Vampires.com http://www.vampires.com vampire games, vampire news, and real vampires Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:45:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3 The Strain – Dracula Retold http://www.vampires.com/the-strain-dracula-retold/ http://www.vampires.com/the-strain-dracula-retold/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:45:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/the-proper-red-stuff/p/4049136093/2015/08/08/the-strain-dracula-retold US TV series The Strain features an epidemic of the supernatural beings that have captivated audiences since Dracula. But vampires long predate Bram Stoker, writes Roger Luckhurst. It’s cute when non-vampire people try to get all scholarly and analyze the phenomenon of the vampire. But the author of this particular article, Birkbeck College Professor Roger...

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US TV series The Strain features an epidemic of the supernatural beings that have captivated audiences since Dracula. But vampires long predate Bram Stoker, writes Roger Luckhurst.

It’s cute when non-vampire people try to get all scholarly and analyze the phenomenon of the vampire. But the author of this particular article, Birkbeck College Professor Roger Luckhurst, actually knows his stuff. He draws enough parallels to illustrate for his readers how THE STRAIN is in effect a modern-day retelling of DRACULA, complete with its very own Van Helsing in the form of the character Abraham Setrakian. (Van Helsing’s first name is also Abraham. If STRAIN creators Chuck Hogan and Guillermo Del Toro hadn’t intended this as an homage, they wouldn’t have been so obvious about it.)

The one complaint I have with the article, though, is when Professor Luckhurst states: “Stories of vampires in the 18th Century functioned largely to mock the superstitions of stupid peasants.” I can’t go along with that. Maybe this class “mocking” was a component, a subconscious one, of these stories’ mass appeal. But the main reason vampire stories were so popular back then, I assert, is the reason they remain so viable today: We secretly want those “superstitions” to be true. Human beings die. But vampires live forever. The vampire proves transcendence over death. The vampire, as much as it terrifies, gives us hope.

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Highgate, the Vampire Watergate http://www.vampires.com/highgate-the-vampire-watergate/ http://www.vampires.com/highgate-the-vampire-watergate/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:45:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/the-proper-red-stuff/p/4049134745/2015/08/08/highgate-the-vampire-watergate “Does a Wampyr Walk in Highgate?” asked the Ham & High 45 years ago. Evidence says no. Erin Chapman tracks the Highgate Vampire to some logical conclusions. Do you need a refresher on the Highgate Vampire scenario? Here’s the Cliff’s Notes version: In the 1970s, there was a media furor surrounding London’s Highgate Cemetery, when...

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“Does a Wampyr Walk in Highgate?” asked the Ham & High 45 years ago. Evidence says no. Erin Chapman tracks the Highgate Vampire to some logical conclusions.

Do you need a refresher on the Highgate Vampire scenario? Here’s the Cliff’s Notes version: In the 1970s, there was a media furor surrounding London’s Highgate Cemetery, when a couple of dueling paranormal investigators both claimed the graveyard was the haunt of a vampire. The revenant in question, a nobleman and necromancer from Eastern Europe, had been brought into the country in the 1700s, where a house had been secured for him. (Does any of this sound familiar to you? Mmm, Bram Stoker, much?) Black magic rituals in the 70s had then roused him. Both paranormal “investigators” led competing expeditions to locate and destroy the vampire, with both reporting varying degrees of success.

If you actually need something in the way of concrete evidence to persuade you that the Highgate Vampire hoopla was all sound and fury, signifying nothing, then here it is. A careful combing-through of ONE of the two vampire hunter’s written accounts of the events at Highgate proves that the geography is all wrong. None of the major “landmarks” alluded to in the document-cum-novel is where it’s supposed to be, or sometimes even WHAT it’s supposed to be. Whether the writer was just a huckster or he really believed he was hunting a vampire, he was guilty of sloppy research.

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Billy the Kid once said any man who loves chili can’t be all bad. Well, any man who hates TWILIGHT . . . http://www.vampires.com/billy-the-kid-once-said-any-man-who-loves-chili-cant-be-all-bad-well-any-man-who-hates-twilight/ http://www.vampires.com/billy-the-kid-once-said-any-man-who-loves-chili-cant-be-all-bad-well-any-man-who-hates-twilight/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:45:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/the-proper-red-stuff/p/4049134718/2015/08/08/billy-the-kid-once-said-any-man-who-loves-chili-can-t-be-all-bad-well-any-man-who-hates-twilight In a postscript, Veiovis expresses his “sincere condolences to the families involved in this tragic case.” When I first read about Caius Veiovis, a convicted killer and professing “vampire” who sports horns and a forked (i.e. split) tongue, I thought, “That does sound like a vampire name.” Immediately followed by the thought, “Probably means it...

