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Creative killing: Vampires

In Books, Vampires on 28 September, 2013 at 2:07 pm

How do you kill a vampire?

If you’re still using wooden stakes, you’re getting the job done but you could be having a lot more fun. Fortunately, author Liisa Ladoceur, has gone to the trouble of compiling some of the more creative and entertaining methods for introducing vampires to their final death. How to Kill a Vampire: Fangs in Folklore, Film and Fiction explores the myriad means of killing vampires that have appeared in popular culture from books, television and film to the folklore and legends from which they sprang.

This 190-page volume is an invaluable resource for slayers, hunters, humans first and anyone else tasked with bringing an end to the infiltration of human society by the undead. It is hoped, though not expected, that none of these methods will be used on the so-called “vegetarian” vamps except by members of their own species who take exception to their sparkling nature and dietary preferences.

Vampires, their loved ones and friends will also find How to Kill a Vampire useful providing they can get by the title. It includes sections on vampire suicide for those whose existence has become a torment and prevention those not wishing to make the transition from living to undead. Nonetheless this murderous manual is not for everyone. Those who don’t know any vampires can probably survive without out it. After all, a wooden stake does work. If you don’t mind getting that close.



The Last Vampire Inks Movie Deal

In Authors, Books, Film, True Blood, Vampires on 22 September, 2013 at 8:49 am

“In The Last Vampire series we are introduced to an entirely original world, in a universe vastly different from other vampire stories. This legend is born from the more classic genre of Bram Stroker’s “Dracula”, steeped in history, mythic lore and even religious beginnings. Our main character is not only one of the first vampires, she is also believed to be the last surviving – but all that is just page one of this ‘roller-coaster’, action-adventure fantasy ride,” comments Michael Preger.

If you think that sounds like a great premise for a film, you’re right. You, and thousands of fans of Christopher Pike’s series of young adult novels now known as Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, Red Dice are also in luck because Preger, the producer behind the highly anticipated movie version of Vampire Academy (scheduled to arrive in theaters on Valentine’s Day 2014), and his team at Preger Entertainment just signed a deal to bring Sita to the big screen.

Sita is not your usual vampire even by 21st Century standards. For starters she’s well a girl. And not just any girl (if girl is the appropriate term: female? woman?), Sita is the first and the last of the vampires. Her reality is far different from that of ordinary humans, though she tries to blend in, at least she tries up to a point. This ancient being is no less than a 5,000-year-old predator. Arguably Sita is the best predator, not to mention the most efficient and successful of her kind. Like most vampires, she is capable of great violence and horrific brutality however she is also capable of great spiritual beliefs and compassion that is almost human-like. She leads a chameleon-like existence in a world rife with danger from ancient, supernatural secrets as well as modern man.

The film deal, which is reported to be in the six figure range, was negotiated on behalf of Preger by Wayne Alexander of Alexander, Lawrence, Frumes, & Labowitz and Laurence Becsey from the Intellectual Property Group. Ryan Nord of Hirsch, Wallerstein, Hayum, Matlof & Fishman represented author, Christopher Pike. No word on who may be adapting the screenplay let alone directing or possible casting, however the cover of the retitled book reveals a female with blonde hair, golden or amber eyes and pouty lips that is not dissimilar to Anna Pacquin. What do you think, truebies: Could you see Sookie, not just as a vampire but as The Last Vampire?


The Vrykolakas-A Greek Vampire legend

In Vampires on 20 September, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Dracula isn’t the only vampire legend. Author Lyn Gibson explores another flavor of the popular preternatural creature known to the Greeks as the Vrykolakas. Unlike pop culture vampires whose every aspect draws potential victims in, the Greek variety are more monsters in both life and death.

Author Lyn Gibson

VThe Greeks believed that a human could become a Vrykolakas after death by having lived an ungodly life, being buried on unconsecrated ground, being excommunicated or by having eaten the meat of a lamb that had been injured or killed by a wolf.  Some Greek legends insinuate that even a werewolf could become one of the Vrykolkas upon it’s death.  Individuals that had red hair and grey eyes were suspected of having been one of the undead, which I find intriguing as other ancient vampire lore states that any vampire with red hair was a direct descendant of Judas Escariot’s cursed blood line.

Unlike other undead beings from surrounding continents, the Greek Vampire was not an attractive creature.  Legends state that the Vrykolakas appears to be completely drained of it’s blood,  but once the vampire had fed, he would swell into a blood gorged creature before returning to it’s grave.  …

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