Sunday, 31 May 2009

A Sleepy Sunday...

After a busy week this looks like being a quieter day, but lets get started.

A few more sites running with the "Dear Dracula" news, a CGI film in the works. Movieweb has a piece here, and the Hollywoodnorthreport has a piece with a couple of sample bits from the graphic novel.

Ahh... Twilight & MTV awards day today. No doubt tomorrow's news will be full of Twilight being the bestest movie ever, as voted by tweeny sparklie loving veggie whiny vampire fans. First links of what will no doubt be many are here. Here is the official MTV piece on the awards (Thanks to Deaana at Vampire Cafe for spotting)

Vampire Cafe also spotted this...behind the scenes look at "Dylan Dog", an Italian graphic novel featuring vamps, among other critters.

Here is news of a production in New York. Dracula will be showing at the Geva Theatre centre in Rochester NY on Friday 19th June and Sunday 21st June. Full details are here.

QuietEarth has done a review of "Blood : The Last vampire" here.

This isnt new, but i just spotted it today - for those of you that like to read up on vampire lore and it's origins, have a look at this.

Possibly the big news of the day...UK Tabloid TheMirror has news that Jennifer Ellison is to have a role in "Carmilla" based on the cult Victorian novel of the same name which pre-dated Bram Stoker's Dracula by 25 years.

A piece from Gabrielle Faust's Eternal Vigilance site now. Angeline Hawke's collection of Horror has gone on sale here.

Taliesin's review of the day is "Black Blood Brothers" a 12 part vampire anime series.

Blog news i'll start putting down here... added a few bits today! I've created a "Vamps on Stage" calendar, that hopefully over the coming weeks as i find stuff, i will populate with vampire plays, musicals and productions wherevere they may be. I've also added the Sublime Requiem forum to the links, and created a little chunk for Vampire Communities - sites that have forums but a lot more content to go with them. So far that section has the Darkness Embraced site, and the Vampirefreaks site. Finally...I got tired of the default bland logo at the top so i spent 15 mins in photoshop knocking something together that i think looks ok.

Saturday, 30 May 2009

More on Dear Dracula...

Lots more articles on the "Dear Dracula" news from yesterday about the series being turned into a CGI film by Kickstart Productions. Shocktilyoudrop has a small piece here, Dreadcentral has their piece here, with MTV and ICv2 also running articles. Bloody-disgusting.com also has a couple of sample pages from the graphic novel here.

The LA Times has news of a mini horror film festival this weekend in the city here.

Newsweek.com has done a piece on Guillermo Del Toro's "The Strain" here.

The filmexperience blog has a nice piece on recent vamp flicks here.

ScifiGuy has done a series of eight short reviews on books, most of them vampire, here.

News here of Amber Benson (Tara from Buffy) and her new book release "Death's Daughter"

Taliesin has done a review today of some classic vampire literature here.


Gabrielle Faust's Eternal Vigilance site spotted this...a new True Blood promo.



And staying with True Blood, Vampire Cafe spotted this, the latest Viral marketing video for the new series.


A late book review addition to finish off Saturday's updates.
Icewarmth.com has a review of "betrayed" by PC & Kristen Cast here.

Friday, 29 May 2009

Red Scream Vampyres & Dear Dracula coming to the big screen?

Let's start with this...news today that there are two more books in the ChicagoLand Vampire series on the way, the publishers giving the go ahead for two more of these popular books by Chloe Neill.

News from comicbookresources that Kickstart Productions has picked up the option for turning Joshua Williamson's "Dear Dracula" series into something for the big screen. The amctv blog also has a piece on this.

EscapistMagazine has some more detail of the demise of the Castlevania film project here.

Egames is currently developing a vampire game called "The Dracula Files". You can see how it is coming along here.

Dublin recently celebrated Bram Stokers Dracula with a whole day of events around the "One City One Book" initiative. The Box of Obfuscation blog has done a nice piece on this, and includes a podcast of the discussion on Vampires in Film by the gathered vampire experts here.

Religiondespatches.org has an interview with Joseph Laycock about his upcoming book "Modern Vampires : Your Neighbours and Spouses" out on May 30th.

