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The Vampire Archive

Posted in Book Reviews, Fun Stuff, Manga and Anime reviews, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2010 by Sahkmet

Here is my annual update on all the Vampire related things I own. 🙂

I was cleaning my room so, what the heck!

Photos:

Bela Lugosi greeting Ms. Lucy from Dracula 1931

Bela Lugosi sucking the blood from Ms. Lucy from Dracula 1931

Christopher Lee and his victim from one of his many Dracula Hammer films.

Two little snip-shots of Bela from the Redford Theatre.

LaserDics: *Basically giant DVDs*

Son of Dracula, 1943 starring Lon Chaney Jr. *Not that great of a movie*

Special Edition Bram Stoker’s Dracula, 1992. Starring Gary Oldman. *I have not seen the film on this laserdisc and hope to keep it that way, in its pretty sleeve for collector’s value. Got it on a pile of Lasedisc dad got on Ebay about two or less years ago*

Vampire’s Kiss, 1988. Starring Nicolas Cage. *Haven’t seen it yet but I do wish to.*

Not Shown: Kiss of the Vampire, Hammer film. *An interesting movie, with alot of love for the score. The composer wrote the featured concerto JUST for this film!*

VHS:

Nosferatu 1979, English dub. *Not so good to have the dub*

Return of the Vampire, 1944 starring Bela Lugosi. *bought cheap from a fellow Bela-collector last year*

Vampire Hunter D, 1985 anime film. *got in a bundle of bad vampire films, lucky me!*

A Return to Salem’s Lot, 1987 sequel. *not seen yet, because I need to see the first film!*

Dracula 2000, starring Gerard Butler. *I secretly watched this two years ago, as it has an R rating. Okay, not too good film. Interesting Dracula concept*

Bram Stoker’s Dracula, 1992 starring Gary Oldman. *not my favorite but definitely an artsy, awesome movie. Perfect for those who love a Dracula/Mina romance, and Gary Oldman*

NOT PICTURED: Dusk Till Dawn, Ankle Biters, American Vampyre, Hollywood Vampire and Razor Blade Smile. *The last one is a horrible 1998 movie, but at the same time a bit interesting. Has some commentary on the 90’s Goths before 2000 hit big time with the pure invention of modern Emos and Twilight*

DVDs:

Vampire Hunter D, 2001. Anime movie. *This rocked my world in 2007!

*The Bela Lugosi Collection: *five films*Dracula, a collection of films including the original Nosferatu, The Vampire Bat, Messiah of Evil, Satanic Rites of Dracula * Christopher Lee hammer Dracula film*, Grave of the Vampire and The Thirsty Dead.

Count Dracula 1973 directed by Jess Franco. *poor movie, but Lee took initiative to finally do a proper Dracula film than the hash he was doing for Hammer*

Dracula 1979 starring Frank Langella. *Very lovely film, but not 1005 the best*

Dracula the BBC miniseries 1976 starring Louis Jourdan. *This is udnerappreciated! Its the closet to the book in EVERYTHING!*

Van Helsing 2004 starring Richard Roxburgh. *I had a huge crush on Roxula here, that’s what got me into vampires in the first place, the winter of 2006.*

The Complete Trinity Blood Boxset. *A very nice anime, especially the music. Sadly I’m sure it pales in comparison with the original novels, and definitly to the manga I’ve read!*

Books: *in no particular order. In * marks are notes on where I got it from and memories attached to it*

The Ultimate Dracula: Collection of short stories with stories by Anne Rice, Dan Simmons…1991 *Used bookstore in Chicago, 2007. Really nice chilling reads*

Lust for Blood: The Continuing Story of Vampires by Olga Hoyt 1984. *from a friend of the theatre. Scared the hell out of me with the account on Batharoy in school!*

Vampire: The Complete Guide to the World of the Undead by Manuela Dunn Mascetti 1992. *Used bookstore 2 years ago. Very ncie coffeetable book.*

The Vampyre by John Polidori, and the original idea’s fragment by Lord Byron. Dover publishing with two other early gothic novels, originally 1966 now plastic reprint. *This was also from the same bookstore in Ferndale, MI. I couldn’t pass up on reading the first Gothic novels!*

The Vampire: In Legend and Fact by Basil Cooper 1973. *This book basically from a time before the 90’s and right before the Anne Rice craze has ALOT of information on the Twilight-like craze associated with the show Dark Shadows. Very informative, a piece of history. From a friend of the theatre about last year.*

Vampires, Wine and Roses short story collection 1997. *I haven’t finished this yet, its a lovely book. From the Ferndale bookstore nearly two years ago.*

