Vampires.com http://www.vampires.com vampire games, vampire news, and real vampires Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:20:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.3 Book Giveaway! Vampire’s Bane by Suzannah Daniels http://www.vampires.com/book-giveaway-vampires-bane-by-suzannah-daniels/ http://www.vampires.com/book-giveaway-vampires-bane-by-suzannah-daniels/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:00:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/vampires-by-darkness-com/p/4042100234/2015/04/24/book-giveaway-vampire-s-bane-by-suzannah-daniels “Most of the populace has been wiped out by a deadly disease, and the rules of society have regressed. But that’s not the worst of it….” Okay, so, imagine your parents send you to one of those shitty survivalist/super-max prison camp/private detention centers for rich parents and out of control teenagers… Or some kind of...

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“Most of the populace has been wiped out by a deadly disease, and the rules of society have regressed. But that’s not the worst of it….”

Okay, so, imagine your parents send you to one of those shitty survivalist/super-max prison camp/private detention centers for rich parents and out of control teenagers… Or some kind of “program”, with your best interests in mind. Let’s just say you were caught getting high or something, whatever, we know you did something to deserve it. So you’ve been in this place for two years, and finally, when you’re released, you find the world have changed significantly. Humans have largely been wiped out, and a whole lot of other things are vying for control of the planet.

Namely, vampires, –but other unnamed mystical creatures too. Sounds like fun, right? That’s the premise for Suzannah Daniels’ story about love in a post-pandemic battleground for control over the dwindling resources, which include human lives. Vampires capture her in the beginning of the series, and despite a mutual attraction between two young people, one group needs food… and the other group is food. Woo… sounds cool. The source is giving away five copies, –but if you buy a copy, and write a review, you’ll get a signed bookmark from Suzannah Daniels. Enter to win now, –there’s only four days left of the contest!

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Get Your Vampire Hidden Object Fix With Vampire Secrets: Eternal Love! http://www.vampires.com/get-your-vampire-hidden-object-fix-with-vampire-secrets-eternal-love/ http://www.vampires.com/get-your-vampire-hidden-object-fix-with-vampire-secrets-eternal-love/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:00:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/vampires-by-darkness-com/p/4042095559/2015/04/24/get-your-vampire-hidden-object-fix-with-vampire-secrets-eternal-love “Embark on a mysterious journey to the heart of Transylvania and investigate a series of nocturnal kidnappings bringing unrest to Eastern Europe.” I know, a lot of you purists are there are always saying how these games aren’t “real” games, but blow me, okay? Some of us have our guilty little secrets… and those guilty...

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“Embark on a mysterious journey to the heart of Transylvania and investigate a series of nocturnal kidnappings bringing unrest to Eastern Europe.”

I know, a lot of you purists are there are always saying how these games aren’t “real” games, but blow me, okay? Some of us have our guilty little secrets… and those guilty little secrets are that we love our hidden object games. And besides, a lot of them are AWESOME. Especially those in the vampire-theme. And if you’re still disputing the awesomeness of hidden object PC games, keep in mind, there’s a Charlaine Harris/True Blood universe hidden object game out there as well. I played it, and it was absolutely gorgeous, and tons of fun.

In this hidden object game, which you can get a free demo version of on the source site, you travel to Transylvania, to investigate mysterious kidnappings, and you must also find your sister in this mess somewhere. Eventually, you’ll end up at Bran Castle, aka, Dracula’s Castle, and uncover spooky stuff, all while on the chase for vampires, and your sister Maria. One of the scenes is a still taken from the game, and they’re terrifically rendered. There is also a short trailer for the game on the source site as well, in which you can see some of the other scenes in the game, –and many are deliciously creepy. Check it out, and let us know what you think!

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Why Bother Reading Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’? http://www.vampires.com/why-bother-reading-bram-stokers-dracula/ http://www.vampires.com/why-bother-reading-bram-stokers-dracula/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:00:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/vampires-by-darkness-com/p/4042095125/2015/04/24/why-bother-reading-bram-stoker-s-dracula “The date-line is 2014. An outbreak of a deadly disease in a remote region, beyond the borders of a complacent Europe. Local deaths multiply.” Roger Luckhurst, the author of this short piece of genius literary review, explains the lure of Bram Stoker’s Dracula in a way many of us have probably never considered the story, dubbed “the...

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“The date-line is 2014. An outbreak of a deadly disease in a remote region, beyond the borders of a complacent Europe. Local deaths multiply.”

Roger Luckhurst, the author of this short piece of genius literary review, explains the lure of Bram Stoker’s Dracula in a way many of us have probably never considered the story, dubbed “the outbreak narrative”. He goes on to describe the book as you would describe a disease; leaving out the word “Vampire” entirely, much the same as Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead leaves out the word “zombie”. The first two paragraphs begin speaking about a disease in which people waste away, corpses are a particular concern for contaminants, and at the end, it comes as a jolt that he’s talking about Dracula. 

