Archive for March, 2006

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I’m taking a brief hiatus (two weeks) from blogging at The Mystery of the Haunted Vampire. I’m wrapping up final (fingers crossed) edits on my vampire manuscript. Also it is sometimes good to just take a break.
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“Where to go in case of a zombie attack”

That’s the title of this Metroblogging Seattle post – and the comments are a hoot… Lots of folks seem to think that surrounding themselves with a lot of water is the best way to go – me, I’m gonna borrow some wisdom from Neo in The Matrix: “Guns. We’re going to need a lot of guns.”

So… where would y’all go/do?

Del Toro to become ‘The Wolf Man’

Benicio Del Toro, who if you think about it kind of looks like Lon Chaney Jr., wants to star in a remake of the Universal classic, The Wolf Man.

Del Toro, an avid Wolf Man fan and collector himself, will play the titular hairy hero after he wraps Steven Soderbergh’s Che Guevara biopic “Guerrilla” next year. As in the original, Del Toro will play a man bitten by a werewolf in Victorian England, although scripting by Andrew Kevin Walker (“Se7en”) will update the story.

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Prison erred in ‘vampire’s’ death

From the BBC:

The Scottish Prison Service has been heavily criticised by a sheriff for its treatment of a convicted killer who hanged himself in his cell at Shotts.

Sheriff Vincent Smith said it had failed to carry out an anti-suicide strategy even though Allan Menzies, 23, had a history of self-harm.

Obsessed with vampires, he brutally murdered his friend before eating part of his skull and drinking his blood.


Menzies, from Fauldhouse, West Lothian, claimed he had been visited by the female vampire Akasha, a character from the film Queen of the Damned.

Anita Blake heading to the comic books

Vampire hunter Anita Blake of the long-running series by Laurell K. Hamilton is going to be adapted for the comic books. From iFMagazine:

Dabel Brothers Productions has a signed a deal with Anita Blake’s creator Laurell K. Hamilton to obtain the exclusive rights to adapt her multi-million selling books into a monthly series. The first of Hamilton’s novels, GUILTY PLEASURES, will be adapted into a two- issue series.

Joss Whedon: ‘Wonder Woman’ like ‘Buffy’

From Entertainment Wise:

Writer and director of the new Wonder Woman film, Joss Whedon has insisted that his version will be similar to his other bad ass female character; Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Whedon has revealed that the two characters have a lot in common, according to Contactmusic he said: “It’s about girls maturing, a rite of passage, that kind of thing.”

Civil War ghost hunting

Civil War battlefields are popular with ghost hunters. For many possible reasons -all the death and destruction, bodies improperly or hastily buried, the dead separated far away from loved ones, lives cut short with promises unkept, etc. – the dead from the battles do not rest in peace. From The Washington Post:

As dusk fell, the group of amateur historians were in position, spread out across the grassy field with digital voice recorders at the ready and infrared cameras rolling. If someone — or something — out there so much as sneezed, they were fully prepared to catch it in action.

Experts have scrutinized these Spotsylvania County battlefields for years, looking for clues to the past. Now this eclectic group of history buffs had come from Maryland to conduct their own homemade brand of Civil War scholarship: battlefield ghost hunting. Why limit yourself to letters and artifacts, they reasoned, when you can go straight to the source: firsthand, albeit dead, witnesses.

The group of mostly middle-aged men had picked their spot carefully. Bloody Angle, part of one of three battlefields they visited on a recent night, was the site of the longest, most savage hand-to-hand combat of the Civil War. For 20 hours on May 12, 1864, soldiers shot, bayoneted and clubbed one another. “Rain poured down and the dead piled up in the mud,” the welcome sign on the grounds says.

If spirits were likely to appear anywhere, the ghost hunters said, this was the spot.

More was at stake that night than a simple chase of the fantastical, members of the self-styled American Battlefield Ghost Hunters Society said. On a weekend break from their jobs — mortgage broker, home remodeler, engineer, construction worker — they had come looking for keys to historical mysteries — such as the battle decisions of field leaders and the mentality of soldiers — as well as answers about the very nature of life and death.

Entire article well worth the click.

Texarkana ghost hunters investigate old dark house

Long and well-done feature in the Texarkana Gazette on a ghost hunting group:

Whitlatch and Faulknor chose to examine the back bedroom closet because a number of Texarkana paranormal investigators, including the psychics, said they felt a strong presence in that particular area. Whitlatch said the investigators entered the house at separate times to avoid contaminating each other’s initial impressions of the site. He said they conferred outside of the house after each of them had an opportunity to explore the site.

“I felt short of breath when I walked through the door. Kevin (Christi’s husband) said he felt it, too,” Whitlatch said.

Christi Faulknor said, “I wanted to run and hide in the closet.”

The bedroom closet happened to be the location where Whitlatch and Faulknor would later focus their investigation for paranormal activity. Whitlatch asked any paranormal presence near the closet to please communicate with him and requested he be given a name. After a brief pause, Faulknor introduced herself as John Mitchell. Whitlatch asked “John” what year it was. Faulknor answered by saying it was 1871.

According to Faulknor, Mitchell was a sharecropper who worked the farm and raised a family. Faulknor said Mitchell had a wife named Sarah and a son named Johnny. Faulknor later sounded surprised when Whitlatch informed her that she spoke using the first person narrative when answering questions as Mitchell.

“I do not like to do a lot of channeling,” she said. “I really don’t care to do that. It kind of is a violation of a body.”

The life and times of Christopher Lee

Singapore’s The Electric New Paper catches up with Christopher Lee in Bangkok.

Cheers to a good life, Rodney!

California wine lovers raise our glass to you, Mr. Strong.

Rodney Strong, who left behind a career as a professional dancer to pioneer the mass production of fine wines in Sonoma County, died Sunday in Healdsburg, Calif. He was 78.

…Mr. Strong was best known for Rodney Strong Vineyards, which, from its beginnings in the 1960’s, was a leader in transforming Sonoma County’s reputation from that of rustic farmland as the area became one of the finest wine regions in the country. He focused mostly on French varietals like cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and merlot, though he made a well-regarded zinfandel, too, and the wines were generally considered to be excellent values.

Mr. Strong was one of the first to plant extensive vineyards in prime Sonoma locations at a time when apples and prunes were still the leading crops, and he was an early advocate of making wines from single vineyards rather than blending grapes from many sources.

“I knew I couldn’t be an old dancer, but I could be an old winemaker,” he said often over the years. – NYTimes

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