Let’s face it. We live in a time where vampires have oversaturated the market. It’s just gotten more and more ridiculous. Vamped by David Sosnowski, in comparison, is a breath of fresh air. And by fresh air, I mean gory, fetid air that’s more in line with the reality of a world populated by vampires rather than the sexy, glittery ones that keep getting portrayed.
Vamped tells the story of Marty Kowalski, who was actually one of the principle movers for the vampiric conversion of Earth’s population. Humans are a tiny, tiny minority mostly kept for sport. Everyone else uses a Mr. Plasma. Now this sounds an awful lot like True Blood, but it isn’t. It’s way too creepily realistic.
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While fanged immortal bloodsuckers only exist in television and movies, there’s a group of people who call themselves “psychic vampires” because they borrow the energy of others and are often skilled psychics as well. In Michelle Belanger’s The Psychic Vampire Codex: A Manual of Magick and Energy Work, she guides her readers through the modern-day vampire subculture and explains how a normal person who needs to borrow the energy of humans because their body can’t or won’t generate the amount they need to feel healthy and happy often resonates with the myths of the blood-sucking undead.
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S.C. Green’s novel The Sunken has it all: steampunk, monsters that devour human flesh, a vampire king, and of course, dragons.
The novel begins with a man named Nicholas Thorne returning to the Engine Ward, a neighborhood in London known for its coal and steel. He begins to work with his childhood friend, an engineer named Isambard Kingdom Brunel, but begins to worry when his pal starts to succumb to the allure of power his engineering gifts bring him.
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Guillermo Del Toro’s new book-turned-TV show The Strain has been praised by some critics for turning the vampire genre back to its horror roots, where the bloodsucking undead were something to be feared, not adored.
In a video taken at Comic-Con 2014, Del Toro describes the vampire hierarchy in The Strain. At the top of the food chain is the Master, and his underlings are the vampires that he oh-so-graciously deigns to leave them with a bit of their human personality. After that is the horde of mindless vampires who are more like zombies—all they feel is hunger and there’s nothing left of the person that they used to be. Continue Reading →
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The manga Millennium Snow is written and illustrated by Bisco Hatori and explores the idea of whether or not it’s better to prolong a life if the person’s suffering. The story follows a 17-year-old girl named Chiyuki Matsuoka who was born with a heart condition and knows she’s living on borrowed time. By a twist of fate, she meets an 18-year-old vampire named Toya who refuses to drink human blood.
Unlike the usual YA vampire romance novels, Chiyuki and Toya’s relationship is tinged with sorrow because they both know Chiyuki will be dead by next winter. Hatori also makes no secret that their romantic relationship is dysfunctional and points out that the main reason why Chiyuki falls for Toya is because he has “the gift of life.”
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Although many know Guillermo del Toro as the director behind the hit movie Pacific Rim and the upcoming FX television show The Strain, what many don’t know is that The Strain is based off of del Toro’s sci-fi trilogy. The trilogy includes The Strain, The Fall, and Night Eternal and revolves around vampires that are planning to take over the world.
Although it sounds hokey, del Toro and Hogan’s bloodsucking undead are not the sparkling Edward Cullen from Twilight kind. Instead, their vampires are parasites who infect their victims via a worm-like creature that spreads like a virus. It’s up to Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, who is the head of the CDC “Canary” team, and his motley crew of vampire slayers to defeat them and save not only New York but the entire world too.
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Raymond Buckland, who has been called the “father of witchcraft” and has long been a revered figure in the Pagan community, has briefly turned away from writing about spirit communications, Wicca, witchcraft, and divination for a walk down the Victorian side. His new novel Cursed in the Act takes the “father of vampires,” a.k.a. Bram Stoker himself, and re-imagines him as a cross between Supernatural’s Sam and Dean Winchester with a bit of Sherlock Holmes thrown in for good measure.
It is 1881-era London, and after a famous actor is poisoned on stage while his understudy’s killed the night after the incident, stage manager Harry Rivers and his boss Bram Stoker must team up to discover who sabotaged the actor and why. Although they discover that Mr. Irving has a long list of enemies, many whom would happily see him dead, the dynamic duo soon discover that the perpetrator has turned to magic to wreak havoc on the play and shut it down. As Irving and Stoker fight to save Mr. Irving from supernatural mischief, they soon become the new target for the nefarious magician.
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