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Vampires Aren't Scary Unless They're Mentally Ill

Vampires Aren't Scary Unless They're Mentally Ill | Vampires | Scoop.it

"They have to add an additional element of danger to get our attention. They have to be psychotic vampires..."

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The first part of this article is largely just a joke; the rest covers some nonsense about local town government, but the thing is, it brings into question really interesting questions: are vampires no longer scary? 


The answer is: Yes. We can all act like we'd love to be seduced by some emotionally stunted immortal, --but the end result is death, because logically, what are the odds that you are the one personal connection they've made in the hundred years or more that they've had to live? Unlikely. Everyone is afraid to die, and that is the most likely consequence of a pig making friends with a farmer: the food is rarely fallen for by the farmer. 

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Jo & Alaric: First Comes Love, Then Comes... 'The Vampire Diaries'

Jo & Alaric: First Comes Love, Then Comes... 'The Vampire Diaries' | Vampires | Scoop.it

"Jo and Alaric's wedding day has arrived in The Vampire Diaries 6x21 "I'll Wed You in the Golden Sunshine"!"

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Weddings bells are ringing as it's time for Alaric and Jo to take the leap and get hitched. We've seen working up to this point for a while and finally someone might be having something to be happy about, I'd be happy to if I finally had a break from all the drama in Mystic Falls...not to mention having someplace to eat other than the Mystic Grill which half the town seems to work at.


Hopefully this bodes well for Al and Jo and they find a happy resolution together and luckily this isn't True Blood or half that wedding would've died in a very bloody massacre so they're lucky. Then again, it isn't Game of Thrones either, where weddings never go very well at all. Okay, seriously, let's be happy for Jo and Alaric, --Alaric has been very unlucky in love. His first woman, Isobel, ran off to be a vampire one night, and then came back later causing all kinds of trouble. I suspect this marriage will .... well, I hope anyway, that this marriage... will go a lot better, and last a lot longer.

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Finally, A Vampire Satire That Doesn't Diss The Genre: 'The Sins of Dracula'

Finally, A Vampire Satire That Doesn't Diss The Genre: 'The Sins of Dracula' | Vampires | Scoop.it
Plenty of Sinful Satire In 'The Sins Of Dracula'
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A lot... a metric f*ckton even, of movies out there, make fun of recent vampire films, especially Twilight --but truth be told, they're really asking for it, --but most of these movies aren't actually making a point of pointing a finger at anything other than the vampire horror genre. That's why The Sins of Dracula is so refreshing. It's a vampire satire film that actually pokes fun at the Christian scare flicks, --you know, like Reefer Madness, --where they try to scare you away from drugs or other delinquent behaviors. Not like Jesus Camp, where reasonable people try to scare you with Christians.


A goofy Christian guy named Billy goes with his girlfriend, Channon, a non-Christian and joins her theater group. The leader of the indie theater group, Lou Perdition, has ulterior motives: using a production called "Jonestown Jubilee" to harvest innocent blood to raise Count Dracula from the dead, and build an army of vampire actors. According to the review, the film is actually really funny, and only a few of the jokes are a bit lame or miss the mark. It'll probably end up on Netflix in the short run, so keep an eye out for it. I know I will.

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'The Strain' Season 2 Preview Video

"Your whole world can change in the matter of seconds. Prepare to fight this Summer on FX."

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This video is almost like an allegory for remembering to ask for ID when you go to a club; you can't trust a pretty girl she could be jail bait in disguise! She looks like a sweet, innocent girl... then all of a sudden, eeek! Holy crap! I am so ready for the new season of The Strain. There is one aspect of the show though that I am really missing, and it's a decision that was probably made by the author of the series, and the creator of the show... so if you haven't read the books, read no further:


SPOILER ALERT!!!


In the books, the conglomerate corporation that kicks off the vampire apocalypse has its fingers in all kinds of charities, and about midway in the first book the company sponsored a field trip in which kids were given special glasses to view an eclipse. The glasses were intentionally faulty, they went blind, and were later turned into vampires. They become a really creepy army of ultra-sensory perceptive little vampire, and they become a sort of task force. I really was hoping to see them in the show.. but so far, nothing, nada... I'm really hoping they appear at some point in the show, but I think they were written out.

