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Vampire flicks morph through the years

From its centuries-old genesis in European folk tales, the lore of the vampire has always been in flux. Much like the creatures that morph from wolf to bat to human form, vampire mythology continually reinvents itself -- a process amplified for modernity with the publication of Bram Stoker's hugely influential 1897 novel, "Dracula."
2007-10-17 12:05
K · On the Page, Stage and Screen

The Vampire in History

They swept across the Bosphorus and into Eastern Europe with a vengeance, conquering the squabbling Slavs with ease. With them, they brought their middle eastern civilization, and some of their beliefs, but mostly they brought suffering. Suffering in the form of syphilis, leprosy, smallpox, tuberculosis... and God Himself seemed to turn against them, sending flood, earthquakes, and plague.
2007-10-12 11:01
K · The Vampyre: His Kith and Kin

Fans of Buffy keep the fire burning

No one ever would have guessed when Buffy Summers first stabbed her way into American pop culture with the film version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that the young, blonde "Valley girl" cheerleader-cum-assassin of the undead would still be saving the world today--15 years after "dusting" her first demon.
2007-10-05 23:43
K · Buffy · On the Page, Stage and Screen

Why do women love vampires?

"He met my eyes with his penetrating gaze. Suddenly, it was hard to breathe. The temperature in the room spiked into the tropical range. My heart pounded in my chest like a ritual drum, and my knees threatened to buckle. I'd never seen such a gorgeous male. My logical mind engaged in a futile attempt to regain my attention...
2007-10-05 23:27
K · From Fear to Fascination

I vant to drink my -- er, your blood

In the process of writing his latest book, "The Dead Travel Fast: Stalking Dracula From Nosferatu to Count Chocula," Eric Nuzum needed to do some research. So he ... well, let's let him tell it:
2007-10-05 23:16
K · On the Page, Stage and Screen

Why vampires have fangs

You're cover-shopping at the bookstore. If you're lucky there's a horror section: otherwise, you may be in sci-fi, fantasy, romance, or that wondrous catchall, "novels." You want to find vampire books, of course. Other than the word "vampire" in the title, what will tip you off? You look at the cover paintings.
2007-10-05 22:50
K · On the Page, Stage and Screen

Meyer writes stories about humans, vampires, werewolves

Many have probably heard about the book called Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, which was released in October 2005. It's the story of an average teenage girl who moves to the cloudiest peninsula in the United States -- the Olympic Peninsula. Isabella Swan, aka Bella, moves to the small town of Forks, Wash., to live with her father after her mother gets married to an amateur baseball player. She hates living in Forks, until she meets a strikingly gorgeous teenager in her biology class.
2007-09-30 13:31
K · On the Page, Stage and Screen

Burial Matters

How can you protect your friends and family from vampirism? What steps can you take to ensure that when their corpse goes in the ground, it stays there? Here are a few ideas, gathered from folk mythology, that have helped in the past.
2007-09-29 09:56
K · The Vampyre: His Kith and Kin

The Thing to Fear is Fear Itself

Hammer brought screen chills to cinema audiences from the 1950s, and many films were made at various studios in Borehamwood. They made stars of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. However, 25 years before Hammer were splashing around Technicolor blood, another company dominated horror films in Hollywood - Universal.
2007-09-29 09:45
K · On the Page, Stage and Screen

Budapest travel guide

"Budapest seems a wonderful place... The impression I had was that we were leaving the West and entering the East." So begins Bram Stoker's Dracula, written in a time when the city was seen as Europe's final frontier. Today, Budapest is rather more familiar (it joined the EU in 2004) - although it has lost none of its original appeal.
2007-09-23 16:02
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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