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In a postscript, Veiovis expresses his “sincere condolences to the families involved in this tragic case.”

When I first read about Caius Veiovis, a convicted killer and professing “vampire” who sports horns and a forked (i.e. split) tongue, I thought, “That does sound like a vampire name.” Immediately followed by the thought, “Probably means it isn’t his REAL name.” My hunch was right. Veiovis’ original moniker was the not-at-all-vampirish Roy Gutfinski. Good call changing it, there, dude. I can’t imagine a vampire named “Roy.” To be fair, now, it doesn’t seem that Veiovis’ predilection for vampirism had much bearing, if any, on the crimes for which he was convicted, but was incidental.

I mention Mr. Veiovis only for the following reason, his opinion of TWILIGHT. Veiovis stated: “I have never seen this silly movie, nor have I read the books, nor would I ever — even now — waste my time with such useless drivel.” Which is exactly how I feel about the books and the movies. (Although “useless drivel” might be a little too kind.) Look, I’m not commenting any on his case, a’ight, as I haven’t studied up on it. And I in no way want to make light of the crimes for which he was sentenced. All I’m saying is, the guy does have SOME taste, at least. A proud member of Team Edward he ain’t.

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Witch’s Grave found on Scottish Coast http://www.vampires.com/witchs-grave-found-on-scottish-coast/ http://www.vampires.com/witchs-grave-found-on-scottish-coast/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:45:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/the-proper-red-stuff/p/4049134678/2015/08/08/witch-s-grave-found-on-scottish-coast Back in 1704, in Torryburn on the south west Fife coast, they had a problem disposing of toxic material – it was what you might call a toxic witch problem. I knew that in centuries past suicides were often interred at crossroads, the reason for this being the fear that the dead would return as...

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Back in 1704, in Torryburn on the south west Fife coast, they had a problem disposing of toxic material – it was what you might call a toxic witch problem.

I knew that in centuries past suicides were often interred at crossroads, the reason for this being the fear that the dead would return as a vampire and, if buried at a crossroads, would get confused and not be able to find its way to the nearest village to cause mischief. Vampires, it must have been believed in those days, were not all that bright. I had never heard of the custom of burying someone feared as a possible vampire-waiting-to-happen on the beach, though, in the area between the high tide and low tide mark, which is what happened to a poor old woman named Lily Adie. Having “confessed” (probably under torture) to witchcraft and been sentenced to death, Lily died while incarcerated, possibly by her own hand. Thus she constituted a perfect candidate for potential vampirism.

Burying her in the sand wasn’t sufficient to safeguard against her return, though, so locals also laid a heavy stone slab on top of her (they hoped) final resting place. The stone and the tide seemed to have worked, keeping poor Lily in place until vandals exhumed her in the 1800s. Someone must have put the slab back in place, though, after they were done, because it’s still there, as is, presumably, the rest of Lily.

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Blood Feud! http://www.vampires.com/blood-feud/ http://www.vampires.com/blood-feud/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 18:45:02 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/the-proper-red-stuff/p/4049135633/2015/08/08/blood-feud I confess my ignorance of this one. I knew that there were people out there who believed themselves to be “real” vampires, and that there were people who engaged in the “vampire” lifestyle, going as far as consuming blood. What I didn’t know was that there are differing factions in this “community,” nor would I...

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I confess my ignorance of this one. I knew that there were people out there who believed themselves to be “real” vampires, and that there were people who engaged in the “vampire” lifestyle, going as far as consuming blood. What I didn’t know was that there are differing factions in this “community,” nor would I have suspected the depth of the animosity that exists amongst them. Perhaps this, more than anything else, testifies to the humanity of the vampires, as in their human nature, as in the fact that they ARE human beings because they are behaving so typically LIKE human beings. I’ve been following some of the exchanges in vampire chat rooms and on Facebook. It’s gotten downright ugly.

