to provide daily posts of interest to our readers. You should be able to create interesting and catchy titles, and tight thought-provoking summaries.

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  1. go to vampirenews.com, and choose an interesting article from any date.
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Jo & Alaric: First Comes Love, Then Comes… ‘The Vampire Diaries’ http://www.vampires.com/jo-alaric-first-comes-love-then-comes-the-vampire-diaries/ http://www.vampires.com/jo-alaric-first-comes-love-then-comes-the-vampire-diaries/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 20:00:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/vampires-by-darkness-com/p/4042516324/2015/04/30/jo-alaric-first-comes-love-then-comes-the-vampire-diaries “Jo and Alaric’s wedding day has arrived in The Vampire Diaries 6×21 “I’ll Wed You in the Golden Sunshine”!” Weddings bells are ringing as it’s time for Alaric and Jo to take the leap and get hitched. We’ve seen working up to this point for a while and finally someone might be having something to...

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“Jo and Alaric’s wedding day has arrived in The Vampire Diaries 6×21 “I’ll Wed You in the Golden Sunshine”!”

Weddings bells are ringing as it’s time for Alaric and Jo to take the leap and get hitched. We’ve seen working up to this point for a while and finally someone might be having something to be happy about, I’d be happy to if I finally had a break from all the drama in Mystic Falls…not to mention having someplace to eat other than the Mystic Grill which half the town seems to work at.


Hopefully this bodes well for Al and Jo and they find a happy resolution together and luckily this isn’t True Blood or half that wedding would’ve died in a very bloody massacre so they’re lucky. Then again, it isn’t Game of Thrones either, where weddings never go very well at all. Okay, seriously, let’s be happy for Jo and Alaric, –Alaric has been very unlucky in love. His first woman, Isobel, ran off to be a vampire one night, and then came back later causing all kinds of trouble. I suspect this marriage will …. well, I hope anyway, that this marriage… will go a lot better, and last a lot longer.

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‘It’s a Vampire!’ – Free, Fun, and Creepy? Count Me In! http://www.vampires.com/its-a-vampire-free-fun-and-creepy-count-me-in/ http://www.vampires.com/its-a-vampire-free-fun-and-creepy-count-me-in/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 18:00:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/vampires-by-darkness-com/p/4042516297/2015/04/30/it-s-a-vampire-free-fun-and-creepy-count-me-in Short horror comic featuring vampires. Short horror comic indeed! Found this little comic book today and it’s an interesting read as it includes a one-shot story about a vampire hunter that looks an awful lot like Geralt of Rivia and packing a serious …thingy. Oh my.  It’s a very simple story of a story tavern...

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Short horror comic featuring vampires.

Short horror comic indeed! Found this little comic book today and it’s an interesting read as it includes a one-shot story about a vampire hunter that looks an awful lot like Geralt of Rivia and packing a serious …thingy. Oh my. 


It’s a very simple story of a story tavern wench coming to “Pseudo-Geralt”and telling him she thinks there’s a vampire around. Will our hero…or antihero or just the guy that kills stuff does the next most logical thing when someone tells him there’s a murderous creature of the night loose…he proceeds to bang the brains out of the tavern lady and then goes and handles the business at hand. All around, it’s a fairly common story but there’s not much room for complexity in a common 24 page comic book. This is just the first issue, so check it out and if you find it interesting be on the lookout for more issues coming.


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Finally, A Vampire Satire That Doesn’t Diss The Genre: ‘The Sins of Dracula’ http://www.vampires.com/finally-a-vampire-satire-that-doesnt-diss-the-genre-the-sins-of-dracula/ http://www.vampires.com/finally-a-vampire-satire-that-doesnt-diss-the-genre-the-sins-of-dracula/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 16:00:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/vampires-by-darkness-com/p/4042511418/2015/04/30/finally-a-vampire-satire-that-doesn-t-diss-the-genre-the-sins-of-dracula Plenty of Sinful Satire In ‘The Sins Of Dracula’ A lot… a metric f*ckton even, of movies out there, make fun of recent vampire films, especially Twilight –but truth be told, they’re really asking for it, –but most of these movies aren’t actually making a point of pointing a finger at anything other than the vampire horror...

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Plenty of Sinful Satire In ‘The Sins Of Dracula’

A lot… a metric f*ckton even, of movies out there, make fun of recent vampire films, especially Twilight –but truth be told, they’re really asking for it, –but most of these movies aren’t actually making a point of pointing a finger at anything other than the vampire horror genre. That’s why The Sins of Dracula is so refreshing. It’s a vampire satire film that actually pokes fun at the Christian scare flicks, –you know, like Reefer Madness, –where they try to scare you away from drugs or other delinquent behaviors. Not like Jesus Camp, where reasonable people try to scare you with Christians.

