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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. ūüôā

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.ÔĽŅ

The Ann Arbor Adventure

Posted in Fun Stuff, Life Updates, TV Show Reviews and News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2009 by Sahkmet

A stroll from 10:30 till noon, shopping and enjoying the sights of downtown Ann Arbor, MI.

Today, a Thursday, my younger sister was invited again to play and work on the theatre organ at The Michigan Theater downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan.¬† I have been to the theatre many times, and even saw my first silent film The Sheik as a child at the remarkable old movie palace. This was accompanied by the theatre organ as it was meant to. Theatre organs are more modified and fun versions of pipe organs if one doesn’t know of such things.

My family is involved with the organ and theater world whereas I am not an organ enthusiast. So while my sister played and my dad was there along with other organists, it was my thrill to go shopping down the block of fine establishments from my childhood and modern, present times.

First across the street to the local Borders bookstore. I went there the last Ann Arbor trip a few months earlier where I bought the next installment of the Vampire Hunter D series to read volume 10 and the Daft Punk Alive 2007 album. Today however I continued my adventures. I would spend little time, and money, in Borders today.¬† So there I was killing time till the Dawn Treader bookstore would open at 11.¬† I browsed through the latest Mojo and other music magazines, also considering purchasing the Britpop edition which thoroughly *and expensively* fascinated me about the UK’s pop industry. I also considered buying a book of the works of artist John Howe, Stephen King’s Salems Lot and a few books by H. P. Lovecraft. However no real need for the art book, the Salem’s book was too expensive and I would try my luck in the other bookshop (though it wasn’t there, oh well) and I will wait a bit before I delve into the Lovecraftian world with the scary cover-art by John Jude Palancar.

However my eye was caught by the sequel to one of my favorite books The Sight , Fell. I doubt the story, since it’s readily involving humans in the plot unlike the past two wonderful books Clement-Davis wrote will be that good. But my thirst for his work needed to be abated without reading that young adult Crusades book. I will begin this novel after I finish the 1990 research book American Vampire.

Before buying Fell I was a little distressed at the giant section of Twilight merchandise next to the anime and comic book corner. There were flags, chocolates, dolls, guidebooks, banners, posters, jewlery and the like on it’s own shelf and added table stand. The vampire young adult section now, since these books are more popular was no longer just another part of the whole ‘Young Adul’t but now derserved it’s special shelving next to the Twilight mess. In fact some of these novels looked very good, if more into the new phase of vampires in the media: school stories and teenagers.

On to Dawn Treader!

This is a classic used and rare bookstore. From the bottommost of my memories, where trips to Ann Arbor were more frequent when I had my music lessons at the University of Michigan. I bought a hardcover of Dinotopia in my dinosaur faze and bunches of old MAD magazines later on. Now I returned, I feasted my eyes next to the horror section unto a selection of classic Doctor Who memorabilia.

There was a large pink and yellow book of short stories and comics of the Doctors *up till 6 or 7, don’t know officially* written and drawn by various talented artists. However the price was a bit high at almost $30, and I have not reached the ultimate Doctor Who Fangirl stage to put money down on it. Instead it went to other sources.

There were two copies of the short Marvel Doctor Who graphic novel Voyager for $7.50, against something I didn’t want to spend, while also noting the cheesy and cartoonish characters in the plot, and the bright coloration contrasting with alot of inking shadows did not fully let me feel it was worth almost a full $10 bill. If one would like and is in the area, there are two of these still on the shelf.

Then there were the three Doctor Who magazines I bought each for $4.50.

The first to mention is The Offical Doctor Who Magazine No. 94, November. 1984 issue. This issue contains Novel news, a feature on Brian Hayles, the history on the Ice Warriors, and part 5 of The Voyager in black and white, and other such goodies. Not to mention the full color photo inside the color of a Daemon. I look forward to reading this issue about the Black Orchid novel and etc, including an article on the script editor Eric Saward. I don’t recommend however you cutting out the order form of a Do-It-Yourself Doctor Who knitting kit for 8.95 pounds each.