We’ve been caught for so long, in this romantic notion of vampires, yearning for the horror and barely getting a real taste of it, that we often fail to connect the dots between the framework of fiction, and our modern world. The concern for disease is also there within  Dracula and despite the language which is less comprehensive than contemporary literature, much can be gleaned about Stoker’s perspectives; such as Dracula’s association with filth, rats, miasmal fog –which probably represents the damp conditions that lead to illness spreading more quickly. Do read the full article, it’s excellent.

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‘The Vampire Diaries’ & WB TV Group Team Up To Introduce the Sarah Jones Memorial Scholarship http://www.vampires.com/the-vampire-diaries-wb-tv-group-team-up-to-introduce-the-sarah-jones-memorial-scholarship/ http://www.vampires.com/the-vampire-diaries-wb-tv-group-team-up-to-introduce-the-sarah-jones-memorial-scholarship/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:00:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/vampires-by-darkness-com/p/4042066169/2015/04/23/the-vampire-diaries-wb-tv-group-team-up-to-introduce-the-sarah-jones-memorial-scholarship In honor of late camera assistant Sarah Jones, Warner Bros. Television Group and the Vampire Diaries production team have joined with the… Sarah Jones was a camera assistant who worked on the set of The Vampire Diaries, among other shows for the CW, which is part of the Warner Bros. Television Group, –basically, CW is just a...

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In honor of late camera assistant Sarah Jones, Warner Bros. Television Group and the Vampire Diaries production team have joined with the…

Sarah Jones was a camera assistant who worked on the set of The Vampire Diaries, among other shows for the CW, which is part of the Warner Bros. Television Group, –basically, CW is just a new name for the WB station. Sarah Jones was killed after being struck by a freight train on the set of Midnight Rider in February of 2014. So the production team of The Vampire Diaries, including Julie Plec, and the WB TV Group, the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG), and SIM  Digital have all joined forces to create the “Sarah Jones Opportunity” for aspiring filmmakers in the Georgia area, the chance to become more active in the filmmaking and television industry.

The scholarship gives a 20 week paid internship/camera training work experience at an Atlanta based WB production, and also gives membership eligibility for the ICG Local 600. The first person to receive the scholarship was Chelsea Craig, and has already completed her training, and has joined the ICG. I think that Sarah would have wanted her passing to be meaningful, and that so many people will now be able to aspire to their dreams because of her, how well she was loved by those around her, and the work she did in life. 

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‘Vampire Diaries’ Spoilers: Caroline Forces Damon and Elena to Analyze Their Relationship http://www.vampires.com/vampire-diaries-spoilers-caroline-forces-damon-and-elena-to-analyze-their-relationship/ http://www.vampires.com/vampire-diaries-spoilers-caroline-forces-damon-and-elena-to-analyze-their-relationship/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/vampires-by-darkness-com/p/4042060639/2015/04/23/vampire-diaries-spoilers-caroline-forces-damon-and-elena-to-analyze-their-relationship “Can Stefan fool Caroline long enough to get her to flip her humanity switch in “Because”? …” You know, the thing is, it’s like… we all know where this is headed, you know? We all know that Elena, at the end of this season, is going to be gone. And since there’s no news about Ian...

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“Can Stefan fool Caroline long enough to get her to flip her humanity switch in “Because”? …”

You know, the thing is, it’s like… we all know where this is headed, you know? We all know that Elena, at the end of this season, is going to be gone. And since there’s no news about Ian Somerhalder leaving the show, we know that Damon isn’t going with her. Jesus Christ, how depressing. How has this show managed to mangle every single romantic hope we had for Damon and Stefan and Elena, and flung Elena’s character right back into mediocrity at the end of the whole thing. What, is she gonna be a one of the Dallas cheerleaders now? Go to college and get a degree in pottery or some other crap? And then what, exactly?

She’s been through so much, that to just toss her back into the big, mundane melting pot, is like… incredibly boring. They wouldn’t be able to do it without wiping her brain’s hard drive, and performing a system restore, so to speak, –and she may end up needing the knowledge that she has gained, to protect herself. All things considered, if she turns human again, she may end up back on Klaus’s wish list. Damon has to answer to Bonnie, he still hasn’t told Elena about the cure, and Caroline is still all zero-humanity. We’ll find out what happens, and this might even have me convinced to catch up on the show, in its entirety, so I can say goodbye to my favorite TV heroine. Sigh.

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Vampires Discovered Near Mass Grave in Ireland http://www.vampires.com/vampires-discovered-near-mass-grave-in-ireland/ http://www.vampires.com/vampires-discovered-near-mass-grave-in-ireland/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:00:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/vampires-by-darkness-com/p/4042062134/2015/04/23/vampires-discovered-near-mass-grave-in-ireland “Since the 12th Century folktales have swept across Western Europe, leaving terror and panic in their wake.” The discovery of vampire graves is not an unnatural phenomena, in fact, recently, more vampire graves are being uncovered by archaeologists in Poland. And the primary element in both of these discoveries? Disease. The Polish vampire graves were believed...

