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After 'Twilight': Where Do Vampires in Pop Culture Go From Here?

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn

If Dracula wrote the book on the modern vampire fiction, Twilight creator Stephenie Meyer's four Twilight books (and their five film adaptations) have given it an enormously unfaithful, enormously successful rewrite. Even before the release of Breaking Dawn--Part 2, the Twilight franchise had earned $2.5 billion dollars at the worldwide box-office, and Breaking Dawn--Part 2 is on track to make hundreds of millions more.

Should vampires sparkle?

Nooooo.... sparkly vampires!

Vampires are definitely in vogue right now. Browse through any bookstore's racks and you'll find a score of novels with ‘vampire' in the title. This theme is especially notable in the young adult lit sections, where the reader will observe pieces such as the Twilight series, Vampire Diaries, Vampire Kisses, Vampire Academy and, my personal favorite, Vampire Beach

Has anyone noticed a trend?

Nosferatu: the classic silent film

Nosferatu (1922) Max Schrek

A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!


does not die!

Black Vampires in Film

Blacula (1972)

Vampires have always been known as seductive creatures of the night They have pale skin, glowing eyes, and very sharp sexy phallic like fangs. When one says vampire they often think of the very dark Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in Interview with a Vampire, and of course the beautiful vampires in the Twilight movies. But so often there are another group of vampires that are often overlooked- Black Vampires. They are very sensual and sexy creatures. They range from the blaxpoitation of early film to very strong lead characters such as Blade.

Have vampires been a socialization tool for the last two generations?

The last two decades have brought about a welcoming of vampires in society. Long gone are the days of children cowering in the dark from fear of the vampire. The 1970’s opened the door to change that not only affected the image of the vampire but how we accepted them into our lives.

Feminism, Twilight and the End of the World

Today I did a persuasive speech in my speech class on why everyone should be on Team Jacob instead of Team Edward, complete with pictures making my case. MLIT. -- from MyLifeIsTwilight.com

The history of Hammer Horror

Hammer Films’ first production was The Public Life of Henry the Ninth in 1934.

Barbara Shelley

Barbara Shelley (born August 15, 1933) is a British film and television actress, known as the true "first lady of Hammer horror." She was very active in the 1960's, appearing in a string of Hammer horror films.

Barbara ShelleyAfter working as a model in her native London, she began her film career in Italy in 1953.  But it wasn't until she returned to England that her film career took off, appearing in a number of Hammer movies.

Interview: Yuna Kagesaki

Japanese manga artist and creator of Chibi Vampire (Karin) Yuna Kagesaki made her first visit to an American anime convention at Sakura-Con 2008 in Seattle, Washington. At two panel appearances, Kagesaki-sensei answered questions from panel moderator and TokyoPop Senior Editor Lillian Diaz-Pryzbyl and also answered questions from her fans in the audience.

10 questions for Anne Rice

After vowing to never again write about Lestat, this best seller reveals she has one more vampire novel in her. Her newest religious book is Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana.  Anne Rice recently engaged in an online chat to answer questions from fans.

1. Do you ever plan to write additional books for the Vampire Chronicles series?

Fanged Films

From the Library

Late in the 17th century, there was a town called Croglin Grange (in Cumberland County, England). It's been said by some that the town was visited by a vampire... and the young lady in the tale barely escaped with her life.A one-story home in Croglin Grange was rented to a two brothers and their sister. One summer night, when the heat from the day still clung to the air, the sister was looking out her window at the stars. It was too hot to sleep. Suddenly, she noticed two lights that flickered in and out of the group of trees that lay beyond her window.
Elizabeth Miller is a well-known member of the vampire community. In addition to being a former Professor of English at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, she is President of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula - Canadian Chapter as well as Baroness of the House of Dracula. What was your first exposure to Dracula?

Drawn to Vamps?

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Ship of Fiends
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The Bride of Barnabas Collins