Vampire Doll

Review by Christopher Seaman
June 4, 2007

There is a certain romantic notion that has sprung up about vampires in recent years. Whether it is due to the early works of Anne Rice, a resurgence of interest in the classic Dracula story, a cross fertilization of Goth and Horror fandom, it is hard to say. However, it is certainly an area of storytelling that has gained many followers among the ranks of readers and writers. It seems we can infuse many of these stories with varied amounts of humor, too. Witness BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and various spoof movies that have come out in the last ten years, where jokes are sprinkled liberally as the blood spurts and spatters all over the place. And, so it seems, there is a place for the vampire story among teen audiences, too. VAMPIRE DOLL, by Erika Kari, is a cute, funny and very sanitized vampire story for younger teens published by Tokyopop. Populated with stock characters, it works nonetheless because of the way a reversal of fortune for many of the normally villainous types actually infuses the story with wit and some surprising sensitivity.

The vampire doll in question is Guilt-na-Zan. In a previous life Guilt-na was a fearsome vampire lord, hugely powerful and a thoroughly rotten character- or so it would seem. Sealed into a cross by Kyoeisai Yotobari in the late 19th century, he remained dormant until early in this century until his descendant, Kyoji, resurrects his spirit and casts it into the wax body of a beautiful doll he has made. Guilt-na-Zan, now a girl in Goth-loli clothes, is

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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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