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“Since the 12th Century folktales have swept across Western Europe, leaving terror and panic in their wake.”

The discovery of vampire graves is not an unnatural phenomena, in fact, recently, more vampire graves are being uncovered by archaeologists in Poland. And the primary element in both of these discoveries? Disease. The Polish vampire graves were believed to be the result of uneducated fears of disease, being spread by monsters. The vampires discovered in Ireland were found next to a mass grave, believed to be a Black Death burial site, some 3000 corpses piled together in shallow graves, underneath paving stones. 

Archaeologists discovered to more grave sites, on the outside of the main mass grave site. Two men were buried there, at different times, but both had suffered violent deaths, as there were blade marks on their bones, and both were buried in a horrific manner. Their arms, legs, hands, and feet were broken, and bound together around a large boulder, and stuffed inside their jaws was a large rock. The shock of finding these vampire graves was that they are dated roughly between 600 and 800 A.D., –which is before any vampire folklore or fiction was recorded, meaning vampires have been around in oral tradition and superstition, for a very long time.

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‘Vampire Diaries': Bonnie’s Got 99 (21 Actually) Problems But a Bitch Ain’t One http://www.vampires.com/vampire-diaries-bonnies-got-99-21-actually-problems-but-a-bitch-aint-one/ http://www.vampires.com/vampire-diaries-bonnies-got-99-21-actually-problems-but-a-bitch-aint-one/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:00:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/vampires-by-darkness-com/p/4041979036/2015/04/22/vampire-diaries-bonnie-s-got-99-21-actually-problems-but-a-bitch-ain-t-one Being a witch ain’t easy Oh come on, that’s clever! I loved this, because at least 30% of Bonnie Bennett’s problems have to do with vampires, –at LEAST. And if you think about it, the last thing Bonnie really needs to worry about, is a bitch, he-bitch, she-bitch, or otherwise. She can give them a...

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Being a witch ain’t easy

Oh come on, that’s clever! I loved this, because at least 30% of Bonnie Bennett’s problems have to do with vampires, –at LEAST. And if you think about it, the last thing Bonnie really needs to worry about, is a bitch, he-bitch, she-bitch, or otherwise. She can give them a dirty look, and boom, they’ve got cervical cancer, or the clap. The source post is a series of funny .gifs, showing poor Bonnie dealing with life in Mystic Falls. 

One of my favorites is “having to remember all those spells” –dude, seriously! I mean, no offense guys, but Bonnie, and the rest of you, are part of the cell phone generation. You can’t even remember phone numbers, –so remembering spells is like, a total force of will. I don’t have a cell phone, so I rely on memory for phone numbers, and so far, so good. Then there’s the whole… thing where her only friends are vampires, whom most witches are totally racist against. Boo. Come on, y’all, one love. The post is cute, and since Bonnie is basically one of the last few remaining main cast members, you should get to know her better before she also leaves the show… sigh. I’m so bitter about the loss of Elena. Dang. Would you trade Bonnie for Elena? Tell me in the comments, –I sure as hell would. No offense, Kat…

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Bloodsucking Redneck Vampires: Potentially the Most Ridiculous Vampire Movie of All Time http://www.vampires.com/bloodsucking-redneck-vampires-potentially-the-most-ridiculous-vampire-movie-of-all-time/ http://www.vampires.com/bloodsucking-redneck-vampires-potentially-the-most-ridiculous-vampire-movie-of-all-time/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:00:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/vampires-by-darkness-com/p/4041977572/2015/04/22/bloodsucking-redneck-vampires-potentially-the-most-ridiculous-vampire-movie-of-all-time “A sexy vampire and her familiar are on the run from a ruthless vampire hunter. They hide out in the small redneck town of Backwash and hatch a plan to turn…” Why is it that everyone seems to think rednecks are stupid and/or barely functional? Why is being a redneck synonymous with being basically a...

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“A sexy vampire and her familiar are on the run from a ruthless vampire hunter. They hide out in the small redneck town of Backwash and hatch a plan to turn…”

Why is it that everyone seems to think rednecks are stupid and/or barely functional? Why is being a redneck synonymous with being basically a moderate functioning person with Downs’ Syndrome. Don’t get me wrong, plenty of rednecks are stupid, but plenty of blue state, whiny little liberals are idiots too. Anyway. I came across this little gem while wandering around the Internet, looking for stuff to bring to your attention. As stupid as the movie is, and trust me, five seconds into the trailer, you’ll feel it, –I got a bit of a John Waters’ sensation.

There are a lot of funny sex jokes, a “little person” redneck, nudity, and plenty of farting, –and vampires! Really corny vampires with Romanian accents… well, there’s one. And she comes to town to build her army of undead. But I gotta be honest, makes you wonder whether these farting, drinking, crazy redneck vampires are up to fighting the more hardcore vampires… The full movie was recently posted on YouTube, so if you wanna check it out, I’m gonna say definitely do, it looks really stupid funny.

