Sunday, November 29, 2009

Fantasy Fiction...with faeries

I am so loving this book! Wicked, cruel, scary faeries roam our world, living among us, assuming human form. It is the first in a series of three (soon to be four) I really think that they will end up making a film of these books.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Vampires are always trendy: A look through the years

By Mike KernelsThe Virginian-Pilot© November 23, 2009
Not all vampires are created equal.
They don't all turn into bats. Or sleep in coffins. Or call themselves Count.
Garlic. Silver. Crosses. Check your vampires at the door - that is, if you don't plan to invite them in - before trying any of these.

In honor of the recently released "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, here's something else to chew on - some highlights, and lowlights, about the ways vampires have been portrayed in pop culture over the years.

The beginnings and beyond
With Bela Lugosi in the starring role of "Dracula" in 1931, Hollywood created a blueprint for how to sell vampires for decades to come.

The 1954 Richard Matheson novel "I Am Legend" brought us a world overrun with flesh-eating creatures and would change the portrayal of vampires forever.
The cheese factor

"Billy the Kid vs. Dracula," a 1966 movie, begins what you might call The Dark Prince's Blue Period, when he's featured in a variety of bizarro scenarios, one cheesier than the next. Consider:

"Vampirella" (1996), For once, a female was the hunter, not the hunted, in this cult comic about an alien vampire whose mission was to protect mankind while exposing herself as much as possible.

Count Chocula (1971), A vampire as a goofy, bug-eyed cereal pitchman. Dark times for The Dark Prince.

"Blacula" (1972), Dracula gets a soul brother in this blaxploitation film.

The Count (1972), The debut of this "Sesame Street" character was the final nail in the coffin: Vampires were no longer scary.

Two takes
"Interview with the Vampire" in 1976 brought us vampires with a heart. Who knew? This Anne Rice novel showed how being one of the undead can take a toll on the soul.
"Salem's Lot" in 1979 countered with vampires with no heart: This frightening miniseries, based on the Stephen King book of the same name, was must-flee TV when it aired on CBS.
A joke, but who's laughing?

"Dracula's Dog" turned man's best friend into his worst enemy in this 1978 cult D-movie.
"Love at First Bite" in 1979, By now, The Dark Prince was reduced to nothing more than a punch line, thanks to this romantic comedy starring The Other Dark Prince, George Hamilton.
Lost and saved

"The Lost Boys" (1987), Think "Twilight" but with a hair band. In this flick, starring an almost legal Kiefer Sutherland, eternally young vampires party all night and sleep it off at sunrise.
"Angel" (1999), In this WB TV series, we get to see that rare vampire who saves the day - at night, of course.

The ladies' man
"True Blood" brought vampires out of the coffin in this sexually charged HBO series that debuted in 2008. But don't worry. A synthetic drink on the market called True Blood keeps them from having to drain us humans. Problem is, not every vampire has consumer confidence in the product.
"The Twilight Saga: New Moon," in theaters now, goes out to all the ladies - especially those whose idea of the perfect man is a pale, emo, undead teen. In this sequel to "Twilight," Bella finds herself in a love triangle with vampire Edward and Jacob, who is a werewolf. One question: Are all the normal guys in this town taken?

Friday, November 6, 2009

Charlaine Harris Interview - Radio national's 'The Shallow End'

This is interesting interview, the questions were posted to 'The Shallow End' by fans, for Harris to answer.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Vampire Doll

Check out this gorgeously crafted vampire doll at Eledone's Blog.
It has that very uncanny life like quality that makes it quite creepy too.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Web Site with POD Casts

Hi everyone this is a really interesting site with some great POD casts on different things. Have a look around (or should I say listen) please remember there may be spoilers I have not listened to everything.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Dark Shadow coming to a screen new you?

Johnny Depp Washington, August 17 (ANI): Johnny Depp is bidding to take vampire thriller ‘Dark Shadows’ to the big screen.The Hollywood star’s interest in the project reflects in the fact that the 1960s series used to be his favourite childhood TV show.The show was about a man struck down with a vampire curse.Hoping to turn it into a movie franchise, Depp has collaborated with director Tim Burton.“I was obsessed with (lead character) Barnabas Collins. I have photographs of me holding Barnabas Collins’ posters when I was five or six,” Contactmusic quoted the actor as saying.Burton has already worked with Depp on movies Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.He admits that work on their new project is underway.The director reveals: “That’s the plan. There was something very weird about (Dark Shadows), it had the weirdest vibe to it. I’m sort of intrigued about that vibe. It’s early days on it, but I’m excited about it.”