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Vampire Romance... By a Dude: Hell and the Hunger by Mike Reynolds

Vampire Romance... By a Dude: Hell and the Hunger by Mike Reynolds | Vampires | Scoop.it
When a vampire loses his love of the hunt he is left with nothing but his hunger… That is precisely where Joe finds himself at the beginning of Hell and the Hunger. He simply doesn’t want to be alive any longer but it...
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The thing about most vampire romance is that you almost never see a guy writing it; I know that were this writer available, he'd probably go off the rails explaining why his story is not so much a romance as it is, I dunno, some really intense story of action and adventure, etc., but trust me dude, this falls right into the sort of paranormal romance that lots and lots of chicks write, all the time. 


This one is pretty classic antihero trope: The self-hating, sick of life vampire bumbles around, waiting to die; he's tired of hunting people, but he can't not eat because owwie. So he starts picking off Back Alley Sally types at the bars, --you know, like an older lion might pick off a sick antelope, after they've gotten too old to chase the big ones? Anyway, so, this angsty vampire guys meets a really interesting person, a female of course, for the first time in, Oh Jeez, forever, ---it's hard to believe for me that the author isn't speaking vicariously through his character, and basically using this as a voicebox for his contempt for society. Pretty obvious actually. Anyway, and the only interesting woman on Earth is then threatened and vampire Joe must save her, because she's his only reason to live. Flattering? A bit sexist? Mhmm... but! then again, if this is your thing, go for it. It's on Amazon Kindle. 

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After Less Than A Year of Dating & Engagement, Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed Get Hitched

After Less Than A Year of Dating & Engagement, Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed Get Hitched | Vampires | Scoop.it
The 'Vampire Diaries' actor and the 'Twilight' star tied the knot in a romantic ceremony in Santa Monica, Calif. with Lea Michele and her boyfriend Matthew Paetz reportedly among the guests.
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Oh boy, well, if Lea Michele was there, then you know it was a big deal! Ugh, seriously, I can't believe they finally went and did it. How long do you suppose it will be before they get a divorce? I really think the whole thing is just way too fast and immediate for it to have any lasting permanence. But, as far as I know, this is both of their first marriages, and actors generally do have a few before they die old and decrepit has-beens... so who knows, maybe those fans of Ian and Nina as a couple won't have too long to wait.


I dunno what Ian sees in Nikki, aside from the fact that she has a stronger chin that he does, and kind of a hook shaped nose. Obviously I'm still team "Nina" --I just think the whole thing between Ian and Nikki went by and they got married so fat, it seems really unlikely that this was all just about true love at first site. I think someone was either cheating on someone else, or someone else is hoping to improve their career by jumping to a different train track.

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Prank Video of 'Vampire Girl' Scaring The Hell Out of Park Patrons

Prank Video of 'Vampire Girl' Scaring The Hell Out of Park Patrons | Vampires | Scoop.it
The short 'prank' video, filmed in Moon Park, Odessa, sees film-makers hide in the bushes while the 'vampire girl', in full make-up and nightgown, preys on unsuspecting passers-by.
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While everyone in the United States is running from --or pulling guns on, --zombie pranksters, people in the Ukraine are running screaming, and terrified from a little girl. But in their defense, she is walking around in a bloody nightgown, with vampire makeup on. I think this is also a sort of testament to the Western fascination with romantic vampires... in the United States, I don't think people would be half as scared by a vampire, but clearly, in the Ukraine, or in all probability, the majority of Eastern Europe, vampires are taken a lot more seriously.


There's a video where you can see the creepy little thing stalking through the trees in a park, at night in the Ukraine, while clutching a bloody teddy bear. Or she's hunched over, crying in a tunnel.... it also looks like she's probably freezing her ass off too, since everyone else is wearing jackets and coats. That's probably a combination of bad planning, and good pranking, since it adds to the whole vampire thing, --they're cold and since they're dead anyway, who cares about a coat? But the actual person underneath the makeup is probably ready to go home long before she actually scares anyone. 

