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SLENDER MAN Sighting

Finally it looks like someone took my advice and started rendering the fictitious entity’s name as one word, Slenderman, instead of two, which is something I’ve advocated for in the past. This article refers to him as “Slenderman.” It also tells us that he is real, or that there are people who claim to have…

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Collinwood in Miniature

This past Saturday was the last day my favorite store, Nightmare Toys in Madison, Alabama, was open for business. My friends, owners Kristy and Phillip, are moving to Las Vegas, and they’re closing the store in Alabama but relocating it to Vegas with them. The new store will be bigger, and will no doubt draw…

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THE CHOSEN Part One: THE FLOATING CRADLE Chapter 7

Jacob Weiss eased himself into the chair facing the well-ordered desk, on the edge of which rested a bronze placard engraved with the words LESLIE DANIELS, ATTORNEY AT LAW. The woman herself stood on the opposite side, backed by a wall decorated with several degrees and diplomas, a collection of her framed trophies nailed to…

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In Memoriam: John Karlen

I’m sitting here wondering what to write that would be adequate enough to pay tribute to Mr. John Karlen, most famous for the many roles he played on DARK SHADOWS, most prominent among these the role of Willie Loomis, the sociopathic grifter who unwittingly frees vampire Barnabas Collins from the latter’s imprisonment in a chained…

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Doling Out Those Fs

When a movie earns an F cinema score, it means one of two things. It means that either the movie royally sucked, or else the film, for whatever reason, and regardless of its technical proficiency, did not sit well with the audience. In the former category we have such contenders as the recent remake of…

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THE TURNING and DARK SHADOWS

The new film THE TURNING is, as most of you doubtless know, the latest filmed version of the Henry James classic ghost story THE TURN OF THE SCREW. Released in 1898, THE TURN OF THE SCREW is James’s most famous work. Written in his patented English gentleman dictation, it’s one of those stories that literary…

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Movie Review: THE TURNING

Before I knew for sure what it was, I’d already guessed it, based on the title. Not a big achievement, I know. THE TURNING is an adaptation of Henry James’s classic ghost story THE TURN OF THE SCREW. Given that I love the latter, I figured I’d love the former. Then I realized that the…

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Jesus’s *OTHER* Other Grave, In India

We do strive for fairness here at vampires.com. And since I devoted some time last week to the purported gravesite of Jesus in Japan (which you can visit and while there purchase some Dracula garlic-infused ice cream), it wouldn’t be nice for me not to also give a little love to his other burial place,…

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Making His Way to The Ring—The Believer!

Frequent visitors to this site will recall that I follow my nephew, professional wrestler Adam “Tenderloin” Priest, around as he works the indie circuit. This past weekend I drove out to a show in the boondocks of ‘Bama—and for me, who was born and raised in the country, to tell you a place was backwoods,…

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Concerning Dracula’s Bloodline

Every so often I come across mention of someone claiming descent from the historical Dracula, Vlad III of Wallachia, the “Impaler.” Please note that this article is not an attempt to call anyone a liar. I merely have some questions. While there certainly are people alive today who are related to Dracula—supposedly Prince Charles is…

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Praising Poe

Edgar Allan Poe’s house in Baltimore, Maryland has become the State’s first ever “literary landmark.” Officially, that is. Certainly it already was, and has been, a landmark, ever since the legendary writer lived there. (It does annoy me that the news site reporting on this development spelled Poe’s middle name wrong in the headline. It’s…

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How Bad Was Vlad?

If you clicked on a site called vampires.com, I figure it’s a safe bet you have at least a passing familiarity with one Vlad III, surnamed Dracula, nicknamed Tepes or “the Impaler.” Vlad was the inspiration, to greater or lesser extent (it’s still debated) for Bram Stoker’s vampiric character of the same name. The more…

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