New Dracula Novel on the way

Vampire-Con the world's first convention devoted to everything vampire has officially teamed up with Dracula author Bram Stoker's Family. Dracula is arguably one of the most popular characters in fiction, the first vampire horror novel and the inspiration for the current pop-culture phenomenon. For the first time since the film adaptation starring Bela Lugosi in 1931, the Stoker family has officially sanctioned a soon-to-be-released sequel to the epic novel: Dracula The Un-dead ( written by Bram's great grand-nephew Dacre Stoker and Dracula historian/screenwriter Ian Holt. Both authors will be joining the "Why We Love Vampires: A Brief History of the Undead" panel discussion, scheduled for 11:00 AM on Sunday, August 16th at The Music Box Theatre @ Fonda, Hollywood, CA. ( book has spawned a major merchandising and licensing program represented by LicenseBox, A MODA Entertainment Company. Richard Zampella, CEO of Moda Entertainment states that "We see no limit to the opportunities available for Dracula The un-Dead merchandising and licensing program. We are very excited to represent the exclusive worldwide right for this exciting franchise."Dracula The Un-Dead is the bone-chilling sequel based on Bram Stoker's own handwritten notes for characters and plot threads excised from the original edition. The story begins in 1912, twenty-five years after Dracula "crumbled into dust." Van Helsing's protege, Dr. Jack Seward, is now a disgraced morphine addict obsessed with stamping out evil across Europe. Meanwhile, an unknowing Quincey Harker, the grown son of Jonathan and Mina, leaves law school for the London stage, only to stumble upon the troubled production of "Dracula," directed and produced by Bram Stoker himself. Dracula The Un-Dead is deeply researched by historical researcher, Alexander Galant, rich in character, thrills and scares, and lovingly crafted as both an extension and celebration of one of the most classic popular novels in literature. The novel will be released on October 13, 2009 by Dutton.About MODA Entertainment, Inc.MODA Entertainment (, headquartered in New York City, is a multi-media entertainment company. MODA Entertainment has a particularly strong presence in the Classic Hollywood and Golden Age of Hollywood sectors of the entertainment market. Key clients in this category include Abbott & Costello, Eartha Kitt, Duke Ellington, Marlene Dietrich, William Holden, Ida Lupino, George Raft, Loretta Young, amongst others. MODA's fully owned subsidiaries include MODA Productions, MODA Publishing, LICENSEBOX, PUBLICITYBOX and ICONS.


Saturday, August 15, 2009

Anne Rice's 'Vampire Chronicles' Returns, Who is Lestat?!

Well this is interesting news for Ann Rice fans.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR. is in close talks to play the vampire Lestat in Universal Pictures' The Vampire Chronicles, a newly rebooted franchise based on Anne Rice's popular novels.

For full report follow the link

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Joss Weldon talks Angel V Edward

Guys this is great and I have to say I agree with Joss on this point

Some Being Human and Underworld news
Being Human where fashion is undead

Not one but three more underworld movies (I am doing a little dance as I type)

A Real Vampire Cafe

Hi everyone it seems that Japan has done it again. There is a real vampire cafe in Tokyo. You will have to click on the link to see the other pictures. Enjoy

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Ethan Hawke a Vampire - count me in

Ethan Hawke gets his vampire on in 'Daybreakers'By Darcel Rockettfrominsidethebox gets-his-vampire-onAugust 8, 2009 3:41 PMEthanhawke_daybreakers_290 This week,"Angel" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon said how he really felt about "Twilight" lead vamp Edward Cullen, which was not much, in case you missed it.But apparently, vampires, regardless of what cache they hold, are the new Cabbage Patch Dolls of the pop culture moment. (And if you don't know about that 80s phenomenon, go ask someone of the John Hughes generation.)From HBO's "True Blood," to The CW's "The Vampire Diaries," to BBC America's "Being Human," those bloodsuckers are draining every drop they can from the current popularity. And now Ethan Hawke is getting in the game with the January 2010 release of "Daybreakers."The flick is all about a plague that has swept the Earth's population, transforming the majority into vampires. Humans are now endangered, forced into hiding as thy are hunted and farmed for vampire consumption to the brink of extinction. That is, until Hawke (Edward Dalton), a vampire researcher who is seeking his own version of True Blood -- a blood substitute to save them all. What is it with the name Edward and the undead anyway?Check out the trailer and decide are these set of vampires the new sexy...

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Vampire in Pop Fic...Twilight ect

This is a great interview of James Bradley, about 'Vampires in Fiction' from the ABC Radio National Book show with Ramona Koval.

It is about fiction not film, but most of the fiction that they talk about have been made into TV shows of films such as, Twilight, Sookie Stackhouse and Buffy. (Although, Buffy was never a book series)

Like the Harry Potter phenomenon, people what to understand why fantasy fiction and film resonates so strongly with people, particularly young adults, at this point in history.
I don't think that they really nailed it with their theory of why vampire fiction is so attractive to young girls though. I won't say anything though, you listen and see what you'all think.

A Remake on the Cards?

I'm talking Werewolves here rather than Vampires, Fangsters.
Wow, I would not have expected this one for a remake. But I suppose they figure it would be a good one to throw onto the Creatures of the Night bandwagon before it rolls out of Hollywood.

I really enjoyed this movie, I saw it only a few months ago actually - the ending though - weak, I think. So if they do a remake, hopefully they spruce up the end.

Here is the link to the news article.

Decide which films go into Vampire Film Festival

You can help decide which films will go into the Vampire Film Festival by watching the trailers over at YouTube, rating them, marking your favorites, and leaving a comment saying why you think a film should be in the festival. The event will be held October 23-26 in New Orleans.

Thought you all might like to see what is coming up. May be some interesting names for our list.

Sunday, August 9, 2009


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On this blog, we will provide an eclectic smorgasbord of night creature general interest snippets and noteworthy tidbits and discuss upcoming and current film, literature and television series related to all sorts of night creatures - with our strongest focus on Vampires.

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