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New Dracula TV Show in Development!

The latest vampire-based TV series in develop bears a familiar name. Dracula. NBC’s press release describes the new project as “Dangerous Liasons” meets “The Tudors,” set in the 1890s. Interestingly, the network has ordered scripts and if they meet with approval no pilot need be made. Tony Krantz, one of the producers, has been executive…

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The Problem with Adapting Dracula

The number of times Bram Stoker’s novel ended up as a film continues to grow. In 2012 Italian horror-maestro Dario Argento will unveil his own version, this time in 3D. Not surprisingly, fans are already debating it. Which in turns leads to discussions (arguments) about all the different Draculas out there. Charles E. Butler even…

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Did Anonymously Written Story Inspire Bram Stoker’s Dracula?

Long before Bram Stoker’s legendary novel Dracula (1897) there was The Mysterious Stranger, a short story penned by an anonymous author. This vampire tale was translated from German to English and published in Odd and Ends magazine in 1860 – over thirty years before the famed Dracula. Why is this worth noting? Because the two…

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5 Places to Have a Historic and Eerie Vampiric Adventure

My idea of a perfect vacation is a trip full of history, gorgeous architecture, and haunting landscapes. I adore ancient ruins taken over by nature, cemeteries so timeworn you can no longer read the names engraved upon the headstones, breathtaking castles and old cities and towns bursting with historic and stunning landmarks.  This is what…

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Sneak Peek at Gorgeous Dracula Family Signet Ring

I’ve got a fantastic treat for fans of Bram Stoker’s Dracula – a stunning Dracula Family Signet Ring! Now, I don’t usually cover news like this, but the ring is so beautiful I couldn’t pass it up. The moment I saw it I had a very Gollum-like moment whispering “my precious” to my computer screen….

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Bram Stoker’s Death Ship

A long while back I wrote about The Last Voyage of the Demeter, an upcoming film which tells the dark and bloodied tale of the dreaded ship in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Since I haven’t heard anything on the project I thought I’d look into it and see if there’s anything new to report, but unfortunately…

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Vampire Books Coming September 2011

September is bringing us all sorts of fangtastic goodies! Loads of vampire books are being released this month, everything from vampire romance to vampire horror, fiction to nonfiction, there’s something for everyone. Have a look at the September releases and let me know in a comment below which book you plan on picking up. (Click…

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Major Works in Vampire Literature Published in 1800s

The most influential and most famous of all vampire novels were published during the 1800s. Highly innovative for the times and groundbreaking, these stories took readers to an entirely new world and continue to this day to be read and loved by many. The stories below gave people something new to fear, something new to…

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Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror

One of the most renowned vampire films ever made is that of Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, directed by F. W. Murnau released in 1922. The film is between 81-94 minutes long, depending on the version you get, and is a silent, black and white film with titles and symphonic accompaniment. The film is appropriately…

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The Dracula Society

As I’m sure you are well aware, there are an enormous amount of vampire societies and organizations that exist today. These groups range widely in their purpose: from vampiric literary scholars and students to more occult and spiritually focused endeavors. Many vampire organizations require membership and can be quite exclusive in terms of sharing information,…

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Vampire Studies

Vampire Studies: Bold New Future? This is an update to the August 3, 2010 post, ‘University Offers Course in Vampiric Literature‘. If you believe education is the future, you’re going to love this. As previously mentioned, the University of Hertfordshire in the UK has decided to offer courses in Vampiric Studies. But now, the course…

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Vampires: The Nightmare Strangers

Someone asked why I thought vampires remained so popular and intriguing. My answer: Because the undead make such a fluid metaphor. Consider; when they first entered into the Western literature and art–with John Polidori’s “The Vampyre.” For much of the next century, vampires popped up in art and theatre as well as different stories. “Varney…

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