Archive for July, 2006

Well, Hello…

Angelique here. I’m the new vampire on the block here at MoHV. I call myself a dampire and like to be called a social anthropologist in my spare time. Why ‘dampire’, you ask? Well, it sounds best as it rolls off the tongue when referring to a vampire who is also a lesbian (dyke + vampire = dampire). What self-respecting lesbian vampire would want to be called a ‘lespire’ or a ‘vampbian’? Really.

Vampires have been given many names. Everything from Ahga in neolithic times to Vepir, Upyr, Lilu, Akhkharu, Strix, Strigoi, Nyakang and Utukku in the millenia following. I’ll use the word ‘vampire’ here on MoHV, because it tends to be common enough in today’s world to describe a being who finds nourishment from another being’s fluids in one fashion or another.

Vampires fascinate humans for many reasons, but one of the main attractions is that the vampire cheats death. Add to this a vampire’s erotic power and unconventional behavior and you have a tempting cocktail that is almost impossible to ignore in societies where to be ‘normal’ is to be ‘accepted’.

I think that’s enough for now. Maybe I’ll see you soon…

Welcome aboard

The Mystery of the Haunted Vampire is pleased to be adding a new member to our crew of scalawags, the Dampire Extraordinaire, Angelique of Dampire’s Night Out.

Enter freely and of your own will.

Joss Whedon’s Equality Now speech

Joss Whedon of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly and Serenity as well as several comic books was honored by Equality Now. This was his speech at the event earlier this year.

Bloggers of the night! What sweet posts they write…

It has been too long since I’ve done a round up of my fellow horror blogger posts. The horror of war has cast a shadow of late over the fictional horror I love.

With that said, follow me into the shelter and comfort of my dusty and spiderweb draped crypt. Bring that candle over here. Sit beside me as I set the exhibits before you on top of this coffin. The occupant won’t mind. Let us see what I’ve collected.

Bibi links to German Expressionist films, including Nosferatu, The Golem and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

Curt at the Groovy Age of Horror interviews Mark Ricketts about his graphic novel Night Trippers. Check out the interview here and his review of Night Trippers here. Both are well worth the click of the link.

Stacie brings us Silent Hill horror over at FinalGirl. And do not miss her match made in heaven. Zombies are always in style.

Cavan at The CavBlog finds us a nice set of Most Haunted coasters and key rings. I’m looking forward to The CavBlog mouse pad.

Mark at Exclamation Mark’s Vintage SciFi/Horror Reviews unleashes his claws and takes a bite out of Reptillicus.

Taliesin of Taliesin meets the vampires introduces us to Vampirates, perhaps the greatest concept ever for a children’s book series.

Ghost Droppings brings us some perfect Halloween decorations (it’s never too early to decorate for Halloween).

Kevin of Ghost in the Machine rounds of Comic-Con news so I don’t have to.

Listen

From the White House press briefing July 27:

Q In terms of world opinion, you keep saying the “what if” game, if it seems as though the strategy is to isolate Hezbollah. Is there a risk with the United States and Israel gets isolated in terms of world opinion by not saying, let’s cut the shooting now, cut the rockets now, and work it out? I hear what you’re saying about —

MR. SNOW: Let me counterpose.    There’s an even greater danger that if the U.S. looks ineffective in doing this, that you not only have a loss in terms of world opinion, but credibility.  And you cannot — we’ve said it many times, you cannot run foreign policy on the basis of public opinion polls.    Quite often there are perceptions that people may get from fractional coverage of the situation that don’t expose the real realities on the ground.    We are in very constant consultation with people in the region to try to find out exactly what the facts are.

From The New York Times:

Now, with hundreds of Lebanese dead and Hezbollah holding out against the vaunted Israeli military for more than two weeks, the tide of public opinion across the Arab world is surging behind the organization, transforming the Shiite group’s leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, into a folk hero and forcing a change in official statements.

The Saudi royal family and King Abdullah II of Jordan, who were initially more worried about the rising power of Shiite Iran, Hezbollah’s main sponsor, are scrambling to distance themselves from Washington.

Listen. Some where at this moment in Israel or Lebanon or Iraq, a father like me is wailing in agony because his child is dead from an explosion or gun shot.

With each birth of my daughters I thought my heart would swell and explode through my chest because I was so filled with so much love and happiness by their arrival.  I love my life, but if I ever had to trade it to keep one of them safe from harm, I would make that bargain with a glad heart for I love them so.

And some where in Lebanon or Israel or Iraq, a father who felt the same way about one of his children is holding a still-form. No torment in hell holds worse suffering.

Listen. Close your eyes and listen. You can hear his screams even here on the other side of the world.

The world should stop spinning in orbit to hear such a tormented soul’s cry of despair.

Dear Lord, people are dead because the president failed to listen. Children are dead. They cannot listen. They cannot hear their father’s cries. They cannot hear their mother’s desperate screams to come back to them. They cannot hear their brothers and sisters calling out their names.

Listen. Diplomacy begins with listening to each other. George W. Bush just wants to speak and have people follow his orders rather than listen.

Listening never killed anybody.

He did not listen to those who warned of the dangers of invading Iraq.

He did not listen to the screams of the tortured.

No, he believes he can govern by photo ops. They do not require him to listen.

So when Bush’s spokesman speaks of a “greater danger,” what danger is he speaking of? There is no danger in asking people to stop killing each other and to sit down and listen. What is more dangerous than the bombs dropping and the gun shots flying? Snow claims that the administration is in consultation with people, but certainly the Lebanese people will no longer listen to us. They are going to listen to Hezbollah for standing up to those that sent the bombs that were dropped on them.

The same is true for the Israelis and the Iraqis. They are not going to want to listen to those that shipped death and destruction their way.

And so the world trembles at the anguish of the fathers and mothers with their children dead. You can hear them, but Bush cannot. He does not listen.

Listen.

Massive Attack’s Angel meets Vampyre

Enduserundead made a YouTube video with a scene from the 1932 film ‘Vampyre’ to the Massive Attack song ‘Angel.’

Secret passages

If I ever become a big-name horror writer making Stephen King-style money, I’m installing these in my mansion. I’ve always wanted secret passages in my home behind revolving fireplaces and book cases.

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Paranormal Hall of Shame

This page is a list of sites that have cheesed us off by engaging in somewhat less-than above-board tactics to boost their own traffic. While this will probably never be a comprehensive list, it makes me feel better ;-)

  • Parahub – parahub.com, parahub.net, parahub.org – Apparently hired someone in India to methodically comment spam other paranormally-themed blogs in order to boost Google results for their site prior to the site being launched. Should we be flattered that they hired a real person instead of paying for a ‘bot? Still, naughty, naughty, naughty. Added 27 July 2006

Hey baby, it’s all about their Google-juice. If this page gets returned in a search for these domains, so much the better.

So, if you come across similar behavior on your own site (and can document it), by all means, let us know. Conversely, if you operate one of these sites and feel that you’re being unfairly maligned, by all means, let us know. We aren’t unreasonable around here – if what you say makes sense, we’d certainly be open to removing you from this list.

War is lost

All wars are lost from the moment the first shot is fired. There are no winners: only people who lost less than the people who lost more.

Phantasm nightmares

Bella has a great post on watching scary movies on a sleep over with a friend. Those were the days.

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