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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Found on the Net: Yog-Sothoth! Now With Music!

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Ever wondered what song you should be listening to, but didn’t have time to wade through the record store? Then you should visit From This Swamp, a blog dedicated to Lovecraftian and dystopian music. The blog is exactly what it sounds like: it provides brief comments on music of the Lovecraftian kind.

Or, to put it their way: “It shall be duly noted that all sounds contained within, whether sublime or most horrible, remain solely for …

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Supernatural Fridays: Terror Australis: A Supernatural Walkabout

By Amanda Spedding

For those of us not living in the U.S. (or Canada), it’s been a darkly fascinating drive along the backroads of American folklore and urban legend. Set to a kickass soundtrack, Supernatural has introduced us to wendigos, Henry Lee Lucas and the Roanoke Colony (“Croatoan” – S2, Ep. 8). But what of the rest of the world?

It doesn’t matter from where you hail; urban legends, myth and folklore crouch deep in the shadows of every culture. …

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Vampire Thursdays: Bloody Funny: Vampires and Comedy


By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Welcome to another Vampire Thursday, as we explore the world of the undead this September.

Everything that was scary will eventually be funny. One need look no further than zombie movies to see that parody and humour eventually seep into horror. Vampires, by the virtue of being one of the oldest monsters to make it into cinemas, have a long history of being funny.

Early examples of vampires and humour come courtesy of the Abott and Costello …

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TV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 9/6/10

This entry is part 13 of 27 in the series Spoilers 2010

We had no spoilers column last week because Paula, who usually edits them, was out of town. This week, we continue with spoilers from V, The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural:

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

V has started shooting around Vancouver, including near the Art Gallery, which passes as everything in this city when it comes to TV and film crews. Pictures from …

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Found on the Net: Lovecraft, Dreams and Religion

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Old Ones as a religious movement? A recent article by Dennis P. Quinn discusses how Lovecraft, an atheist, has become a source for religious inspiration. Quinn goes on to talk about the “enigmatic Chaos Magician Frater Tenebrous, active since the late ’80s, wrote Cults of Cthulhu, which is a manual of magick that invokes Lovecraftian deities to do the magician’s bidding,” and explains why Lovecraft’s stories may be a deep well of inspiration for the …

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