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Interview with a (doctor concerning a) pair of Sanguinarians

Recently vampire researcher Erin Chapman contacted Dr. Tomas Ganz, Professor of the Department of Medicine Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of California in Los Angeles (I wish she would have gone to a guy with some actual CREDENTIALS, for Pete’s sake!), in regards to the subject of sanguinarianism; that is, the phenomenon of…

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Another Vampire Plant

It hides from the sun, instead getting its sustenance by parasitically feeding off fungi. Sounds like a vampire to me! Okay, so it’s a plant, but so was THE THING (FROM ANOTHER WORLD) in the original Howard Hawks classic, and it was still vampiric aplenty, despite being portrayed onscreen by Marshal Matt Dillon of GUNSMOKE…

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Power Naps are really NDEs?!

I’ve taken plenty of power naps in my lifetime. Sometimes you’ve just gotta. If you’re driving and getting drowsy, it’s a matter of safety. You pull over at a convenient place, ease the seat back—preferably you have a pillow or something you can use as one—and grab a quick nap, awakening all refreshed. Or a…

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The Man (Not) In The Mirror

Bram Stoker seldom gets the credit he deserves. As an English major, I should belong to the self-hallowed ranks of the Literati, or the supplicants to the same. I should be joining my fellows in decrying the lack of quality of all modern fiction, lauding the classics and saluting the highbrow and sublime. I should,…

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Coffins as an Art Form

They say you can’t take it with you, but don’t try telling that to the ancient Egyptians. Pharaohs were often interred, after mummification, which in itself was intended to prevent decomposition of the body, with all the things they would need for life in the next world: food, clothes, weapons, lots of gold, furniture, even…

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The Next Best Thing To Living There

Back when I was a kid—which wasn’t THAT long ago, smartasses—it seems that material of the geek persuasion was harder to come by. They just didn’t make as much cool geek stuff back then, especially Horror and monster-themed stuff. Sure, we had FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND, and they ran ads in the back where you…

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Holy Hasenpfeffer! A Reanimated Brain, Sans Freezerburn!

I recently posted an article about the process of Cryogenics (, whereby a dying person can have his entire body, or just his brain, frozen, to await the day when technology has advanced so far that he, the aforementioned human popsicle, can be thawed out and cured of whatever ailed ‘im. Headlines (yeah, that’s a…

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HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES invade the Grammys

I admit it. I didn’t watch the Grammys. I haven’t watched them in many a year. Even back when I LIKED most of the music being produced by the recording industry I found the annual awards show dull. Today, when I hate the vast majority of what passes for popular music, I certainly am not…

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Was Dracula the victim of a smear campaign?

It isn’t surprising that Romanians would want to defend the reputation of Dracula. The historical Dracula, that is, Prince, or “Voivode” (warlord) Vlad Dracula III, nicknamed “The Impaler.” It may be that last part they are having trouble with. To the Romanians, Dracula was and is a national hero. Having him seen by the world…

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The Highgate Vampire Row Continues

Just last week I reported on the efforts being made by researchers to locate the reported victims of the Highgate Vampire of London, back in the 1970s, and did my part to help spread the word. It seems that some individuals, most notably self-professing vampire hunter Sean Manchester, who claims to have been the one…

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***EXCLUSIVE***  UNSPECIFIED - UNDATED: Tsetse fly (Glossina fuscipes fuscipes). This one is using its proboscis to feed on the blood of its host. This blood-sucking parasitic fly is found in tropical Africa. It transmits Trypanosoma protozoa, which cause sleeping sickness in humans.   MEET the real-life vampires that will make your skin crawl. Far from the loyal and good-looking Twilight star R-Patz, nature’s ugly monsters will love your blood - then leave you. From a slimy leech on your thumb to the hideous jaws of a Pacific lamprey fish these blood-soaked critters live by sucking their hosts dry. Pictures even show how a blood-filled tick’s body swells up to bloated proportions and one stomach-churning image even shows the eggs of a one-millimetre-long Chigoe flea being squeezed from the skin on one unlucky victim’s foot. This horror-movie like way of surviving from the blood of other creatures is known by science boffins as hematophagy. This way of feeding may sound disgusting, but the greedy animals are actually being clever – blood is packed with nutrients, easy to digest and allows small creatures to feed from much larger prey. The closest real-life example of Hollywood’s Dracula is the vampire bat, which lives only from the blood of other mammals and hunts at night by detecting heat with its pig-like nose.  PHOTOGRAPH BY SPL / Barcroft Media /Pascal Goetgheluck  UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W  USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W  Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W

Save the Skeeters!

As this linked article proclaims, in the wake of the Zika virus, which has been linked to serious birth defects like microcephaly (babies being born with abnormally small heads, thus abnormally small brains) and follows the already existent scourges of malaria, Dengue and West Nile virus, some people are calling for the eradication of all…

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In Search of the Highgate Vampire Victims

I was asked by my friend, vampire investigator Erin Chapman, to help spread the word about the search underway for two women who were reputedly the victims of respective attacks by a vampire in London in the late sixties and early seventies. Longtime vampire fans should be all too familiar with the case of the…

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