Lots of people seem pretty angry about Bloodcopy.com - a fake blog run by HBO to promote True Blood season 2. Google news has a piece here from Associated Press.

Lots of sites are still running with the Buffy remake news, and more to the point that none of the major players from the tv series are going to be involved...no spike, willow, buffy, angel etc, and no Joss Weldon to direct it. Nothing has changed since the piece on the blog a couple of days ago.

Two pieces from Gabrielle Faust's Eternal Vigilance site now. Red Scream Vampyres and Red Scream Nosferatu. Twilight this is NOT! There are fangs, blood, gore and violence! Vampyres is now available from amazon, and pre-orders are being accepted for Nosferatu.

Red Scream Nosferatu Trailer


Red Scream Vampyres trailer


Thanks to Vampire Cafe for spotting these... five featurettes on Blood : The Last vampire are here at scifiscoop.

A little Twilight news here, courtesy of Vampire Wire - some more dubious marketing designed to drag a few more $$ from the twi-harders.

LoveVampires.com has an interview with Keri Arthur, author of the recent vampire book "Chasing the Shadows"

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Vamps in Spiderman 4

Big news today is Sam Raime talking about having the vampire Morbius as the bad guy in Spiderman 4. Fearnet has this interview here (not available in UK for some reason) Hoping we get to see Kirsten Dunst being vamped!

Entertainment Weekly runs with a piece on Guiillermo Del Toro's "The Strain" here

IO9 has a bit of a rant on True Blood's false advertising campaign here.

Twilight stuff now... Rottentomatoes.com has some new stills from the "New Moon" film. And then there is this... i mentioned earlier that MTV seems obsessed with Twilight, now they have it up for the "Best fight of the year award" at their MTV movie awards. All i'll say is this - MTV, have a night out in Doncaster, you will see more violence there, and quite possibly better acting and more drama. Much more chance of seeing fangs also...

Deaana at Vampire Cafe has spotted this... 89 stills from New Moon filming.

Following on from yesterday's news that the Castlevania film project fell to bits again, The Examiner has a piece on the console game here.

Luke reviews has done a piece on "The vampire, The Werewolf and Other Gothic Tales"

The Vino Bodega site has an article on the book "Marked" by PC & Kristen Cast.

The suburban vampire has the english language trailer for "Blood : the last vampire" here.

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Being Human

Now this... Being Human, a BBC series featuring a vamp, werewolf and a ghost is definately worth watching. It has a second series on the way, no mean feat given the usual fate of most things featuring vampires. News today that our american friends will get the chance to watch here, at Vampire Cafe, and here is what Taliesin thought of it.

Comicbookmovie.com has disappointing news that the proposed Castlevania film has died a death once again.

Yahoo has made the first 5 minutes of "Blood: The last Vampire" available to watch online.

News of another Dracula film now... Albert Serra is reported to be turning his hand to a Bram Stoker remake here.

Aurora University is to start doing a course on Vampires... far more worthwhile than trying to wade through advanced computer science thoery, believe me!

The Rap Sheet has a piece on Bram Sotker's Dracula and the upcoming sequel by descendant Dacre Stoker called "Dracula : The Un-dead"

New Zealand site Stuff.co.nz has a good interview with Guillermo Del Toro here, as he talks about his new release "The Strain"

Fang-tastic books has a review of "Love Fang" by Susan Blexrud here

Martzreviewz blog has a review of "Some girls bite" by Chloe Neill here.


I need a True Blood section today, lots of stories about.
The California Chronicle has news of more fake adverts for vampires, in the build up to True Blood Season 2, June 14th. "Feel the wind in your fangs" is a good line...

Projo.com has a piece on author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels that became true Blood here.

Need to see more clips of Season 2 and cant wait a few more weeks? HBO has released some more promo snippets of the new series here, thanks to BuddyTV for publishing.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Buffy Returns...?

Big news today is speculation that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is going to get a second film...lots of sites running with it, but as far as i can see there is nothing signed, just interest from the director of the first film (Fran Rubul Kuzui, NOT Joss Weldon) and talks about it. Soon as something becomes definite, I will post it here of course! Best of the articles is here, from Rueters.

