Vampire Thursdays: Vampiric Origins

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The vampire we know today, the variety that most commonly inhabits our cinemas, is a creature of disease. A metaphor for STDs, or infection in general, it transmits its condition via direct blood contact. Sometimes, there is even a scientific explanation for the vampires, such as in Daybreakers (a bat creates a pandemic). Most cinematic vampires, whether supernatural or closer to natural, belong in this category. A few examples exist of vampires who are born vampires (…

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Vampire Thursdays: Guest Article: On the Electronic Backlist

By Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Today we have a guest article from author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, well-known for her historical vampire series about the Count Saint-Germain. E-Reads has recently released two of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s novels in  both electronic format and print-on-demand trade paperback editions. The books, The Palace (the second novel featuring the Count Saint-Germain) and To The High Redoubt (an epic fantasy) are the first two Yarbro titles E-Reads will be featuring. Later this year, Hotel Transylvania (first …

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TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 9/28/10

This entry is part 16 of 27 in the series Spoilers 2010

This week, we continue with spoilers from V, The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural:

V (Tuesday nights, 10pm, ABC)
By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

More cast members joining V! Jay Karnes has signed up for a recurring role as the new partner of agent Erica Evans. The two trained at Quantico, so they have something of a history.

Could this be Erica’s baby’s daddy? Some might bet yes, …

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Found on the Net: Cthulhu Uses Old Spice

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

One of our Innsmouth reviewers, Lydnsey Holder, pointed us to a video of Cthulhu using Old Spice making the rounds on YouTube. The video parodies the popular Old Spice commercials featuring a handsome young fellow (with a horse!) urging ladies to purchase Old Spice for the men in their lives. In this case, Cthulhu urges women to purchase Old Spice because then their god can smell like him. Which, we assume, means smelling like squid.

You’ll notice …

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Supernatural Fridays: Supernatural: Darkness in New Zealand

By Amanda Spedding

Kia ora koutou. (Hello everyone.)

This week, the Winchesters are touring the beautiful islands of Aotearoa (Land of the Long White Cloud). Comprised of the North and South Islands, science explains New Zealand was formed by the shifting of tectonic plates, but in a country steeped in lore and ceremony, the traditional landowners, the “Maori”, assure us it was the great fisherman, Maui, who pulled the land from the sea (more about him soon).

Maori mythology …

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Vampire Thursdays: Not Your Daddy’s Greek Gods: An Overview of the Dark-Hunter series

By R.C. Murphy

If it has fangs, then obviously, it’s a regular ol’ vampire, another Nosferatu knockoff taking advantage of people with a lust for the dark.

Let’s not be so hasty to judge a creature by its hardware.

Throughout the history of the vampire myth, there have been countless versions of the bloodsuckers. One variety talks with a funny, pseudo-Romanian accent and transforms into bats. Others band together to form a theatre troupe so as to confuse and entertain …

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Vampire Thursdays: Dracula: The Book Covers

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

When you are as famous as Dracula, you are bound to get the cover treatment more than one time. Make that a bunch of times. Today, I’m discussing some of the best covers featuring the Count which I’ve been able to find.

Now, most covers of Dracula have suffered from Bela Lugosi Syndrome for many decades. By that, I mean the vampire on the cover would invariably look like the Universal vampire, or perhaps a variation of …

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Supernatural Fridays: Role-Playing Games and Talk Like a Pirate Day!

By Paula R. Stiles

Arrr, matey! International Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19) is just around the corner!

Okay, so what does that have to do with Supernatural Fridays, aside from the fact that both Sam and Dean sound about that coherent when they’re drunk? Well, as you all may know, already, there’s a Supernatural RPG, as well as some companion books (Supernatural Adventures and Guide to the Hunted) and a free intro game, The Hunt

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Supernatural Fridays: Japan: a Guide to Horrors

By Harry Markov

With Supernatural: The Animation series to air in 2011, it would be a shame not to honor the mother of all things anime and freakish, the land of the Rising Sun, of geisha and those cherry blossom trees. While considerably alien, outlandish and even psychotic compared to what the Western world sees as horrifying, Japanese lore is one of the richest, oldest and documented to the fullest in the world. According to the Shinto religion, there are …

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Vampire Thursdays: The Endangered Vampire: Returning to the Roots of the Myth

by Stewart Sternberg

Vampires should be put on horror’s endangered species list. Through overuse and domestication, the bloodsuckers seem to have lost a step. They’ve become an expression of teen angst, and the personification of power in a world where the young feel powerless. Today’s vampire stands with hands on hips, poised like some fashionista, hollowly proclaiming: “All women want to be with me, all men want to be me!”

How do we stop this abuse? How can we …

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Vampire Thursdays: 10 Teenage Vampires

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

We’ve organized Vampire Thursdays to celebrate all things vampire and to welcome back the Vampire Diaries, one of the series we regularly review. Thus, it seemed natural that we mention teenage vampires. Okay, now I know teenage vampires get a bad rap and personally, I don’t get what’s up with the whole Twilight thing, but I decided to make a list of 10 teenage vampires that tickle me the right way. It doesn’t mean I’d want …

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Column: Writing the Mythos: Sing a Song of Tentacles: Mythos Poetry

By G. W. Thomas

H. P. Lovecraft and his two closest Mythos-writing friends, Clark Ashton Smith and Robert E. Howard, all wrote poetry. It’s what people who were born around the turn of the century did. Remember that there weren’t any video games or TV mini-series in those days. People actually read poetry in books and magazines. So, it shouldn’t be any surprise that there is Mythos poetry. Descended from Edgar Allan Poe, HPL’s greatest model, Mythos poetry is dark, …

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