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Vampire Literature 2012

Vampire Literature 2012

Interim 2012 starts today and once again I’m teaching Vampire Literature. Our reading list: Suzy Charnas, The Vampire Tapestry Kikuchi, Hideyuki, Vampire Hunter D Kohta Hirano, Hellsing, vol 1, 4, 8 Robin McKinley, Sunshine Alan Ryan, ed., The Penguin Book of Vampire Stories Bram Stoker, Dracula Movies: Nosferatu (1922) Dracula (1931) Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) […]

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Top 70 Time Again

Top 70 Time Again

A new school year is starting. Time to really nail this list down. No pun intended. Only 25 left. The Top 70 Vampire Movies of All Time 70. Bordello of Blood (1996) *Bon Jovi Corollary: John Carpenter’s Vampires: Los Muertos 69. Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) 68. Dracula 2000 (2000) 67. Queen of the Damned (2002) […]

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Moon Child (2003)

Moon Child (2003)

Yi-Che, Kei, Sho, Son, and Toshi during happier times. Moon Child is the oddest movie. One part social commentary on racial tensions between Japanese and Taiwanese citizens living in the fictional city of Mallepa in the year 2014. One part martial arts action film staring Japanese rock stars Gackt and HYDE. One part low budget—my […]

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A Bloody Book List

A Bloody Book List

I am occasionally asked what my favorite vampire novels are. And although I still have a tall pile of vampire novels to read on the floor of my office (I’m currently reading I am Legend), here, in no particular order, are my current top 10. 1. Bram Stoker, Dracula (1897) The original and still best. […]

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Penguin Hardcover Dracula

Penguin Hardcover Dracula

Penguin Hardcover Classics has released a new edition of Dracula. It is gorgeous. I wanted to order it for my Brit Lit survey class but couldn’t justify having students buy a hardcover when there are so many paperback versions. Still, it really is a beautiful book. I love the pattern that the sort of sinister […]

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Priest (2011)

Priest (2011)

Director: Scott Charles Stewart Writers: Cory Goodman, Min-Woo Hyung Stars: Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet and Maggie Q I was delighted when I first heard the manga series Priest, by Min-Woo Hyung, was being made into a movie. And with Paul Bettany as the Priest? Awesome. But then I head that they had added vampires and […]

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Vampire Literature Interim 2011

Vampire Literature Interim 2011

The almost official booklist: Bram Stoker, Dracula The Penguin Book of Vampire Stories Elizabeth Kostova, The Historian Robin McKinley, Sunshine Suzy McKee, The Vampire Tapestry Movies. Dracula (1931) Nosferatu (1922) Let the Right One In (2008) Let Me In (2010) Perfect Creature (2006)

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Feast of Fools

Feast of Fools

Rachel Caine Signet (June 3, 2008) One thing you realize after reading a lot of vampire fiction, particularly of the young adult kind, is how many common tropes there are. The vampire ball, the magic item of jewelry, the discovery that vampires aren’t bothered by religious items, the sad and sympathetic male vampire(Hello, Byron?), the […]

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Glass Houses and The Dead Girls’ Dance

Glass Houses and The Dead Girls’ Dance

Rachel Caine Books One and Two of the Morganville Vampires series NAL Jam; Reissue edition October 3, 2006 and April 3, 2007 Rachel Caine’s vampire series came out in 2006. And here’s the thing: when I started reading it I thought, “Wow! This is so fresh and original!!” Why? Because the vampires are actually the […]

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Halfway to the Grave (2007)

Halfway to the Grave (2007)

Jeannie Frost Avon (October 30, 2007) I’m not exactly proud of this one. But after a hard week and an on-coming cold, sometimes you need to slum a little bit. Halfway to the Grave is book one in the Night Huntress series and centers on half-human, half-vampire vampire hunter Cat. This is pretty standard Harlequin-Romance-meets-Vampires […]

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2010)

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2010)

Seth Grahame-Smith Grand Central Publishing; 1st edition (March 2, 2010) I finally finished Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter today. It took me 7 months to do it and that might be review enough in itself. Just last week I told myself I needed to either make a final push and finish the darn thing or just […]

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Vampirates: Blood Captain

Vampirates: Blood Captain

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (April 1, 2009) So, here’s the deal. Vampirates shouldn’t surf. Actually, vampires shouldn’t really surf—the sequel to Lost Boys taught us that. But vampirates really shouldn’t surf. And, seeing as how our first vampirate starts surfing on just about the second page of volume two of the […]

