Column: Retronomicon: The Price of Loyalty: Dracula 1.04: From Darkness To Light


By J. Keith Haney


Recap: We start off with a recap that encompasses Daniel’s suicide, Grayson’s demonstration, the reincarnation angle with Mina and Grayson, Grayson’s continuing frustration with the lack of a solar vaccine, Mina proposing to Jonathan, Lucy’s torch that she’s carrying for Mina, Lady Jane’s nasty vampire-hunting habits, and the death of the Seers. Whew! That’s more action than some series get on thirty episodes, let alone three.

With that out of the way, we open on the …

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Column: Retronomicon: Lonely Hearts: Dracula 1.03: Goblin Merchant Men


Recap: We start off with a quick recap of the previous episode. Thankfully, we only get the relevant details, such as Jonathan’s offer, the introduction of the Seers, Lord Laurent’s being made a party of blackmail, Lady Jane’s determination to track down the vampire in London, and Grayson’s reluctance to do more than what he’s doing with Mina.

We then open onto the episode proper with a view of a magnificent dogwood tree in a courtyard, being watered by the …

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Column: Writing the Mythos: EAP-HPL-PKD – Shades of the Gothic

By G.W. Thomas

The word ‘Gothic’ has many definitions, all conflicting. First, it means the Germanic people who, amongst other tribes, sacked Rome in 410 AD. Because of this, it can mean anyone barbaric and uncouth. ‘Gothic’ is also a style of non-Grecian architecture popular in medieval times. During the 18th century, it came to mean, politically, “Englishness.” Lastly, it can be used to describe a branch of fiction popularized in 1764 by Horace Walpole when he wrote The Castle

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Column: Comics Over Innsmouth: Dracula World Order

By Lyndsey Holder

Brill, Ian. Dracula World Order: The Beginning. May 2012.

I’ll say one thing for vampires: They’re certainly a busy bunch. They populate every possible fictional avenue, worming their way into urban legends for good measure. There’s hardly a space real or imaginary that has never had a fang in it at one point or another. Their abilities, traits and physical characteristics are as varied as the backgrounds from which they come – vampires evolve as quickly …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: House of Dracula (1945)

By Orrin Grey

House of Dracula (1945). Director: Erle C. Kenton. Cast: Onslow Stevens, Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine.

Welcome back to The Vault of Secrets, where, every other week, we’ll be unearthing a classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight, we’re going to be taking a look at House of Dracula, the immediate sequel to our last film, House of Frankenstein. This one’s also directed by Erle C. Kenton and stars the usual suspects, …

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Review: Dragon’s Ark

By J. Keith Haney

Burchfield, Thomas. Dragon’s Ark. Ambler House Publishing, March 2011. 402 pp. USD $11.70. ISBN 978-0-615-38547-1.

While Bram Stoker’s mother accurately predicted that Dracula would be her son’s crowning achievement, I wonder if even she would have been startled by the number of pieces inspired by it. From the German Expressionist classic Nosferatu to the schlocky Dracula 2000, from Kim Newman’s alternative history Anno Dracula to Loren D. Estleman’s daring reframing of the original novel, …

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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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Mirror, Mirror: Monsters and Appearances

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

When you read a novel and watch its corresponding movie adaptation, there is often a disconnect. You have pictured the characters in your head and suddenly, they have acquired a physical body. Sometimes, that physical body may be very different from the literary original. How different? Check some of the classic characters of horror literature, and the way they have been portrayed in movies.

Carmilla

Carmilla is a hottie, both on the written page and on the …

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Hot Messes: Horror Films That Weren’t Quite Great

By Paula R. Stiles

It’s so easy to make MSTK-style fun of truly bad horror (like The Giant Gila Monster), or even mediocre stuff. Far more frustrating are those films that had some beguiling charms, but ultimately, just couldn’t quite hold it together. And no, I don’t mean genuinely-good films, like Targets, that have simply been forgotten, but those films that contain what Stephen King calls in his classic study of the genre, Danse Macabre, “gold nuggets”

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Sometimes Love Sucks

By Amanda Spedding

Innsmouth, MA – Rumours from the set of hot new TV show, Heir of Dracula, are ripe with speculation of a love triangle between the two leads, Sebastian Predeaux and Kristy Ryder, and cameraman Darrell Lehane.

Tension between Predeaux and Ryder has been evident on set, with crewmembers witnessing arguments between the two, who share a fiery sex scene in the Pilot.

A source from the set has told how Predeaux is said to be furious at …

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