Category: Vampires

12/02/08


Categories: Vampires

New Book: Vampyres of Hollywood

Hmm...does this come as any surprise that vampires have infiltrated Hollywood?

Vampryes in Hollywood by Adrienne Barbeau and Michael Scott.

Publishers Weekly Review: Secret vampires in the film industry have concocted vampire myths and disseminated them through horror movies to mislead superstitious humans (e.g., real vampires can walk by day). One of the biggest bamboozlers is Ovsanna Moore, a seductive centuries-old vampire currently producing and acting in B-movies with titles like Vatican Vampyres. When humans and vampires in her studio entourage begin dying spectacularly gruesome deaths, Ovsanna knows that someone is specifically targeting her. Since it's just a matter of time before investigating detective Peter King uncovers Ovsanna's vampire pedigree, she must solve the mystery or die and resurface somewhere else. Alternate chapters from Peter and Ovsanna's limited points of view build narrative tension. Briskly paced and full of fang-in-cheek humor, this novel is one of the more entertaining recent works of supernatural noir.


10/24/08


Categories: News, Vampires, FYI, Humorous

Buffy the Musical comes to RPL Film Theatre, Tuesday October 28!


Tuesday October 28

"Once More With Feeling" -- Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Episode 107)

This year RPL's Halloween Movie Fest concludes in style...and song! Calling all you Buffy fans, it`s the Buffy event you`ve been waiting for - Once More with Feeling on the big screen. Sunnydale has come alive with the sound of music as everyone breaks into song, revealing secrets and even bursting into flames. Feeling brave? Dress up as your favorite Buffy character and sing along!

Admission is FREE. Snacks and door prizes will be provided!
Show starts @ 7pm


RPL Film Theatre
Lower Level
Central Library
2311-12th Avenue




06/04/08

There's a new kind of vampire in town

Are you a fan of vampires, but tired of the suave, aristocratic anti-hero, the star of paranormal bodice rippers? Maybe you think vampires shouldn't be seductive or romantic, but horrible, merciless, bloodsucking monsters that you absolutely WOULD NOT want to meet in a dark alley. I mean, c'mon, we're talking about the Undead here, a.k.a. nosferatu

If this is you then don't despair. Here are some vampires sure to make your blood run (not hot) but cold -- very, very, cold.

30 Days of Night: a novelization (2007)

by Tim Lebbon

Based on the screenplay by Steve Niles and Stuart Beattie and Brian Nelson

Horror writer Tim Lebbon has novelized the film 30 Days of Night (which itself was based on the graphic novel series of the same name). The result is suitably creepy and terrifying. Lebbon is a talented writer and it shows here. He understands what is so frightening about the vampires of Barrow Alaska. For far too long vampires have been distinguished aristocrats, Byronic heroes, or sexy "bad boys" to make the hearts of women everywhere go pitter-patter. The vampires of Barrow are ruthless, and everything vampires should be if you want to scare the heck out of someone -- merciless, bloodthirsty, villains with no conscience.

From Book Description:
"In the sleepy and secluded town of Barrow, Alaska -- the northernmost settlement in North America -- its citizens are preparing for the annual coming of the Dark, when the sun will set for more than thirty consecutive days and nights. But this year, the Dark will bring something else. From across the frozen wasteland, a horrifying evil descends upon Barrow, mercilessly besieging its residents with unrelenting terror and swift death. And as the darkness continues and the thirty days of night seemingly have no end in sight, Barrow's only remaining hope lies with Sheriff Eben Oleson and Deputy Stella Oleson, a husband and wife who are torn between saving the town they love and their own survival..."

Because of the enormous success of the 30 Days of Night graphic novel series, and the subsequent film adaptation starring Josh Hartnett, creator Steve Niles is writing a series of novels based upon his original characters.



30 Days of Night: Rumors of the Undead

by Steve Niles and Jeff Mariotte

Continues the story of the residents of Barrow Alaska.

Book Description: Months later, as Stella Olemaun attempts to warn the world about the looming vampire threat by any means necessary, a rogue government agent may be taking more than an active interest in her story. And meanwhile, further north, a new sheriff and his young son must solve the lingering mystery of Barrow, even as the survivors of the original attack prepare for the sun to set once again -- however this time, they're ready. 30 Days Of Night: Rumors Of The Undead is Steve Niles's innovative and eagerly anticipated expansion of a nightmarish narrative that explores the nature of ancient evil existing -- and thriving -- in an unsuspecting modern world.


30 Days of Night: Immortal Remains

by Steve Niles and Jeff Mariotte

Book Description: "Existing in shadow, thriving in night, a terrifying serial killer stalks the residential streets of Savannah, Georgia - one whose brutal signature is now drawing the attention of other denizens of darkness....But there is more than meets the eye here, and the horrifying truth behind these savage killings is about to be revealed - a truth that has dire implications for the very future of the mortal world..."