A goofy Christian guy named Billy goes with his girlfriend, Channon, a non-Christian and joins her theater group. The leader of the indie theater group, Lou Perdition, has ulterior motives: using a production called “Jonestown Jubilee” to harvest innocent blood to raise Count Dracula from the dead, and build an army of vampire actors. According to the review, the film is actually really funny, and only a few of the jokes are a bit lame or miss the mark. It’ll probably end up on Netflix in the short run, so keep an eye out for it. I know I will.

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BloodRayne: Betrayal Gets An Enhanced PC Release on Steam! http://www.vampires.com/bloodrayne-betrayal-gets-an-enhanced-pc-release-on-steam/ http://www.vampires.com/bloodrayne-betrayal-gets-an-enhanced-pc-release-on-steam/#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 18:00:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/vampires-by-darkness-com/p/4042419512/2015/04/29/bloodrayne-betrayal-gets-an-enhanced-pc-release-on-steam Majesco is looking to lure in unsuspecting victims today, as BloodRayne: Betrayal sinks its teeth into the PC market with a Steam … Our source isn’t the only BloodRayne fan around, I am also a lover or the original game, and I know at least one other person who liked it too. Unfortunately, ever since those first...

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Majesco is looking to lure in unsuspecting victims today, as BloodRayne: Betrayal sinks its teeth into the PC market with a Steam …

Our source isn’t the only BloodRayne fan around, I am also a lover or the original game, and I know at least one other person who liked it too. Unfortunately, ever since those first couple of games were released on PS2, the entire franchise started circled the drain, and Uwe Boll basically took a great movie idea, and turned it into a big slimy long turd that just won’t flush. 

Yup, I said it. Uwe Boll turns great concepts into shit, and defending your film career by fighting people is probably the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. Gorillas, kangaroos, and badgers can also fight, but that doesn’t mean they should be sitting behind desks, making movies. And if they did, who knows, they’d probably still manage to churn out better movie ideas. Anyway, back to the main point. The original BloodRayne: Betrayal game looked like an arcade game in a bar, from 1991, –it’s a side scrolling game. UGH! Like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Super Nintendo. Seriously? What the absolute shit? Majesco is resurrecting it, enhancing it, and releasing it on Steam… and hopefully, this version will suck less.

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12 Of The Biggest Beefs Between Characters On The Vampire Diaries http://www.vampires.com/12-of-the-biggest-beefs-between-characters-on-the-vampire-diaries/ http://www.vampires.com/12-of-the-biggest-beefs-between-characters-on-the-vampire-diaries/#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 16:23:15 +0000 http://www.vampires.com/?p=27087 Counting the 15 biggest problems that characters from The Vampire Diaries have had with each other over the years, –past and present. I mean, between all the main characters on this show, they’ve all wanted to kill each other at some point or another. And then somehow, they all end up having sex, or kissing, or crushing...

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Counting the 15 biggest problems that characters from The Vampire Diaries have had with each other over the years, –past and present. I mean, between all the main characters on this show, they’ve all wanted to kill each other at some point or another. And then somehow, they all end up having sex, or kissing, or crushing on one another too.

1. Caroline and Stefan and Elena and Damon, Oh My! This is one of the more recent developments on The Vampire Diaries. Despite the fact that Elena and Damon are a thing, we all know that Stefan has like, the biggest hard on for Elena, he always has, since like, Day 1. Now, in walks Caroline, Stefan’s backup girl. Caroline is Damon’s ex. So… we have two sets of issues here; Caroline is probably not all that thrilled because Stefan’s probably always going to have feelings for Elena, and Elena’s probably not exactly thrilled with Stefan and Caroline. And Damon’s always pissed off about something, and this is just gas on the fire. So much awkwardness.

bitchkath2. Katherine Just Pisses Everyone Off: Do I really need to go anywhere else with this? She’s caused so many fights, so much trouble, and most of it was the huge wedge she drove between the Salvatore brothers, dating as far back as before they were even vampires. Katherine is basically the reason for The Vampire Diaries existence.