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Book Giveaway! Vampire's Bane by Suzannah Daniels

Book Giveaway! Vampire's Bane by Suzannah Daniels | Vampires | Scoop.it

"Most of the populace has been wiped out by a deadly disease, and the rules of society have regressed. But that’s not the worst of it...."

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Okay, so, imagine your parents send you to one of those shitty survivalist/super-max prison camp/private detention centers for rich parents and out of control teenagers... Or some kind of "program", with your best interests in mind. Let's just say you were caught getting high or something, whatever, we know you did something to deserve it. So you've been in this place for two years, and finally, when you're released, you find the world have changed significantly. Humans have largely been wiped out, and a whole lot of other things are vying for control of the planet.


Namely, vampires, --but other unnamed mystical creatures too. Sounds like fun, right? That's the premise for Suzannah Daniels' story about love in a post-pandemic battleground for control over the dwindling resources, which include human lives. Vampires capture her in the beginning of the series, and despite a mutual attraction between two young people, one group needs food... and the other group is food. Woo... sounds cool. The source is giving away five copies, --but if you buy a copy, and write a review, you'll get a signed bookmark from Suzannah Daniels. Enter to win now, --there's only four days left of the contest!

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Why Bother Reading Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'?

Why Bother Reading Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'? | Vampires | Scoop.it

"The date-line is 2014. An outbreak of a deadly disease in a remote region, beyond the borders of a complacent Europe. Local deaths multiply."

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Roger Luckhurst, the author of this short piece of genius literary review, explains the lure of Bram Stoker's Dracula in a way many of us have probably never considered the story, dubbed "the outbreak narrative". He goes on to describe the book as you would describe a disease; leaving out the word "Vampire" entirely, much the same as Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead leaves out the word "zombie". The first two paragraphs begin speaking about a disease in which people waste away, corpses are a particular concern for contaminants, and at the end, it comes as a jolt that he's talking about Dracula. 


We've been caught for so long, in this romantic notion of vampires, yearning for the horror and barely getting a real taste of it, that we often fail to connect the dots between the framework of fiction, and our modern world. The concern for disease is also there within  Dracula and despite the language which is less comprehensive than contemporary literature, much can be gleaned about Stoker's perspectives; such as Dracula's association with filth, rats, miasmal fog --which probably represents the damp conditions that lead to illness spreading more quickly. Do read the full article, it's excellent.

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'Vampire Diaries' Spoilers: Caroline Forces Damon and Elena to Analyze Their Relationship

'Vampire Diaries' Spoilers: Caroline Forces Damon and Elena to Analyze Their Relationship | Vampires | Scoop.it

"Can Stefan fool Caroline long enough to get her to flip her humanity switch in "Because"? ..."

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You know, the thing is, it's like... we all know where this is headed, you know? We all know that Elena, at the end of this season, is going to be gone. And since there's no news about Ian Somerhalder leaving the show, we know that Damon isn't going with her. Jesus Christ, how depressing. How has this show managed to mangle every single romantic hope we had for Damon and Stefan and Elena, and flung Elena's character right back into mediocrity at the end of the whole thing. What, is she gonna be a one of the Dallas cheerleaders now? Go to college and get a degree in pottery or some other crap? And then what, exactly?


She's been through so much, that to just toss her back into the big, mundane melting pot, is like... incredibly boring. They wouldn't be able to do it without wiping her brain's hard drive, and performing a system restore, so to speak, --and she may end up needing the knowledge that she has gained, to protect herself. All things considered, if she turns human again, she may end up back on Klaus's wish list. Damon has to answer to Bonnie, he still hasn't told Elena about the cure, and Caroline is still all zero-humanity. We'll find out what happens, and this might even have me convinced to catch up on the show, in its entirety, so I can say goodbye to my favorite TV heroine. Sigh.

