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The Lesbian Vampire Who Predated DRACULA

This one is more or less a given to vampire fans. The article, titled “the lesbian vampire story that came before Dracula,” is clearly referencing CARMILLA by Irish author J. Sheriden Le Fanu and is written primarily for the layman, the interested outsider seeking a little lurid titillation but unwilling to delve too deeply into…

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Cursed Library Books

I admit it. I’ve done it. It isn’t something I’m proud of, but I did at least PAY for them. What I’m talking about is library books. As a helpless, hopeless bibliophile in the days before the Internet, I on rare occasions (twice, I think) found it necessary to use my local library as a…

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The Gorbals/Glasgow Vampire

Let me paraphrase Sophia Petrillo, the character portrayed by Estelle Getty in the 1980s sitcom THE GOLDEN GIRLS. (Yes, THE GOLDEN GIRLS is one of the few sitcoms, and certainly one of the even fewer geared towards female viewers, that I will admit to liking. I was a little kid and it was on the…

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Why Garlic?

This is one that I thought for certain I knew the answer to. Why was garlic believed to repel vampires? Because Bram Stoker said so, of course! Stoker didn’t make it up, though; garlic is commonly cited in vampire folklore as a means to repel the pesky revenants. Why? What was the source of its…

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NOSFERATU Times Two

I came across a bit of news this past week that was confusing for me, so I figured it might be confusing for you, my dear followers, as well. Allow me then, to elucidate and illuminate for you. Yes, Robert Eggers, the writer and director of the extraordinarily atmospheric and shockingly straightforward THE WITCH, which…

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Farewell, Lupita Tovar

It’s always sad to report when a celebrity has died. But when that celebrity lived to a ripe old age and died of natural causes after having lived a full and rewarding life, it makes it go down the gullet a little easier. Lupita Tovar was 106(!) years old at the time of her death,…

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The Ballad of Jane (Doe)

Let’s see, here. Upcoming Horror flick. THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE. Hmm. Grabs your attention, that’s for sure. What’s it about? According to this article from iHorror.com, a site I frequently consult and even more frequently follow (like every day) in order to keep up with the latest Horror happenings, “The film isn’t what you…

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The Changing Vampire, Part Three: Back to Basics

Sparkling, sensitive supernatural creatures that are sometimes referred to as “vampires” may have settled in to stay—it remains to be seen just how long this interpretation will last; as the teenage and twentysomething fans of the TWILIGHT novels and shows like THE VAMPIRE DIARIES grow older, will they leave them behind, the way my generation…

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The Changing Vampire, Part Two: From Shivers to Sparkles

Having addressed Dracula specifically, we can progress with the query offered by this article, how has the vampire changed since the seminal novel by Bram Stoker was first written. The short answer would be, a whole helluva lot, and little of it in a good way. But I must needs elaborate, mustn’t I? Actually, I…

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The Changing Vampire, Part One: Deviating Dracula

This article from the Irish Examiner asks the question “How has the modern image of a vampire changed from Bram Stoker’s original?” It SHOULD have asked, how has the image of DRACULA changed since Stoker’s original, if the writers wanted to be more specific, as Stoker didn’t do much on the subject of vampires outside…

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Meet the Vampire Squid

Also sometimes called the “Dracula Squid,” depending on who you ask. I suspect that there is only ONE Dracula squid, however, and he resents the other vampire squids being called by his name. The Dracula Squid does LOOK like all the other Vampire Squids, though, which is to say they all look really cool, if…

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Vampire Batman Statue

I’m not much of a fan of Kelley Jones artwork. It just isn’t my cup o’ joe. This statue, however, isn’t based on Jones’ art, but on a poster that was created by Francesco Francavilla. And it is a thing of true beauty. Batman imagined as a vampire. It won’t be available for an entire…

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