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 …

IFPVampire Thursdays: 10 Teenage Vampires

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 …

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

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 …

IFPVampire Thursdays: Bloody Funny: Vampires and Comedy

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 …

IFPTV Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 9/6/10

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 …

IFPFound on the Net: Lovecraft, Dreams and Religion

Supernatural Fridays: Who Are Sam and Dean in the Supernatural Mythology, Redux

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers up through season five and some speculative spoilers for season six]

A New Mythology

The first five seasons of CW show Supernatural followed a season-specific pattern (Finding Dad, Saving Dean), an overall pattern (largely focused on Sam Winchester, with some switchover to his brother Dean in seasons four and five), and character-or-monster-specific arcs (like the ongoing feud between Dean and shapeshifters). The season-specific patterns were about equally shared between the two brothers. The show’s uberplot …

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Vampire Thursdays: Dracula Lives! and Other Comic Book Tales of Vampire Terror

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This article is part of Vampire Thursdays, a series on vampires running this September to celebrate the return of The Vampire Diaries to our regular review slot and…well…to just plain celebrate vampires.

I was at the bookstore the other day and I bumped into some issues of Dracula Lives!, a comic book series that ran in the 1970s for 13 issues. In 2004, Marvel released a four-issue miniseries called “Stoker’s Dracula“, drawn and written …

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Found on the Net: Don Kenn Gallery

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Don Kenn is a Danish director and writer of childrens’ shows who in his spare time, draws monsters on post-it notes. His numerous creations can be found at his online gallery and there are even creatures that look very Lovecraftian, with tentacles aplenty, including this Cthulhu rising from the water or these tentacles snapping a boat. Bizarre tree-monsters, a group of vampires (?), and voyeuristics ghosts complete the ensemble. It’s all lovely and creepy.
But …

IFPFound on the Net: Don Kenn Gallery

Summer of Unknown Writers: Daphne du Maurier

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

We continue our Summer of Unknown Writers series. Today, we talk about Daphne du Maurier, master of suspense.

I picked Daphne du Maurier for Summer of Unknown Writers because just a few weeks ago, I had hardly read anything by this English author. It seems most people know du Maurier because they have either watched one of the movie adaptations of her stories or read Rebecca, her most famous book. Most of the people in my …

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10 Mean and Scary Plants

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Animal attack movies kind of make sense (nature versus civilization, beasts versus man). Killer plant movies make less sense to me. I’ve never been terrified of my broccoli, though I do think there was a carnivorous-looking tree that used to eye me suspiciously.

The fear of killer plants probably stems from the discovery of some of the more bizarre species around, such as the Venus Flytrap, or exotic flora in distant locations such as the Amazon. Indeed, …

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