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Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean

Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean

by Justin Somper Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 4, 2006) Forget Twilight or Vampire Diaries or whatever else. What you want to be reading right now is Vampirates. So. Much. Fun. I discovered Justin Somper’s series quite by accident. I was in the juvenile section of the library with my son looking for […]

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Dracula in Love (2010)

Dracula in Love (2010)

Well, fast on the heels of finishing one of the most satisfying vampire novels I’ve read in some time, I read one of the least satisfying. Karen Essex’s Dracula in Love: a Novel revisits Bram Stoker’s Dracula but claims to tell the story from Mina’s side. I liked the sort of more “realistic” version of […]

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Kuroshitsuji II Ep 1-3

Kuroshitsuji II Ep 1-3

I watched episodes 1-3 of Kuroshitsuji II the other night. So far, it is every bit as decadent as you want it to be. Much like episode 1 of Kuroshitsuji I, the first episode of Kuroshitsuji II is a primer on its characters. In the same way that the original series opened with an obscure […]

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Malice in Wonderland (2009)

Malice in Wonderland (2009)

Busy night for me, I guess. Still under the thrall of Sunshine (see my earlier post from this evening), I watched Malice in Wonderland with Dale. It’s a really nicely done British adaptation of Alice in Wonderland Lots of familiar faces in the cast too. Danny Dryer is Whitey (the White Rabbit), Nathaniel Parker is […]

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Sunshine (2003/2010)

Sunshine (2003/2010)

Just finished reading Robin McKinley’s Sunshine. Lordy. What a fabulous read! Many thanks to Emily U. for recommending it to me. I think I devoured it in a 24 hour period—I read until 2:00am last night and then polished it off over a few hours this afternoon. Even the great Neil Gaiman loves it. His […]

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Kuroshitsuji II

Kuroshitsuji II

Well, callooh callay! I just found out that there is a second season of Kuroshitsuji called, appropriately enough, Kuroshitsuji II. This “sequel” features a different butler and 12-year old master, but evidently Sebastian and several other supporting characters from the first go round are present. There are only 3 episodes available with English subs at […]

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Kuroshitsuji

Kuroshitsuji

I finished up the anime version of Kuroshitsuji last night. No vampires here but gosh darn it if the Butler in question, Sebastian Michaelis, isn’t every bit as dark and seductive as you want him to be. As I explained in an earlier post on the manga, the brilliance of Kuroshitsuji lies in a pun. […]

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Trending Cinema: Vampires

Trending Cinema: Vampires

I had the great pleasure of being a guest on episode 17 of Trending Cinema, hosted by Jon Tilton and Simon Miraudo. The episode was about, what else?, vampires. At the end of the episode, we all gave reading/viewing suggestions. Here is a recap of mine. 1. The Vampire Tapestry by Auzy McKee Charnas See […]

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The Vampire Tapestry

The Vampire Tapestry

by Suzy McKee Charnas 1980 I bought The Vampire Tapestry pretty much on the strength of the blurbs. Stephen King has a glowing quote on the cover and some enthusiastic reviewer gushed that it had surpassed Bram Stoker’s Dracula itself. In read it, I wasn’t quite as moved as the reviewers, but I did find […]

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Top 70 Vampire Films Redux

Top 70 Vampire Films Redux

It’s been awhile since I started working through this list. I’m off track but maybe I can dust it off before my Interim class this winter. The Top 70 Vampire Movies of All Time 70. Bordello of Blood (1996); Bon Jovi Corollary: John Carpenter’s Vampires: Los Muertos 69. Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) 68. Dracula 2000 […]

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Interm 2011

English W44A This course challenges the claim that the current interest in vampires is a “recent” one. In fact, great interest in vampires has bubbled up at several points in history, and it will be the task of the class to determine how these responses have been similar or unique. We will proceed by examining […]

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Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List

Commencement was on Saturday and so thus officially begins summer break. Well, I suppose the official summer doesn’t happen until I finish grading, but close enough. What will I be reading this summer? Oh, this and that. Hideyuki Kikuchi, Vampire Hunter D: Pale Fallen Angel — need to finish this still. Donna Tartt, The Secret […]

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Ink (2009)

Ink (2009)

This movie is amazing. Truly amazing. I just finished watching it about 5 minutes ago and I’m still weeping. Ink is about pride, sin, guilt, shame, pain, grief, forgiveness, love and redemption. The story centers around a man named John. He is a big deal stock broker, a wheeler and dealer. He’s also deeply unhappy […]

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