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From Fear to Fascination

Examining our love/hate relationship with creatures of the night, including speculative work about what makes vampyres "tick."

Death and the Vampire

Fangs

The vampire has long been established as a powerful icon of our culture. Many are tempted to believe that the power and popularity of the fanged beast are simply explained by our collective love for danger.

Yes, the vampire is dangerous. There is no question that he (or she!) has taken his position among horror monsters that will survive the ages. However, few creatures inspire the kind of devotion you find in followers of the vampire. Few people are as fascinated with the mummy or Frankenstein's monster as they are with the creatures of the night.

Christianity and Vampirism

Priest (c) 2011 Screen Gems

The Old Testament warns against the drinking of blood: "But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat." (Genesis 9:4); "Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh." (Deuteronomy 12:23)

Are vampires really scary?

Nasty vampire from 30 Days of Night

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.

In the Blood: Why Do Vampires Still Thrill?

Vampire Power by Boris Vallejo

"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.

7 strange ways Humans act like Vampires

Twilight movie poster

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:

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.

Vampires Fanged and Defanged

The rise in the popularity of vampires causes one to categorize the type of vampires that we choose to watch. The first category is the fanged vampire. This is the vampire of the past that is a true monster. They have an animalistic need to satiate a hunger that goes beyond human control.

The Vampire's Influence on Teen Self Identification

As children grow into teenagers they begin a search for self identity. They seek acceptance from their peers while simultaneously seeking individualism from their family. For many teenagers this means learning lessons the same way that they have since birth, through pop culture and the media.

Why women love vampires by Anastasia Aboim

Sasha Badreeva tells me, “Vampires are not real, but they are like a dream come true”. They may not be to everyone’s taste, but Vampires have got women, and fans like Sasha, in a frenzy. Despite these damned creatures of the night feasting on the blood of humans, many mortal women find them irresistible.

Vampire 101: A history of the fanged one

VAMPIRE 101 DEFINITION OF A VAMPIRE A vampire is a reanimated, soulless, dead human who must drink the blood of others to remain "alive." VAMPIRES THEN AND NOW (DIFFERENCES)

Fanged Films

Russia, 2004
Night Watch
Germany, 2010
We Are the Night

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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