Blood Thirst: 100 Years of Vampire Fiction short story collection. Also introduction and edited by historian Leonard Wolf. 1997. *This is another good collection of fine pre-2000’s vampire stories. Chicago bookstore as well, 3 years ago.*

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. *I read this before the hype, and I still didn’t like it. I thought it was a boring urban fantasy*

Fangoria Vampires: Collection of Interviews 1996. *Great historical content on Fangoria magazine interviews of vampire films late 80’s till mid 90’s. Includes insight on The Lost Boys, Innocent Blood, From Dusk till Dawn, The Two Vampire Orphans, etc.*

American Vampires. Fans, Victims, Practitioners by Norine Dresser. 1989. *The author talks about people who really think they are vampires and a bit about the vampire in the media. An updated version of Basil Cooper’s historical-modern accounts of vampire-media basically, but with more focus on the vamp-goths as they arose into the 90’s. Interesting but still a poor read. From the theatre friend as well last year.*

100 Vicious Little Vampire Stories collection of lesser-known-author’s vamp stories. 1995. *This was from Chicago 3 years ago. I read this at my grandparent’s house. Its a great nostalgic book for me, with that old yellowing musty old book smell. Tear in the top corner of the paper cover.*

A Dream of Dracula: In Search of the Living Dead by then-younger Dracula historian Leonard Wolf. 1972 first edition hardcover. *Some people are lucky to have this. I think this is an AMAZING book by the amazing renowned professor on his observations, like the ‘American Vampire’ book by Norine, of real vampire people and the vamps in media. However this is a time fresh from the 60’s! Its amazing to read and a treasure to have this book. I spent many a month, two years ago, looking at it in the Ferndale bookstore before finally getting it*

The Mammoth Book of Vampires New Edition of 2004. Edited by Stephen Jones. *Another large collection of standard and hidden, marvelous 90’s gems of short stories. Includes stuff from Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman and Kim Newman as well. Also from the Chicago bookstore 3 years ago.*

Dracula: Prince of Many Faces by Radu R. Florescu and Baymond T. McNally. 1989 paperback first edition.  *THIS IS A MUST HAVE for ALL DRACULA HISTORIANS. They have charted and talked of his life and times, the Real Vlad the Impaler. This was one of the first Dracula books I got beginning my craze early 2007.*

The Vampire Chronicles: Interview with the Vampire, The vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned in one large book, by Anne Rice. 1976, 1985, and 1988. Book edition 2003. *Anne Rice’s books have a peculiar lovely style and stories to tell that are good reads, however they are unique and have their own set of opinions. Many don’t like to read them, which is quite fine. I  infact got so bored and moved on I haven’t read the other Vampire books she’s written nor even the 4th in the series yet! But I will, some day.*

The Essential Dracula by Bram Stoker, annotated by Leonard Wolf. 1975, book edition 2004. *For those who want to delve deeper into the original novel, this is the annotated version with surprising wonderful notes on sentences, origins etc. for the Stoker-aholic. I recommend if ye be studying the novel deeper with the help of the wonderful Leonard. Got from the Science Fiction Book club last year*

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. 2005, paperback. *This was a book recommended by my old-friend’s mother. Its world acclaimed and a good novel, and stems in the line of a deeper Vlad the Impaler-related mystery like the ‘Da Vinci Code’ with secret societies and such. Great novel, very intelligent.*

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King, 1975. This edition 1999. *Good Stephen-esque horror story, dealing with my favorite subject of ‘small towns of America being haunted by something’. But still, ‘IT’ is a way better ‘version’ of this. I haven’t read much King yet. This was a birthday gift, from the Ferndale store, by my best friend Kitleigh. Read it over the Blue Lake music camp summer 2010*

The Vampire Archives: The Most Complete volume of Vampire Tales ever Published.2006. *This is a BIG PAPERBACK and I’m still reading it. It has classics from the 1800’s and beyond. Wonderful, the world needs a book like this to help collect things from our vampire history.*

The Bloody Red Baron by Kim Newman. 1995. *Great novel, Chicago bookstore 2007. Alternate take on World War 1, in a world ruled by vampires*

The Vampire: A Study by Montague Summers. Edition 1991, study unknown. *This book bored me *got it 3 years ago from the Ferndale bookstore* because its a detailed indepth giant thesis on every bit of ancient history of all culture’s of vampires! A certain good read of information for the in-depth vampireologist.*

Blood Groove by Alex Bledsoe. 2009. *This book I got recently from the Scifi club. Its a nice story but I didn’t like it, even if the Urban Fantasy is set in 1971, and even if it mentions a ‘YES’ song! However enjoy if you will if you like a modern-book on a time of vampires that was populated with Hammer films*