The Examiner.com has a piece on "Let the Right one in" here, and a piece on "Vampire : The Requiem", White Wolf's RPG game here. Incidentally, there were rumours 6 months ago that White Wolf were working on a MMORPG of "Vampire : The Masquerade", an online game that thousands could play together online... everything has gone quiet, but that is something that I personally would love to see happen.

Grafvw.com has a review of "Dead and Gone", latest in the Sookie Stakhouse series by Charlaine Harris here.

This is new... "A Vampire Tale" is on the way to film, one of "The Breathing Dead" Novelettes.

Taliesin's review of the day is "Underworld : Rise of the Lycans"

Monday, 25 May 2009

Christopher Lee & Hammer Horror return...

This slipped right under my radar, possibly because the film does not look to be a vampire one, but this is worth a mention anyway. The Telegraph reports that the mighty Christopher lee is set to work with the relaunched Hammer Horror film studio.

The Korea Times ahs news of "Thirst" winning the jury prize at the Cannes film festival.

The Examiner has a piece on Lucienne Diver, author of "Vamped" here, and a piece comparing Twilight and Romeo & Juliet

Amberkatze book blog has an interview with Vicki Petterson, who has "Vampire Romance" among her work.

Taliesin reviews True Blood Season 1 today, by far the best vampire series to make it onto telly I reckon. Season 2 comes to HBO in the states on 14th June, not long to wait! Vampire Cafe has also done their review of Season 1 here.

This raised a smile...spotted it on Gabrielle Fausts Eternal Vigilance site...now there is some gore, and of course i wouldnt recommend this kind of behaviour...but LOL!



Incidentally, that looks a hell of a lot like the Mighty Boosh guy impaling people...

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Revenant review and bits...

DreadCentral.com has done a review of "The Revenant" here, which made its debut at the recent Zompire Undead Film Festival. Sounds like one worth getting hold of, if you can find it.

This has to be the silliest story out there today...congrats to TheExaminer.com for a long piece on why Britney Spears needs a vampire boyfriend. To be fair to TheExaminer, they try and make up for that with a general piece on vampires here.

Another general vamps in films article is here, at timestranscript.com.

The Chickwithbooks blog has started a giveaway competition featuring several vamp books. If you like vamp competitions like this, check out Lady Vampire's lair, which features all sorts of competitions like this one... link is over there >>>

ReviewerX has a good, detailed review of "Vampire Acadamy" by Richelle Mead here.

Taliesin digs into his past, with a review of "The Groovy Goolies" kids cartoon.

Saturday, 23 May 2009

More Vampire Diaries footage

The Examiner has a new trailer for Vampire Diaries here, and the trailer for the pilot... at least these vamps dont sparkle, and... did i see fangs there?

Upcoming Horror movies has news of "Dinner With a vampire" being released on DVD August 25th.

Since weekends are fairly quiet on the news front... The Viewspaper has a review of Twilight here.

Fire & Ice has a review of PC & Kristin Karst's "Marked".

More on the British woman who was labelled a vampire and killed in Peru in 1913, as reported in The Sun yesterday. Metro.co.uk has a piece here, and The Daily Mail has an article here... a good long piece, although i am not sure the pic of a vampire bride from van Helsing is quite how she would have looked in 1913!

Ithappenedwritehere blog runs a piece on Bram Stoker here.

SciFi Pulse has something worth looking at... an interview and podcast with graphic novelist Tony Lee, about his new work "Harker"

Amberkatz blog has a review of "Some Girls Bite" by Chloe Neill here

Words fail me... Robert Pattinson auctioning off kisses for $20000 EACH! still, its a charitable thing...maybe he should do that full time from now on?


Friday, 22 May 2009

Friday Fun

A quieter day today... dozens of sites running with CW choosing to go ahead with the Vampire Diaries series... so since we got that story yesterday, heres the stuff that isnt that!

Silly piece here at the courier-journal.com... a comparison of old school and new school vampires.

Loaded Couch Potatoes has a nice piece on Twilight and its almost - vampires here.

