Review: Anno Dracula

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Newman, Kim. (1992) Anno Dracula. New York: Simon and Schuster. 409pp. ISBN 0-380-72345-X

The joy of Anno Dracula, the first in a long-running alternate universe series in which Dracula defeated Van Helsing and rules over England, is in its use of fictional and real characters to populate Queen Victoria’s London. Dr. Jekyll (sans Mr. Hyde), Count Ruthven (from Polidori’s “The Vampire”), Count Orlock (from Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens), Carmilla, Lulu Schon (the temptress …

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Review: The Dead Travel Fast

By Paula R. Stiles

Nuzum, Eric. The Dead Travel Fast: Stalking Vampires from Nosferatu to Count Chocula. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2007.

Maybe I should have known better than to expect much from a book that cost me two bucks at the dollar store. But I’ve had good luck with the discount rack in the past. I even picked up a well-known history of the 1905 San Francisco Earthquake for the same price along with this one. Unfortunately,

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Review: Vampire Hunter D

by Amy Harlib

This review originally appeared on

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (Urban Vision Entertainment 2000). Written and Directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. Based on a novel by Hideyuki Kikuchi (Asahi Sonorama). Music by Marco d’Ambrosio. Running time: 111 minutes. Rated R.

Inspired by the fluidity and the visual intricacy of the magisterial Hayao Miyazaki, , a Japanese anime feature (for adults as one might guess from the title) recently released in limited distribution in the USA and shown …

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Working Stiff: Vampire Professions

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Dracula made vampirism seem so easy: you buy a big castle, fill it with brides in flimsy nightgowns, turn into a bat once in a while. No bills to pay, no cards to punch. Who wouldn’t want to be immortal if the deal came with a title and a giant, gothic mansion?

An overwhelming of percentage of vampires are rich aristocrats: Le Fanu’s Carmilla, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s Saint-Germain, Polidori’s Lord Ruthven, Anne Rice’s Louis de Pointe du …

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Review: True Blood, Season Two

By Paula R. Stiles

Having sudden access to free HBO for three months this summer, I decided to find out what the brouhaha was all about and check out True Blood. Written by Alan Ball, creator of Six Feet Under, a series I could take or leave, it had been lauded up, down and sideways as smart and scary, groundbreaking and all that.

Well, it does pass the time for the most part; I’ll give it that. The …

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Interview: Vee and Red []

Today, we talk to Vee and Red, the admins of fan site

[Book spoilers can be found in this interview]

IFP: Tell us a little about What was the reason for founding it?

V&R: The reason for founding the site was simple: we love these books, and we wanted to be sure they had a presence on the internet that would not be eclipsed by the TV series. We knew there would be a million …

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Vampire Romance: from Carmilla to Twilight

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The vampire has died. We must mourn the death of the vampire. The vampire of old, the evil that crept in the dark has been supplanted by a horde of impostors, a cadre of sparkling vampires and bland monsters which stare at us from the covers of romance novels. People blame this modern, romantic vampire phenomenon on Twilight. Twilight, they say, is guilty of spawning a generation of sympathetic, sexy vampires with very little bite …

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New TV pilot to shoot in Innsmouth

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Only weeks after filming for Tentacles from the Sea 3-D wrapped, a new group of producers has descended onto our fair town of Innsmouth to scout locations. It seems part of the pilot for the new TV show Heir of Dracula could be shot at Innsmouth Central Cemetery and the Innsmouth Library.

The pilot will follow the adventures of Alucard, the half-vampire son of Count Dracula, and his quest to avenge the death of his fiancĂ©e at …

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Review: Bitten

by Paula. R. Stiles

Bitten (2008): Once Bitten Films, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Made-For-the-SyFy-Channel films generally suck out loud, but every so often, the network puts out something decent (hint: stick to the basic themes and stay far, far away from anything involving CGI/rubber blown-up monsters and/or set in Iraq). This low-budget, Canadian-indie vampire offering is something decent.

Ironically, Bitten (AKA Mordidos or Lady Is a Vamp) isn’t actually made for television. It’s a real, bona fide censored R-rated …

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10 Vampire Movies You Need to Watch

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Vampires. The perennial monsters of Filmland. They’ve been around for a while and they’ll probably stick with us for a long, long time. While teenage girls that head to see the Vampirus domesticus in Twilight might think the vampire is romantic and sexy, there have been plenty of filmmakers who have given us darker, funnier or more moving visions of this creature. The following list is a compilation of the lesser-known vampires, the ones who gave an …

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Review: Let the Right One In (novel)

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Lindqvist, John Ajvide. Let the Right One In. St. Martin’s Griffin; Mti edition, 2008. 218pp. US $15.95. ISBN: 978-0312355296

I must confess to a recent literary faux pas: I enjoyed the cinematic version of Let the Right One In better than the book. Not that the novel is poorly written, standing apart from most popular vampire novels through its gritty, sad narrative and the moving relationship between its teenaged leads.

The plot in both book …

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