Next up is another of the magazines, this time the summer special 1986. Interviews with Adrienne Hill and Hugh David, a complete guide to new novels, exclusive photos from the Highlander episode of the 2nd Doctor, and a guide on how to be a Doctor Who villain! Special incentive? The pin-up of the first Doctor in color. Nice cane…

Finally my favorite of the bunch, the Doctor Who Season 19 Overview issue 62. apparently this season was a bunch of reruns 1996. Included are reviews by loyal longtime viewers of the aired episodes, smaller articles and a particular one about when Peter Davison (5th Doctor) was sneaked and surprised to be on This Is Your Life. On page 6 there is my most favorite in this magazine; a small ink cartoon of Anthony Ainly stepping out from his statue-piller TARDIS with a zappity plug-in and the Doctor’s diary towards a surprised cartoon Ainley. This is incredibly adorable. Adorable!

After buying these amazing historical doo-dads, I went across the road towards Bigby Coffee, having a small cup of Mutan White tea and a brownie, then browsing quickly the record store before heading back to the theatre to meet up with my sister. From there we ate at Subway where I had a flatbread steak sandwich and I drove the awful Volvo car home. The end. My, it’s hard to steer in that thing…

And so, with my reading materials I am on the way to becoming more knowledgeable about retro Doctor Who. It’ looking like 2nd and 5th Doctors are becoming my favorites…

Dream 8-11-09: Swamp and VHD

Posted in Dreams with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2009 by Sahkmet

Dream 8-11-09.

The beginning was the garden. The garden however, behind the grove o our yard was a swamp with pond weeds and scum. I was boated on floating sticks across the unknown depths of the bad water to the old fashioned pick up truck where stacks upon stacks of unknown, made-up gray Pink Floyd album and a tall tower of ceramic bowls tied with twine.  However the truck moved, and they fell into the water! Dad would be so mad!

I went to step on the sticks to get them and to shore, however my sister wouldn’t toss me them. So I leaped, and waded in the shallow water to shore. The shore being the back of our shed.

As I walked with my sister it was dark out, and where the other sheds were was farther away and a cottage. I was reading a Vampire Hunter D book where it said this village the Noble gives all the boys entering the village a test in these caves before he decides if one is to be at his pleasure. “He has a, shall we say, fondness for the males.” My sister giggled as I read it aloud.

Soon the image of Vampire Hunter D in a red tight weird hole…locked in and it looks like a red, smoother inside of a large geode. Well, next was a yellow and a blue one, with two rabbity creatures dying. Soon the vision ended and the vampire Noble *who looked like Count in the first VHD book* soon was carrying weakened D under his arm. The Noble had a greenish fine frock coat with yellowish long lacy sleeves, and D’s face was being twisted and distorted for a few moments…nonetheless I was being taken along by an invisible leash. The Noble was also bi, not gay. He had to keep up appearances anyways by having some lady!

We were led inside by some servants to the cottage, as the Noble went to a large sink and counter in the woods for his medicine. We sat at a table *familiar from the house I went to two days ago* and soon he returned with those delicious Chinese dumplings with the chives!

I ate alot of them, worried for D, and when the Noble left to get some of my ‘old friends’ D told me these were drugged with sleep drugs. The Noble meant for me to sleep while he had D…which was not very nice considering int he REALITY of the canon, Vampire Hunter D is basically invincible, and it would certainly be impossible really to rape him.

At this point the door opened and somehow I had short black hair. Outside looked in two ‘old friends of mine’ *who I had never seen before* a Pansy-flower faced lady in blue and another with dark hair in yellow.

I rubbed my head as the door immediately shut, somehow removing my straight short black hair out of a weird tie in the front, and I was wearing red. Then I was feeling loopy, strange colors as the drug took effect. Immediately I wandered into a room *again, familiar from my grandma’s house* with D, and I had a split person of myself, a hologram of a yellow dancing man on the wall. I flopped on the bed I was to share with the Noble and D *it could fit 3 as the Noble always expected* and soon fell asleep.

At this pointI woke up, once again. But went right back to sleep!

And so the dream weirdly continued. I flew to the garden and the edge of our swamp to the right. It was an airforce base where I worked. I landed, looking and walking about, past the All-Women’s-Air-Force unit with a meeting in the cockpit of a fighter plane. I watched the workers, taking over the night shift into the morning, clear and work at the desk I had worked at *supposedly* earlier in the night. All was fine as the sun rose over the morphing-in-size, bustling airport.

The End.