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February 19, 2011 | By Nick Owchar, Los Angeles Times
There's something inspiring ? for old-fashioned booklovers ? about an early scene in Deborah Harkness' novel "A Discovery of Witches. " Magical creatures gather as a woman opens a legendary, lost book. Never mind that most of these creatures ? vampires, daemons, witches ? are plotting to get the book out of the hands of Diana, an American professor on a research trip in England. Menace aside, the scene is almost a homage to the printed word: There's far more magic in an old book than in an iPad no matter how good its backlighting is. "My fingers trembled when I loosened the small brass clasps?
May 14, 2011 | By Mark Olsen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Vampires — so hot right now! Also religion. And the apocalypse. And maybe cowboys? Pull together a hodgepodge of all these elements and one ends up with something like "Priest," the big-screen adaptation of a series of graphic novels, directed by Scott Stewart. A long war between humans and oozy, unsexy, eyeless vampires ended with the humans victorious, thanks to a league of battle-trained priests. The remaining vampires have been herded into remote prisons, while humans live in walled-off cities, rendering the warrior-priests unnecessary.
October 29, 1998
"The Time of Feasting" describes a community of New York City vampires in a state of crisis. Every seven years, these vampires are impelled to suspend their civilized veneer--modern vampires subsist on packaged product expropriated from hospital blood banks--and to roam wild in search of fresh sustenance. Can even the maelstrom that is New York City mask their activities? The young vampire Kurt Carfax sees in the unstable situation an opportunity to overthrow the lodge's leader, Victor Renquist.
June 27, 2010 | By Cristy Lytal, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Majoring in biology at UC Irvine may not have been the most obvious preparation for a career as a fight coordinator for films, including "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse." Still, Jonathan Eusebio sees value in his studies of mitochondria and cytoskeletons. "Biology doesn't relate to film but school teaches you how to interact with different types of people, be disciplined and turn things in on a deadline," he said. "School gives you those necessary skills to get things done." The Canadian-born son of two nurses, Eusebio moved to California as a third-grader and took up taekwondo, boxing, judo and several other martial arts a few years later.
Vampires--both real and imagined--have surfaced everywhere lately: on stilts in Saudi Arabia, in divorce court in California, maybe even running for President. And with a slew of Dracula books and movies due out, vampires have also been recruited as pitchmen for Tabasco Bloody Mary Mix and Virgin Atlantic Airways. After centuries of lurking in the shadows, vampires have finally found their place in the sun.
February 15, 2013 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
Here's a small and not-remotely-comprehensive list of weird things that happened in Florida last year: A woman was arrested for riding a manatee; a giant blue eyeball washed up on a beach; a mom and daughter started a tandem porn-star team; and a guy died after winning (or perhaps losing) a roach-eating contest in an attempt to win a pet python from a reptile store. When that's a typical Floridian news cycle, who needs fantasy? That's the trouble with Karen Russell's new story collection, "Vampires in the Lemon Grove," her first book since the reputation-sealing novel "Swamplandia!
October 4, 2004 | By Krista Simmons
Vampires have long been objects of fascination in history, literature and lore. With the Nov. 20 release of "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," HBO's "True Blood" and their countless imitators, Americans are welcoming vampires into their homes again. Though many consider Transylvania to be the lair of vampirism, there's plenty of vampire culture right here. Whether you have just come out of the coffin or long thirsted for night life, these locations offer plenty of opportunities to explore the dark side.
November 29, 1996 | From Associated Press
A group of teenagers from a self-described "Vampire Clan" in Kentucky were arrested Thursday night in Baton Rouge, La., on murder warrants in the bludgeoning deaths of a Florida couple. Richard and Naomi Wendorf were found beaten to death in Eustis late Monday and their 15-year-old daughter was missing. At first, investigators feared that she had been abducted. Then they realized that she was a suspect, along with her former boyfriend and three other teenagers linked to the Kentucky group.
July 26, 2009 | Jim Ruland, Ruland is the author of the story collection "Big Lonesome."
Even by the standards of the paranormal romances that occupy the top slots of bestseller lists, Derek McCormack's new novel of cursed crooners, murderous fashion designers and homosexual vampires is an exercise in campy excess. Taking its name from carny speak for a performance that features animal acts, "The Show That Smells" spins off the actual premise of country music pioneer Jimmie Rodgers dying young as a result of tuberculosis.
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