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Ghost Light

The Ghost Light

I’ve been involved in the Theatre for quite a few years now. (Note the spelling. Theatre ending with an R-E signifies the stage, while Theater ending in E-R means the cinema. This isn’t a hard and fast rule, but it’s handy for differentiating between the two.) And let me tell you, that whole stereotype about…

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Saving Face: Death Masks

I find death masks incredibly creepy. They remind me of those forensic reconstructions that police artists will sometimes make out of plaster, applied over the recovered skull of an unidentified victim, to show what that person looked like while alive. Major creep factor. Death masks are made by pouring plaster over the face of someone…

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Jesus the Vampire?

The truth is, we know little about the man named Jesus, whom billions of people around the world and throughout history believe to have been (still be) the incarnate Son of God. (Present company included.) Outside of the New Testament, which offers us some pretty sparse details, really, there is little mention of Him in…

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Russian Scientist Discovers Immortality

Anatoli Brouchkov thinks he will live forever. Or better to say, he thinks he COULD live forever, if he can figure out how the secret to eternal life actually works. He thinks he’s FOUND the secret, though. Maybe. It lies, he speculates, in a strain of bacteria called Bacillus F, which is supposedly three and…

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Interview with THE STRAIN showrunners Carlton Cuse and Chuck Hogan, Part Two

My own question for showrunner Carlton Cuse of THE STRAIN and series co-creator Chuck Hogan of course had to do with Guillermo Del Toro. I hope that didn’t make them feel like that middle Brady Bunch sister, complaining that everything was always “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!” (Or, in this case, “Guillermo, Guillermo, Guillermo! We get so…

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Interview with THE STRAIN showrunners Carlton Cuse and Chuck Hogan, Part One

When I signed on to participate in a telephone group interview with THE STRAIN writer and executive producer Carlton Cuse recently, I had no idea that there’d be any extra added treat: series creator Chuck Hogan joined in on the call! Sweet! (Had it been Guillermo Del Toro, I don’t know that I wouldn’t have…

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They never drink . . . blood.

Evolution doesn’t just apply to biology. Ideas evolve, too, with the passage of time. Whether vampires exist only as a concept, or whether there are actual, honest-to-badness vampires skulking around out there (I only wish . . .), nobody can deny that they have evolved alongside us frail humans. Take a look at the reeking,…

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The Epic of Gilgamesh: The Legend Continues

No need to school anybody in world history, is there? In the history of Literature? Nah, I didn’t think so. Join me, then, in celebrating, won’t you? A new chapter has been discovered belonging to one of the world’s first and greatest poetic epics. For an English major/bookworm/mythology buff like me, this is a big…

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No good deed . . .

It’s seems like a no-brainer. Vampires and the Red Cross. Both take blood, right? Granted the Red Cross doesn’t do it by sneaking into bedrooms at night to jab IVs into the arms of sleeping, unwilling donors, but that’s just semantics. So why not use vampires to promote the Red Cross? It’s a win-win, isn’t…

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Cthulhu – Earth’s Protector?

I usually see the story potential in any and every real-world news story, but this one slipped under my radar. I suppose my joy upon hearing that the Shell oil conglomerate had decided not to drill in and pollute the Arctic briefly overshadowed my imagination, and as a result I failed to ponder exactly WHY…

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Sorry, vampire wannabes. Rare steak isn’t bloody.

Kosher law forbids the consumption of blood. (Leviticus 17, 13-14: “So when any man from the sons of Israel, or from the aliens who sojourn among them, in hunting catches a beast or a bird which may be eaten, he shall pour out its blood and cover it with earth. For as for the life…

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An Apologist for Vampires

This article is an example of more “blurring of the lines” between the vampire of folklore, a supernatural entity which may or may not exist (that’s a subject for a different post altogether), and human beings who, for whatever reasons, feel the need to consume blood, whether human or otherwise. There are those who have…

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