Cimespace.ning.com has a brief review of "Dracula doesnt live here anymore" and "Kiss of life" by Brian L Porter.

And heres some british tabloid journalism at its best. "Dracula Bride from Burnley Buried Alive"

Fang-tastic books has a review of "Penetrating the Darkness" by Sheila Stewart, and an interview with the author herself.

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Catch-up Thursday

Ok, lots to get through... 83 work and vamp emails sat in my inbox this afternoon, that will teach me to go away for a couple of days!

True Blood DVD of the first season is now out... The Hub has a review of the box set.

ActiveAnime.com has a review of "Vampire Hunter D the Manga Vol 3" (released yesterday)

Its ten years since Buffy came along, and its still on tv every single day...at least in the UK anyway, i guess the USA is the same. The Independant has a piece on Buffy to ceelbrate its 10 years, and an interview with its creator, Joss Weldon.

Zahir over at Undead Whispers has done a review of Noho Arts Centre's Dracula, and it sounds darn good! Thanks to Eternal Vigilance who supplied the link to their website where the production can be watched in full here.

Comicbookresources.com has a piece on "The complete Dracula" here





Various News snippetts from the excellent "Eternal Vigilence" site by Gabriell Faust now.

The New Scientist has a piece on the possibility of genetically engineering a blood drinking vampire here.

True Blood Season 2 Posters are here! and do they look good... Eternal Vigilance reports that AccessHollywood has all of them here.

The Vampire Diaries teaser trailer is here as well, probably the biggest news of the day. JustJared.com has first look pics here.



My least favourite section of the blog, although i know there are plenty out there that like the sparklie vampires...its just not for me. This is the Twilight pointless story section.

Robert pattinson says he would would rather be a wizard. Congrats for Myparkmag.com for this nuggett.

Twilight is sexist. I thought it was just plain old rubbish, but there you go... twilight is sexist, according to this.

The LA Times has some news i really shouldnt label pointless... Robert pattinson has signed up for the fourth in the Twilight Series, Breaking Dawn. Also properly bloggable, is the Poster for New Moon.

Robert Pattinson was at the Cannes film festival, sharing some pearls of wisdom here.

The Telegraph reckons Twilight will be the biggest selling DVD of 2009 in the UK... only if the hype continues to obscure the reviews of the film... so yes, i'm sure it will be.

More on MTV's obsession with Twilight here...not content with nominating the film for just about every award going, they are having the Twilight cast present a scene from New Moon. Full story here.

and finally...this. Twilight sweeties, or candy to our american friends. Well done to Necco and the Springfield Sun, you have won the Pointless Story of the day award.


The Lookatthatbook blog has a review of PC and Kristen Cast's "Marked" here

Dread Central has a good, long interview with Doug Hutchinson, the creator of the web series "Vampire Killers" here.

The New York Times has run a piece on Charliane Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels that became True blood here.

Redblog has a bit more on Dreamworks proposed remake of "Fright Night".

Jeanine Frost's blog has a teaser for her next novel, "A Drop of Crimson" here

The Austrian Times has another piece on Draculas Castle (Bran castle) being handed back to its rightful owner here.

Marvel is currently doing a comic series called "Captain Britain vs Dracula". According to comicbookresources.com, its just been cancelled...

Now heres something entirely new. Andy Fish is doing a graphic novel "Harker" that is going to take the form of a daily online comic strip, starting May 25th. Official website is here, and first news of this is here.

Ankhs paw blog has a piece on the origins of the word vampire or vampyre here.

The New Jersey real-time news site has a piece on a 9 yr old who has been invited to show her film at a festival here. In this film, the vampire can only be driven away by garlic potato chips... Lets face it. we have all seen worse!

Australian site smh.com has a piece on "Lesbian vampire Killers" here. The age.com site also has a piece, unfortunately coming to the same conclusion as most of the rest of the world.

Vampire books blogspot has a review of "Bloody Good" by Georgia Evans here. This book is out June 2nd.

and thats it... trust me to go away on two really busy days, that has taken ages!

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

A short break...

A short update today, as i am heading off to Whitby with the missus for her birthday treat. For anyone that is planning on going to whitby, there is one place you simply have to stay in, if you can... the Bats and Broomsticks B&B. The blog won't get an update tomorrow or thursday i am afraid, but look for a monster update on friday!

