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Sunday, May 1, 2011

V Is For...

Poor Victor, run over by a train...Yeesh!

I want to extend a HUGE thanks to Elizabeth Mueller who has designed and given out this absolutely fantastic A to Z Participation Award. I have not finished, but I'm plugging along and hope you all will stick with me. We're almost there, kids.

V Is For...Vampires, Vampires, Vampires

I could not go through this challenge without talking about one of my favorite monsters, vampires. I'm talking the blood-sucking, cross hating, garlic intolerant, day-sleeping monsters, NOT Edward Cullen, the 100 year old, still wants to go to high school, sunlight-makes-me-sparkle-like-Tinkerbell, vampire. I've often wondered, shouldn't he be considered a pedophile? I mean he's older than 99.9% of the adult population and is clearly stalking underage girls.

I digress. From the scary to the seductive, vampires have been fueling the fire of my dark imagination since I first saw Bela Lugosi drift across the screen as Count Dracula. Since then I've read and seen the Good, the Bad and the WTF of vampire books and movies. Some incorporate the folklore and expand upon it in wild, differing ways, while others make up their own mythology all together. Here's a partial list of some faves of mine.


Let The Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist

Dracula Bram Stoker

Carmilla Sheridan Le Fanu

I Am Legend Richard Matheson

Salem's Lot Stephen King

Guilty Pleasures Laurell K. Hamilton (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series)

Interview With The Vampire Anne Rice

The Strain Guillermo del Toro (The Strain trilogy)

Dead Until Dark Charlaine Harris (The Southern Vampire Mysteries)


30 Days of Night (2007)

From Dusk Til Dawn (1996)

Let The Right One In (2008)

Let Me In (2010)

Underworld (2003)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

Dracula 2000 (2000)

Nosferatu (1922)

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

Vampires (1998)

Dracula (1931)

Here's a little taste of the scary and the seductive sides of these monsters...

And the scene that burned Salma Hayek into our minds


  1. oooh, Satanico Pandemonium :) Probably the only vampire I like :)

    And that zebra award made me laugh a few times this weekend around the blogosphere :)

  2. Underworld! Kate's the sexiest vampire ever.
    And Elizabeth's Challenge badge is awesome. She did a great job on it.

  3. what no True Blood (its a TV series, but an excellent vampire TV series)

    Keep plugging away you're almost there!

  4. Fantastic post and congrats on the cool award!

    While I don't share your awesome enthusiasm for vampires, I do enjoy many a vampire movies and books. Chief among them are Bram Stoker's Dracula, Underworld, From Dusk Til Dawn, and Matheson's I am Legend, and Anne Rice's Interview With The Vampire.

    Excellent list and I love the Salma Hayek table dance. That is my favorite memory from FDTD. Epic!

  5. Carmilla! (Or could it be Mircalla?) Oh, I'd forgotten that book I read it so long ago. I bet my copy is gone and I'll have to buy it again. Drat.

    Now that you mentioned Carmilla, I remember....

  6. aw I love the sparkling vampires, they're so pretty hehe. :) I'm glad to have met you too. I think you're neat!

  7. I love the badge - it's hilarious! :) Elizabeth did a great job with it.

    You've mentioned some truly great vampire flicks. Well, I hated 30 Days of Night, but other than that.. awesome list!

  8. These sharp-fanged creatures have always compelled moviegoers to some extent. And those are absolutely some nice choices for vampire film.

  9. @Dez Yes, Satanico is one of my fave vampires. Isn't the little zebra adorable?

    @Alex Kate is a hellagood vampire. A true kick ass creature of the night. I just love Elizabeth's award, too. She did a great job.

    @baygirl32 I love True Blood! I should've gone with series, but then I would have run over. Thanks for the encouragement. :)

    @Matt Thanks! Yeah Salma's dance is wicked. I just love the look on Q's face.

  10. @KC Carmilla rocked! I lost my copy once upon a time and had to replace it when I moved five years ago. Now I make sure it's on the top keeper shelf. LOL

    @Niki Indeed the sparkles are pretty! ;) And I think you're great, too. Here's to more blog fun for us.

    @Nebular What?! Hated 30 days of Night...LOL that's cool. Great minds can't always think alike. We're of one mind when it really counts. :)

    @Jaccstev Oh yes, I am under the spell of those movie vamps. :)I'm happy you like my selections.


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