The conflict arises, it seems, from those who believe themselves to be, to some degree or other, supernatural in nature, and those who maintain there is no such thing as a supernatural vampire, but rather that the desire for blood can be explained by mundane medical means. (Ah, alliteration!) And then you have your blood-drinking variety of vampires arguing with the “psychic” vampires who only feed on a victim’s or donor’s “life force.” It’s all very entertaining, I admit, but I am left wondering. Comprising such a wee minority to begin with, you’d think these “vampires” would tend to stick together, instead of going for each other’s throats.

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Jack the Ripper Museum: Education or Exploitation? http://www.vampires.com/jack-the-ripper-museum-education-or-exploitation/ http://www.vampires.com/jack-the-ripper-museum-education-or-exploitation/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:45:03 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/the-proper-red-stuff/p/4049135565/2015/08/08/jack-the-ripper-museum-education-or-exploitation A project billed as the “first women’s museum in the UK” in east London has been unveiled as a site dedicated to the serial killer Jack the Ripper. When you start off lying to people, it doesn’t speak well for your motivations. I totally get why they did it: it is easier to ask for...

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A project billed as the “first women’s museum in the UK” in east London has been unveiled as a site dedicated to the serial killer Jack the Ripper.

When you start off lying to people, it doesn’t speak well for your motivations. I totally get why they did it: it is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. If the people behind the new Jack the Ripper Museum in London had told the city planners and everybody else what they intended to build, they would probably have met with resistance. So instead they told folks it would be a museum to honor the history of women. Disingenuous at best. Shamey shamey.

The thing is, the Ripper case IS a part of history that fascinates people by the millions. I think there SHOULD be a Ripper museum. But we Ripper-o-philes must be careful not to forget that Saucy Jack’s victims were not just names in yellowed newspaper cut-outs, not just numbers on a tally sheet. They were real people, and deserving of dignity. As we study the Ripper’s crimes, we must not celebrate them. We must not glorify this anonymous butcher. Our basic humanity forbids it. It’s a tricky balancing act, paying tribute to the historicity of the case without dishonoring the victims. How can we do it? I maintain it can be done if approached with care and concern. Lying about your intent is not a good way to lay that foundation.

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Up all night – The Russian Sleep Experiment http://www.vampires.com/night-russian-sleep-experiment/ http://www.vampires.com/night-russian-sleep-experiment/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:45:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/the-proper-red-stuff/p/4049135551/2015/08/08/up-all-night-the-russian-sleep-experiment The following depicted events have been acutely documented by the remaining members of the original study (Researchers) who fled the grasp of the NKVD (KGB) in the 1940-1950s. This one has been going the rounds on the Internet for a while now, with little variation. Back in the 40s, a group of Russian scientists conducted...

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The following depicted events have been acutely documented by the remaining members of the original study (Researchers) who fled the grasp of the NKVD (KGB) in the 1940-1950s.

This one has been going the rounds on the Internet for a while now, with little variation. Back in the 40s, a group of Russian scientists conducted an experiment. Five political prisoners were locked in a test chamber and gassed with Nikolayev gas, which kept them from falling asleep, the goal of the experiment being to document sleep deprivation on the human body and psyche. The results were nothing less than nightmarish. Reading the account is almost guaranteed to send shivers racing down your spine. In short, the study revealed that there is something lurking in the human subconscious, something evil that can only be fully released by depriving the host of sleep. This “something” seems to want to, and believes itself able to, transcend the human body in which it originates. Spooky.

Too bad it never happened. It’s just a good story, an Internet urban legend. (Inter-legend?) Nikolayev gas, which was supposedly developed to keep soldiers awake on the battlefield, doesn’t exist. “Nikolayev” is simply the name of a city in Russia, and a Russian surname. Doubtless there HAVE been experiments on sleep deprivation carried out, lots of ‘em, I’d imagine, but none of them are recorded as having encountered subconscious mind-demons in the test subjects. Unfortunately.

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The world will end in Armadillo spit! http://www.vampires.com/the-world-will-end-in-armadillo-spit/ http://www.vampires.com/the-world-will-end-in-armadillo-spit/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 18:45:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/the-proper-red-stuff/p/4049102279/2015/08/07/the-world-will-end-in-armadillo-spit The number of Floridians contracting leprosy has doubled in the first half of 2015, mostly because of contact with spitting armadillos. Not really. That’s just hyperbole to get your attention and, hopefully, get you to read this article. If you’re still here, it must be working. Armadillo saliva DOES pose a health risk, though. Armadillos...

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The number of Floridians contracting leprosy has doubled in the first half of 2015, mostly because of contact with spitting armadillos.

