Favorite Dracula

September 11, 2009 at 1:54 am (Guests, Sites, or Books, I Recommend) (, , , )

Frank Langella as Dracula

Frank Langella as Dracula

My favorite Dracula movie is the Frank Langella version. I found he played an absolutely dreamy, sexy, seductive Dracula, far beyond the other Draculas. This is the Dracula for women, romantic rather than horror. Every woman desires to be Lucy, who Dracula seems to covet, perhaps actually love, rather than Mina who is just vamp food. Dracula seduces Lucy gently and lovingly, so that you ending up hoping that this time that things will be different and there will be a happy ever after.

But that seems almost a sin, a corruption of the original book, but I can’t name another vampire novel that is truly faithful to the book.

Released in 1979, director, John Badham, Cast included Frank Langella as Dracula, Kate Nelligan as Lucy, Laurence Olivier as Van Helsing.

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The Breed

September 4, 2009 at 1:06 am (Guests, Sites, or Books, I Recommend) ()

One of my favorite TV shows was Highlander starring Adrian Paul, so when a vampire movie starring him came out, I had to watch it.

The Breed is a very different vampire movie. It reminded me of the first movie of Alien Nation where two cops of different races are thrown together, distrusting each other at the onset, they learn to co-operate and come to respect each other. In this world, supposedly the future, but quite a strange future, that is almost Nazi or maybe behind the Iron Curtain, with WWII clothes, cars, propaganda blaring, vampires have come out of the closet. Now a vampire killer threatens to ignite the world in fear and paranoia. Two cops must track down the killer before chaos can erupt.

Adrian Paul makes for a dark, brooding, overly controlled, complex vampire, an ex-Jew whose family was killed by the Nazis. He plays the role well, if a little too dead.The other vampires are more interesting, more dark and sinister. And the humans almost stereotypical stupid and afraid.

It is a story of fear and prejudice, Jews, Negroes, with an unrealistically happy ending. But I did enjoy it very much, as much for its differences, for it is certainly different from the normal vampire fare.

THE BREED

Release Date: 2001
Cast: Adrian Paul, Bai Ling, Bokeem Woodbine, Zen Gesner
Director: Michael Oblowitz

First reviewed by Linda Suzane, April 11, 2002 http://www.midnightblood.com

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Vampire Movies

August 28, 2009 at 1:43 am (Guests, Sites, or Books, Uncategorized, Vampire Blogs and Webs) ()

Here are the trailers for 26 vampire movies. But they didn’t include some of my favorites, so I won’t call it the Top Vampire movies.

http://www.hecklerspray.com/top-26-vampire-movies/200936614.php

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Space Vampires

July 10, 2009 at 1:35 am (Guests, Sites, or Books, Vampire Blogs and Webs) ()

Here is an interesting review of Space Vampires in movies, comics, and books. Look at strange creatures from the future or outerspace.

http://io9.com/5305796/vampires-+-in-space-or-the-future-or-both

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Halfway to Halloween

July 3, 2009 at 1:40 am (Darkhour Vampires, Guests, Sites, or Books, I Recommend) (, )

Want to read a new Prane Emerson story? I was a guest blogger at  Belinda McBride’s Wyld by Nature Halfway to Halloween Party.

http://belindam.blogspot.com/2009/05/mother-by-linda-suzane.html

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Urban Fantasy Book Covers

June 19, 2009 at 1:49 am (Guests, Sites, or Books, Vampire Blogs and Webs) ()

Urban Fantasy has become its own sub genre, easily recognizable by the cover of the book. Perhaps too easily recognized.

I discovered a new blog, Stomping on Yeti The tagline says They don’t deserve it, but that doesn’t make it any less fun. Ah, someone with a sense of humor.

He was blogging about why he refused to buy Daniel Abraham’s latest book because of the cover and the sameness of Urban Fantasy covers.

He also had a video, which I have managed to get working here as well. It is a real eye opening experience.

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Some Fun

June 12, 2009 at 1:54 am (Guests, Sites, or Books, Vampire Blogs and Webs)

I spent some time on Google looking at vampire sites for something interesting to share here today. I added to the links list under Handy Resources a bunch of links to sites with lots of information about vampires.

But interesting and different sites, there weren’t very many.

The first was a video, actually it is a 9 hour movie, INTERVIEW WITH AN EX-VAMPIRE. http://www.exvampire.com/ – A real live vampire. Maybe.

