Articles & Research

Vampires are author's lifeblood

Ever dream of seeing your name - or a friend's - immortalized in a published book? Brighton Township author Colleen Gleason might be able to help you achieve your dream. She is giving away the chance to name or be a walk-on character in her forthcoming book, "When Twilight Burns."
2007-09-16 15:50
K · On the Page, Stage and Screen

Like Water for Blood

Today I was reflecting on what I learned in the 8th grade. The science and energy teacher told us he had something written on the board behind the screen that would change our lives forever. He told us that this one statement 5 words long would touch just about everything in our lives. He asked if we were ready-stepped aside and raised the screen. On the board it read :
2007-09-05 22:46
M · The Vampyre: His Kith and Kin

Monsters from the subconscious

As a Horror writer I've been often and pointedly been asked why I write this stuff. It's not ever said directly, but it's always there: Is there something wrong with you? In my own defense, quite a few people enjoy reading this same stuff and even more get a thrill out of watching it on the big screen. Just to hazard a guess, I'd say most people have in their life read a horror book or seen a horror movie. The question then becomes: What's wrong with us?
2007-09-03 13:18
T · On the Page, Stage and Screen

The evolution of the horror genre

The literary genre known as horror has gone through some changes as of late and, for those among you who cling to the old traditions, these changes do not bode well. However, before going into that topic, it is best to first offer a brief explanation of what the horror genre is about.
2007-09-03 13:06
K · On the Page, Stage and Screen

Bitten by a vampire

Most writers can remember the moment they started to compose their first story. For some, it started with an exercise book on the train. Others penned their first words in front of a blank computer screen. Successful children’s author Ann Jungman’s first attempt at literary creativity was slightly more public -- it happened in front of a class of unruly primary school children.
2007-09-03 12:36
K · On the Page, Stage and Screen

The man giving your children nightmares

Just occasionally, when one has wandered into a certain section of Waterstone's, one wonders what it must be like to be the sort of author who writes about hellish demons, throat-gouging werewolves, maggots emerging from corpses' nostrils and vampire bloodbaths. Darren O'Shaughnessy could tell you all about it.
2007-09-03 12:27
K · On the Page, Stage and Screen

Lust for life

Somewhere inside the adult female reader lurks a 12-year-old girl breathless at the idea of romance and mystified by the rules of sexual engagement, the one who (in my case) stayed up three nights straight devouring "Gone With the Wind." Although Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series of vampire romance novels is aimed at young adultsages 12 and up, I'm certain there are a lot of older women reading them too.
2007-09-03 11:15
T · On the Page, Stage and Screen

Vampire books stake claim to teens

"Eclipse" is at the top of the hardcover best-seller lists. Teenage girls nearly got into fistfights over advance copies of Stephenie Meyer's last vampire love story, "New Moon," after they arrived at the Carnegie Library in 2006.
2007-09-03 11:05
K · On the Page, Stage and Screen

A castle fit for Dracula

Bran Castle, which cleaves to a steep cliff that towers above a medieval village in Romania, is up for sale for a bloodcurdling $85 million. Why? Castles don't normally fetch such top dollars these days, but a curious modern mythology has turned this property into a Dracula draw.
2007-07-22 08:01
K · Bram Stoker · Dracula · The Vampyre: His Kith and Kin · Vlad Tepes

Who's Who in the Vampyre World

A compilation of actor, writer and director biographies of those involved in vamp books and movies. Continually upadated and expanded.
2007-07-14 17:02
K · On the Page, Stage and Screen

Fanged Films

USA, 1992
Bram Stoker's Dracula
France, 1962

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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