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'Vampire Diaries': Bonnie's Got 99 (21 Actually) Problems But a Bitch Ain't One

'Vampire Diaries': Bonnie's Got 99 (21 Actually) Problems But a Bitch Ain't One | Vampires | Scoop.it
Being a witch ain't easy
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Oh come on, that's clever! I loved this, because at least 30% of Bonnie Bennett's problems have to do with vampires, --at LEAST. And if you think about it, the last thing Bonnie really needs to worry about, is a bitch, he-bitch, she-bitch, or otherwise. She can give them a dirty look, and boom, they've got cervical cancer, or the clap. The source post is a series of funny .gifs, showing poor Bonnie dealing with life in Mystic Falls. 


One of my favorites is "having to remember all those spells" --dude, seriously! I mean, no offense guys, but Bonnie, and the rest of you, are part of the cell phone generation. You can't even remember phone numbers, --so remembering spells is like, a total force of will. I don't have a cell phone, so I rely on memory for phone numbers, and so far, so good. Then there's the whole... thing where her only friends are vampires, whom most witches are totally racist against. Boo. Come on, y'all, one love. The post is cute, and since Bonnie is basically one of the last few remaining main cast members, you should get to know her better before she also leaves the show... sigh. I'm so bitter about the loss of Elena. Dang. Would you trade Bonnie for Elena? Tell me in the comments, --I sure as hell would. No offense, Kat...

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How to Survive These 6 Types of Chinese Vampires

"There are stories legends of vampires and zombies everywhere, here's a look at what these creatures are like according to Chinese stories and legends."

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All the undead, are primarily referred to as one major type of vampire in China: Jiangshi. 


1. White haired Jiangshi: Most harmless, covered in tiny white hairs, and afraid of nearly everything. ...Until they've fed on enough rodents, over a period of years, until they become...

2. Black haired Jiangshi: More aggressive, hunt humans at night, less fearful, and covered in tiny black hairs.

3. Jumping Jiangshi: After the hair falls off, the Jiangshi begins hopping and jumping to get around, and is no longer averse to sunlight.

4. Flying Jiangshi: move very quickly.... essentially, they are "ninja vampires" --they can feed without leaving a mark. And in a few centuries, they become...

5. Ba: Demons who causes plagues, droughts.... and then after thousands of years... they become...

6. Demon King: Stoppable only by Goku, and his mates from DBZ. 


To defeat them, you can use a weapon made of peach tree wood; you can buy swords made from peach wood on eBay. Roosters are good too, most jiangshi are afraid of them, because they crow and signal the morning. Fire is also excellent, very simple, classic. Anything dies if you set it on fire, including Chinese vampires.


More traditional methods can also be used, such as using the Bagua, the Daoist cosmology symbols representing reality; in the same thread, jiangshi can also be battled by reading the I Ching, or Book of Changes. Daoist incantations on paper, sticky rice, mirrors, and thread stained with black ink, the blood of a black dog, a sword made from ancient coins, handbells, brooms... or, you can hold your breath. According to myth, if you hold your breath, jiangshi can't see you. Video is awesome, btw, lots of great information!

 

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'Vampire Academy' Star Dominic Sherwood Cast in 'Shadowhunters': New Series Based on Mortal Instruments Books

'Vampire Academy' Star Dominic Sherwood Cast in 'Shadowhunters': New Series Based on Mortal Instruments Books | Vampires | Scoop.it
Actor will play Jace Wayland, the role played by Jamie Campbell-Bower in the film adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s novels
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I feel so out of the loop; I really want to read the Vampire Academy book series, --I've read one or two of them, and I distinctly remember really enjoying the story, and its cast of characters. My other thought was how much I wanted to see the movie, --but if any of you guys have gotten to know me over the years, it's that I'm sort of a completionist... or a compulsive weirdo. I can't watch shows or movies if I haven't read the books first. So I would need to read the books before I saw the movie.


