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Review: SIREN

The best and most memorable short in 2012’s V/H/S was “Amateur Night,” directed by David Bruckner and written by Bruckner and Nicholas Tecosky. When I heard that Bruckner would be at least partially penning the screenplay for the spin-off of that short, entitled SIREN, and that star Hannah Fierman would be reprising her leading role…

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Is Professing “Vampire” A Sex Fiend?

I need to tread carefully with this one. I genuinely don’t want to offend anyone. Let me begin by offering that there are two different primary definitions for the word “vampire.” There is the vampire of fiction, folklore, and film, and then there are living human beings who, for whatever reasons, choose to or feel…

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Serendipity in DRACULA

There’s magic at work, peeps. Like, we now know, after the discovery of the working notes Bram Stoker used for DRACULA, that Bram knew very little about the man who inspired his most famous creation, Vlad III of Wallachia, nicknamed “The Impaler.” Or at least, if he DID know more, there is no documented evidence…

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Ghastly Beauty

The “Belle Époque” (translated as “Beautiful Era”) period stretched from the late Victorian era to the early Edwardian, bookend-ed by two wars, the end of the Franco-Prussian War at the outset in 1871 and ended by the outbreak of World War One in 1914. In the United States, the same time period is called the…

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Gone Bust

Remember the Bram Stoker Bronze Bust Project? Sure you do. I’ve reported on it several times. I’ve encouraged you to make a donation to help see the project completed. The end goal was to install a life-sized bronze bust sculpture of the author at the Dublin Writers Museum in Ireland. Unfortunately, the gofundme crowdsourcing project…

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Victorians Had Their Dark Side

I find myself drawn again and again to the Victorian era (1837 to 1901, for those not in the know, the years when Queen Victoria reigned in England). It wasn’t by choice, really. It’s just that so many of the stories I love so dearly—DRACULA, FRANKENSTEIN, THE STRANGE CASE OF DOCTOR JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE—stem…

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Revisiting the (Literary) Classics: Bram Stoker’s THE JUDGE’S HOUSE

I have to remember that the order in which I am writing and submitting these articles are not necessarily the order in which you out there, whoever you all are, will be reading them. It is thus necessary to offer a word of explanation as introduction. Those of you who HAVE been reading these in…

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Revisiting the (Literary) Classics: Bram Stoker’s DRACULA’S GUEST

I’m going to take the risk of making an ass out of you and umption, to borrow from a quote by Samuel L. Jackson’s character in THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT, by assuming that all have read the short story DRACULA’S GUEST. (How could you call yourself a fan if you haven’t?) Instead of just encapsulating…

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Green Vs. Gaga

I’ve tried to be as fair as possible. I’ve waited, in order to let my thoughts and my opinions coalesce. I’ve gone back and watched the previous season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY, subtitled HOTEL, and the second season of PENNY DREADFUL. I’ve compared the performances of Lady Gaga as the Countess on the former series…

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The Highgate Vampire Returns!(?)

To paraphrase Eminem, “Look who’s back, back again, Highgate’s back! Tell a friend! Look who’s back look who’s back look who’s back look who’s back look who’s back look who’s back look who’s back…” Actually, considering this report comes to us from a tabloid site, I wouldn’t put any good money on his being back….

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Scare Your Children Properly

It’s a simple fact: children need to be scared. If a child does not learn how to process fear during childhood, biology will nevertheless march inexorably onward, having its way with the kid, and the sad result will be an adult—in body—who is in no way prepared or even capable of dealing with life in…

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Glass Ghost Globes

That’s not what they’re calling them, but they should. A deceased person can live on via the swirls in a colorful glass globe or heart-shaped artifice. Why not? Human beings have been seeking creative ways to get rid or preserve the remains of the dead for as long as their have been human beings. What…

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