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Revisiting the “Classics”: The Failed BLADE TV Series

Do you even remember this one? It came and went so fast, just a blip on the radar, I wouldn’t fault you if you missed it. For that matter, I wouldn’t fault you if you had seen the show but have since blocked it from your memory, buried it beneath a mound of synapses, repressed…

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What To Expect From THE STRAIN Season Four

The short answer is “anything.” Now that they’ve blown up New York and killed off the majority of the supporting cast, the gloves are off and anything goes. Details have been plenty scare regarding the storyline for this, the fourth and final season. While it’s sad to hear that this is the final run for…

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THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES finds a home—sorta!

We knew it was in the works, and now it’s official! Anne Rice’s upcoming television series, based on her bestselling novels—both entitled THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES—will be handled by Paramount Television. I’d never heard of this branch of the Paramount company, honestly, but they produce such shows as TRUE DETECTIVE and that controversial-as-hell, suicide-as-a-selling-point series 13…

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Suck it up, Romania!

You aren’t a repressed Communist dictatorship anymore, thank God. Making money is not inherently evil anymore. In truth it never was; only those in power wanted to have it while the proletariat did without. To make this go down a little easier, they told you all it was bad. You never really fell for that…

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The Dracula Museum

Okay, Dracula never had just ONE castle, alright? He had several. If any one location deserves the title Castle Dracula it is the fortress at Poenari, which is partially in ruins. Castle Bran is touted by the Romanian tourism department as Castle Dracula but it has only a tangential connection to him at best. Dracula…

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Walpurgisnacht

I have been remiss in my studies. I have been lazy. I frequently say that a writer needs to know EVERYTHING and, knowing this to be impossible, he or she ought nevertheless to make an effort towards learning everything. When he or she chances upon some subject with which he or she is unfamiliar (unless…

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The Mystery of Blood Falls

That’s Blood Falls in Antarctica, a real geographic location and case of strange phenomenon rolled into one. Scientists this week announced that they had solved the mystery of why blood comes flowing out of the pristine white ice. It seems that, millennia ago, in the years before the oceans drank Atlantis, as Robert E. Howard…

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Elvira and the WWF

I have to give credit to the good folks over at iHorror for providing me with this potent knockout punch of nostalgia, a look back at WRESTLEMANIA 2 in 1986, when Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, served as a special guest commentator, doing play-by-play alongside Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Lord Alfred Hayes for the…

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THE STRAIN Season 4 Teaser

Are you V-positive? And what does that phrase, V-positive, even mean? Has the human race developed some kind of partial immunity to THE STRAIN? The teaser for the upcoming fourth and final season (See, John Logan, THAT is how you do a final season! You tell your fans way beforehand that the season will be…

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Getting Salty

Some years ago, I watched a documentary on the Discovery Channel or one of its subsidiaries, or National Geographic, or some such channel, about an abandoned salt mine. It surprisingly fascinated me. The camera crew went down into the mine, exploring these long-abandoned tunnels. There was this large area where old machinery had been left,…

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Genetically predisposed to Nocturnal-ism?

It’s a slippery slope, I’ve learned from direct observation, a quagmire that I don’t want to get into. There are a lot of people who identify as “vampires,” and if you point out that drinking human blood, dressing all in black, and only going outside at night does not prove this self-identification, they can get…

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Dracula Premium Figure, and a Bone of Contention

I want this figure. It’s a thing of true dark beauty, depicting the historic Dracula, Vlad III of Wallachia, aka Tepes, or “The Impaler,” with a decidedly vampiric appearance, melding together the historical figure with the vampire legend. Sadly the statue costs three-hunnerd smackers and that’s a tad out of my budget. (I do have…

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