The same goes for The Mortal Instruments; I can't watch the movies because I haven't read the books, which I've heard were terrific. I have not heard the same about the movie however. In fact, this works opposite with me when it comes to the Ender's Game books... I can't watch the movie because I've read the books... I could barely get through like, five minutes of the movie, it was so terrible, and it basically insulted the literature it was based on. Sigh. I am so behind on my reading...

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'Hercules vs. Vampires' Opera Goes Undead!

'Hercules vs. Vampires' Opera Goes Undead! | Vampires | Scoop.it
Composer Patrick Morganelli talks about the difficulty of adapting the film for the stage and why he rewrote part of the score specifically for the L.A. performance.
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I swear to God, I saw this, and thought to myself, "Wow...creativity and originality is still a thing..." I mean, it's not that it has anything much to do with originality, the idea was to take this cult classic. Hercules in the Haunted World and completely change it by re-scoring the audio, and all this has been in the works for five years; production was commissioned in 2010, in Portland, and now finally, it's coming to the L.A. Opera. 


So the movie will be projected onto the stage, but all of the original audio will be replaced by an orchestra, English language libretto, and on-stage opera singers and performers. There's a trailer for the performance on the source website, and it looks like terrific fun. I wish I lived in L.A., it's definitely the sort of thing I would love to go see. Think of it like this; it's like Mystery Science Theater 3000, except without the funny comments, and instead, filled with beautiful music. If any of y'all go to see it, let us know how it came out!

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'It's a Vampire!' - Free, Fun, and Creepy? Count Me In!

'It's a Vampire!' - Free, Fun, and Creepy? Count Me In! | Vampires | Scoop.it
Short horror comic featuring vampires.
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Short horror comic indeed! Found this little comic book today and it's an interesting read as it includes a one-shot story about a vampire hunter that looks an awful lot like Geralt of Rivia and packing a serious ...thingy. Oh my. 


It's a very simple story of a story tavern wench coming to "Pseudo-Geralt"and telling him she thinks there's a vampire around. Will our hero...or antihero or just the guy that kills stuff does the next most logical thing when someone tells him there's a murderous creature of the night loose...he proceeds to bang the brains out of the tavern lady and then goes and handles the business at hand. All around, it's a fairly common story but there's not much room for complexity in a common 24 page comic book. This is just the first issue, so check it out and if you find it interesting be on the lookout for more issues coming.


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BloodRayne: Betrayal Gets An Enhanced PC Release on Steam!

BloodRayne: Betrayal Gets An Enhanced PC Release on Steam! | Vampires | Scoop.it
Majesco is looking to lure in unsuspecting victims today, as BloodRayne: Betrayal sinks its teeth into the PC market with a Steam ...
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Our source isn't the only BloodRayne fan around, I am also a lover or the original game, and I know at least one other person who liked it too. Unfortunately, ever since those first couple of games were released on PS2, the entire franchise started circled the drain, and Uwe Boll basically took a great movie idea, and turned it into a big slimy long turd that just won't flush. 


Yup, I said it. Uwe Boll turns great concepts into shit, and defending your film career by fighting people is probably the stupidest thing I've ever heard. Gorillas, kangaroos, and badgers can also fight, but that doesn't mean they should be sitting behind desks, making movies. And if they did, who knows, they'd probably still manage to churn out better movie ideas. Anyway, back to the main point. The original BloodRayne: Betrayal game looked like an arcade game in a bar, from 1991, --it's a side scrolling game. UGH! Like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Super Nintendo. Seriously? What the absolute shit? Majesco is resurrecting it, enhancing it, and releasing it on Steam... and hopefully, this version will suck less.

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Faking News: Count Dracula Addresses The Masses Regarding Vampire Rights

Faking News: Count Dracula Addresses The Masses Regarding Vampire Rights | Vampires | Scoop.it
Count Vlad Tepes the impaler from Transylvania, properly addressed as Count Dracula, was in city to inaugurate an exhibition on ancient European arts.
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If the immensely popular Count Dracula was out and about today, the vampire world would probably shock him. In the article, he refers to the majority of vampire films as being "too gross" and lacking the elegance of vampire films from the past. This is because Dracula is one of those classic figures, and though he is also kind of icky, what with his rapacious wolf-form, turning into rats, and spreading sickness everywhere he goes, I think him calling other vampires gross is sort of like the proverbial pot calling the kettle black. 


