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The Haunted Cecil Hotel

Take a deteriorating building, a skid row neighborhood, proximity to a clinic for sex offenders, and serial killers as long-term guests, and you come close to describing the magic of the Cecil Hotel in the 1980s. Can a building be “cursed?” Consider the Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Constructed in 1924 as an opulent…

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Père Malfait, the Cajun Boogeyman

After viewing an episode of KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER, forerunner to and inspiration for THE X-FILES, entitled “The Spanish Moss Murders,” I wondered if the supernatural threat featured in that episode was based on a genuine legend. As most episodes of this series did feature titular character Darren McGavin fighting some monster out of actual…

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Is Johnny Depp playing Kolchak?

I like Johnny Depp. I think he’s a talented guy. But I don’t like how he’s become the go-to guy for any and every genre role out there, when the genre is either Horror or dark Fantasy. Could be I’ve just seen him in one too many such offerings; how many Tim Burton movies has…

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Wanted: VAMPIRES

There’s money to be had in bringing in the head of a vampire.  Or just proof of their existence.  Really.  About two thousand dollars worth. Of course there’s a catch.  Apart from the whole finding-proof-vampires-exist, you have to go to India to collect the bounty.  Which brings up another tricky bit–you have to prove the…

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Movie Review: FOLLOWED

I saw this one as part of a double-feature with RELIC. Two completely different kinds of Horror movies, both excellent. FOLLOWED, with a crackerjack performance from lead actor Matthew Solomon, is clearly inspired by the Hotel Cecil and the Elisa Tam case from 2013 (as was the fifth season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL; of…

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Good Guys Wear Fangs

Good Guys Wear Fangs Short Story Antecedents of Angel and Company A few years ago, while watching a trailer for the then-upcoming CBS vampire series Moonlight, I began to ponder the literary roots of the heroic vampire motif. Sure, your average sci-fi fan knows about Angel and Spike, maybe has a little recall of Detective…

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Exclusive Interview with S.J. Ford, Author of ‘Silo Nine’

S.J. Ford has worked in radio, television and even in the video game industry. On top of that, he also teaches martial arts and works as a military simulation designer. But that’s not all! He has also written a new vampire thriller titled Silo Nine which tells the tale of a vampire captured by a…

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The House of Erebus

There are countless vampire movies out right now and even more coming, but even so we can’t forget about the greats from a few years ago, like Blade. The Blade trilogy was (and still is) badass, so today we’re giving it some love. One of my favorite things from the Blade flicks was the Vampire…

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Exclusive Interview with Kim Newman, Author of ‘Anno Dracula’

Kim Newman is the brilliant man behind the innovative novel Anno Dracula, a book which not only earned high praise from Neil Gaiman himself but also won the Dracula Society’s Children of the Night Award, the Lord Ruthven Assembly’s Fiction Award, and the International Horror Guild Award for Best Novel, and was even short-listed for…

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7 Best Vampire T.V. Series

Increasingly digital technology allows us to record and re-watch our favorites from the past. With this in mind, consider now a list of the seven best vampire t.v. series available for viewing.  Keep in mind lots of other shows feature vampires in one way or another, such as Supernatural or The Night Stalker or even…

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Exclusive Interview with Janice Gable Bashman and Jonathan Maberry

I was lucky enough to land an interview with Janice Gable Bashman and Jonathan Maberry on their new book Wanted Undead or Alive, which is hands down one of the biggest vampire books of the year. Check out the interview: Can you tell us about Wanted Undead or Alive: Vampire Hunters and Other Kick-Ass Enemies…

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The Vampire Diaries, Season 1, Episode 1

Right away with the Vampire Diaries, you can see that this vampire show won’t be a PG-13 knock-off of True Blood; there’s a different atmosphere. The adjective “Twilight-esque” doesn’t apply. The background is dark and foreboding from the get-go, the vampire introduces himself, and we know already that vampires are not a culturally acceptable, if…