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How do you kill a (Hollywood) Vampire? Bad Press!

Some supposed experts are claiming that the dismal box office performance of the ALICE IN WONDERLAND sequel is due to Johnny Depp’s recent publicity woes. I would tend to blame it more on an uninspired effort by the studio to cash in on the success of its progenitor, forcing a movie where no sequel should…

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Did they or didn’t they? (Or, did Dracula like Fried Chicken?)

The “they” I am referring to are Professors Radu Florescu and Raymond McNally, biographers of the historical Vlad Dracula and advocates for the linkage with his person and the vampire Count of fiction, created by Bram Stoker. There IS a connection between the two, but have some people, including scholars like Florescu and McNally, fudged…

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A Momentous Week

This past week, the week of May 22nd through 28th, was most important for vampire and Dracula lovers. May 26th was “World Dracula Day,” celebrating the anniversary of the first publication of the novel DRACULA in 1897. (Has it been 119 years already?) Additionally, Sir Christopher Lee, one of the silver screen’s greatest Draculas, was…

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The Origin of the “Frankenstein Walk”

It’s one of those things that everybody knows, even if they don’t know the origin of it. (Most don’t, in fact.) I’m talking about the way Frankenstein walks. Ask a little kid to do an impersonation of Frankenstein (they probably don’t know, either, that Frankenstein was the name of the scientist, NOT the Monster) and…

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PENNY DREADFUL makes a dig at TWILIGHT?

Could be I’m just reading too much into things, but in the recent third episode of season three of PENNY DREADFUL, did Dracula’s henchman, portrayed by actor Jack Greenless (pictured above, with Robert Pattinson), not look like a watered-down, rode-hard-and-put-up-wet version of Edward Cullen? He didn’t sparkle, no, but I did see a resemblance. This…

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PENNY DREADFUL’S Dracula: Worth the Wait

It took them three seasons to get around to having Dracula debut on PENNY DREADFUL, but it was worth it. How many of you, like me, had your jaws drop when the charismatic but benign Dr. Alexander Sweet was revealed to really be Dracula? I knew Drac was supposed to finally arrive this season, and…

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The Anguished Man Headed to Theaters

Anybody remember the article I wrote on “The Anguished Man,” the world’s most haunted painting? Well go ahead and read it again, right here: http://www.vampires.com/the-anguished-man/ Go on, it’s a short article. I want you to reread it, if you don’t remember all the details, because I’m about to gloat, just a little, because I CALLED…

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Carrying Out The Dead

A headline like “Police hunt for man wheeling dead body on dolly” is guaranteed to get my attention, and fairly likely to garner a mention here, on this site. It’s not something you see every day, some guy pushing a movers’ dolly down the street with a corpse strapped to it. I, for one, have…

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 17:  Writer Anne Rice signs copies of her book "The Wolf Gift" at Barnes & Noble bookstore at The Grove on February 17, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

Get Well, Anne Rice

Y’all don’t really need for me to tell you who Anne Rice is, do you? If you do, you’re probably on the wrong website, anyway. Get outta here before your parents realize you’re surfing sites you shouldn’t oughtta be. For the rest of us, this week brings news that Ms. Rice has been ill. You,…

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Faux-Whitby Harbor – As good as the real thing?

I have a friend who lives along the Gulf Coast. Visiting her a few years ago, I heard her proclaim several times over the course of the week: “If it’s snowbird season, is it okay for us to shoot them?” If you aren’t familiar with the term, a “snowbird” is a person who lives elsewhere…

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Happy Anniversary, Dracula!

I am writing this article on May 4th. If you don’t recognize the significance of this date, permit me to elucidate. It was on May 4th that Jonathan Harker completed his journey to the Transylvanian home of Count Dracula in the novel by Bram Stoker. This latter, published in 1897, is celebrating its 119th anniversary…

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Dueling Gardens of Eden

The Garden of Eden has been found pretty much everywhere at some point or other. Florida, South Carolina, Africa, Turkey, the North freakin’ Pole. Yet the account in Genesis, despite what this linked article claims, is reasonably specific as to its actual location. It lies at the juncture where four rivers converge; problem is, only…

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