Then I cam across a serious article exploring vampires and vampirism, especially as it relates to energy. Again real live vampires. I found the article interesting. http://www.earthspirit.com/fireheart/fhvampire.html

Just for fun, check out the Vampire Name Generator http://www.emmadavies.net/vampire/

But DO NOT take the test to find out if you are a vampire or which Twilight Vampire you are at www.dumbspot.com They keep bleeding you for personal information and commitments to buy stuff.

Finally I found Cracked.com and their discussion of The Evolution of Vampires in Popular Culture. Funny and insightful, worth scanning.http://www.cracked.com/funny-69-vampires/

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“I don’t like vampires,” she said. Part 2

June 12, 2009 at 1:17 am (Guests, Guests, Sites, or Books) (, , , )

Patricia Stoltey

Patricia Stoltey

Linda Suzane

Linda Suzane

Patricia Stoltey made a comment that she didn’t like vampires or werewolves, and I said I’d be interesting in finding out why. So though neither one of us had done much chatting, we managed to connect. This turned out to be a long chat, so I broke it into two parts. Continued from June 5, 2009.


—– Our chat on Mon, 6/1/09 4:35 PM —–

Linda: So why don’t you like vampires?

Patricia Stoltey: This one is a lot more complicated. The earlier vampire movies weren’t all that scary to me. The old stars, by the time I saw them, were just silly. I think when I really started getting freaked out was when I read “Interview With a Vampire.” After reading that one, I couldn’t even try “The Vampire Lestat” for several years. After that, I quit until I decided to read Lynda’s book because I wanted to make her interview better. Vampires are a tangled mess of erotica and death and the sad thought of living
forever when everyone else dies around you, etc. etc.

Linda: I’m trying to remember “Interview,” I tried reading it, but never really got into it, finally finished it, but I didn’t think it was such a great book.

Patricia Stoltey: There’s something troubling to me about the popularity of vampire lovers…I sure wouldn’t want one of those guys showing up at my door, no matter how sexy looking he was.

Linda: I’ve done a lot of thinking about why I do like vampires. I think it is about having power, not living a long time. My short story was about a mother of 2 typical teenagers who also happened to be a vampire, an identity she kept secret. I wrote it when my daughter was a teenager. I felt weak and powerless in the face of a rebellious teenage daughter and the thought of have a cool secret identity and being powerful was a strong draw.

Patricia Stoltey: Ah, power. That’s interesting. I think, however, I’d choose to be a secret Wonder Woman (laughing). Don’t like the taste of blood all that much.

Linda: Vampires are for a lot of people about giving into our fantasies, yes, even erotica, being seduced, powerless, giving into pleasure, and yet the creature himself is the ultimate victim, he succumbs every dawn.

Patricia Stoltey: And wouldn’t vampire power be more like the power obtained by selling one’s soul to the devil? Which also makes a great story, but once done (according to literature) the deed can rarely be undone.

Linda: My vampires are typical, sell your soul to the devil. They are actually an infection, a blood disease, which 5% of the population can catch.

Patricia Stoltey: Sure hope I don’t get it.

Linda: Oh, you have to be bitten, actually exchange blood 3 times. But you probably wouldn’t know it, they have the ability to wipe your memory, or use the fact that you don’t believe in vampires to convince you that it didn’t happen.

Patricia Stoltey: But wouldn’t I then start craving blood and eyeing my friends’ necks?

Patricia Stoltey: I have a lot of trouble with putting vampires into YA lit.

Linda: For YA, they are the ultimate outsider, which is what most YA literature is about, dealing with feelings of being the outsider.

Patricia Stoltey: I can see the outsider thing. That makes sense.

Linda: Yep, that’s why YA vampire literature was popular even before Twilight. There are some really good books, like Amelia Atwater- Rhodes series Den of Shadows series or Annette Curtis Klause’s Blood & Chocolate just to mention a couple.

Patricia Stoltey: I didn’t know that. I thought the Twilight series brought the idea to the youngsters.

Linda: Nope, Vampires aren’t new to YA literature. Twilight is just the latest, and possible not even the best.

Patricia Stoltey: It’s doubtful I’ll ever become a fan of vampires, but, as far as werewolves go, I have to admit I’m a fan of Native American mysteries involving shape shifters. And werewolves are a form of shapeshifter.

Linda: I agree. I probably won’t write about werewolves, but I enjoy reading the new Urban Fantasies, such as Patricia Briggs’s about a coyote shapeshifter from Kennewick Washington, Carrie Vaughn’s series about a D.J. who happens to be a werewolf.

