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Prince Charles of Transylvania

Prince Charles, of the Windsor royal family of Britain, is believed to be distantly related to one of the ruling houses of late Middle Ages/Renaissance-era Transylvania: the Dracula family. That’s right, peeps, goofy-looking Charlie with his buckteeth and his big ears and his questionable-at-best taste in women, may be a descendent of our own beloved…

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Did a comet kill Lestat’s Atlantis?

Prior to Anne Rice releasing her latest novel in the vampire series, PRINCE LESTAT AND THE REALMS OF ATLANTIS, I wouldn’t have associated the legendary lost civilization with vampires. It’s a good fit, though. Why not have the vampires’ communal origin stretch all the way back to antediluvian times? Is it possible, though, that such…

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Naked Mole Rats Turn Into Plants

I am incapable of spotting typos, and spellcheck only catches a percentage of them. My brain, when I’m rereading one of my articles prior to posting, doesn’t see what the text actually says, it sees what it’s SUPPOSED to say, even when it doesn’t. (Is it some kind of weird dyslexia-type thing? Anybody know?) For…

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THE LOST BOYS Get All Literary

When I first saw THE LOST BOYS on VHS—I rented it shortly after it was released on video, not being yet old enough (or licensed to drive) to go see it in the theater—I found it entertaining, enjoyable, but I dismissed it as, for lack of a better word, “fluff.” For one thing, in those…

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Trampires

I have to credit a friend of mine for coming up with this term. She’s a sweet lady, but rather stodgy. She came to see my theatrical group’s production of my original play DRACULA: LORD OF THE VAMPIRES in 2010, I believe it was. In the play, I greatly enlarged the roles of the three…

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Conjecture Castle

Did you know you could sing the title to this article to the tune of “Conjunction Junction” from Schoolhouse Rock? Admit it, it immediately popped into your head when you read it, same as it did with me. So. Bran Castle in Romania. That’s Dracula’s Castle, right? According to the tourism authorities over there, it…

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Director Gets Crewwoman Killed

I am, as anyone who knows me, or anyone who has read a significant amount of my online work, either here or on one of our sister sites (werewolves.com, zombies.org, darkness.com, and topcomics.com), can attest, a huge Ed Wood mark. I can totally get behind guerilla-style moviemaking. You pursue your vision. You get the job…

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Help Send Dracula to Transylvania

It was only a couple of weeks ago that I posted my glowing review of DRACULA: LORD OF THE DAMNED, the neon-flashy, bite-taking, refreshingly frenetic but suitably subtextually grounded interpretation of the classic Dracula story by writer/director/star Theodore Trout. The film is a must-see for all vampire marks, and has, and deservedly so, been accepted…

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Review: ABATTOIR

This one just released on video, and having read the premise I was intrigued enough to bump it to the top of my Netflix queue. Let me share that premise with you: Somebody is buying up houses where gruesome crimes occur, then removing the specific room where said crime took place. Over the course of…

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Sanguivorous: Silent but Deadly

In a separate article this week, I mentioned my love of silent Horror movies, even offering to the reader a handy compiling, in order of their appearance in theaters, of all the notable genre efforts created before the advent of sound in film. I wouldn’t want you to think, however, that the creation of silent…

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Silent Timeline

I wouldn’t expect that you, my faithful, would be interested in all the same things I am, or vice versa. I aim to hit the target as often as I can, and I expect I do; in other words, as we are kindred spirits, I expect the things that I find intriguing enough to cover…

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Review: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

For a theatre person (NOTE: If you’ve missed it on those occasions where I’ve explained it before, “theatre” with an R-E at the end denotes live theatre, stage theatre, as opposed to “theater” with E-R at the end, which means a movie theater.) I’m in the minority in that I don’t care for musicals. There…

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