One problem any popular genre develops tends to be tropes that pervade too much of it all. In and of themselves, maybe they work. Often they work quite well. They can, anyway. But when we see the same thing over and over and over again, we enter into the realm of the cliche. So here’s…Continue readingTropes That Need to Go Away
This one is for all of my beloved little history geeks out there, you asked for more history and folklore and I aim to please (…you now owe me Starbucks and cigars). As the title says, the topic of today’s post is demons, but instead of discussing blood-lovin’ demons I’ll be taking a different approach…Continue readingDemons
Brian Lumley’s “Necroscope” series pretty much serve as an antidote to anyone disgusted by syrupy sweetness in tales of the undead. Imagine vampires not as fallen angels. Not as darkly mysterious creatures of the night. Imagine vampires as mutated (and mutating) demons. The undead as imagined by H.P. Lovecraft crossed with the more disturbing sexuality…Continue readingWamphyrie
Determined to prove to himself that there is life after Buffy, Angel leaves Sunnydale after helping the Scoobies defeat Mayor Richard Wilkins and heads off to Los Angeles. Hoping to make a difference in the world Angel embarks on a quest to help the helpless in hopes of making amends for the horrible things he…Continue readingAngel- Season One
What does a vampire feed on? Blood. Simple answer right? Well, not so much. Does a being really need to drink blood before they are considered a vampire? Or is it the act of taking anything part of a victim’s body that makes one a vampire? Take psychic vampires for example, they do not feed…Continue readingDoes Blood Make A Vampire?
There’s more out there than Twilight, people; for example, there’s a new trend in historical fiction: re-writing classics to include monsters, or re-writing a particular president’s life story, to include vampires. Sure, you know what I mean; Seth Grahame-Smith’s ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.’ Most seemed to agree that the book was highly entertaining, though one…Continue readingVampire Novels Reviewed… and Sucked Dry
Gello exists in several cultures, under several names, such as Gyllou, Gylou, Gillo; many folklore experts and historians believe the Gello is the source of many vampire beliefs. Gello is a female demon that causes infertility, spontaneous miscarriage, and an eater of children. Walter Burkert, an expert on ancient mythology, established a link between the…Continue readingGello: Child Eating Demoness
What better place for a bloodthirsty vampire to feed than a battleground? One of the vampires of India and Hindu mythology chooses to haunt the wars and battles, waiting to feed on fallen soldiers. These creatures. called the Pey, or Peymakilir, are vampires of southern India, in Tamil. India has many different vampires, and this…Continue readingPey and Peymakilir
Meet Charby the Vampirate; part vampire, part pirate. This is a web comic written by Amy Stoffolino, who writes under the handle “Amelius.” Charby was born on a ship where he was a slave to pirates who verbally abused him and beat him daily. He runs away from the pirates, only to have his throat…Continue readingCharby the Vampirate
The brahmaparusha is a particularly horrifying vampire of India. This vampire is a malevolent spirit who takes delight in eating humans. They are extremely vicious and consumed with bloodlust, and a hunger for brains. Their appearance alone is grotesque and terrifying; these vampires would wear intestines around their necks from victims they had destroyed. They…Continue readingBrahmaparusha; Brain-eating Vampire of India
What do you get when you mix massive birds, large talons, bloodlust and breasts full of poison? The ancient Roman creature known as the strix! The strix (plural: striga) is a legendary creature from Roman mythology. Often depicted as a screech owl, this vampire-like creature is a nocturnal bird of ill omen that feds on…Continue readingPoison and Blood
The vetala is another vampire of India. The vetala are a class of demons in Hindu mythology that have the power to enter the bodies of human or animal corpses and reanimate them. They can enter living victims as well, and manipulate them as they please. Generally, though, the vetala stick to inhabiting the bodies…Continue readingVetala; possessing dead bodies!