The Society Of S by Susan Hubbard. 2007. *This is an okay-story, got it almost 3 years ago from the Scifi club. The story of a girl who’s really a vampire, a very moody book. But the writing didn’t give the main character or her family much depth. I didn’t like the style, too empty. Reminded me of Bella.*

Bloodline and Bloodline: The Reckoning by Kate Cary -who also wrote the ‘Warriors’ series about cats- 2005 and 2007. *I got these 3 years ago as well, Chicago. These are far better sequels to the original novel than the official one that came out last year! FAR better, only problem it lacks Dracula. These are perfect sequels, written in the diary-style of the original. Read these instead of Ian Holt’s version*

Dracula The Un-Dead by Ian Holt and Dacre Stoker. 2009. *This is a very bad book. Poor writing and horrible movie-like plot. Even in the notes by Ian he WANTED this book to be written FIRST before they plan on a hollywood blockbuster of this ‘official’ sequel. A pity this story contradicts itself and does a double-insane-backflip and middle-fingering up the asses of Dracula lovers. I’m glad that the initial press has died and let the book go rot and wither. Its a sad waste of writing and my time*

The Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice. Hardcover 1992. *I haven’t read this yet: Got out of my Anne Rice phase too soon. Got this from The Dawn Treader bookshop, Ann Arbor, a few years ago. The fourth and sequel to ‘Queen of the Damned’. Book’s in very good condition! Except the plastic cover*

Dracula by Bram Stoker. Magnum Books Easy-Eye paperback, 1970. *This was my dad’s novel during college. Then I read it in early 2007. Now its falling apart. I will treasure this always, reading it in the car in Royal Oak in the February air…*

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. 1976. *This particular book was also from Chicago, and this small, 70’s puke-yellow covered book was the first I read of this classic revolutionary vampire story.*

Vittorio The Vampire by Anne Rice. 1999 hardcover. *This is another Anne Rice vampire story, I got this and the next selection from the Royal Oak Salvation Army two years ago, I think in spring or summer. I know my dad was there on that shopping trip, probably getting his dress shirts. Anyways have yet to read it, but definitely will when another Anne Rice phase comes up. Relatively good condition.*

Pandora by Anne Rice. 1998 *From the Salvation Army, also in good condition. Never read by me.*

The Vampire Companion: The Official Guide to Anne Rice’s ‘The Vampire Chronicles’1993 edition, large hardcover. *Mind you this was written before the previous two above! This was also dedicated to a lady named Aurelia, as it was her ‘Happy Birthday! Love, Mom’ October 14, 1993. I don’t remember where the hell I got this book. I don’t even really need it until I get into Anne Rice again.*

Vampire Hunter D books 1-10 by Hideyuki Kikuchi. From the 80’s, Borders Book’s editions 2006-present. *These are very great books of a vampire-post-apocalyptic future of horrible monsters and everything. Under appreciated novels to Western vampire scholars, as they sit collecting dust in the manga section unfairly next to ‘Vampire Kisses’ and ‘Vampire Knight’. These are wonderful book s that I’ve made my mission to buy them*expensive though* instead of renting from any library*

The Lord Baltimore, or the Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden.  *Very good story and illustrations by Hellboy creator*

NOT PICTURED: Vampireology, the pop-up book.

Comics:

Vampire Hunter D Manga 1 and 2 adapted manga versions of the original novels, manga by Saiko Takaki. *These are okay mangas, the style is very nice but very Manga in execution of the themes. It lacks alot of the darkness and mello, gloomy themes and styles from the novel’s main original illustrator. But after all, this IS a manga, not some artsy graphic novel version of the first 2 novels.*

Assorted Vampire Princess Miyu comics 90’s, Iron Cat comics. *A random mix from ebay my dad got me 3 years ago. Very nice bits and pieces of the running comic-book-style manga series.*

The Tomb of Dracula issue 2 by Rodi, Tolagson, and Palmer. Marvel comics. 2005, monthly issue. *Got this last month at the Midnight Vault comic books store in Ann Arbor. It reminds me of the modern genre like ‘Blade’ and ‘Dracula 2000’ of modern action movies and plots, guns and cool weapons, with Dracula rising from the dead. However good points is that it appears the vampires have a god: Varnae. -sound familiar? Its from the vampire character Varney in the 1800’s French Penny Dreadful story. HOW AWESOME IS THAT-*

Vlad the Impaler: Dracula. Part 4, no. 10 1993. British, Dark Horse comics. *This is a very accurate-style Dracula comic on the rise of Dracula from the grave. Includes alot of historical references that, frankly, are really fact: the name of his second wife, his kids, Vlad the Monk….holy SH*T. Recently got for cheap at the Ann Arbor comic store from above as well.*

Batman: Vampire DC collection of three multiverse Batman comics. *Now this is a dang good comic series. Real dark and everything I wanted in a Batman comic, plus alot of gothic inquiry.*

Misc

Dracula 1931 clips on a 35 mm film reel.A little ‘Count Chocula’ picture from a cereal box two years ago.