3. Damon and Stefan Constantly Fighting Over ElenaDamon and Stefan fighting over Elena in early episodes; remember when Damon got bitten by the werewolf and were all, “Romg, if Damon dies, never again will we watch the show” –we said the same thing back in 2011 about Elena too… and now she is leaving, along with another member of The Vampire Diaries cast. Figures. But yeah, anyway, the biggest conflict ever, was between Damon and Stefan over who got to be Elena’s boyfriend. And it really kicked off when Damon got bit by the werewolf, because that was one of his first super sweet moments with Elena… which really pissed Stefan off big time.

Tyler24. Tyler’s Psychotic Rage & Matt’s Need to Take Him Down a Peg: Tyler and Matt’s mom actually had a weird moment, that was super gross, but then, to add insult to injury, Tyler and Caroline paired up while Caroline was supposed to be with Matt. But, in her defense, Matt also sort of ended up flipping out when he found out she was a vampire, and despite the torture from her dad, and the torture from Tyler’s werewolf friends, she ended up being with Tyler for a lot longer than she was with Matt. Ever wonder if The Vampire Diaries cast ever echoes some of their characters’ feelings?

Klaus_and_Tyler5. Tyler Doesn’t Want to Be Klaus’s Hybrid Guinea Pig: Because who actually wants to be someone’s experimental lab rat hybrid thing? Tyler Lockwood has a really bad temper, and he not only fought Klaus’s ambitions, but eventually, ended up leaving town for a long while to try to get his transformations under control. Swoon over the Vampire Diaries poster for Tyler all you can now, because Michael Trevino is leaving the show with Nina Dobrev, soon.

6. Bonnie Hates Vampires… Her Best Friend is Dating One: This might take you back to earlier episodes; remember when Bonnie went all, vampires-are-evil-no-gray-area-just-evil? It was when she basically collaborated to kill like, all the vampires in Mystic Falls, because she was butthurt? This made things between her and Elena really tense at the time, because they were best friends… and when you BFF tries to like, for real, kill your BF… dude, not cool. By the way, you should stock up on your Vampire Diaries shirts with Elena on them, because… after this season, you can pretty much count those as collectors’ items.

7. Stefan Let Elena’s Parents Die: Remember how… Elena’s parents died in a car accident, via drowning, and Stefan rescued Elena, but couldn’t save her parents? It’s been a somewhat perverse thought I’ve had for a while, (I’m still a huge fan, I even have a Vampire Diaries necklace) but I have this theory that I think plays a big part in why Elena and Stefan don’t work as a couple, even though they’re sort of soul mates. I think that in some part, Elena can’t help but hold it against Stefan that he couldn’t save her parents. He’s got super strength, and super speed, but still could only save one person from the car? Even I have a hard time buying that.

Katherine-Stefan-katherine-and-stefan-21214398-500-2408. Stefan Hates Katherine The Most: This is one of the oldest grudges in the story; Stefan has never really forgiven Katherine, and it wasn’t until her death that he was finally able to just let go of all the negative energy he had stored up in toxic barrels with her name on them. She turned him, turned his brother, disappeared, and didn’t care enough to bother to let them know she was even alive. He blamed her for a lot of what went wrong, in his very long life. If you have any Vampire Diaries merchandise with Katherine on it, those are probably collectible too, since Nina Dobrev is pretty much ending her entire career with TVD.

9. Battle of the Blondes; Rebekah vs Caroline: Okay, guys, this one was totally classic, two blonde vampires, going head to head in high school, and plus! the younger vampire, Caroline, is also being crushed on by Klaus, brother of Rebekah, the older, more superior (in her mind anyway) vampire. Speaking of Rebekah, and lost cast members, if you have any Vampire Diaries shirts with Rebekah on them, keep ahold of those too, since she’s probably never going to be on anything except The Originals now. I’ve never liked my brothers’ girlfriends, at first anyway, it’s sort of a “You’ll never be good enough!” attitude that I think a lot of moms and big sisters share. And Rebekah totally hated Caroline, way down, even moreso after Caroline literally stabbed her in the back.

10. Caroline Has Stockholm Syndrome; Bonnie’s Not Giving Back the Necklace: This is from an early episode, and I remember how said it was when Bonnie and Caroline were fighting. Bonnie, along with being Elena’s best friend, is also Caroline’s best friend. They initially had their first big beef because Damon wanted the necklace back from Bonnie, and Bonnie’s Gram told her never to let it go, because it belonged to her ancestor, Katherine’s witch, Emily Bennett. This is back when Bonnie was really first discovering her witchy heritage, and the necklace thing really drove a wedge between her and Caroline. Caroline also had a battered housewife mentality at the time, courtesy of Damon.