Not really. That’s just hyperbole to get your attention and, hopefully, get you to read this article. If you’re still here, it must be working. Armadillo saliva DOES pose a health risk, though. Armadillos are one of the few mammalian species known to carry leprosy, that wasting, necrotic disease once so feared a scourge that sufferers were forced into isolation. Even today, when the disease can be treated, we don’t understand for sure how it is spread. It’s caused by a bacterium, but continued exposure to it over a prolonged period seems necessary to pass the pathogen from a carrier to a new host. Usually, people living in leper colonies to care for the sick can remain there for years without contracting the disease. This may be the result of basic sanitation, as the pathogen is present in a victim’s saliva, mucus, etc. Things most people don’t like to get on them. Also, the caregivers are not EATING the afflicted.

They are, however, eating armadillos. This may explain why the disease is now spreading in the continental United States. We have a lot of armadillos. Are they good eatin’? I wouldn’t know, but I doubt they taste good enough to risk getting leprosy.

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If THE STRAIN’s vamps look familiar, there’s a reason. http://www.vampires.com/if-the-strains-vamps-look-familiar-theres-a-reason/ http://www.vampires.com/if-the-strains-vamps-look-familiar-theres-a-reason/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:45:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/the-proper-red-stuff/p/4049101520/2015/08/07/if-the-strain-s-vamps-look-familiar-there-s-a-reason In recent years we got so hung up on sexy vampires who ached to assimilate into society that we forgot how to make them undesirable and frightening. I’m really digging on THE STRAIN, even though I’m only a little ways into it. I’ve both started at the beginning, watching the first season on DVD from...

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In recent years we got so hung up on sexy vampires who ached to assimilate into society that we forgot how to make them undesirable and frightening.

I’m really digging on THE STRAIN, even though I’m only a little ways into it. I’ve both started at the beginning, watching the first season on DVD from the debut episode onward in sequential order, and also started tuning in to FX on Sunday nights. This makes it a little tricky to follow, as I’m missing a lot of the in-between stuff that has happened, but I have no doubt I’ll be able to put the pieces together, and I’ll catch up as I continue to watch season one.

One of the first things that struck me, though, as I delved into the series, is the resemblance the vampires bear to the character Nomak in BLADE 2. To remind you, Nomak was basically an “evolved” vampire, genetically modified, lifted to the next rung on the vampiric evolutionary ladder. He was also my favorite character, and looked cool as hell. It makes sense that there’d be a family resemblance to his STRAIN brotherhood, as both the series and BLADE 2 are brainchildren of visionary director Guillermo Del Toro. I’m wondering if there’s any way they could finagle a guest appearance by Nomak in the series? I know he’s supposed to have died at the end of the movie, but c’mon. When have you known a vampire to stay dead?

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Vampire CARS? Why not? It’s Grindhouse! http://www.vampires.com/vampire-cars-why-not-its-grindhouse/ http://www.vampires.com/vampire-cars-why-not-its-grindhouse/#comments Sun, 23 Aug 2015 18:45:01 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/the-proper-red-stuff/p/4048748445/2015/08/01/vampire-cars-why-not-it-s-grindhouse Said Dave Howe, President, Syfy & Chiller:  “This highly stylized roller coaster ride is a throwback to 1970s grindhouse cinema. With its fast-paced thrills and indie feel, Blood Drive will make an exciting and edgy addition to Syfy’s growing slate of original scripted series.” We don’t really know where the term “grindhouse” comes from. Either...

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Said Dave Howe, President, Syfy & Chiller:  “This highly stylized roller coaster ride is a throwback to 1970s grindhouse cinema. With its fast-paced thrills and indie feel, Blood Drive will make an exciting and edgy addition to Syfy’s growing slate of original scripted series.”

We don’t really know where the term “grindhouse” comes from. Either it resulted from old burlesque theaters, aka “bump and grind joints,” transitioning over to venues in which to screen low-budget, sleazy movies with the advent of cinema, or it is a reference to the way these movie studios, known for producing cheap, tawdry productions would “grind them out” with the efficiency of an assembly line. Either way, grindhouse fare has become its own art form, and it’s not without its charms—or its fans. Quentin Tarantino is an avid connoisseur, as he proved, along with fellow fan Robert Rodriquez, in their cinematic love letter to the genre for which they named their shared film, GRINDHOUSE.