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How to Survive These 6 Types of Chinese Vampires http://www.vampires.com/how-to-survive-these-6-types-of-chinese-vampires/ http://www.vampires.com/how-to-survive-these-6-types-of-chinese-vampires/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:00:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/vampires-by-darkness-com/p/4041971801/2015/04/22/how-to-survive-these-6-types-of-chinese-vampires “There are stories legends of vampires and zombies everywhere, here’s a look at what these creatures are like according to Chinese stories and legends.” All the undead, are primarily referred to as one major type of vampire in China: Jiangshi.  1. White haired Jiangshi: Most harmless, covered in tiny white hairs, and afraid of nearly...

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“There are stories legends of vampires and zombies everywhere, here’s a look at what these creatures are like according to Chinese stories and legends.”

All the undead, are primarily referred to as one major type of vampire in China: Jiangshi. 

1. White haired Jiangshi: Most harmless, covered in tiny white hairs, and afraid of nearly everything. …Until they’ve fed on enough rodents, over a period of years, until they become…

2. Black haired Jiangshi: More aggressive, hunt humans at night, less fearful, and covered in tiny black hairs.

3. Jumping Jiangshi: After the hair falls off, the Jiangshi begins hopping and jumping to get around, and is no longer averse to sunlight.

4. Flying Jiangshi: move very quickly…. essentially, they are “ninja vampires” –they can feed without leaving a mark. And in a few centuries, they become…

5. Ba: Demons who causes plagues, droughts…. and then after thousands of years… they become…

6. Demon King: Stoppable only by Goku, and his mates from DBZ. 

To defeat them, you can use a weapon made of peach tree wood; you can buy swords made from peach wood on eBay. Roosters are good too, most jiangshi are afraid of them, because they crow and signal the morning. Fire is also excellent, very simple, classic. Anything dies if you set it on fire, including Chinese vampires.

More traditional methods can also be used, such as using the Bagua, the Daoist cosmology symbols representing reality; in the same thread, jiangshi can also be battled by reading the I Ching, or Book of Changes. Daoist incantations on paper, sticky rice, mirrors, and thread stained with black ink, the blood of a black dog, a sword made from ancient coins, handbells, brooms… or, you can hold your breath. According to myth, if you hold your breath, jiangshi can’t see you. Video is awesome, btw, lots of great information!

 

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Vampire Squids Live Long Lives in the Dark… http://www.vampires.com/vampire-squids-live-long-lives-in-the-dark/ http://www.vampires.com/vampire-squids-live-long-lives-in-the-dark/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:21:05 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/vampires-by-darkness-com/p/4041852225/2015/04/21/vampire-squids-live-long-lives-in-the-dark Vampire squids seem to take reproductive breaks, something most cephalopods don’t have the time for. I could write about vampire animals all the time… they’re so fascinating, and there are a lot more than people think. Most people seem to think “mosquitoes, leeches, bats” –but there are a ton of different animals classified as “vampiric”...

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Vampire squids seem to take reproductive breaks, something most cephalopods don’t have the time for.

I could write about vampire animals all the time… they’re so fascinating, and there are a lot more than people think. Most people seem to think “mosquitoes, leeches, bats” –but there are a ton of different animals classified as “vampiric” or “vampire” –and it’s not always because the animals ingest blood. For example, the vampire squid was named that because it has red eyes, and black skin. Sometimes its eyes are blue also, and it lives in the deepest, darkest part of the ocean, almost two miles down.

It doesn’t eat or drink the blood of other animals, –it eats plankton-type, teeny tiny life forms. Also interesting, but new research has determined that they also live much longer lives than shallow water squids, because it’s able to reproduce in cycles, instead of one time, laying all their eggs at once, which is again, a characteristic of shallow water squids. And one last really cool fact: out of all the animals, in the entire known world, the vampire squid has the largest proportional size eye. Tentacles, vampires… what’s not to love. I kinda want one!

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‘Vampire Academy’ Star Dominic Sherwood Cast in ‘Shadowhunters': New Series Based on Mortal Instruments Books http://www.vampires.com/vampire-academy-star-dominic-sherwood-cast-in-shadowhunters-new-series-based-on-mortal-instruments-books/ http://www.vampires.com/vampire-academy-star-dominic-sherwood-cast-in-shadowhunters-new-series-based-on-mortal-instruments-books/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 18:00:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/vampires-by-darkness-com/p/4041850860/2015/04/21/vampire-academy-star-dominic-sherwood-cast-in-shadowhunters-new-series-based-on-mortal-instruments-books Actor will play Jace Wayland, the role played by Jamie Campbell-Bower in the film adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s novels I feel so out of the loop; I really want to read the Vampire Academy book series, –I’ve read one or two of them, and I distinctly remember really enjoying the story, and its cast of characters. My...