The Psychology of Edward Cullen

Posted in Book Reviews, Fun Stuff with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2009 by Sahkmet

Oh what have we found…

My Realm of Fantasy magazine for December 2009 came yesterday, and so I eagerly looked to my most favorite column, the Folkroots section now written by SatyrPhil Brucato. This month’s installment was about the archetype in literature and psychological functions of the ‘Demon Lover’, the bad-boy, the temptress, the evil powerful supernatural lover character of tales and reality.

My particular attention came to the paragraphs describing a particular type of Demon Lover that has become immensely popular, and that type is, in its example it talked about, Edward Cullen of Twilight fame.

Due to copyright, I will not post the entire paragraphs word-for-word because that is Brucato’s work (duh) and if you want, buy that issue, because Realms of Fantasy has just switched owners and it needs the money because the ads and work in these new magazines needs serious mental help and money for better staff. 😛 Luckily the stories are still quality.

A demon lover is generally a ‘bad’ one, a representational character of things morally not right or what we ourselves wouldn’t do, which makes them whether a seductive villain or villianess attractive to many persons, including myself. Their power to dominate, to go against society rules, to be an outcast and see a different perspective *whether good or bad* to be supernatural and stronger in many cases…this is what characterizes a Demon Lover.

However we are here to discuss what Brucato has helped to explain why multitudes of young teenager girls and other age groups of women have so flocked to the realm of Twilight. In my previous opinionated musings in my head, I had come across the idea that perhaps Edward’s ‘whiney-emo’ status was attractive because the style is Emo and Scene, and the genre that has been emerging in vampire-media has been known as the Vampires in the modern school social scene genre. I was close but I had yet to fully feel confidant in why so many people, that are yet not even that shallow-minded or that into popular culture, still flock to him.

You see, not everyone falls in love with a Demon Lover. There are still a healthy population of people that fall in love with the Heroic character, the Good Boys, the powerful that are moral and golden, Prince Charmings. But the reasoning with Edward Cullen is that he is a little blur of the Good vs. Bad lovers. Edward, that sparkling vampire, is a Demon Lover who goes against his nature for the sake of his chosen innocent girl Bella Swan. This type is unusual in the past of literature but has come up more and more as a popular form of Lover in our media. As Brucato writes;

“Maybe its because, like all archetypes, this immortal figure shifts to accommodate his time and culture. And perhaps, in an age of rape drugs and porn sites, celebricults and pro-anorexia propaganda, our whole world has become a Demon Lover…and in that world, the real transgression is to care.”

This provides the basis of why these characters, viewed as ‘whining emos’ or ’emotional tragic’ Lovers are now on the rise in our society. We have advanced to accept not just black and white in the power division but of gray-matter; more and more nations with their people are advancing to individualism and intelligence in each person, our capitalist market and internet reach the world over. More people believe in the attraction of Edward because he is sacrificing what he is to become someone better through love, into considering the social cultural setting. This is what has come-up in explaining why, and defending, Edward Cullen.

I hoped I have made the most wild of Twilight-haters, those reading, to consider a form of logical respect for his popular existence, however much they generally do not like in the fantasized Lover. Now that I have taken the time to analyze and write this out, I have discovered that indeed Edward’s archetype is past-attractive type for me. When I wrote the draft of my story S.W.A.N. my villain, Radu, was conflicted within himself to change himself for the reasons of love for female-lead Valerie. This was also not quite but still similar, an idea presented to another story villain Alexander in Rosa von das Roten Tod. However my villains in the end refused or could not actually change their attitude and natural ways of Demon Lover and villain to accommodate their chosen mate. This is where I find the lack-of interest personally for Edward Cullen, not counting the writing style and setting of the entire book series. However these are my preferences and explanation why I am not drooling over Edward. (another is my dislike how the author makes vampires sparkle. The sparkiliness however enhances his sacrificial-for-good qualities however, but still it mess with my preferences in what a vampire is)

I hope you have learned from and enjoyed my rambling of the Twilight explanation.