13 Bullets

Book 1 of a trilogy

by David Wellington

Publisher's Weekly: "Minimally plotted and driven by nonstop action, this gory vampire tale is of a piece with Wellington's zombie novels (Monster Island; Monster Nation). Special deputy Jameson Arkeley stopped a vampire rampage 20 years earlier, during which he whittled down all known bloodsuckers to a single survivor, Justinia Malvern. Kept alive at a sanitarium in rural Pennsylvania by minimal life support and bizarre laws preventing her extermination, wispy Justinia seems a threat to no one—until a series of vampire killings in the area suggest that she has found a secret way to spread her taint. Convinced that Justinia's minions plan to spring her and revive her to full power, Arkeley commandeers state trooper Laura Caxton to help him find their lair and wipe them out before they can get their vampire queen the blood she needs."



99 Coffins: a historical vampire tale

Book 2 of a trilogy

by David Wellington

Publisher's Weekly: "Vampires and mortals fight a modern battle of Gettysburg in vampire hunter Laura Caxton's gore-soaked second outing (after 2007's 13 Bullets). When a college archeological dig uncovers a cache of Civil War–era coffins, each containing a corpse minus heart, grizzled detective Jameson Arkeley recognizes these remains as evidence of a forgotten Union vampire corps and immediately summons Caxton. Before the two can unravel the historical mystery, someone reanimates one of the vampires, setting the stage for the full vampire army to rise and resume its unfulfilled mission. Wellington keeps the pace brisk, alternating action-packed chapters set in the present with chapters cast credibly in the form of extracts from period journals, letters and dispatches that gradually reveal the origin and intent of the vampire regiment and its enigmatic leader, Alva Griest. The taut narrative never slackens, providing thrilling entertainment for readers who like their horror raw and bloody."

The Cryptkeeper


05/20/08

Just arrived on DVD: 30 Days of Night


30 Days of Night (2007)

Directed by David Slade

Finally, a vampire movie that features vampires the way they were meant to be: ugly, merciless, savage and terrifying. Steve Niles (creator of the graphic novel on which the film is based) should be congratulated for his contribution to both the literary and vampire film canon. For far too long the debonair, smooth-talking vampire has ruled.

Barrow Alaska -- frigid temperatures, remote location, and every year experiences 30 days of night. It is the perfect feeding ground for a relentless gang of vampires.

See previous post 30 Days of Night...the novel


04/25/08

Addictive series keeps getting better and better

Are you a fan of Laurell K. Hamilton? Kelley Armstrong? Maybe you're looking for a little paranormal twist with your romance? A guilty pleasure? Look no further than Kim Harrison's The Hollows series featuring the indomitable Rachel Morgan. This high octane, urban fantasy series is action-packed and relentless.

The books are set in an alternate history where a worldwide pandemic is caused by genetically modified tomatoes and leads to the death of half the world's human population. No longer outnumbered, the hidden "Inderlanders," creatures such as witches, werewolves, vampires, and more, are able to come forward and reveal their existence to the world.

Private investigator, bounty hunter and witch Rachel Morgan prowls the dark streets of Cincinnati in the area known as "the Hollows", keeping tabs on the vampires and other creatures of the supernatural who prey on the city's innocent and vulnerable inhabitants. Can she keep the world civilized? Who will be her allies? Who will be her enemies? Most importantly, who will win her heart?

With the exception of the first Rachel Morgan book, the rest of the series titles are puns of old Clint Eastwood movies. Not for any particular reason other than Harrison is an Eastwood fan and it's a fun hook to help readers identify her books more easily.

The Hollows series / Rachel Morgan books

Book 1: Dead Witch Walking

Book 2: The Good, The Bad, and the Undead (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly)

Book 3: Every Which Way but Dead (Every Which Way But Loose)

Book 4: A Fistful of Charms (A Fistful of Dollars)

Book 5: For a Few Demons More (For a Few Dollars More)

Book 6: The Outlaw Demon Wails (The Outlaw Josey Wales)

Find Kim Harrison Online:

Kim Harrison Official Website

SF Site: A Conversation with Kim Harrison

The Cryptkeeper


03/17/08

Coming Soon on DVD!


The Mist (2007)

Directed by Frank Darabont

From Amazon.com: Writer-director Frank Darabont, who showcased the softer side of Stephen King in his film adaptations of The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, turns to darker material for The Mist, his latest King adaptation about a group of ordinary townspeople trapped in a supermarket by a mysterious fogbank. Thomas Jane is top-billed as a Maine illustrator who attempts to calm the frightened shoppers, but his job is cut out for him from the get-go, first by the discovery of malevolent creatures lurking in the mist, and then by the mad mutterings of Mrs. Carmody (Marcia Gay Harden), a local eccentric who calls for Old Testament-style sacrifices to appease the supernatural forces....--Paul Gaita

I'm not as crazy about this latest King adaptation as some people are. Read my previous post: The Mist offers up mixed results



I Am Legend (2007)

Directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Will Smith

If my expectations for The Mist were too high, my expectations for I Am Legend were too low. Based on the classic horror novel by Richard Matheson, this latest reincarnation of Robert Neville as the last man on Earth contains some genuine thrills and chills. Will Smith plays it cool and sincere and I found him to be a very sympathetic and engaging Dr. Neville. The ending's changed of course (and not necessarily for the better), but I thought the "creatures" were frightening (if a little too much CGI-ish). Neville's relationship with an uninfected dog is explored much more in this film version and for the better. See previous post Re(Discover) a classic! for June 2007

I Am Legend is now playing at the Rainbow in Regina.

