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YES, Bram Stoker DID model Dracula on Vlad the Impaler, Part Two

When Bram Stoker’s personal notes on the writing of DRACULA came to light, Vlad III’s name was conspicuously absent. His FIRST name, that is. Probably that’s why he is never referred to as “Vlad” in the novel. Stoker simply didn’t know that name at the time of the writing. The only book that can be…

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STRANGE PARADISE – Where’s the DVDs?

In the late 1960s, with the height of the unprecedented success of ABC’s Horror-themed soap opera DARK SHADOWS, it isn’t surprising that other networks would try to get in on the action. What IS surprising is that there weren’t MORE Dark Shadows rip-offs. As it turned out, there was only one. (At that time, anyway….

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Pimpin’ the Classics: BLACK SUNDAY

In keeping with my previous post, dealing with my feelings of responsibility, when I encounter a top-notch vampire flick, to help it succeed, I also consider it a moral incumbency to educate younger or recent vampire fanatics about the classics of the genre, great films they’ve probably heard of but may never have watched. You…

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Review: ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE

When I come across a good vampire film, much less a GREAT vampire film, I consider it my responsibility to publicize it. Let’s face it, movie studios don’t give a rip about the artistic quality of their products. They care only about turning a profit. If mediocre movies make lots of dough, then mediocre movies…

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Casanova the Cad

To quote from the song by Levert: “I ain’t much on Casanova. Me and Romeo ain’t never been friends.” How about you? You a friend of the legendary lover? Maybe you shouldn’t be. Probably you don’t know much about him. His name has become a synonym for a romancer, a seducer, or, if you take…

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Was the HISTORICAL Dracula a Vampire, too? (Part Three)

Remember that scene in THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, when the agent says to Clarice Starling, “Is it true what they’re sayin’, he’s some kinda vampire?” And she replies, “They don’t have a name for what he is.” This works perfectly to describe our dreaded and beloved Impaler. Was Vlad seen as a vampire during…

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Was the HISTORICAL Dracula a Vampire, too? (Continued)

Having established that the famous passage describing Vlad Dracula “The Impaler” dipping his bread in the blood of his victims, the only documented evidence of him ever consuming blood, is in fact a mistranslation, what evidence remains, if any, to connect the historical warlord of Wallachia with vampirism outside of fiction? There IS evidence of…

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Was the HISTORICAL Dracula a Vampire, too?

The facts are pretty clear that Vlad Dracula, aka Vlad III, aka Vlad Tepes, or “The Impaler,” was one scary dude. But was there any vampire connection with the guy before Bram Stoker created it? Kinda. Not overtly, no. But . . . The primary sources for what we know of Vlad’s nature come from…

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How many licks does it take to get to the center…No, wait. That’s not right…

More like “how many BITES would it take for a single vampire to decimate society?” A-one, a-two-who, a-thrrrree? CRUNCH! A-thrrrree.” Actually, according to “experts” Costas Efthimiou and Sohang Gandhi in this linked article, it would take about three years’ worth of bites, provided that the vampires in question feeds once a month. Oxford professor Dino…

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Step Right Up and Test Your Necro-Knowledge!

There’s a great book entitled VAMPIRE FORENSICS, UNCOVERING THE ORIGINS OF AN ENDURING LEGEND, written by Mark Collins Jenkins. In it, the author explores the practical, tangible ways in which an ignorance of human death and decomposition in centuries past served to fuel the widespread belief in the existence of vampires. People tend to fear…

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It was a Vampire Café!

You need to read the title of this post again, singing it in your head (or aloud, if you prefer) to the tune of Prince’s “Raspberry Beret” to get the most out of it. Go ahead. You know you want to. There. Now that the song is stuck in your head, let’s talk about the…

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What’s even lamer than TWILIGHT?

A lame-ass TWILIGHT knock-off, that’s what. I have thus far resisted the venting of my spleen upon THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, the popular (there is no accounting for taste) teenybopper TV show on the CW network, but this seems as good a time as any to spew some deserved vitriol its way. I HATE this show…

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