I mean... he impaled people in his mortal life, and turned peoples heads around backwards. He was the original badass in terms of torturous lordly types. But it's also important to remember, that he is completely capable of evolving into a more thoughtful, less crazy old eccentric weirdo. So in today's age, I think he's the perfect spokesperson for vampire rights. He also has age and experience on his side, so he can effectively address the humans as well as the vampires in his audience. Dracula should be the new President, if you ask me. 

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Joss Whedon Never Says 'Never' When It Comes to Buffy the Vampire Slayer Movie

Joss Whedon Never Says 'Never' When It Comes to Buffy the Vampire Slayer Movie | Vampires | Scoop.it
Joss Whedon has refused to rule out a 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' movie.The 50-year-old director - who created the American television series, which ran from 1997 until 2003 - has not dismissed the idea totally, but says his immediate priority...
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He never gives any definite answers, is why this is so frustrating. He worked on the new Avengers movie, and now he's basically exhausted, and wants to go back, and edit the thing, making it gleaming, shiny, and perfect in its many explosions. But, instead, he knows his mind and body need a serious rest after all that hectic work, so he's kicking back after the film is finished. He says he thinks more could be done to it, but honestly, I think that's just a lot of feigned insecurity. He knows he's awesome.


Besides, fanboys are practically exploding all over themselves in anticipation. But the rest of us, the hardcore vampire fans among us, have been asking for a while now about a remake. Either a film remake, or a TV show reboot, either one would be interesting. A lot of people don't agree... Sadly, many among us Buffy fans believe that a remake/reboot would ruin the first show, or the first movie. I don't think either of them would be tainted, I think a redo on either the movie or the series would open up Buffy to a whole new generation of fans, who'll love it just as much as we do.

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Get Your Vampire Romance Fix: Filling the Void by Morgan Hunter

Get Your Vampire Romance Fix: Filling the Void by Morgan Hunter | Vampires | Scoop.it

From sucking the life from her beloved to asserting herself as a true elite master of blood-filling and sexual prowess, this story follows the bloodsucking adventures of a female vampire that has it all...

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As I've said, many, many times... I don't really ever read vampire erotica, vampire romance, and all that. That's because most of them are poorly written and re-hash the same sexually frustrated, obviously vicarious stories over and over until anyone who's ever read a good book, would be bored to tears. In fact, I'd say that Hell is probably full of cheap Amazon Kindle erotic vampire novellas, a ton of vibrators, and no batteries. Anyway, point being, this isn't really one of those books: sure, the story is a bit on the one-dimensional side, but it's also one of the first efforts of a burgeoning authoress.


I also can't really say anything negative about anyone who's served in the military; Morgan Hunter, according to her mini-blurb, has served on two tours of active duty and that makes her kind of a hero. That she made it back, and managed to write a book too, is very cool.  I know those probably aren't the right reasons for reading a book, but, as it turns out, there's one more: you can judge a book by its cover, and this one is actually fairly well-rendered, and the best part about it, is that the vampires on it are grownups, not teenagers. They look practical, and the male on the cover is a lot more manly than what we're used to in the vampire romance realm. I strongly urge you guys to check it out when you get the urge to read something new.

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Elena's Exit Strategy on The Vampire Diaries Revealed: But Wait, There's More!

Elena's Exit Strategy on The Vampire Diaries Revealed: But Wait, There's More! | Vampires | Scoop.it
On the April 23 episode of The Vampire Diaries, Stefan brought Caroline's humanity back, while Nina Dobrev's exit strategy was revealed -- read the recap!

Via Greg Carfine
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I think Caroline's best match isn't really Stefan; I think Stefan, at this point, probably should have just stayed with Elena, I mean... look at the mess everyone's in. I wonder whether things would have gotten so messed up if the relationship between Stefan and Elena had worked out better. But then again, dating Stefan has its own pitfalls, since he's always flipping out, and out of all the guys on Vampire Diaries, he probably cries more than the rest of them put together, except maybe Matt. 