The Cryptkeeper


03/12/08


Categories: Vampires, Series

Brain candy...*drool*

Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton

Anita Blake is a zombie animator by trade in the city of St. Louis. For a price, she'll bring someone back from the dead.
But in her spare time she's a vampire executioner occasionally hired by the police to carry out death warrants on unruly vampire citizens. It's what she's good at. But when the master vampire of the city asks her to find out who is responsible for the murders of innocent (if you can call them that) vampires it's the last thing she wants to do. But when they threaten the life of one of her best friends, she's forced into the unpleasant position...and it won't be the last uncomfortable moment either!

I found Guilty Pleasures to be a great read! It's pure and utter brain candy full of deliciously sexy vampires, a good mystery and a butt kicking heroine.

I love a good vampire book and this was it. Complete with Were-animals, Zombies and ghouls. You just can't go wrong. It left me wanting more, and luckily enough for me, there's about 12 in the series (all of which are or will soon be available in the catalogue!), so I'll be busy for a while! Oh and for you Graphic Novel buffs out there, it's also in Graphic Novel format! Check the previous post!

--The Library Technician


03/06/08

30 Days of Night. . . the novel

30 Days of Night: a novelization (2007)

by Tim Lebbon

Based on the screenplay by Steve Niles and Stuart Beattie and Brian Nelson

Horror writer Tim Lebbon has novelized the film 30 Days of Night (which itself was based on the graphic novel series of the same name). Many novelizations fail because they are only cheap knock-offs of the movie written quickly -- and too often, poorly -- by hack writers in order to capitalize on the popularity of a film.

In this case, the result is a pleasant surprise, and by pleasant I mean appropriately creepy and terrifying. Lebbon is a talented writer and it shows here. He understands what is so frightening about the vampires of Barrow Alaska. For far too long vampires have been distinguished aristocrats, Byronic heroes, or sexy "bad boys" to make the hearts of women everywhere go pitter-patter. The vampires of Barrow are ruthless, and everything vampires should be if you want to scare the heck out of someone -- merciless, bloodthirsty, villains with no conscience.

From Book Description:
"In the sleepy and secluded town of Barrow, Alaska -- the northernmost settlement in North America -- its citizens are preparing for the annual coming of the Dark, when the sun will set for more than thirty consecutive days and nights. But this year, the Dark will bring something else. From across the frozen wasteland, a horrifying evil descends upon Barrow, mercilessly besieging its residents with unrelenting terror and swift death. And as the darkness continues and the thirty days of night seemingly have no end in sight, Barrow's only remaining hope lies with Sheriff Eben Oleson and Deputy Stella Oleson, a husband and wife who are torn between saving the town they love and their own survival..."

DVD coming soon to RPL; check it out! .

For information about the graphic novel series, go to the graphic novel blog here.

The Cryptkeeper


02/04/08


Categories: Vampires, Humorous

Now for something kind of hilarious!

A Dirty Job

Written by Christopher Moore

Charlie Asher is a Beta Male. You know, the kind of guy who goes through life cautiously and carefully, rarely making a mistake or a stand of any sort. The guy who is always the friend but never the boyfriend (who are typically the Alpha Males of the world).
Yet, somehow, he's mangaged to find, marry and impregnate a woman, Rachel, who loves him for who he is.

Now that she's given birth to baby Sophie, it's a whole new set of things for Charlie to worry about, especially when he sees a man in mint green attire standing over his wife's bedside. Next thing he knows, Rachel has passed on, he's a single father and he's got a store to run.

But the worst is yet to come, people are dying in his prescence, voices are whispering to him from the sewer, the man in mint green who killed his wife is suddenly making more appearances and Charlie has a new career on his hands; a new career by the name of Death, and as the book says, it's a dirty job!

Seriously guys, this "scary" novel is as brave as I get most days.

I found this book to be gruesome, macabre and totally hilarious. I love how Moore has characters from his other books make little cameo appearances. However, if you haven't read his other books you may not be aware of said cameos! Try Bloodsucking fiends: a love story and it's sequel You Suck: a love story, to discover the cameos in A Dirty Job.

--The Library Technician (who is a wuss when it comes to horror)


01/09/08

Cirque du Freak Update

I have just been informed that a movie based on the Cirque du Freak series is currently in pre-production and is due to be in production next month. John C. Reilly (Talledega Nights, The Aviator) has been cast to play Vampire Larten Crepsley, and the role of Darren Shan will be played by Chris J. Kelly (he appeared in an episode of Law and Order: Criminal Intent). According to The Internet Movie Database, the film is due to come out sometime this year…let’s keep our fingers crossed.

posted by: Serial Killers Anonymous (SA)

See previous post for a complete list of books in this series.


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