Now Syfy and Universal cable Productions have announced the return of grindhouse to the small screen—not that it was ever there to begin with. Maybe we should say the premiere of grindhouse on the small screen? Whatever. The upcoming series BLOOD DRIVE (I love a good pun!) is set for a 13-episode trial run. It will feature a cross-country road race in the vein (another pun!) of MAD MAX. Only the catch is, the cars are powered not by gasoline but by human BLOOD! On your mark… !

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There’s no one home in this House of Bones http://www.vampires.com/theres-no-one-home-in-this-house-of-bones/ http://www.vampires.com/theres-no-one-home-in-this-house-of-bones/#comments Sun, 23 Aug 2015 17:44:33 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/the-proper-red-stuff/p/4048751483/2015/08/01/there-s-no-one-home-in-this-house-of-bones The remains of 97 human bodies have been found stuffed into a small 5,000-year-old house in a prehistoric village in northeast China, researchers report in two separate studies. When archaeologists discovered the remains of a prehistoric “house” in Hamin Mangha, China, stuffed to capacity with human bones, belonging to at least 97 different skeletons, they...

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The remains of 97 human bodies have been found stuffed into a small 5,000-year-old house in a prehistoric village in northeast China, researchers report in two separate studies.

When archaeologists discovered the remains of a prehistoric “house” in Hamin Mangha, China, stuffed to capacity with human bones, belonging to at least 97 different skeletons, they knew they were dealing with a site where something terrible had happened a long time ago. They speculate it was either some kind of natural disaster or an outbreak of plague. What happened was that people in this village were dying faster than they could be buried, so the living just started stacking them in this house like cordwood. They never got around to burying them, either. The house does show evidence of a fire, though, so perhaps the villagers tried to cremate their dead all at once? If this is true, it didn’t work. The bones remained.

How long does it take for bad juju to dissipate? Were these men of Science able to remain fully unaffected, viewing this site of horror with a clinical, cool detachment? And if so, did this academic approach shield them from the aforementioned juju? Because make no mistakes, peeps, there was bad juju aplenty around that place. Even if it was only the creation of the human psyche. How can one ponder a prehistoric site wherein dead people were wedged like human sardines packed in a tin and NOT get the heebie-jeebies?

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The Lady Wore Black http://www.vampires.com/the-lady-wore-black/ http://www.vampires.com/the-lady-wore-black/#comments Sun, 23 Aug 2015 17:44:32 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/the-proper-red-stuff/p/4048749639/2015/08/01/the-lady-wore-black Over the weekend, I saw the film The Woman in Black.I don’t bend to reviews—I like to make up my own mind. I admit, it scared me. Then again, I probably found it more terrifying because I have a little bit of a personal history with The Woman in Black. Thanks to the excellent movie...

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

Thanks to the excellent movie THE WOMAN IN BLACK and its underrated sequel (“She never left!”), even people who aren’t avid theatre-goers—and that’s “theatre” ending with a “re,” which means LIVE theatre, a stage performance, as opposed to a movie theatER—are familiar with the story, even if they don’t know it was originally a play, and before it was a play it was a book. A creepy story, whether in print, performed on a stage, or committed to celluloid. Still, there’s something about staging a play that only other theatre people will understand. There’s an energy, a synergy, a MAGIC that goes on that is comparable to nothing else.

The writer of this article chronicles her experiences during a production of THE WOMAN IN BLACK in a haunted theatre. Despite the fact that the totality of her “interaction” with this real-life “woman in black” was totally benign, it spooked her. Badly. We shouldn’t fault her. But I also am involved in the theatre, having written, produced, directed and acted in some 15 original plays, and the majority of these staged in an also haunted theatre. I’ve had experiences that defied rational explanation. But whereas this lady was frightened, I was delighted. Every theatre needs a ghost!

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Put down that embalming fluid! I’m not dead! http://www.vampires.com/put-down-that-embalming-fluid-im-not-dead/ http://www.vampires.com/put-down-that-embalming-fluid-im-not-dead/#comments Sat, 22 Aug 2015 19:44:35 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/the-proper-red-stuff/p/4048751420/2015/08/01/put-down-that-embalming-fluid-i-m-not-dead Prosecutors in Germany have charged a doctor with negligent bodily harm for declaring a 92-year-old woman dead – only for her to wake up in a refrigerated room at a funeral home. If this sort of thing can happen in the present day, with all our modern technology and doctors educated to the nth degree,...