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Actor will play Jace Wayland, the role played by Jamie Campbell-Bower in the film adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s novels

I feel so out of the loop; I really want to read the Vampire Academy book series, –I’ve read one or two of them, and I distinctly remember really enjoying the story, and its cast of characters. My other thought was how much I wanted to see the movie, –but if any of you guys have gotten to know me over the years, it’s that I’m sort of a completionist… or a compulsive weirdo. I can’t watch shows or movies if I haven’t read the books first. So I would need to read the books before I saw the movie.

The same goes for The Mortal Instruments; I can’t watch the movies because I haven’t read the books, which I’ve heard were terrific. I have not heard the same about the movie however. In fact, this works opposite with me when it comes to the Ender’s Game books… I can’t watch the movie because I’ve read the books… I could barely get through like, five minutes of the movie, it was so terrible, and it basically insulted the literature it was based on. Sigh. I am so behind on my reading…

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‘The Vampire Diaries’ Finale Spoilers: There’s Gonna Be a Flash Forward http://www.vampires.com/the-vampire-diaries-finale-spoilers-theres-gonna-be-a-flash-forward/ http://www.vampires.com/the-vampire-diaries-finale-spoilers-theres-gonna-be-a-flash-forward/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:00:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/vampires-by-darkness-com/p/4041846786/2015/04/21/the-vampire-diaries-finale-spoilers-there-s-gonna-be-a-flash-forward Elena’s time on ‘The Vampire Diaries’ is coming to an end in just five (gasp!) episodes, but that doesn’t  mean we won’t necessarily see where she ends up! With the prospect of the cure being right… Okay, so, all this talk of cures and other shit… and of course Nina Dobrev is actually leaving the show…...

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Elena’s time on ‘The Vampire Diaries’ is coming to an end in just five (gasp!) episodes, but that doesn’t  mean we won’t necessarily see where she ends up! With the prospect of the cure being right…

Okay, so, all this talk of cures and other shit… and of course Nina Dobrev is actually leaving the show… so I’m pretty sure I can offer an educated guess as to what is going to happen. There’s one cure, there’s one girl all the vampire guys are torturing themselves over, and no one wants a doppelganger for anything anymore… so Elena is basically pretty safe. Her brother is off living his life somewhere, and my guess is that the cure if forced on her by one or both of the Salvatore brothers, and Elena turns human.

The only other person who is human, who is also single, and has had an emotional bond with Elena is Matt; they were dating and together before the vampire thing, it stands to reason they would date after. So maybe after the cure, the vampires glamour the shit out of Elena, and Matt, and send them off to go live happily ever after. Personally, I think that’s sort of an irresponsible decision, considering that Elena knows how to protect herself at this point, and should keep that knowledge, should she ever need it for some reason, outside of Mystic Falls, –the friends and lovers in town are probably going to send her off somewhere nice. At least we get to find out how she ends up. Sigh. God. This is such… crap. I’m going to bawl over this episode, and as far as I’m concerned, this is basically the death of the show for me. 

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‘Hercules vs. Vampires’ Opera Goes Undead! http://www.vampires.com/hercules-vs-vampires-opera-goes-undead/ http://www.vampires.com/hercules-vs-vampires-opera-goes-undead/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:00:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/vampires-by-darkness-com/p/4041777088/2015/04/20/hercules-vs-vampires-opera-goes-undead Composer Patrick Morganelli talks about the difficulty of adapting the film for the stage and why he rewrote part of the score specifically for the L.A. performance. I swear to God, I saw this, and thought to myself, “Wow…creativity and originality is still a thing…” I mean, it’s not that it has anything much to...

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Composer Patrick Morganelli talks about the difficulty of adapting the film for the stage and why he rewrote part of the score specifically for the L.A. performance.

I swear to God, I saw this, and thought to myself, “Wow…creativity and originality is still a thing…” I mean, it’s not that it has anything much to do with originality, the idea was to take this cult classic. Hercules in the Haunted World and completely change it by re-scoring the audio, and all this has been in the works for five years; production was commissioned in 2010, in Portland, and now finally, it’s coming to the L.A. Opera. 

So the movie will be projected onto the stage, but all of the original audio will be replaced by an orchestra, English language libretto, and on-stage opera singers and performers. There’s a trailer for the performance on the source website, and it looks like terrific fun. I wish I lived in L.A., it’s definitely the sort of thing I would love to go see. Think of it like this; it’s like Mystery Science Theater 3000, except without the funny comments, and instead, filled with beautiful music. If any of y’all go to see it, let us know how it came out!

