Soundtrack for a Vampire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sC2yEFpacIE&fb_action_ids=10207125946531053&fb_action_types=og.shares&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%5B10150254431279744%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22og.shares%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D It’s in my blood. A past life memory? Was I a Gypsy in a previous existence? I don’t put much stock in that stuff. It dunnae jibe with my personal beliefs. Yet I cannot deny that there is something about that part of the world that speaks to me. And when I hear authentic…

Tuberculosis 2: Revenge of the Bacterium

The resistant strain normally develops when patients with ordinary TB stop taking their antibiotics because they feel better or they simply forget. It used to be a plague. Tuberculosis, or “Consumption,” was a leading cause of death amongst the young in the 19th century, the killer of millions worldwide. A wasting disease attacking the lungs,…

The Sideshow was always the Main Event for me

Like Robert Ripley, I have always been attracted to the odd and the curious. God, I miss the sideshow. Telling my age, here, but I can remember—barely—when sideshows were still a part of traveling fairs. These days only vestiges remain, and these few and far between. You might still find a “Giant Maneating Rat” or…

The Worst Vampire Movie Ever Made. Seriously.

Vampires, goth chicks and boobs. Need I say more? Well probably, that would be a pretty boring review. There’s good-bad and then there’s bad-bad, amIright? While a true connoisseur of quality Horror films, I also have a big, gushy soft spot for bad Horror. And by “bad” I mean, cheesy, cornball, hokey, silly, superficial—and often…

North Carolina’s “Vampire Beast” had a taste for doggie blood

On January 6, 1954, the Lumberton, North Carolina, Robesonian newspaper published a sensational article titled “Vampire Strikes At Woman; Police Chief Warns Parents.” I wouldn’t have filed this one under the vampire heading, except that’s what the people in Baldenboro, North Carolina decided to call this critter. If it was a critter and not some…

Whitewashing Saint George

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — When a gigantic mural of St. George appeared next to a historic church dedicated to the revered figure, many hailed it as a brilliant piece of street art. But the influential Romanian Orthodox Church was not amused. I’m of two minds on this one; granted, one is bigger than the other.…

Theater shooter earned “value points” by killing

“I was worth 12 more people than I was before,” Holmes says. It’s a tricky thing, trying to assign guilt or innocence of a crime based on a suspect’s mental state. The legal definition for insanity is not the same as the medical one. If a person is able to understand the difference between right…

“Well, it’s not like they’re GOING anywhere!” Funeral Home says.

Toledo Police opened an investigation into Tate’s Funeral Home on Lagrange St. on Friday morning after the discovery of close to a dozen unprocessed bodies. Oh, this is just asking for trouble! Don’t these people know how easy it is to create a vampire? Any impropriety with a corpse will do it. Letting a cat…