Right... on with the news i have got early on a tuesday morning.

Who wouldnt want this castle back? The Romainian government has now handed back ownership of Bran - Dracula's castle back to its rightful owner. Full story here.

Newsarama.com has a piece on "The Complete Dracula", the upcoming graphic novel here.

I'm not sure how to describe this. Perhaps this is how Dracula would address the world if he decided to go public in this P.C age?

The Libraryjournal.com has a brief review of "Fangland" by John Marks here

Warmingglow blog has a little rant on "The Vampire Diaries" being turned into a series for CW. I can see his point...certainly hope these vampires are allowed to bite and dont sparkle...not naming any recent films of course.

Proudbookworm blog hasa nice piece by D.B Reynolds, author of the "Vampires in America" series here.

Monday, 18 May 2009

Vampire Diaries gets a series!

Today's big news is Vampire Diaries progressing from pilot to series on CW in the autumn. Sites running with this are Dread Central, The LA Times, Fangoria online, shocktilyoudrop.com and Aceshowbiz.com.

The Associated Press has a review of "Thirst" at the Cannes film festival here. The Calgary Herald also has a piece on Thirst's impact here.

Shocktilyoudrop.com also has a bit of Twilight : New Moon news - sounds like a clip is going to be debuting on the MTV music awards.

And yet more from Shocktilyoudrop.com - they have been on the set of "Dead of Night", a live action adaptation of Italian comic Dylan Dog. Taye Diggs (of Equilibrium) is playing the vamp in this according to Dreadcentral.com


Onto Reviews now... The DVDLounge has a good review of the "Let The Right One In" DVD here. Many people said this was the best vamp film for 20 years, so it may well be worth spending a few pennies on...

Fang-tastic books has a review of "Undead and Unwelcome" by Mary Janice Davidson.

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl gets some backing...

Evenin' all... not been a bad weekend news wise, sometimes at the end of the week everything dries up.

Biggest news first... that LA based production company Eleven Arts has picked up the international rights for "Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl" are here at screendaily.com. The gore-laden film is set for an August 18th release in Japan, and presumably in other countries a few days later.

MonstersandCritics.com has a bit of an interview with Twilight's Robert Pattinson here.

Itschaitime.com has a piece on "The Vampire Don" Don Henrie here. Don Henrie has appeared on "Mad Mad House" on the scifi channel, and is the spokesperson for a gothic / alternative model agency.

Computer game news now... Gamershell.com has news of "The Dracula Files" being released this summer.

Vampire Movies has news that the "New Moon" Twilight sequel scripts were found in the trash. If only... ok, won't go there.


Right... thats new news done, onto reviews now.

Ohio.com has an article on "Dead and Gone" the latest in the Sookie Stackhouse series of books from Charlaine Harris.

Bittenbybooks.com has a small piece on "Vampire Kristmas" by Donna Michaels here.

DVDTalk has a good detailed review of the True Blood complete series 1 set on Blu-ray.



Blog news finally... came across LadyVampire's Lair today, a regularly updated blog with competitions for vampire goodies...well worth checking out! it's now on the links over there >>>

I've also added the Gabrielle Faust site over there >>> after very kindly giving this blog a plug!
Gabrielle is the author of two vampire books that received rave reviews, the "Eternal Vigilance" series. Her site is also running a nice promo here and here with Vampire Wines.

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Thirst in the news...

Lots of coverage of "Thirst" at the Cannes Film Festival. Rottentomatoes.com has a good review here. Also running a piece on Thirst is Monstersandcritics.com, and GoogleNews has an article here. Also running a story is Time Magazine.

English.chosun.com has an interview with Jeon Ji-hyun, lead actress from "Blood : The last vampire"

Blogcritics.org has done a review of the first season of True Blood here as the entire first season DVD comes out.

We have an interview with author of teen-vamp book "Eternal" by Cynthia Leitich Smith here.

NewsBlaze has a piece on the upcoming release of "Blood Ties" Season 1 on DVD here.

