Articles & Research

Cinema Fiction vs. Physics Reality: Ghosts, Vampires, and Zombies

For many people, ghosts, vampires, zombies, and the like are no more than Hollywood fantasy. However, these movies have increasingly come to reflect popularly held pseudoscientific beliefs. For instance, the 2005 movie White Noise is based on the new trend among paranormalists-Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP). The occult underground in both America and Europe is witnessing a trendy rise in vampirism, and belief in voodoo zombiefication is widespread in many parts of South America and Africa.
2012-02-22 10:14
T · The Vampyre: His Kith and Kin
Nooooo.... sparkly vampires!

Should vampires sparkle?

Vampires are definitely in vogue right now. Browse through any bookstore's racks and you'll find a score of novels with ‘vampire' in the title. This theme is especially notable in the young adult lit sections, where the reader will observe pieces such as the Twilight series, Vampire Diaries, Vampire Kisses, Vampire Academy and, my personal favorite, Vampire Beach. Has anyone noticed a trend?
2011-10-31 17:58
T · Angel · Anne Rice · Bram Stoker · Buffy · Dracula · Joss Whedon · On the Page, Stage and Screen · Stephenie Meyer · Vampire Chronicles · Van Helsing
Nasty vampire from 30 Days of Night

Are vampires really scary?

While at several local events the past two weekends in the Lexington area where I was either promoting my Lexington Vampire and True Blood Examiner page as well as doing my Vampire Tarot readings, I had several conversations with other vendors and guests about vampires and whether they are scary of not.
2011-04-21 16:34
B · From Fear to Fascination
Vampire Power by Boris Vallejo

In the Blood: Why Do Vampires Still Thrill?

"Unclean, unclean!" Mina Harker screams, gathering her bloodied nightgown around her. In Chapter 21 of Bram Stoker's "Dracula," Mina's friend John Seward, a psychiatrist in Purfleet, near London, tells how he and a colleague, warned that Mina might be in danger, broke into her bedroom one night and found her kneeling on the edge of her bed. Bending over her was a tall figure, dressed in black. "His right hand gripped her by the back of the neck, forcing her face down on his bosom.
2011-03-31 03:26
T · From Fear to Fascination
Blood drip

Vampire Physiology

Blood: Blood has been a symbol of life since very ancient times. The blood in our veins has always been iconic of our continuing life. To lose too much blood is to lose consciousness, breath, and eventually, our very lives. If a person or animal is already dead and is cut open, blood does not flow. Only the living have blood that flows. Blood has been used throughout the ages as a ceremonial sacrifice. In pagan times our forefathers worshipped their gods with blood sacrifice. And today, indeed, we are not so different.
2010-12-18 11:50
K+ · Anne Rice · Bram Stoker · Dracula · Forever Knight · The Vampyre: His Kith and Kin · Vampire Chronicles
Kolchak with cross

Vampire Hunter's Guide

Over the ages, certain artifacts have gained a reputation among popular cultures as ways to ward off, or even kill, vampires. This guide takes you through the historical meaning and reasoning behind the ways we've found to hunt the vampire. So grab your crucifix, and wade on in!Coffins
2010-09-17 00:10
T · The Vampyre: His Kith and Kin · Van Helsing
Twilight movie poster

7 strange ways Humans act like Vampires

With the third movie installment of the "Twilight" movies, "Twilight Saga: Eclipse," based on Stephenie Meyer's best-selling vampire-romance novels, slated to arrive in theaters on June 30, vampires have once again crept into pop culture's collective consciousness.  While true, undead vampires do not exist, some diseases and disorders show themselves in ways that are similar to vampiric characteristics. From sunlight intolerance to an aversion to garlic and mirrors, below are six illnesses that, to some extent, cause people to act like vampires:
2010-07-05 11:05
T · From Fear to Fascination

The Modern Vampire

The Vampire individual is the first romantic. Paradoxically, too, he's the last grade of romanticism. As a vampire he's able to listen to the murmur of the world: the night glowing in an almost maddening intensity; the mess of the insect over a leaf can be heard while the statue seems to blink. The vampire is extremely sensitive. The world of the living is too heavy for him, annihilating. That's why he turns off, why he hides. He's a fobic. Only an intense hunger can force him to go out.
2010-07-05 05:56
T · From Fear to Fascination
Nosferatu (1922) Max Schrek

Nosferatu: the classic silent film

A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!
2010-05-18 09:04
T · Dracula · On the Page, Stage and Screen
Blacula (1972)

Black Vampires in Film

Vampires have always been known as seductive creatures of the night They have pale skin, glowing eyes, and very sharp sexy phallic like fangs. When one says vampire they often think of the very dark Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in Interview with a Vampire, and of course the beautiful vampires in the Twilight movies. But so often there are another group of vampires that are often overlooked- Black Vampires. They are very sensual and sexy creatures. They range from the blaxpoitation of early film to very strong lead characters such as Blade.
2010-02-23 17:15
K+ · On the Page, Stage and Screen

Fanged Films

From the Library

As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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