On MYTHICAL BEASTS and HISTORY OF HORROR
Have you been watching the new series MYTHICAL BEASTS on the Science Channel and Eli Roth’s HISTORY OF HORROR on AMC? Both shows have recently featured vampires as their subject matter. With the former, I found it an entertaining diversion, informative (even a self-respectin’ expert on all things Nosferatu like me learned a couple’a new things) though clearly intended more for the layman than the deep-tissue scholar. (A nice complimentary piece to the vampires episode was the one featuring dragons. Thanks to this dude named Dracula, the dragon and the vampire are forevermore linked in the human consciousness, even if you don’t take into account that, in addition to the classic “nine resemblances” of the dragon, as recorded by the ancient Chinese scholar Wang Fu—“his antlers resemble those of a stag, his head that of a camel, his eyes those of a demon, his neck that of a snake, his belly that of a clam, his scales those of a carp, his claws those of an eagle, his soles those of a tiger, his ears those of a cow”—can be added a tenth: his wings are those of a bat.)
Roth’s HISTORY OF HORROR examination of vampires in popular media leaned a little too much on the TRUE BLOOD and the Anne Rice while failing to mention DARK SHADOWS at all, but it was a decent overview, again, for the layperson. The producers or whoever wouldn’t let Stephen King and Roth himself rip into TWILIGHT too much, but the criticisms were obvious if you were willing to read between the lines, read the tones of voice and facial expressions of the ones doing the speaking (primarily King and Roth). When King gleefully announced his preference for the traditional vampire as opposed to the sparkly one, I could but nod my head in silent affirmation.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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