"The Complete Dracula" comic / graphic novel is out next week, and Newsarama has exclusive artwork here.

Friday, 15 May 2009

A good end to the week...

Vampire Diaries news first... With CW having picked up the rights to turn the book series into something for the telly, Rueters has news that they have started hiring for the show - a good indication that it is going ahead!

Guillermo Del Toro's new book next, "The Strain" has its website up and running, and a very nice one it is too! Visit the website here - The Strain is set for a June 2nd release.

Fangoria has a nice blog from James Zhan on "True Blood" here

"Blood : The Last Vampire" next... Shocktilyoudrop has news of 150 new stills from the film here.

Comic news now... this isnt new, but i only came across it today. "Abandon : First Vampire" is a webcomic from Greg Carter and Elliot Dombo.

First news of "Thirst" and its reaction from the pundits at the Cannes Film Festival here... it gets an "OK but not great" in this one.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Fright Night!

Book reviews first...

Preternatural reviews has a review of the new book by P.C and Kristen Cast, "Marked"

Bitten By Books has a review of "Last Vampire Standing" by Nancy Haddock here.

Fang-tastic books today has an interview with the author of "Where the rain is made", K Celeste Bryan.

The Reviewer Guy has a piece on the recent Underworld : Rise of the Lycans DVD, as does Fangoria here.

The Celebrity Cafe has a piece on the upcoming MTV movie awards and their love for Twilight.

News-antique.com has news of another of those ancient antique vampire hunter kits going under auction here...not cheap, last one went for $12,000!

Biggest news of the day comes from Bloody-disgusting.com, and its news of a remake of Fright Night by Dreamworks - read the full article here.

And finally... Taliesin's review of the day is the 1998 release "Club Vampire"

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Blood : The Last Vampire Poster is released

Following up on yesterday's release of the final trailer, today we have the final poster. Lots of sites have it, but DreadCentral is a favourite site.

Newsarama.com has news of an upcoming addition to the Buffy comic book series here. Release date is June 3rd.

The litbites blog has an interview with Mari Mancusi, author of the Blood Coven series of books.

News of "The Dracula Files", a game on the way for PC, Nintendo and Wii in the second half of the year.

Vampirates, a new theatre production is set to tour Australia... news story here.

Taliesin's review of the day is "psyched by the 4d witch"

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Two new trailers!

TheAustralian.news.com has a long (and kind) piece on Lesbian Vampire Killers, and an interview with the vampire queen (Silvia Colloca) from the film here.

Rueters has an interview with "Thirst" Director Park Chan-wook and his plans to take the film to the Cannes film festival here.

True Blood Season 2 trailer is here! normally i link to sites for these, but since it is everywhere...



Stltoday blog also has details of the first three episodes, as provided by HBO.

Another trailer...the final trailer release for the upcoming "Blood : The Last Vampire" is here, at monstersandcritics.com



Onto books...
Ravenous Romance has news of a release today - "Bites of Passion : An Anthology of Vampire Erotica"

and finally...Taliesin's review of the day is "The Lament of a Lamb" from 2002

Monday, 11 May 2009

Underworld Blu-ray problems, Disco Dancing vampires & more book stuff

The standard-freeholder website has a piece on tomorrows release of the Underworld : Rise of the Lycans DVD bundle here. Sounds like there might be problems with quality on the Blu-Ray release. DVDTAlk also has a less-than-impressed review of the release here.

Darkhourvampires blog has a piece today on "The Vampyre" from way back in 1819.

Interesting site
has popped up, for fans of "The Vampire Diaries" series of books here - including news of the release date for the sixth book in the series, "The Return : Shadow Souls"

The Vampire Cafe has an article on the latest release in the Sookie Stackhouse series, "Dead and Gone" here.

Like-anopenbook blog has a review of the "Marked" book, part of the House of Night series.

Another book review... Philip Palmers Debatable Spaces has a review of "The Bloody Red Baron" by Kim Newman here.

Fang-tastic books today has a review of short vampire story "Sister Margaret" by Rhonda Parrish.

Taliesin's review of the day is "Nocturna" - Disco-Dancing vampires in this one! And you thought the Beegees were scary...