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The Top Ten Hottest Vampires Ever, Like, In the Whole Wide World… http://www.vampires.com/the-top-ten-hottest-vampires-ever-like-in-the-whole-wide-world/ http://www.vampires.com/the-top-ten-hottest-vampires-ever-like-in-the-whole-wide-world/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:00:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/vampires-by-darkness-com/p/4041774572/2015/04/20/the-top-ten-hottest-vampires-ever-like-in-the-whole-wide-world “In celebration of the absurdity of vampire fiction, here are our Top 10 Most Handsome Vampires.” Fair enough, it’s true, vampire fiction has largely become a contest between young women who write terribly, to out-pussify the vampires in the world. So… the hottest vampires, counting down: 10. Lestat: Tom Cruise doesn’t do as much for...

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“In celebration of the absurdity of vampire fiction, here are our Top 10 Most Handsome Vampires.”

Fair enough, it’s true, vampire fiction has largely become a contest between young women who write terribly, to out-pussify the vampires in the world. So… the hottest vampires, counting down:

10. Lestat: Tom Cruise doesn’t do as much for me now that he’s a Scientologist; I know it sounds discriminatory, but people who worship aliens sort of throw me off.

9. Angel: David Boreanaz. Always sexy. Nothing bad to say there.

8. Edward Cullen: Sorry, Robert Pattinson skeevs me out… his bare chest sparkly scene… ew.

7. Spike: Probably the hottest vampire on the list if you ask me. James MArsters was ridiculously hot as Spike.

6. Damon Salvatore: Ian Somerhalder might not be my favorite person right now, but Damon’s hotness is and always will be indisputable.

5. Deacon Frost: You know, from Blade? Meh. He was okay. At least he was actually a bad guy. Unlike some of the cuddly fluffy vamps.

4. Bill Compton: Lol. No. Sorry. Not hot. Ever. He looks more like any random neighbor in the suburbs. Pass.

3. David: From The Lost Boys, you know… Kiefer Sutherland. Yum.

2. Louis: Brad Pitt before he was Angelina Jolie’s housebitch; excellent performance.

1. Dracula: Sorry, but I disagree that Gary Oldman’s Dracula was not hot… the gross old version was gnarly, sure… but the young, brunette-long-hair… yeah, smokin’ hot. 

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Seven Best Vampire Flicks You Haven’t Seen http://www.vampires.com/seven-best-vampire-flicks-you-havent-seen/ http://www.vampires.com/seven-best-vampire-flicks-you-havent-seen/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:38:41 +0000 http://www.vampires.com/?p=27023 So many refer to vampire flicks in terms of Twilight or some such, or the most recent avatar of Dracula, maybe t.v. shows such as True Blood or The Vampire Diaries. Yet there’s far to the genre than one might think, looking at most articles or reviews. Consider these seven, several excellent and others at...

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So many refer to vampire flicks in terms of Twilight or some such, or the most recent avatar of Dracula, maybe t.v. shows such as True Blood or The Vampire Diaries. Yet there’s far to the genre than one might think, looking at most articles or reviews. Consider these seven, several excellent and others at least interesting, and rarely mentioned. But at least some of them probably should be. How many have you seen? Or even heard of?

220px-IsleofdeadIsle of the Dead – In 1945, Boris Karloff appeared in one of two vampire films he ever made. This black and white classic, based on Greek folklore and growing fear in the face of death, is many ways more about fear of the undead than the vampires themselves. During one of the many horrible yet relatively small Balkans of the early XXth century, a Greek general and a collection of others find themselves trapped on an island due to plague. In an almost Agatha Christie-like setup, superstitions bubble to the surface and gothic tropes we all recognize become reality, at least in some people’s minds.

strigoi.the.undeadStrigoi – Somewhat curiously (or not) we rarely see vampire movies from Romania, the land where the real Vlad the Impaler lived.  Here is an exception, a clever dark comedy based not upon the image from Hollywood but actual folklore–where a vampire is a peasant, with neither priest nor scholar about the undead are anywhere to be seen, where the reaction to an actual strigoi is openly mediocre, even stupid.;

Llets.scare.jessica.to.deathets Scare Jessica to Death – Again, a film that tosses away what we expect we know about vampires, and in fact gives us a tiny existential crisis to boot! Jessica, an artist moving to a farm in rural America to get away from the hustle of the city, has had a nervous breakdown. She’s been delusional, but does that mean the stranger she and her husband meet is not an undead girl haunting the lake where she drowned? We may never know. But we feel exactly what Jessica endures, putting us through an emotional wringer.

suckSuck – This Canadian comedy about a fourth-rate band achieving stardom once a member is bitten and transformed into a walking, talking, singing and bass-playing incarnation of dark glamor never got much distribution. But the performances are spot-on, and the humor sickly fun if not broad a la the Scary Movies franchise or anything at all with Adam Sandler.

vampyrVampyr – Many consider Nosferatu the first great vampire movie. Less known alas is the flick widely regarded as the second, at least among film experts. Carl Dryer’s almost silent masterpiece is a surreal step into a world where shadows really do go commit mischief on their own, where dreams bleed into reality, and where the corrupt influence of a vampire lingers on the edge of conscious awareness–and even noticing the creature is perilous.