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Prosecutors in Germany have charged a doctor with negligent bodily harm for declaring a 92-year-old woman dead – only for her to wake up in a refrigerated room at a funeral home.

If this sort of thing can happen in the present day, with all our modern technology and doctors educated to the nth degree, and in a First World country, no less, then we can be certain that it happened in the past. And if it is a rarity today, it probably was far more common in bygone days, lacking all those amenities afforded to us by living (and dying) in the 21st Century. It appears that in this instance the doctor in charge may have been simply negligent, not checking to make sure the woman, a 92-year-old, was in fact dead, dead. At 92, when nurses found her unresponsive, he might have figured it was a safe assumption, and he might have been in a hurry, so he went for the toe tag precipitously. Oopsies.

Think about if this had happened a few hundred years ago. The woman might have come stumbling out of the local charnel house, screaming, all freaked out like Madeline Usher. Likely nobody would have stayed around to find out what was really going on. They instead would have headed at breakneck speed to round up a mob of torch-wielding villagers, sharpening their stakes as they went. Of course the first thing that would have gone through their minds wouldn’t have been “Stupid doctor!” but “Vampiiiiiiiiiire!”

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The Birth of a new Myth http://www.vampires.com/the-birth-of-a-new-myth/ http://www.vampires.com/the-birth-of-a-new-myth/#comments Sat, 22 Aug 2015 18:44:28 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/the-proper-red-stuff/p/4048751394/2015/08/01/the-birth-of-a-new-myth Which is why it’s not surprising that suicide inside these reservations has been an alarming problem for several decades, especially among the younger generations. By “alarming” I mean that for Native American youths, the suicide rate is more than twice the national average for other ethnic groups. Note the use of the capital “M” here,...

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Which is why it’s not surprising that suicide inside these reservations has been an alarming problem for several decades, especially among the younger generations. By “alarming” I mean that for Native American youths, the suicide rate is more than twice the national average for other ethnic groups.

Note the use of the capital “M” here, to delineate it from the more common “myth.” A myth is a story that is not true, whereas a Myth is a story not LITERALLY true but which hints at deeper, metaphysical truths. The Slenderman is not real. We know that he, or it, was created on the Internet. He is make-believe. But he is becoming more real by the day. Already some disturbed kids have tried to commit murders in his name, and now we’re seeing him show up in other areas, specifically on American Indian reservations, where he is blamed for luring teens and young adults into committing suicide. The Indians believe in an entity called the “suicide spirit,” a malevolent force that seeks to manipulate people into self-destruction. Now they are seeing that force take the form of Slenderman.

Remember in Wes Craven’s underappreciated NEW NIGHTMARE, where Freddy crosses over into the “real” world? It is explained that an ageless evil spirit, a spirit of fear, had latched onto the image of Freddy Krueger as its new avatar? Is it possible that such an evil spirit does in fact exist, and might such an entity not choose to appear in the guise of a new bogeyman, like Slenderman?

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Bohemian Grove: Come Join The Party! http://www.vampires.com/bohemian-grove-come-join-the-party/ http://www.vampires.com/bohemian-grove-come-join-the-party/#comments Sat, 22 Aug 2015 17:44:28 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/the-proper-red-stuff/p/4048749499/2015/08/01/bohemian-grove-come-join-the-party For those of you not familiar with Bohemian Grove, it is an extremely secretive “summer camp” held in the Redwood Forest in Northern California, outside of San Francisco where the worlds most elite (and wealthiest) men – between 2,000 and 3,000 – gather… Actually, you can’t. Not unless you’re super rich, or you get invited...

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For those of you not familiar with Bohemian Grove, it is an extremely secretive “summer camp” held in the Redwood Forest in Northern California, outside of San Francisco where the worlds most elite (and wealthiest) men – between 2,000 and 3,000 – gather…

Actually, you can’t. Not unless you’re super rich, or you get invited by someone who is super rich, or unless you sneak in. The Bohemian Grove “gathering” is an annual event of the sort that gets conspiracy theorists all wound up. Secretive things happen there, and anytime you have a gathering wherein there are secretive goings-on and the guest list is exclusive in the extreme, it means that nefarious deeds are a’ bein’ done. Granted, some of the things reported to occur at Bohemian Grove, which was founded in 1872 by journalists and men involved in the local arts scene, do sound bizarre at the least: the veneration of a giant owl statue, for example. And in the past Presidents have expressed concern over the secretive nature of the meetings at Bohemian Grove.