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Sookie Stackhouse re-release & bits

True Blood news first... Starnewsonline has a review of the latest release from Charlaine Harris from the Sookie Stackhouse series here... the piece also contains news that following the success of True Blood on the telly, the book publishers are going to re-release the entire series in paperback form over the summer.

The Timestranscript website has a piece on the Twilight craze here.

Taliesin's review of the day is the "Are you afraid of the dark? Tale of the night shift" episode.

Saturday, 9 May 2009

A new Blood trailer...

Strange article this one... vampires and the Korean economy. it does mention that "Thirst" pulled in a million viewers in its first week on release.

Fang-tastic books today has a review of "Seducing the Darkness" by Sheila Stewart.

"Blood : The last vampire" has a new trailer out. Shocktilyoudrop.com has the exclusive release here.

Friday, 8 May 2009

The Immortal Hunter, Chloe Neill Interview

Not a lot to offer today i am afraid, but here goes.

Bookwormmom has a review of "The Immortal Hunter" by Lynsay Sands here.

Fang-tastic books has an interview with Chloe Neill, authour of "Some Girls Bite" here

Vampire Cafe has a review of the "Blood Series" by Tanya Huff, the books behind the popular "Blood Ties" series.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Two vampire comics and cover art for Dracula : The Undead

Dracula comic new first... horrorfictionnews.com has an article on something coming in September... an all ages hardcover comic "Dear Dracula"

Comicbookmovie.com has a feature on "The Complete Bite Club" here... a crime story featuring Miami vampires.


The Kenatchity blogspot has news of the final cover art for "Dracula : The Undead" here. The sequel to the Bram Stoker Dracula, by descendant Dacre Stoker is set for release in October.

The London review of Books has a nice piece on Vampires in the Movies here.

RobotViking has a piece on the (recent) addition to the Vampire : The requiem series, Ancient Bloodlines here.

Grr... it's bad enough that i really dont like twilight's sparklie "oo i dont like to bite" vampires, but when my news alerts start to fill up with stories like "Michael Sheen has had a shave for shooting his scenes in twilight" and "Dakota Fanning turns up for work" it makes me wonder just how measly a story has to be for someone to take the time to publish it. Hang your heads in shame... and no i am not going to put a link...bah!

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

A Twilight mish mash, Thirst and Vamped

Right....twilight stuff out of the way first.

People.com has behind the scenes news of Dakota Fanning and "New Moon" which has started shooting in Vancouver. You would think that this would only be worth reporting if she didnt turn up...

After being caught ranting about how bad he thought Twilight was... today David Slade (director for Eclipse, the third film) has made his apologies, saying "I didnt mean it...honest, please dont be angry with me, twi-harders". Well thats just about what he said, here is the full piece.

Vampire fashion... or an excuse to jump on the twilight bandwagon, hmm...anyway, Inthisweek.com has a piece on vampire fashion here.




Rueters has a story about "Thirst" heading to the Cannes film festival here.

Onto book reviews... The stephaniekuehnert.blogspot.com has a feature and interview with Lucienne Diver, and her new book "Vamped"

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

A packed tuesday...

Busy news day... mostly literary, but we cant have new films every day!

Fang-tastic books has an interview with Kendra Leigh Castle, about vampires and her new book "Wild Highland Magic" here.

We have a little more on the proposed Dracula adaptation, "Last Voyage of the Demeter" here

Newsarama has an article on the "Angel : Blood and Trenches" comic book series, including an interview with the cartoonist John Byrne.

And...onto twilight stuff, in particular the upcoming MTV awards. It seemsMTV has decided twilight is the best film ever made, picking up seven nominations for best things in a film 2009. The BBC did an article here. MSNBC has its thoughts on the awards here, and Rueters has a similar article here.

Speaking of twilight, here is a strange article...David Slade (30 days of night director) who has been lined up as director for the third in the twilight series has had a good old rant about the franchise here. Slashfilm.com has the audio files for the rant, if you want them here. Looks increasingly like Eclipse will be a bit more...well, vampirey, if that is a real word.

Online.wsj.com has an interview with Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels that True Blood was based on. The ninth book in the series "Dead and Gone" has recently been released.