bledBled – So many vampire films aim for being “high concept” (Dracula’s untold origin! An apocalyptic war between living and undead), here’s a flick deserving credit for focusing on an individual tale of temptation. Shot on a tiny budget with no stars, it succeeds in creating a very disturbing story about genuine horror, even to the point where sexual desire becomes grotesque and deadly ( a trope most vampire filmmakers dabble with at most, rather than dive into).

lust.for.draculaLust for Dracula – The title, the stars, even the production company (Seduction Studios) leads one to expect nothing more than lesbian softcore with a vampire twist. Nor would anyone end up mistaken on that front. But the sheer surreal nature of the film shows the writer/director was aiming for something much more than titillation.  He wants to disturb as much as excite, to amuse as well as horrify. Truth to tell, in many ways he succeeds!

What are your candidates for little known vampire films more folks should see?

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Vampire Island Documentary: Vampires Discovered in Europe? http://www.vampires.com/vampire-island-documentary-vampires-discovered-in-europe/ http://www.vampires.com/vampire-island-documentary-vampires-discovered-in-europe/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:00:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/vampires-by-darkness-com/p/4041771340/2015/04/20/vampire-island-documentary-vampires-discovered-in-europe Vampire Island – Were Real Life Vampires Discovered In Europe! I love all these documentary on the history, folklore, international cultural perspectives on vampires; plus you get the added benefit of hearing the opinions of so-called vampire experts. Some of them are crap, but others make more sense: I think the assumption, for example, that...

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Vampire Island – Were Real Life Vampires Discovered In Europe!

I love all these documentary on the history, folklore, international cultural perspectives on vampires; plus you get the added benefit of hearing the opinions of so-called vampire experts. Some of them are crap, but others make more sense: I think the assumption, for example, that Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire was about latent homosexuality, is complete bullshit. I think the undercurrent was more about the inevitable deterioration of sexual boundaries over a span of centuries, not to mention, its eventual lack of interest. 

Anyway, the documentary examines the archaeological discovery of the remains of some buried in such a way as to suggest that he or she was a vampire. The film does on to examine the potential origins of vampire folklore by researching ossuaries (tombs constructed of human remains) –what ossuaries have to do with vampires, I don’t know, but presumably it has to do with the practice of relocation of human remains. It’s interesting: check it out, and tell us what you thought!

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Nina Dobrev and Michael Trevino Say Goodbye to ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Together… in Chipmunk Voices http://www.vampires.com/nina-dobrev-and-michael-trevino-say-goodbye-to-the-vampire-diaries-together-in-chipmunk-voices/ http://www.vampires.com/nina-dobrev-and-michael-trevino-say-goodbye-to-the-vampire-diaries-together-in-chipmunk-voices/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:00:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/vampires-by-darkness-com/p/4041588198/2015/04/17/nina-dobrev-and-michael-trevino-say-goodbye-to-the-vampire-diaries-together-in-chipmunk-voices The TVD stars ended their run on a high note At one point, the four people in this picture (from left to right; Ian Somerhalder, Michael Trevino, Nina Dobrev, Stephen McQueen) were basically the main characters on The Vampire Diaries: they made the show, their plot lines were why viewers kept returning. And now three out...

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The TVD stars ended their run on a high note

At one point, the four people in this picture (from left to right; Ian Somerhalder, Michael Trevino, Nina Dobrev, Stephen McQueen) were basically the main characters on The Vampire Diaries: they made the show, their plot lines were why viewers kept returning. And now three out of four people in this shot are gone forever from the show, most likely, and god, it’s really starting to sink in. It’s so sad, almost like someone died; I mean, don’t get me wrong, it’s  a show, these people are fine. It just seems really sad that after so much time together, the show is letting so many members of its main cast just walk out the door.

I have such a huge, glob of impending dread in the back of my throat over everyone jumping ship on TVD. I think the show would have lasted a lot longer without the Ian Somerhalder drama, because the gradual meltdown all seems to go back to his decision to date Nikki Reed. Homewrecker that she is. Oh well, on the source, you can see a super cute video of Michael Trevino and Nina Dobrev saying goodbye to the show, and thanking the super dedicated fans that we all are… or were anyway, before all of our favorite people starting walking off the show. Sigh. Someone hold my hand. :(

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‘Blood’ Documentary Series That Explores Real Vampire Subculture: New Episode http://www.vampires.com/blood-documentary-series-that-explores-real-vampire-subculture-new-episode/ http://www.vampires.com/blood-documentary-series-that-explores-real-vampire-subculture-new-episode/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:00:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/vampires-by-darkness-com/p/4041586151/2015/04/17/blood-documentary-series-that-explores-real-vampire-subculture-new-episode “Enter the strange world of the Real Vampire Underground in this frequently shocking Documentary series: BLOOD…”   When I was scrolling around through the series, I was kind of shocked to see that the series hadn’t had more views. The series is a terrific look into the lives of real vampires, in various locations, and...

