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Vampire Books that People Can’t Stop Talking About

Another book post, because I love me some books. Onwards! I recently discovered that Amazon lets you see the “most reviewed” books when you do a search. Of course I had to check out the most reviewed vampire books, and oddly enough, I was a bit surprised by the books that came up. People LOVE…

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Lets Remake Lair of the White Worm

Another in a series of essays about vampire films that should be remake, better. I formally give permission for anyone and everyone to use any ideas contained herein to make such a film, without credit or acknowledgment or recompense to myself. Lair of the White Worm was late film director Kenneth Russell’s deliriously over-the-top homage…

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Review of Virgin Vampires

Way back in the 1970s, Hammer films had plans (never realized) to make a fourth Karnstein film as a follow-up to Twins of Evil.  The title was to have been Vampire Virgins. When I heard of the following graphic novel, little wonder if I wondered about any possible connection! Virgin Vampires (or Once Upon a…

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Bram Stoker at 165

On this date in 1847, a young man was born in a seeming ordinary middle class family in Dublin.  He ended up famous, perhaps in the way he might have most preferred–as a novelist.  His name was Abraham but so was his father’s so maybe that is why most folks seem to have called him…

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Favorite Brides of Dracula

The vast majority of Dracula films and television shows show the Transylvanian Count either transforming or having transformed some stunning female into one of the undead.  The more faithful versions include his three brides in the castle.  In Francis Ford Coppola’s version their status became more clear.  With flimsy clothes, haunting a bedchamber with enough…

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Updating Dracula for Modern Audiences

Stephen King tells a story.  He mentioned the idea of Count Dracula in a modern setting, and his wife Tabitha said Bram Stoker’s most famous creation would be run over by a New York taxicab in minutes.  Somehow the idea seems right.  Arguably the most successful translation of the Count into the 20th century was…

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NBC orders DRACULA Series With Jonathan Rhys Meyers

This week NBC and Britain’s SkyLiving made an announcement sure to spark debate among vampire fans–a new television series based on Dracula!  Among other things, they also introduced the actor who’ll be the latest incarnation of the infamous Count.  Jonathan Rhys Meyers of The Tudors fame joins the likes of Bela Lugosi, Sir Christopher Lee,…

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Last Voyage Inching Forward

For a long time now, we’ve heard about a project based on Dracula but focused upon just one story element.  The film?  The Last Voyage of the Demeter, all about the doomed schooner whose unwittingly brought the Transylvanian vampire from his homeland to England.  For  time director David Slade (30 Days of Night)  was attached,…

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From the Pages of Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Harker

No, I am not speaking of the actual novel by the legendary Bram Stoker, but rather, about a comic. “From the Pages of Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Harker” is a comic that came out a while back and was endorsed by an actual descendant of Stoker himself. I recently gave Issue #1 a read, and well,…

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Directors Who Should Do Dracula

Dario Argento’s new version of Dracula in 3D premiered at Cannes and looks to be headed directly to DVD.  Looking at the history of Dracula adaptations, one sees a blend of different directors bringing quite different sensibilities to the exact same story.  How much do Francis Ford Coppola and Dan Curtis really have in common? …

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When Were Vampires Ever Scary?

Often times when I hear people pissing and moaning about the vampires of Twilight, The Vampire Diaries and so on, I can’t help but do an internal eye role. They usually say the same old things, like… “Vampires aren’t supposed to fall in love, that’s not scary!” “Vampires kill humans, they don’t befriend them!” “Vampires…

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Book Giveaway! In the Footsteps of Dracula by Steven P. Unger

I’ve got another spectacular book giveaway for you Dear Readers, a book perfect for every Dracula fan! We’re offering one lucky winner a copy the critically acclaimed In the Footsteps of Dracula: A Personal Journey and Travel Guide by Steven P. Unger. Containing not only travel information, but historical accounts as well, this fantastic book…

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