So anyway, Elena's going out with a bang, --I don't think it's going to work out the way everyone says though. Damon is telling Elena she has to take the cure, but! he's taking it with her. How's that supposed to work? There's one little vial of blood, so... is that really supposed to be enough for both of them? There's a fast-future-flash-forward thing in the last episode, so we know that Elena survives, we just don't know how, or if she's human. I'm seriously doubting at this point that Damon is going to be with her, or be human, during the flash forward, because dude... he can't leave the show too, then it would really suck.

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Get Your Vampire Hidden Object Fix With Vampire Secrets: Eternal Love!

Get Your Vampire Hidden Object Fix With Vampire Secrets: Eternal Love! | Vampires | Scoop.it

"Embark on a mysterious journey to the heart of Transylvania and investigate a series of nocturnal kidnappings bringing unrest to Eastern Europe."

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I know, a lot of you purists are there are always saying how these games aren't "real" games, but blow me, okay? Some of us have our guilty little secrets... and those guilty little secrets are that we love our hidden object games. And besides, a lot of them are AWESOME. Especially those in the vampire-theme. And if you're still disputing the awesomeness of hidden object PC games, keep in mind, there's a Charlaine Harris/True Blood universe hidden object game out there as well. I played it, and it was absolutely gorgeous, and tons of fun.


In this hidden object game, which you can get a free demo version of on the source site, you travel to Transylvania, to investigate mysterious kidnappings, and you must also find your sister in this mess somewhere. Eventually, you'll end up at Bran Castle, aka, Dracula's Castle, and uncover spooky stuff, all while on the chase for vampires, and your sister Maria. One of the scenes is a still taken from the game, and they're terrifically rendered. There is also a short trailer for the game on the source site as well, in which you can see some of the other scenes in the game, --and many are deliciously creepy. Check it out, and let us know what you think!

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'The Vampire Diaries' & WB TV Group Team Up To Introduce the Sarah Jones Memorial Scholarship

'The Vampire Diaries' & WB TV Group  Team Up To Introduce the Sarah Jones Memorial Scholarship | Vampires | Scoop.it
In honor of late camera assistant Sarah Jones, Warner Bros. Television Group and the Vampire Diaries production team have joined with the...
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Sarah Jones was a camera assistant who worked on the set of The Vampire Diaries, among other shows for the CW, which is part of the Warner Bros. Television Group, --basically, CW is just a new name for the WB station. Sarah Jones was killed after being struck by a freight train on the set of Midnight Rider in February of 2014. So the production team of The Vampire Diaries, including Julie Plec, and the WB TV Group, the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG), and SIM  Digital have all joined forces to create the "Sarah Jones Opportunity" for aspiring filmmakers in the Georgia area, the chance to become more active in the filmmaking and television industry.


The scholarship gives a 20 week paid internship/camera training work experience at an Atlanta based WB production, and also gives membership eligibility for the ICG Local 600. The first person to receive the scholarship was Chelsea Craig, and has already completed her training, and has joined the ICG. I think that Sarah would have wanted her passing to be meaningful, and that so many people will now be able to aspire to their dreams because of her, how well she was loved by those around her, and the work she did in life. 

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Vampires Discovered Near Mass Grave in Ireland

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"Since the 12th Century folktales have swept across Western Europe, leaving terror and panic in their wake."

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The discovery of vampire graves is not an unnatural phenomena, in fact, recently, more vampire graves are being uncovered by archaeologists in Poland. And the primary element in both of these discoveries? Disease. The Polish vampire graves were believed to be the result of uneducated fears of disease, being spread by monsters. The vampires discovered in Ireland were found next to a mass grave, believed to be a Black Death burial site, some 3000 corpses piled together in shallow graves, underneath paving stones. 


