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The Urn: Dracula of the Apes by G. Wells Taylor

“Dracula of the Apes picks up where Bram Stoker’s Dracula left off and Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan of the Apes began…” I know you’re probably thinking the same thing I was when I first saw this: “What the absolute f*ck?” Um, apes… or gorillas, and… Dracula…? But no! It works! The story is actually interesting,…

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What’s in a cape?

Simple in design, yet evocative of the utmost drama and intrigue, capes are sartorial shorthand for imminent action.  Go up to any kid on the street and ask him what Dracula looks like. Or any adult, for that matter. The answer is always the same. They won’t describe the figure from Bram Stoker’s novel, a gaunt…

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Yes, but is he actually IN it?

Max Schreck, the German actor who set the standard for movie vampires everywhere with his legendary portrayal of Nosferatu, has been honoured with a new gravestone commemorating his place in cinematic history. I honestly didn’t know that Max Schreck’s gravesite was unknown for three-quarters of a century. Truthfully, I never knew much about him at…

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For sale by owner. Ignore the bloodstains.

The 13th-century fortress in Transylvania called Bran Castle, and often referred to as Dracula’s Castle, is up for sale by its owners — the Habsburg royal line — and the Romanian government has apparently placed an $80 million bid on the storied mansion. Oh, for Pete’s sake, this nonsense needs to be put to an…

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The Sligo Pandemic and DRACULA

It occurred to me as I was typing this, I’m not really sure of the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic. So I looked it up. I knew that pandemic was bigger, was worse, but it seems that in order to be a pandemic it has to have an international effect. The Sligo cholera…