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How Bad Was Vlad?

If you clicked on a site called vampires.com, I figure it’s a safe bet you have at least a passing familiarity with one Vlad III, surnamed Dracula, nicknamed Tepes or “the Impaler.” Vlad was the inspiration, to greater or lesser extent (it’s still debated) for Bram Stoker’s vampiric character of the same name. The more…

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Satanic Ice Cream and Vampire Ice Cream

While doing research for another article I was preparing for this week—yes, I actually do research every now and then—I came across something too delicious, pardon the pun, please, to ignore. Fodder for a second article. Both have to do with ice cream. They have “Dracula Premium” garlic-flavor ice cream in Shingou. (This would seem…

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Turning Japanese

I’m not an otaku—which really means anyone obsessed with any subject but is used primarily to refer to anime enthusiasts. I dig on the Japanese animation I grew up on, sure. BATTLE OF THE PLANETS. VOLTRON. But that’s about as far as my fandom extends. To me, Japan means Godzilla movies. There’s more to the…

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Christine on the Block, But Not Up On Blocks

Thinking about it, nothing marks my getting older quite so much as my change of my heart’s desire as to what kind of car I’d want to drive. I’ve only ever owned one “cool” car, an electric blue sportscar that I totaled 20 years ago in a wreck that I probably shouldn’t have survived; credit…

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Stephen King vs. the PC Police

Here is what Stephen King said in regards to the diversity controversy at the Oscars: “As a writer, I am allowed to nominate in just 3 categories: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Screenplay. For me, the diversity issue—as it applies to individual actors and directors, anyway—did not come up. That said…I would…

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THE CHOSEN PART ONE: THE FLOATING CRADLE Chapter 6

At the age of seven, Charlie Drenth forced his middle and index fingers into his two-year old sister’s vagina. Catching him in the act, Charlie’s father decided on a direct approach at correction, taking his work belt to his son and then locking the boy, naked and striped with welts, in an outdoor storage shed…

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Movie Review: THE SHED

I’m a little disappointed. I was hoping for, and even expecting, a new candidate to sit atop the mountain alongside such films as ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, BYZANTIUM, THE TRANSFIGURATION, A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, and WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS as the finest of the vampire movie genre, the cream of…

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Here Come the Brides

The Brides of Dracula, that is. A new television series is in the works. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is the guy who had the crazy idea to reimagine the classic lineup of the ARCHIE comics as the cast of a Horror series. As absurd as it sounds, the idea worked, as RIVERDALE is now a successful TV…

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In Praise of Bela

This linked article was posted in response to the new DRACULA miniseries from the BBC, which introduced to the world a new iteration of the legendary titular character, Claes Bang. Mr. Bang—the name still makes me smile—is but the latest in a long, long line to portray Bram Stoker’s bloodsucking Count Dracula. Dracula is, in…

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THE CHOSEN Part One: THE FLOATING CRADLE Chapter 5

*I am the last.* This thought haunted the being called Bata, as inescapable as his own shadow. Finding an ill-defined trail, he chose a direction at random, heading east. His melancholy followed him, relentless. Anger had coupled with grief and given birth to fear, to weariness, to apathy. The three bastard emotions warred for supremacy…

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THE INVISIBLE MAN and the Scarlet R

It used to be, to the minds, of most Horror buffs, that a Horror movie had to have an R rating in order to be any good. There have been more than enough good ones with a PG-13 rating to come out to disprove that theory. Even so, it’s never a *bad* sign when a…

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Mark Hamill To Appear In WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS Season Two

His role hasn’t been revealed yet, but does it matter, really? It’s Mark Hamill. Luke Skywalker himself. And he’s appearing in WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS. That’s all you need to know. That’s for sure all *I* needed to know. It’s fun to theorize, sure. Will he be playing a vampire? I hope so….

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