It would be easy to imagine this as a summer camp for the Illuminati—only no Rappers are invited, and we all know that Rap is the Illuminati’s music of choice these days. Maybe the Freemasons use the Bohemian Grove cookout to discuss changing the hiding place of the Holy Grail/bones of Mary Magdalene, aka Mrs. Jesus. But evil cultists congregating, sharing secret plans to take control of the world? Come on, people, they play GOLF! You can’t be all evil and clandestine-like and wear those gaudy golf pants!

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The Passing of a Trailblazer http://www.vampires.com/the-passing-of-a-trailblazer/ http://www.vampires.com/the-passing-of-a-trailblazer/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 19:25:52 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/the-proper-red-stuff/p/4049528147/2015/08/15/the-passing-of-a-trailblazer Lela Swift, a pioneering female director who started in television’s live era and spent three decades helming the cult soap opera classic Dark Shadows, has died. She was 96. Lela Swift passed away this week, at the ripe old age of 96. I’ll be honest; I actually thought, or perhaps assumed is the better word,...

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Lela Swift, a pioneering female director who started in television’s live era and spent three decades helming the cult soap opera classic Dark Shadows, has died. She was 96.

Lela Swift passed away this week, at the ripe old age of 96. I’ll be honest; I actually thought, or perhaps assumed is the better word, that she was already deceased. So many of the fine folks associated with my beloved DARK SHADOWS are gone now. Ms. Swift accomplished a great deal in her life; her professional resume is impressive, even had she not been such a pioneer (more on that in a second), but she will forever be remembered by genre fans for her work on ABC’s groundbreaking, quirky soap opera, where she worked as director, overseeing more episodes during the show’s six-year run than anyone else. Almost as much as with creator Dan Curtis, perhaps, and the show’s writing team, DS can be said to be HER creation, her vision.

It’s appropriate that Ms. Swift established her legacy primarily through a television series that was itself so unique, such an innovation. In the still-early days of TV, Swift stood out as one of the first women to claim a prominent position behind the cameras, and with DARK SHADOWS helped to usher in a new pop culture era. Without DS there would have been no Anne Rice, no “sympathetic” take on Dracula. DS made that possible, and Ms. Swift made DS possible. We thank her for her gift.

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Membership Has Its Privileges http://www.vampires.com/membership-has-its-privileges/ http://www.vampires.com/membership-has-its-privileges/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 18:45:31 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/the-proper-red-stuff/p/4049135467/2015/08/08/membership-has-its-privileges Exclusive call with Ephraim Goodweather Because I’m “in the know,” y’know, and can get “the hook up,” that means that you, too, my loyal followers, can benefit from the same. In this case, while the rest of the world at large has to wait until Sunday night’s broadcast to see what Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (played...

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Exclusive call with Ephraim Goodweather

Because I’m “in the know,” y’know, and can get “the hook up,” that means that you, too, my loyal followers, can benefit from the same. In this case, while the rest of the world at large has to wait until Sunday night’s broadcast to see what Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (played by actor Corey Stoll) will look like once he goes all incognito on THE STRAIN, you, my lucky lackeys, can see it right now. Just feast your eyes on the above photo, sent to me exclusively. (Well, not exclusively, exclusively. I mean, there were a few others who got the pic, too, But we’re a very select, august group.) Behold, then: Dr. Goodweather in his disguise as . . .

Darren Cross, aka Yellowjacket, the big evil from ANT MAN! Yep, he shaved his head! RAAAAAAAAADICAL! (Hey, to give credit where it is due, I at first didn’t recognize the dude when I went to see ANT MAN at the theater, because I was accustomed to seeing Stoll with a full head of hair. So it’s maybe a better disguise than it might first appear.) Anyway, you get to see it before the rest of the world. You’re welcome.

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Adorable Little Master of Death and Decay http://www.vampires.com/adorable-little-master-of-death-and-decay/ http://www.vampires.com/adorable-little-master-of-death-and-decay/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:44:28 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/the-proper-red-stuff/p/4048750433/2015/08/01/adorable-little-master-of-death-and-decay To be released in October, the set will include Abraham, The Master, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, and the hooded strigoi who was just revealed as “Vaun” (formerly known as Quinlan) in the season 2 premiere. I mentioned in a previous post how I’ve only recently gotten infected by THE STRAIN, the excellent vampire series created by...

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To be released in October, the set will include Abraham, The Master, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, and the hooded strigoi who was just revealed as “Vaun” (formerly known as Quinlan) in the season 2 premiere.