Anita Blake : Vampire hunter news now. Fear.net has a piece on the IFC channel picking up this adaptation of the book series, for a 2010 airing.

Bigpicturesound.com has a review of the "Underworld : Rise of the Lycans" Blue Ray DVD here, if you were thinking about spending a few pennies on it.

Another book review...vampiregenre.com has a review of "Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang" by Katie MacAlister here.

One for the future... July to be precise. Publisher Weekly has a preview of a book by Jonathan L Howard titled "Johannes Cabal : The Necromancer"

Monday, 4 May 2009

Thirst makes a debut...

The Korea Herald has box office news for "Thirst", which pulled in 710,000 tickets over the weekend, outselling even Wolverine. Full story is here...

Fang-tastic books has a review of "Modern Day Vampires : Vampires 101" here

Sunday Night vampires...

A quiet Sunday...i guess if i have a big news day like yesterday, most of the stuff i come across the next day is not new...oh well.

Litbites has a review of "Stake That!" By Mari Mancusi.

Taliesin's review of the day is the strange little film from this year "The Death Factory Bloodletting"

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Lots of news!

The last 2 saturdays have been full of good vampire bits n pieces...here are today's goodies.

True Blood Season II news to start with... IconvsIcon has found these two new posters for the new series here and here.

Vampire Cafe has news of Bob Dylan helping promote Season II of True Blood here

Minnesota Reads has a good review of "Let The Right One In" here.

Now... some big "Blood : The Last Vampire" news - Fangoria has published news of the official website and trailer for the film going online. The fangoria article is here, and the official website for the film is http://www.bloodthelastvampire-movie.com/

Staying with this, allkpop.com has some release dates : Japan - May 29th / Korea - June 11th / UK - June 12th / US - TBA

More exciting movie news! Thedigitalspy.co.uk reports that Marcus Nispel (director of the recent Friday the 13th remake) is in talks about a Dracula film with something called "The Last Voyage of the Demeter" Allheadlinenews.com has a few more details of the production team here.

On a slightly lower budget than that, the KCtribune has news of "Bonnie & Clyde vs Dracula"

And finally...a book review here at the Blakemp blog - "Nice Girls Dont Have Fangs" by Molly Harper.

Friday, 1 May 2009

Blood : The Last Vampire gets some muscle behind it...

Firstly...an item that isn't vampire news, but i had to share.
The Hollywood Reporter is stating that Tommy Wirkola, whose horror film Dead Snow was picked up by IFC at Sundance, has sold a pitch for... wait for it... a sequel to "Hansel and Gretel" in which the children have grown up and left the gingerbread house to roam the world as... wait for it... witch hunters. Gary Sanchez, Adam McKay and Will Ferrell will produce the horror/comedy/action mash-up.

"The idea is, they've grown up and they hunt witches," said McKay. "It's a hybrid sort of old-timey feeling, yet there's pump-action shotguns. Modern technology but in an old style. We heard it and we were just like, 'That's a freakin' franchise! You could make three of those!'"



OK, back to Vampire stuff. here is some news, and some good news at that.

Sony has announced it has acquired the rights for Blood : The Last Vampire, and it sounds as though they are planning to put a lot of effort into its release and marketing. Full article is here.

A little True Blood news, some new behind the scenes footage...I'll just quote the story.
Starting today fans can visit the site and view such content as behind-the-scenes footage including interviews with director Alan Ball and actors Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, character pieces and a first-season recap. The site also features an excerpt of Harris’ upcoming book in the series Dead and Gone (coming out May 5 from Penguin), a Q&A with Harris, an author essay and a look at upcoming book covers for the series.

TVtropes.org has a little piece entitled "The Immortal Procreation Clause" - has some vampire bits in there.

News of a film - The excellent Suburban Vampire has unearthed this - Gothkill. Released May 12. "Can a group of Goths and wanna-be vampires hold their own when the real thing arrives? The cult New York midnight movie Gothkill--coming to DVD May 12--shows what happens when a bloodthirsty dead man who made a deal with the devil shows up in 21st-century New York."
A trailer for Gothkill is here.