11. Damon Did Sort of Kill Jeremy: Let’s not forget, guys, just a couple seasons ago on The Vampire Diaries, Damon broke Jeremy Gilbert’s neck, out of sheer spite with Elena. He says he knew that Jeremy was wearing the ring (magic resurrection family ring) but I suspect there’s a feeling among most of us, when we saw it anyway, that Damon didn’t realize it. He just acted, because he was being a dick.

tumblr_lz3ets5y5J1qkygcwo1_1280_large12. Caroline’s Dad, Bill Forbes, is A Complete Lunatic: Caroline and her dad, Bill Forbes, the one who left Liz because he’s gay, –which isn’t really pertinent at all to the story, it just establishes diversity among The Vampire Diaries cast. The real story is that, despite having been out of town for a long time, he used to be on the Mystic Falls’ Town Council, –which is basically just a league of vampire hunters, trying to keep vampire awareness alive. He finds out Caroline is a vampire, and tries to torture it out of her, for all intents and purposes.

 

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‘The Strain’ Season 2 Preview Video http://www.vampires.com/the-strain-season-2-preview-video/ http://www.vampires.com/the-strain-season-2-preview-video/#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 16:00:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/vampires-by-darkness-com/p/4042418914/2015/04/29/the-strain-season-2-preview-video “Your whole world can change in the matter of seconds. Prepare to fight this Summer on FX.” This video is almost like an allegory for remembering to ask for ID when you go to a club; you can’t trust a pretty girl she could be jail bait in disguise! She looks like a sweet, innocent...

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“Your whole world can change in the matter of seconds. Prepare to fight this Summer on FX.”

This video is almost like an allegory for remembering to ask for ID when you go to a club; you can’t trust a pretty girl she could be jail bait in disguise! She looks like a sweet, innocent girl… then all of a sudden, eeek! Holy crap! I am so ready for the new season of The Strain. There is one aspect of the show though that I am really missing, and it’s a decision that was probably made by the author of the series, and the creator of the show… so if you haven’t read the books, read no further:

SPOILER ALERT!!!

In the books, the conglomerate corporation that kicks off the vampire apocalypse has its fingers in all kinds of charities, and about midway in the first book the company sponsored a field trip in which kids were given special glasses to view an eclipse. The glasses were intentionally faulty, they went blind, and were later turned into vampires. They become a really creepy army of ultra-sensory perceptive little vampire, and they become a sort of task force. I really was hoping to see them in the show.. but so far, nothing, nada… I’m really hoping they appear at some point in the show, but I think they were written out.

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Vampire Romance… By a Dude: Hell and the Hunger by Mike Reynolds http://www.vampires.com/vampire-romance-by-a-dude-hell-and-the-hunger-by-mike-reynolds/ http://www.vampires.com/vampire-romance-by-a-dude-hell-and-the-hunger-by-mike-reynolds/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 20:00:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/vampires-by-darkness-com/p/4042354493/2015/04/28/vampire-romance-by-a-dude-hell-and-the-hunger-by-mike-reynolds When a vampire loses his love of the hunt he is left with nothing but his hunger… That is precisely where Joe finds himself at the beginning of Hell and the Hunger. He simply doesn’t want to be alive any longer but it… The thing about most vampire romance is that you almost never see...

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When a vampire loses his love of the hunt he is left with nothing but his hunger… That is precisely where Joe finds himself at the beginning of Hell and the Hunger. He simply doesn’t want to be alive any longer but it…

The thing about most vampire romance is that you almost never see a guy writing it; I know that were this writer available, he’d probably go off the rails explaining why his story is not so much a romance as it is, I dunno, some really intense story of action and adventure, etc., but trust me dude, this falls right into the sort of paranormal romance that lots and lots of chicks write, all the time. 

This one is pretty classic antihero trope: The self-hating, sick of life vampire bumbles around, waiting to die; he’s tired of hunting people, but he can’t not eat because owwie. So he starts picking off Back Alley Sally types at the bars, –you know, like an older lion might pick off a sick antelope, after they’ve gotten too old to chase the big ones? Anyway, so, this angsty vampire guys meets a really interesting person, a female of course, for the first time in, Oh Jeez, forever, —it’s hard to believe for me that the author isn’t speaking vicariously through his character, and basically using this as a voicebox for his contempt for society. Pretty obvious actually. Anyway, and the only interesting woman on Earth is then threatened and vampire Joe must save her, because she’s his only reason to live. Flattering? A bit sexist? Mhmm… but! then again, if this is your thing, go for it. It’s on Amazon Kindle. 

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