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DRACULA Double-Feature – Part Two

The Spanish language version of DRACULA, filmed at the same time as the Universal masterpiece of the same name, making use of the same sets and script but with a different director and different cast, filming at night where the other filmed exclusively during the day, is in almost every respect a better movie than…

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DRACULA Double-Feature – Part One

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in association with Fathom Events will occasionally offer the opportunity for fans to see classic films in select theaters around the country. For this Halloween season, the movie being presented was the 1931 Universal Studios masterpiece DRACULA, directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi in the seminal, definitive portrayal of…

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It’s Frappula!

I have this little fantasy, wherein I am able to travel back in time and meet Vlad Dracula. I avoid getting impaled by charming him, explaining to him how he will become in ages hence a beloved and well-nigh universally known figure of commingled adoration and fear. I even produce certain products to illustrate this….

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A Descent into the Lair of a Vampire

My theatrical company is currently heading up a haunted attraction for the Lowry House, a pre-Civil War mansion located in downtown Huntsville, Alabama (and a genuine, that is to say, a REAL haunted house). Last year we focused on zombies, using the House to restage NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, wherein the victims, um, customers…

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Vampires: Still Alive, er, Undead?

I am fascinated by all things relating to the vampire phenomenon. Except TWLIGHT. (Weekly mandatory dig at Stephenie Meyer’s travesty, fait accompli!) I have studied extensively the real-life factors that may have/probably did facilitate the spread of the belief in vampires, all the stock answers: illness, premature burials, a lack of understanding of the decomposition…

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Fake Witches Used As Real Propaganda

People have been afraid of witches and black magic since before the dawn of civilization, but genuine, that is to say organized, eruptions of “witch panic” didn’t really come along until the dominance of Christianity in Asia and Europe. The Church being very much a part of the governing body of any given country, the…

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DRACULA: The Puppet Show

I’ll just be upfront with it. I don’t like Chick Flicks. Or, as the fans of that genre prefer to call them, “Rom-Coms” or Romantic Comedies. I don’t like them and I don’t watch them. My lovely better half has been on my ass to watch AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN (not a Comedy, but…

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Crows Hold Funerals. And Grudges.

It isn’t just the color, the oily black feathers, that makes crows creepy. Crows are known for pilfering corn—hence the ubiquitous scarecrow with which we are all so familiar—but they are really equal opportunity scavengers. Like vultures, they will feed on carrion, and that includes dead humans. Dubbed the “bird of the battlefield,” crows might…

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Scaring Up Some Undead Goodies

I’ve posted before about how I’m a sucker for anything cute and horrific. For example, I just purchased effigies of The Master and Vaun from THE STRAIN, as envisioned by the Funko Pop Vinyl Figures company. Now I have another true confession to make: I have a sweet tooth from HELL. I’m talking SEVERE, here….

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Book Review: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE VOIVODE by Mathew L. Burr

One of the perks of this job is that I get to meet lots of interesting people. Mathew L. Burr, for example. Matthew has a biography of which I’m ferociously jealous. Not only has he visited Romania, seeking out all the historical sites associated with Prince (or, more accurately, “Voivode”) Vlad III of Wallachia, nicknamed…

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Interview with author Nina Soden

I had the chance recently to chat with YA novelist Nina Soden about her current projects and her love for vampires. (The full interview can be viewed at my blog site, Soden, a spirited redhead from Michigan (with the accent to match) who now lives down south, started writing poetry while living in Los…

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Beatific Decay

There’s something so sad, yet strangely beautiful, about these abandoned places of worship. Sad, majestic, and spooky. Churches CAN be spooky, even when they aren’t abandoned. Have you ever walked around inside one at night, with no one else around and all the lights off? I’m talking about your big cathedral type churches. Your footsteps…

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