Articles & Research

The Kiss of Death

The nefarious activities of Bela Kiss started with his wife's infidelity. In Czinkota, Hungary, Bela Kiss married a pretty woman 15 years his junior. She took up with a neighbor, and in 1912 they both disappeared. Kiss said that she'd run away.
2007-07-06 19:49
M · The Vampyre: His Kith and Kin

The First Vampire

While she may not actually be the first, Hungarian Countess Erzebet Bathory is credited in many chronologies of vampire-related crime as the first person on record to be murderously motivated by blood. What's notable about her is that most killers with vampiric appetites are male, while Erzebet was female. She was also one of the most bloodthirsty "vampire killers" in history.
2007-07-06 19:36
M · The Vampyre: His Kith and Kin

Vampire Killers

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word vampire as "the reanimated body of a dead person believed to come from the grave at night and suck the blood of persons asleep." Since the word was first coined in 1734 the myth of the vampire has grown, entering into popular culture with the publication of Bram Stoker's Dracula in 1897 and more recently through the books of Anne Rice, the most famous of which, Interview with a Vampire, was made into a film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.
2007-07-06 19:27
M · The Vampyre: His Kith and Kin

Why does Bollywood's "Dracula" have no bite?

Bollywood might have played its part in petrifying the audience with a fair share of horror flicks, but one character that still manages to evoke bloodcurdling screams is Dracula. Bram Stoker's exceptional vampire may have completed 110 years of its reign of terror, but the vicious Count still continues to inspire filmmakers in Hollywood as well as India. While Bela Lugosi's potryal of this frightful visage had been a runaway hit, the Indian parallels haven't been popular. So why has the desi Dracula failed to blaze similar trails of terror?
2007-07-05 20:57
K · Dracula · On the Page, Stage and Screen

Monsters in the movies

Ron Chaney's hillside home near Palm Springs doesn't look much like a haunted house, but he always looks forward to getting it ready for Halloween. Chaney is, after all, a descendent of monsters.
2007-06-25 16:50
K · On the Page, Stage and Screen

Interview with Raven Starr

Emerging author, Raven Starr has been writing since she was 15 years old. In 2007, some of her poems are featured in When Times Moves On (Anchor Books), a new poetry anthology. She is also publishing her first novella, The Vampire's Embrace ( and a short e-book, Fantasy (Red Rose Publishing).
2007-06-19 04:54
T · On the Page, Stage and Screen

Vampire - Myth Legend Reality

Vampires and vampire legend play significant roles in the cultures of many areas around the world. These blood-sucking beings are most common in the cultures of Eastern Europe, although similar manifestations are reported in some Asian cultures as well as some ancient cultures.
2007-06-09 07:39
K · The Vampyre: His Kith and Kin

Vampires: a primer

The vampires that appear in modern film and literature are moreso distant cousins of the original vampires of eastern and central Europe than close relatives. Todays’ vampires, for the most part, are desirable creatures; although still evil in some respects, many are upper-class, refined individuals with both a conscience and a definable sensuality about them.
2007-05-27 10:26
K · The Vampyre: His Kith and Kin

Prince Dracula

The following text is a translation of one of the oldest surviving versions of the story of Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia -- known to his friends as Vlad the Impaler, or Prince Dracole. It was printed in Nuremburg in 1488.
2007-05-27 09:33
T · The Vampyre: His Kith and Kin · Vlad Tepes

Vampire Evolution

The modern idea of the vampire is open to many different possibilities. What defines a vampire? And where did these traits come from?
2007-05-27 09:21
K · From Fear to Fascination

Fanged Films

Mexico / Argentina, 1962

Spain, 1965
Demon Planet / Planet of Blood / Planet of the Vampires / Space Mutants / Terror en el Espacio / Terror in Space / The Haunted Planet / The Haunted World / The Outlawed Planet / The Planet of Terror / The Planet of the Damned / Planet der Vampire

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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