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“Enter the strange world of the Real Vampire Underground in this frequently shocking Documentary series: BLOOD…”  

When I was scrolling around through the series, I was kind of shocked to see that the series hadn’t had more views. The series is a terrific look into the lives of real vampires, in various locations, and each of them have different stories to tell. Some of them are just like normal people, way more normal than I am, for example, living regular lives and going through the motions like the rest of us do. And naturally, some of them dress like they can afford to be seen looking like a carnival freak.

But hey, you know, whatever feels good. These guys film them, the real vampires, who give short little blurbs about their lives, how they became vampires, what drew them to the idea. There are eight of the videos so far, and this one is called “New Blood” –and again, what trips me out a bit, is that she just looks like a regular girl. She’s being “baptised” as a vampire, sort of joining a coven, and this will be her first night drinking blood. The video of her was recorded on the first night that she became a vampire, and the change is sort of consummated later in the evening. It was pretty interesting; you don’t often get to see the people on their first night. Check out the series, and the other videos in it, and tell us what you think.

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Nosferatu to Be Screened in Bristol Cemetery This May http://www.vampires.com/nosferatu-to-be-screened-in-bristol-cemetery-this-may/ http://www.vampires.com/nosferatu-to-be-screened-in-bristol-cemetery-this-may/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:00:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/vampires-by-darkness-com/p/4041562525/2015/04/17/nosferatu-to-be-screened-in-bristol-cemetery-this-may “Nosferatu, F. W. Murnau’s silent expressionist vampire classic from 1922, starring the splendidly creepy Max Schreck…” I am not usually a huge fan of black and white horror; I actually enjoy a lot of other black and white films; I think my favorites are the early adaptations of Wuthering Heights, for example. I don’t hate...

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“Nosferatu, F. W. Murnau’s silent expressionist vampire classic from 1922, starring the splendidly creepy Max Schreck…”

I am not usually a huge fan of black and white horror; I actually enjoy a lot of other black and white films; I think my favorites are the early adaptations of Wuthering Heights, for example. I don’t hate Nosferatu by any stretch, in fact, I was once lucky enough to end up with a 3D version of DVD. It’s still around by pure chance, considering that after F.W. Murnau lost a lawsuit to Bram Stoker’s heirs, all copies of the film were supposed to have been destroyed. I sometimes wonder what other footage was destroyed… I mean, there is serious potential for some really creepy stuff to have gone missing.

The upcoming event will take place in the Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol, on Saturday night, May 30th. The screening of Nosferatu will be at the Anglican Chapel, within the cemetery, beginning with canapes, and then a candlelit walk to the chapel, where the movie will begin. The source has a link with more details about the screening events for the rest of the year, which are organised by Backyard Cinema. Makes me wish… for the very first time… that I lived in Bristol. Sigh.

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5 Cool Facts About Multi-Talented ‘Vampire Diaries’ Star Kat Graham http://www.vampires.com/5-cool-facts-about-multi-talented-vampire-diaries-star-kat-graham/ http://www.vampires.com/5-cool-facts-about-multi-talented-vampire-diaries-star-kat-graham/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:00:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/vampires-by-darkness-com/p/4041487145/2015/04/16/5-cool-facts-about-multi-talented-vampire-diaries-star-kat-graham The Vampire Diaries is back on our screens tomorrow, putting the second half of season 6 on course for a dramatic climax. Today, we look at the shows star Kat Graham and her multi-faceted career. Here’s 5 things about the beauty. Kat Graham is crazy sexy, and she’s been in a lot of different stuff;...

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The Vampire Diaries is back on our screens tomorrow, putting the second half of season 6 on course for a dramatic climax. Today, we look at the shows star Kat Graham and her multi-faceted career. Here’s 5 things about the beauty.

Kat Graham is crazy sexy, and she’s been in a lot of different stuff; she’s had small roles in movies (I remember seeing her in The Roommate) and on other TV shows, –like Grounded for Life, –which I was only watching because it’s on Netflix and I have no life. Trust me, has nothing to do with liking the show, or any other “Malcome in the Middle” sitcom types, where the kids run wild and their parents are completely idiotic white trash.

Cool thing #1? She’s a fairly successful musician, with a new album coming out called 1991, a tribute to early 90s pop R&B. Cool thing #2: she was actually born in Switzerland. They really know how to grow em over there, dude. Cool thing #3: She also been in other films, such as Addicted and Honey 2. Cool thing #4: Kat Graham was engaged to a total hottie with an adorable chihuahua… there’s something irresistible about a hot guy who walks around with a chihuahua in one hand. But they split up. Cool thing #5: she’s likely to become the female lead in The Vampire Diaries, and she’s showing up in a short film titled “Muse”. Let’s hope at least Kat Graham keeps her movie career as live and kicking as possible.

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