Patricia Stoltey: Great. I can’t believe nearly half an hour has gone by so fast.

Linda: I know you’ve got to go fix dinner. Thanks for sharing with me.

Patricia Stoltey: This was great fun. Yes, must go fix food for husband. SO he doesn’t turn into a werewolf or something. So Bye.

Patricia Stoltey is a mystery writer. Her latest THE DESERT HEDGE MURDERS will be available in August 2009 from Five Star. It is the second in the Sylvia and Willie mystery series. The first is THE PRAIRIE GRASS MURDERS. We are members of an online class, Blog Book Tours.

You can find Patricia at
http://www.patriciastoltey.com/index.html
http://patriciastoltey.blogspot.com/


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“I don’t like vampires,” she said.

June 5, 2009 at 1:19 am (Guests, Guests, Sites, or Books) (, , , )

Patricia Stoltey

Patricia Stoltey

Linda Suzane

Linda Suzane

Patricia Stoltey made a comment that she didn’t like vampires or werewolves, and I said I’d be interesting in finding out why. So though neither one of us had done much chatting, we managed to connect. This turned out to be a long chat, so I broke it into two parts. Second part, next week, June 12, 2009.

—– Our chat on Mon, 6/1/09 4:35 PM —–

Linda: Patricia are you there?

Patricia Stoltey: Well, amazing. Yes, I’m here. This is the first time I’ve used this little thingie.

Linda: So what do we want to chat about?

Patricia Stoltey: I want to tell you why I don’t love vampires and werewolves, which should never reflect on the authors.

Linda: I’ve had several people read my book and say basically the same thing. They don’t usually like vampires or werewolves, but they liked my book.

Patricia Stoltey: I felt the same way about Lynda Hilburn’s “The Vampire Shrink” – – well written, good story line…but oh so creepy. Lynda herself is a delightful person.

Linda: So the big question is why don’t you like vampires and werewolves?

Patricia Stoltey: Werewolves first – – when I was a kid, I stayed at a friend’s house and looked through their collection of National Geographics. An article on werewolves caught my attention, I read too much and the pictures were graphic. Nightmares that night!

Linda: That would do it.

Patricia Stoltey: Kids are so susceptible to frightening images, and sometimes they stay with us forever.

Linda: Yep, I had one from a science fiction movie that haunted me for years, every time I saw a round storage tank I would get really scared.

Patricia Stoltey: So you have this fear of round storage tanks today?

Linda: The guy came down the stairs dripping from green goo (even though it was a black and white movie I saw it green) I ran in terror. I was only 10 and it haunted me until I was 17 or 18 and finally saw the movie and realized just how hokey a movie it was.

Patricia Stoltey: I don’t watch many scary monster movies of any kind. My dad took us to double features at the drive in so I was terrorized by The Thing and The Creature from the Black Lagoon types of flics

Linda: So no werewolf movies?

Patricia Stoltey: Never! I get scared even looking at previews for that Jack Nicholson movie.

Linda: Yep! I’m not into scary movies, although 75% of vampire movies I don’t classify as scary. Have you seen “Twilight?”

Patricia Stoltey: Now that’s where we differ. Even the thought of vampires gives me the creeps. Haven’t seen “Twilight,” and probably won’t.

Linda: So you were scared by werewolves, why not like vampires?

Coming next week, June 12, 2009, why she doesn’t like vampires.

Patricia Stoltey is a mystery writer. Her latest THE DESERT HEDGE MURDERS will be available in August 2009 from Five Star. It is the second in the Sylvia and Willie mystery series. The first is THE PRAIRIE GRASS MURDERS. We are members of an online class, Blog Book Tours.

You can find Patricia at
http://www.patriciastoltey.com/index.html
http://patriciastoltey.blogspot.com/

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Darkhour Vampires Schedule

May 31, 2009 at 1:45 am (Darkhour Vampires, Guests, Sites, or Books, Vampires around the World, Writing Journal)

Monday: Visiting Darkhour
Explore the world of Darkhour Vampires
Wednesday:
Vampires Around the World
Currently Classical Vampire Literature
Friday: Guests, Sites, or Books
Visiting special guests, interesting sites, or intriguing books
Sunday: Journal

Art of Blogging has been moved to Journey to Best Seller List Also visit my other blogs On Wings of Murder and Midnightblood Reviews.

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