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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.
In the rank epistemology of vampire lore, bar-hopping doesn't loom as a dominant trait. But times change, and so do vampires. At the movies these days, chances are you'll find the sun-starved scamps skulking at the local nightclub, if they're not moping, that is, or plotting to take over the world--the other dominant modern-day vampire modes.
January 2, 2004 | Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press
Anne Rice, the author who gave new life to the undead, lives in a house full of saints. Her library holds half a dozen 15-inch to 2 1/2-foot-high statues, including a porcelain Virgin Mary and Child dressed in embroidered velvet and stiff gold lace. Almost life-sized wooden figures of Mary and of St. Lucy, holding two eyeballs on a plate, stand serenely in a dining room decorated with antebellum murals of rural Italy. A smaller, arrow-pierced St.
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.
April 10, 2011 | By Scott Timberg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Sometimes inspiration comes in the unlikeliest places. While vacationing in Puerto Vallarta in fall 2008, USC professor Deborah Harkness, a historian of science, was consumed with the upcoming bicentenary of Charles Darwin's birth, but the rest of the world, including the airport in the Mexican resort city, was gripped by a madness spread by vampires: The last of Stephenie Meyer's four "Twilight" novels had just been published. "To walk through the airport was to be hit with vampires, witches, ghosts and demons at every angle in the bookstores," says Harkness, a good-humored and enthusiastic woman of 46, over a cappuccino in Pasadena.
July 19, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The latest network to enlist big-screen talent and muscle its way into the original scripted-series business, Hallmark Channel premieres on Saturday its adaptation of Debbie Macomber's bestselling Cedar Cove novels. It's called "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove," presumably to avoid any confusion among the author's built-in fan base. There is, for example, absolutely no potential crossover with fans of the similarly named "Hemlock Grove," though it is set in the kind of small rocky Northern coastal American town other authors do tend to fill up with vampires (Stephen King to the East, Stephenie Meyer to the West)
January 14, 2010 | By Patrick Kevin Day
An Australian billboard showing the physical deterioration of a pretty young woman over two years of drug abuse inspired "Daybreakers" creature designer Steven Boyle to give the film's badly mutated "Subsiders" vampires similar characteristics. "When people see the Subsiders, I wanted them to feel pity and disgust before they felt fear," Boyle said. While some of the vampires got away with minimal makeup, performer Bryan Probets had to wear a full-body foam latex suit. Everything was covered except for the inside of his ears and the soles of his feet.
September 5, 2008 | Mary McNamara, Times Television Critic
THE BEST thing about Alan Ball's new vampire series "True Blood," which premieres on HBO Sunday, is the opening credits. The jittery compilation of unnerving images -- prayer meetings and road kill, ghostly children and swamp scenery -- is creepy, evocative and tantalizing. Unfortunately, it is also utterly unconnected to the show that follows. For reasons known only to himself, Ball decided to take Charlaine Harris' light, fun series of Southern Vampire Mysteries and turn it into a heavy-handed political fable with vampires, recently rendered "safe" by the creation of the synthetic Tru Blood as stand-ins for the disenfranchised.
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