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The Strain (review)

On Sunday, July 13 FX premieres “Night Zero” the first episode of the new series The Strain based on the novel trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. By the time you read this, it may have already aired. Either way, let us assume you haven’t yet seen it nor read any of the…

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Best Books for Vampire Authors!

Welcome back to another installment of my topics for Vampire Authors, since there’s a lot of you out there! For you vampire fans, these are all books that you have probably read. If not, get cracking! They say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, and you can certainly see plenty of imitation…

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Review: Melabeth the Vampire

Reviewing first novels can end up an uncomfortable exercise. The promise of something truly good awaits–consider that both Interview With a Vampire and Twilight were first novels by their respective authors. So too have been a more than a few that vanished without a trace. And good riddance! Melabeth the Vampire happily manages to avoid…

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Are Harry Potter Dementors Vampries?

While skimming one of the many vampire encyclopedias I have collected, I came across an entry on dementors, the evil creatures from the magnificent world of Harry Potter. Not once while reading the Harry Potter series or while watching the movies did I consider a dementor a vampire. But, when you stop and think, maybe…

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‘Twilight: The Musical’ is Actually on the Way

No, I didn’t make that up. Twilight: The Musical really is happening, and it’s happening soon. It was recently announced the Twilight musical is officially hitting the stage. Before you Twi-hards start rushing to New York, you should know that it’s not expected to have a very long run. Twilight: The Musical will make its…

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Are Teen Vampire Books too X-rated?

Some people think so and they want something done about it. According to an article published by Fox News, a study of young adult books was conducted and it was discovered that these books were a little racier than parents would like. Researchers reported in the Journal of Sex Research that books aimed at 12…

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Vampires vs. Wizards at this Year’s MTV Movie Awards

It’ll be a battle between the vampires and the wizards at this year’s MTV Movie Awards as the top nominees this year are Twilight and Harry Potter. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse has managed to nab the most nominations with eight, while Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 comes in second with six. But…

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Crossovers

Cliche it may be, but who can doubt the internet created a whole new venue for amateur writers to put their work out there? In other words, the world-wide web proved a godsend for fan fiction. Or maybe from the other end of metaphysical spectrum, depending upon one’s view of the topic! Contrary to popular…

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Young Dracula

The year 2006 saw the best vampire television series so far debut for a run far, far too short. No, not “Blood Ties” wonderful as that show was. Nor was it “Ultraviolet,” another lamented program that left the airwaves too soon. “Young Dracula.” Sounds like a children’s show, doesn’t it? Well, yes and no. The…

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Make Believe

Shoulda Woulda Coulda… Make believe is fun. In fact without it this delightful thing we call fiction simply would not exist. So let us now make-believe–as in “let us create a belief”–some beloved or well-known characters to be undead. Why not? For one, Sherlock Holmes. Leaving aside that the physical description of him is perilously…

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Vampires and Harry Potter

Others have written about the vampires described by J.K.Rowling within her wonderful world of Harry Potter, of Quidditch and Hogwarts and Diagon Alley. Yes there are indeed vampires in “Harry Potter” and one even makes an appearance in the books. But consider also how vampires in other fantasy worlds have wandered into the hugely successful…

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Daniel Radcliffe Spoofs Twilight

Daniel Radcliffe, our favorite wizard, will be putting the wand aside and busting out his fangs to play a vampire on the upcoming Simpsons’ Halloween special. Awesome! The British actor makes a cameo appearance in an upcoming broadcast of The Simpsons in a plot which pokes fun at Twilight. In this year’s ‘Treehouse of Horror’…

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