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Vampires Everywhere

That’s “everywhere” in pop culture and entertainment, not necessarily everywhere as in geographic location. Sure, every culture in the world has some version of a vampire myth, but this is easily explained by the fact that every culture in the world experienced people dying, and the vampire is really nothing more than the instinctive human…

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Diggin’ up Holmes

A couple’a weeks back, I provided a book review of BLOODSTAINS by author Jeff Mudgett. This particular Mudgett claims to be the great-great-grandson of one Herman Mudgett, aka H.H. Holmes, one of this country’s first (and worst) serial killers. If Mudgett the junior’s tale is to be believed, he had to struggle for his own…

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STRAIN-ing

July 16th, y’all! We’re getting close! It’s almost July, and THE STRAIN promos just keep a’comin’. Check out “Push.” Who is that chick giving birth, and why is Dutch helping her? Is this supposed to be Dutch’s former girlfriend, or ANOTHER former girlfriend? That would be lame on her part. But wait–what is she giving…

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New Dracula Series – What Does It Need To Work?

You can’t keep a good vampire down. I really enjoyed the NBC television series DRACULA. I can’t say I out-and-out LOVED it, as it deviated a little too far from what I feel a proper Dracula story must constitute. Also star Jonathan Rhys Meyers was just too short to play Dracula. When the NBC series…

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Born Too Late

I think all history lovers sometimes feel they were born in the wrong time. Speaking as one of those history buffs, we’ll cast our mental gaze backwards over the years and feel a certain longing for simpler or more exotic times. Maybe we even feel that we might have, in some past life, lived during…

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How Would You Die?

Note that there are no positive outcomes to this quiz, released to commemorate the new series BLOOD DRIVE, airing on Syfy Wednesdays at 10E/9C. In BLOOD DRIVE, in the apocalyptic future of 1999, cars run on human blood. You guessed it, peeps: BLOOD DRIVE is a Grindhouse show. This “How Would You Die” quiz is…

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(Almost) All the Major Storylines of DARK SHADOWS

Somebody went and compiled a handy list of the major storylines from DARK SHADOWS. That’s DARK SHADOWS the genre-defining, rulebreaking, innovative, trendsetting TV series that ran on the ABC network weekday afternoons from 1966 through 1971. NOT, as the writer of the piece suggests, that piece of excrement movie from 2012. This guy states that…

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When Inbreeding Was In

People didn’t used to know anything about genetics. Also, people are kinda stupid. Like, okay, if you didn’t know any better, and that intrinsic, instinctual revulsion most humans feel towards incest didn’t kick in, then MAYBE you’d have an excuse. But after a few generations pass and you start to see the deformities and ailments…

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An Interview with DRACULA: LORD OF THE DAMNED Director Theodore Trout, Regarding His Recent Visit to Transylvania

CHEEZMAN: First off, tell us about the reason that inspired your visit. TROUT: My stupid homemade Dracula movie [Which is pretty freakin’ fantastic!–Cheezman] actually got accepted into The International Vampire Film and Art Festival in Sighisoara, Romania. It’s getting a bit long in the tooth to qualify for festivals, but has only been out on…

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Down Amongst The Dead

What a story these kids will have to tell! Two teenagers got themselves lost for three days down in the infamous Catacombs underneath Paris. (Wait. They came out of the vast underground tomb after THREE DAYS? Did somebody plan it that way?) It probably wasn’t any fun for them, though. Imagine it, lost down there,…

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B’ars at Dracula’s Castle

For once, an article written about “Dracula’s Castle” actually refers to his REAL castle, the ruined fortress at Poenari, and not the commercially-exploited Castle Bran which has only a tangential connection to either the historic Dracula or Bram Stoker’s fictionalized vampire Count. It does, however, perhaps illustrate why Bran is pushed by the tourism industry…

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Book Review: BLOODSTAINS by Jeff Mudgett

Does the name “Mudgett” sound familiar to you? It might, if you are a True Crime aficionado. Herman Mudgett was the real name of the notorious Victorian era serial killer, H.H. Holmes. Holmes operated a “murder castle” in Chicago, which he had constructed just in time to capitalize on the influx of people for the…

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