I mentioned in a previous post how I’ve only recently gotten infected by THE STRAIN, the excellent vampire series created by Guillermo Del Toro and airing on FX. As is typically the case when I become obsessed with a new television show or movie or book series, I begin an immediate search for collectibles pertaining to my new mania. In this case, I didn’t even get started looking when knowledge of the collection of such collectibles came to me, served up via the good ol’ Internet. Funko, the company responsible for those cute little deformed vinyl figures spanning all of pop culture, has released images of its new figures based on THE STRAIN, and they’re just adorable as hell. I gots to haves ‘ems.

What I dig about the vampires of THE STRAIN is there resemblance to NOSFERATU. Not accidental, this is a straight-up homage. We’ve seen the bald, Graf Orlock-looking, rodent-like take on the vampire before, as in the TV miniseries SALEM’S LOT, so THE STRAIN isn’t the first to pay tribute, but so what? It’s not like there can be too many NOSFERATU-inspired vampires in pop culture. Or action figures based on the same. *sigh* My poor bank account.

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The Terror of Sleep Paralysis http://www.vampires.com/the-terror-of-sleep-paralysis/ http://www.vampires.com/the-terror-of-sleep-paralysis/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 17:44:36 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/the-proper-red-stuff/p/4048751305/2015/08/01/the-terror-of-sleep-paralysis Have you ever felt like you woke up dead from your sleep? You were in a sleep paralysis. Take a look at some facts about sleep paralysis. I experience it every once in a while, a mild form of it. I’ll wake up and not be able to move. I won’t be COMPLETELY paralyzed, though;...

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Have you ever felt like you woke up dead from your sleep? You were in a sleep paralysis. Take a look at some facts about sleep paralysis.

I experience it every once in a while, a mild form of it. I’ll wake up and not be able to move. I won’t be COMPLETELY paralyzed, though; I can manage to move one foot. Then I have this ritual wherein I use my foot to move the rest of my body, pushing against the mattress until I literally shake myself awake and can move again. Then I promptly fall back asleep. I’m lucky. I’ve never experienced the more extreme versions of sleep paralysis, with the nightmare hallucinations that come with it. If they ARE hallucinations.

Sufferers describe a feeling of not being alone. They sense an entity there in the room with them. Often they describe a crushing feeling, making it difficult to breathe. Some victims even SEE things, shadowy forms. They lie frozen, unable to move, as the “things” approach them. They can’t scream for help. This type of episode has been used by Science to explain the alien abduction phenomenon as well as the belief in years past in vampires. The experience does sound EXACTLY like what a victim might see and feel if a vampire were really coming after them in the night. Is it all in the mind of the sufferer? Are the “entities” preying on them mere hallucinations?

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Step right up! Fancy a bite? http://www.vampires.com/step-right-up-fancy-a-bite/ http://www.vampires.com/step-right-up-fancy-a-bite/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 17:44:33 +0000 http://www.scoop.it/t/the-proper-red-stuff/p/4048703073/2015/07/31/step-right-up-fancy-a-bite Woman lets vampire fetishists drink blood directly from her body.   We’ve all heard of putting your money where your mouth is—or in this case should it be, putting your mouth where your money is? Letting other people put their mouths where your money is?—but this really embodies that particular philosophy. I commend the woman...

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Woman lets vampire fetishists drink blood directly from her body.  

We’ve all heard of putting your money where your mouth is—or in this case should it be, putting your mouth where your money is? Letting other people put their mouths where your money is?—but this really embodies that particular philosophy. I commend the woman for standing by her beliefs. Standing by, passively, while other people line up to drink her blood. That’s some conviction, there. But 28-year-old Blut Katzchen (and I am SO sure that’s the name her parents originally put on her birth certificate) isn’t just standing in one place. She’s traveling the country to let self-professing vampires have a drink. Like a tavern on wheels, or one of those restaurant trucks. Except with legs.

Apparently the term for such a willing donor is a “Black Swan.” (I learn something new every day.) Was this term in use before the 2010 Darren Aronofsky-directed, Natalie Portman–starring film of the same name? (Probably it predates the Marvel comics character by that name.) Hey, look, as long as they’re all consenting adults and nobody is being victimized, I say to each his/her own. What I want to know is, where does she get the money to move around, taking herself to the thirsty sanguinistas, when I can’t even afford to go to the beach?

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