Vampires Bite

vampireDespite the continuing heat outdoors, fall has arrived in Houston and Halloween is just around the corner! As a kid, I loved Halloween. I loved dressing up each year in a homemade costume and trick-or-treating with my friends, eating more candy than I was supposed to, and staying up too late watching old black and white scary movies. Now, my Halloweens are quieter. There is still candy (because it wouldn’t be Halloween without a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup shaped like a pumpkin), but sadly, my trick-or-treating days have long since come to an end. I do, however, still love a scary movie, particularly one featuring a blood-sucking vampire or two.

Bite Into Some Gritty Urban Fantasy

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If you’re looking for where Urban Fantasy and Horror meet, it’s right here with two great series that are chalk full of violence and language.  They are most definitely not for the faint of heart. 





When I was a kid, I wasn’t allowed to watch scary movies. But elements of those films became well-known to me through friends and TV shows. So I knew what vampires were before I ever saw a horror movie on TV or at the theater. There were certain aspects that sounded funny. I recall laughing with friends about lines like “I want to drink your blood!” and the whole garlic keeping vampires away. When I did finally see the Bela Lugosi Dracula, I was surprised that it really was very creepy -- and a little scary. My mom was right in not letting her imaginative child see those movies at an early age.

The Sorrows of Young Vampires

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or, Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Vampires
Some Cautionary Comics You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into             

Sure, it might seem glamorous, alluring and exciting in an Anne Rice novel, but the sorrows and disappointments of the vampire lifestyle deathstyle are vividly morbidly portrayed in these Graphic Novels.

True Blood Obsession

Dead and GoneI'm a big fan of the Sookie Stackhouse paranormal mysteries by Charlaine Harris.  Her latest - Dead and Gone - was released in May and the new season of True Blood, airing Sunday nights on HBO, started on June 14.

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