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In Memoriam: Bram Stoker

I’m not even gonna pretend that I have to inform any of you who Stoker was, or what he’s famous for. Instead I will confess that I have, I’m sad to admit, sometimes relegated the man to a less prominent position than he rightfully deserves in my personal estimations. How can that be, you might…

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In Memoriam: Jonathan Frid

This week saw the four year anniversary of the death of Jonathan Frid. (Four years already? Man, tempus fugit, alright.) Although it is frequently reported that Mr. Frid passed away, at age 87, on April 14th, his passing actually occurred on the 13th—which, appropriately enough, was a Friday. Jonathan Frid deserves to be listed alongside…

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Review: SANDS OF TIME by Christine Church, Part TWO

Authors who submit works to this site for review are always welcome to do so, but be forewarned. I don’t write puff-pieces. I consider that I have a responsibility to my readers to be honest, brutally honest, if necessary. Fortunately I don’t have to savage SANDS OF TIME: FATE OF THE TRUE VAMPIRES too badly,…

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Review: SANDS OF TIME by Christine Church, Part One

If you’ve written a vampire-related book, you can send me a copy and I will review it here. No qualifiers, no filtration system, no hoops you have to jump through. It’s easy. However, there is a potential downside to it. I’m honest. I have to be. As much as I am a big softie at…

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Doug Jones to portray NOSFERATU

If Mr. Jones doesn’t have a name that is immediately recognizable to all movie goers, like, say, a Tom Cruise or a Brad Pitt, chances are those people failing to do the recognizing have nonetheless seen Mr. Jones onscreen. (The geeks of the world, on the other hand, know exactly who he is, and started…

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Review: A DRACULA HANDBOOK

Professor Elizabeth Miller doesn’t look like an expert on vampires, specifically the greatest and most famous vampire of them all, and hardly embodies what most people would think of when they hear the title “Baroness of the House of Dracula,” bestowed upon her by the Transylvanian Society of Dracula in Romania. She looks like the…

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Review: BUNNICULA: The Series, Part One

I’m not afraid to tell my age, here. I grew up a child of the glorious 80s, the so-called “age of excess” that was, for me, an age of innocence. I remember faithfully watching the ABC Weekend Special on Saturday mornings, an animated anthology series wherein each episode was based on a popular children’s’ book…

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Getting My Money’s Worth out of MORBIUS, Part One

This is my new Morbius, the Living Vampire action figure. I saw him on the shelves at my local department store and knew I just had to have him. The problem was—and notice that I said “was” and not “is”—he’s a “deluxe” figure, part of the Marvel LEGENDS line, the Spider-Man “Villains of the Night”…

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The Greatest Man You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

What shame it is that more people today don’t recognize the name of Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton. For the most part, only scholars, exploration enthusiasts, and fans of Philip Jose Farmer’s RIVERWORLD series of novels will find it immediately familiar. Burton, if conceived as a fictional character, would be dismissed by readers as too…

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Getting My Money’s Worth out of MORBIUS, Part Two

Thus I purchased my Morbius figure, and am making a bargain out of it. In addition to showing off my newest acquisition—Check out the detail in that face! This is one badass figure, peeps!—I am also provided the opportunity to write about Morbius, the comics character. (Yes, I could have done that WITHOUT buying the…

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Review: BUNNICULA: The Series, Part Two

Accepting, then, that the new Bunnicula series is a wholly separate phenomenon than the original 80s animated special (which also deviated from the books) and the beloved book series created by husband and wife writing team James and Deborah Howe, after their viewing of an old Dracula movie, and continued by Howe after his wife’s…

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Review: NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS

As DARK SHADOWS, the original, groundbreaking, and still, 44 years after it went off the air, wildly popular gothic Horror soap opera, was winding down, it spawned not one but two theatrical films. Those films, in fact, have been blamed for the show’s eventual cancellation. So the thinking goes, moms didn’t know what their kids…

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