Archaeologists discovered to more grave sites, on the outside of the main mass grave site. Two men were buried there, at different times, but both had suffered violent deaths, as there were blade marks on their bones, and both were buried in a horrific manner. Their arms, legs, hands, and feet were broken, and bound together around a large boulder, and stuffed inside their jaws was a large rock. The shock of finding these vampire graves was that they are dated roughly between 600 and 800 A.D., --which is before any vampire folklore or fiction was recorded, meaning vampires have been around in oral tradition and superstition, for a very long time.

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Bloodsucking Redneck Vampires: Potentially the Most Ridiculous Vampire Movie of All Time

"A sexy vampire and her familiar are on the run from a ruthless vampire hunter. They hide out in the small redneck town of Backwash and hatch a plan to turn..."

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Why is it that everyone seems to think rednecks are stupid and/or barely functional? Why is being a redneck synonymous with being basically a moderate functioning person with Downs' Syndrome. Don't get me wrong, plenty of rednecks are stupid, but plenty of blue state, whiny little liberals are idiots too. Anyway. I came across this little gem while wandering around the Internet, looking for stuff to bring to your attention. As stupid as the movie is, and trust me, five seconds into the trailer, you'll feel it, --I got a bit of a John Waters' sensation.


There are a lot of funny sex jokes, a "little person" redneck, nudity, and plenty of farting, --and vampires! Really corny vampires with Romanian accents... well, there's one. And she comes to town to build her army of undead. But I gotta be honest, makes you wonder whether these farting, drinking, crazy redneck vampires are up to fighting the more hardcore vampires... The full movie was recently posted on YouTube, so if you wanna check it out, I'm gonna say definitely do, it looks really stupid funny.

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Vampire Squids Live Long Lives in the Dark...

Vampire Squids Live Long Lives in the Dark... | Vampires | Scoop.it
Vampire squids seem to take reproductive breaks, something most cephalopods don't have the time for.
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I could write about vampire animals all the time... they're so fascinating, and there are a lot more than people think. Most people seem to think "mosquitoes, leeches, bats" --but there are a ton of different animals classified as "vampiric" or "vampire" --and it's not always because the animals ingest blood. For example, the vampire squid was named that because it has red eyes, and black skin. Sometimes its eyes are blue also, and it lives in the deepest, darkest part of the ocean, almost two miles down.


It doesn't eat or drink the blood of other animals, --it eats plankton-type, teeny tiny life forms. Also interesting, but new research has determined that they also live much longer lives than shallow water squids, because it's able to reproduce in cycles, instead of one time, laying all their eggs at once, which is again, a characteristic of shallow water squids. And one last really cool fact: out of all the animals, in the entire known world, the vampire squid has the largest proportional size eye. Tentacles, vampires... what's not to love. I kinda want one!

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'The Vampire Diaries’ Finale Spoilers: There's Gonna Be a Flash Forward

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Elena's time on 'The Vampire Diaries' is coming to an end in just five (gasp!) episodes, but that doesn't  mean we won't necessarily see where she ends up! With the prospect of the cure being right...
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Okay, so, all this talk of cures and other shit... and of course Nina Dobrev is actually leaving the show... so I'm pretty sure I can offer an educated guess as to what is going to happen. There's one cure, there's one girl all the vampire guys are torturing themselves over, and no one wants a doppelganger for anything anymore... so Elena is basically pretty safe. Her brother is off living his life somewhere, and my guess is that the cure if forced on her by one or both of the Salvatore brothers, and Elena turns human.


The only other person who is human, who is also single, and has had an emotional bond with Elena is Matt; they were dating and together before the vampire thing, it stands to reason they would date after. So maybe after the cure, the vampires glamour the shit out of Elena, and Matt, and send them off to go live happily ever after. Personally, I think that's sort of an irresponsible decision, considering that Elena knows how to protect herself at this point, and should keep that knowledge, should she ever need it for some reason, outside of Mystic Falls, --the friends and lovers in town are probably going to send her off somewhere nice. At least we get to find out how she ends up. Sigh. God. This is such... crap. I'm going to bawl over this episode, and as far as I'm concerned, this is basically the death of the show for me. 

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