Posts Tagged: ‘vampires’

New England certainly isn’t the only place on Earth to have experienced a rash of vampire burials – but that’s what happened there for about 100 years, starting in the late 1700s. These were all small, isolated communities dealing with outbreaks of serious illness. The real culprit was often tuberculosis, which has come up an uncanny number of times in the podcast lately.

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Although it’s been around since the early 1990s, I’ve just learned about the “Reborn” doll subculture of collectors who buy up pricey baby dolls, strip the paint off their faces and sometimes remove their stuffing in order to give them second, far more realistic-looking, lives. An editor of Doll Crafter magazine told The New York Times in 2005 that “reborning” came out of a confluence of doll collecting, DIY, and the popularity of eBay where many reborn babies are bought and sold. Now, The New York Times photo blog has published a series from Rebecca Martinez who documented the reborn doll trend for five years…

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We’re getting a little tired of vampires and zombies. Well, I am. Holly likes vampires (but not in a Cullen way) and is getting a little desensitized to the zombie gore. We do wonder what’s coming next, though.

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Critics have made much of the fact that the American remake of the Swedish smash “Let the Right One In” had opened to critical acclaim and public indifference, but I was shocked to see how poorly it had fared since it opened last month. After six weeks in theaters, the film has earned only a hair over $12 million at the box office. What happened?

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Did you know you can visit Dracula’s castle?

Well, anyway, you maybe sorta can. Novelist Bram Stoker, who wrote Dracula in 1897, based his creepy main character on a real-life, 15th-century Romanian ruler who came to be called Vlad the Impaler on account of how he liked to impale people.

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Academia and pop culture have been making strange bedfellows for decades now. The University of Washington offers a comparative history class on the work of rapper Tupac Shakur, Syracuse University made headlines for its course analyzing Lil’ Kim’s lyrics, and the TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” became academic fodder almost the second it left the airwaves. If that wasn’t enough, you can go to Liverpool Hope University in the U.K. and earn a master’s degree in Beatles Studies.

Now, the Brits have taken the pop-culture graduate degree idea and run with it: This fall, the University of Hertfordshire will offer what may be the world’s first master’s degree in Vampire Studies. Yes, really.

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If you think the self-loathing, tortured vampire meme has run its course, you’ll be happy to know that “Daybreakers” officially makes vampires scary again.

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I’m probably not the best person to be giving advice on how to find a good boyfriend. I’m much better at spotting a bad boyfriend once somebody’s gotten hold of one. When it comes to heartthrobs who make tween girls swoon, Edward Cullen of “Twilight” fame is at the very top of my list of bad boyfriends … and his heart doesn’t even throb.

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One of my favorite tabloid headlines from the now-defunct Weekly World News was this: “Vegan Vampires Attack Trees.” I can just see it — a particularly menacing vegan vampire, perhaps draped in an organic cotton cloak (wool would be inappropriate, right?), lurching toward a helpless tree, preferably maple.

But I’m here to discuss something nonvegan and decidedly bloody: the vampire bat.

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Our last vampire is fighting an undeniable thirst. The kind of thirst that leads to hallucinations when left unquenched. And they’re not just ordinary hallucinations . They’re flashsides — someone else’s flashbacks. Maladict, from Terry Pratchett’s “Monstrous Regiment,” is a lance corporal in Borogravian infantry, but his flashsides are full of jungles, Charlie and the sound of helicopters. So what’s so awesome about Maladict that he winds up in the top spot?

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