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New Dracula in LA

October contains Halloween, and as a result theatre-goers with a taste for the gothic can look forward to productions of Dracula.  These vary from the Balderson-Deane classic (which made Bela Lugosi famous) to such fresh takes as last year’s “feminist” version or an adaptation on roller skates or for that matter more than a few…Continue readingNew Dracula in LA

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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…Continue reading7 Best Vampire T.V. Series

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Review: New Carmilla!

A wildly successful web series, not one but two recent films, a musical in the works–little wonder Audible decided to produce a new audio version of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu‘s last work (and the ancestor of all lesbian vampires since). Carmilla was offered as a free download for Halloween, not a reading of the book…Continue readingReview: New Carmilla!

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New Feminist Dracula

Many and varied are the stage adaptations of Bram Stoker‘s famous novel. Most famous of course is the Balderston-Deane version that brought stardom to Bela Lugosi, Ted Miller’s Count Dracula, the Frank Wildhorn musical (perhaps most famously done in Japan with a female Count), even Orson Wells’ radio adaptation. Theatre 68 (which produces works for…Continue readingNew Feminist Dracula

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The Red Moon

Vampire musicals are not unknown.  In fact, seems fairly easy to think of an actual fistful of titles, from I Kissed a Vampire to Tanz der Vampires or the famous musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Musical versions of Dracula as well as Carmilla have either been staged or are on their way. Ditto…Continue readingThe Red Moon

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9 Best Vampire Movies on Netflix

Some of us are old enough to remember Blockbuster and VHS tapes, but those days (and nights) are no more. In the spirit of such, we gladly present one list of the 9 Best Vampire Movies on Netflix! 1. What We Do In Shadows (2014) a New Zealand mockumentary/reality show about a bunch of vampires…Continue reading9 Best Vampire Movies on Netflix

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“The Strain” Almost Here!

On Sunday, July 12 the second season of The Strain (based on the trilogy of novels by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Logan) will begin.  Like season one, it will consist of only thirteen episodes and continue the story of a vampiric takeover of New York City, along with a small group who’ve learned this…Continue reading“The Strain” Almost Here!

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The Dark Arts of Blood (review)

Freda Warrington’s vampire novels make for lush, intense dramas involving angst-haunted, fierce undead–lovers, enemies, family members, friends, despots, sometimes religious fanatics or raving lunatics. Her latest The Dark Arts of Blood certainly is no exception. More, her tales explore that strange dangerous moments and relationships inherent when the world of humanity blends with that of…Continue readingThe Dark Arts of Blood (review)

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10 Favorite Vampire Costume Ideas

This only a few short months until Halloween arrives, and various gothic masquerades as well as theatrical events and gatherings calling for costumes await the fan of vampire (as well as their kith and kin)! So the time to start planning your vampire costumes is really right now (although, to be honest, when isn’t it…Continue reading10 Favorite Vampire Costume Ideas

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RIP Young Dracula

Three television series tried to be about the famous vampire Count. Dracula: The Series included a very young Mia Kirshner (who would go on to appear in both The Vampire Diaries and 30 Days of Night: Dark Days) and lasted one season.  It primarily targeted children. NBC’s Dracula had Jonathan Rhys Myers as the noble…Continue readingRIP Young Dracula

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13 Of The Most Successful Vampire Hunters

Stories need heroes and villains, or at least a protagonist vying with an antagonist. Usually. When it comes to vampire stories, that nearly always comes down to come kind of vampire hunter. For your consideration, the following certainly rank among the top thirteen such: 1. Abraham Van Helsing Originally a character in Bram Stoker’s novel…Continue reading13 Of The Most Successful Vampire Hunters

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12 Myths That Combine Vampires With Religions

One of the most iconic of images–the vampire cowering when confronted with a cross (makes one wonder how the creatures handle a graveyard?). Not quite what folklore tells, but containing a grain of truth. Religion and the idea of the dead drinking blood entwined long ago: 1. Vampire Burials In recent years, archeologists found something…Continue reading12 Myths That Combine Vampires With Religions