Upcoming events

May 25th-27th / Crypticon / Seattle, Washington/ The Pacific Northwest’s largest horror convention includes zombie tag, masquerade ball, makeup contest, writing contest, movie making workshops, how to survive the zombie apocalypse classes and appearances by Dee Wallace, Doug Bradley, Don Coscarelli and many more. For more information go to: http://www.crypticonseattle.com/

 May 25th-27th / Spooky Empire’s May-hem / Orlando, Florida / This event includes an Addams Family TV show reunion, an evening with Roddy Piper, live music, a tattoo show, an art show and appearances by Linda Hamilton, Michael Rooker, Micah Sloat, William Forsythe and many more. For more information go to: http://www.spookyempire.com/index.html

May 25th-27th / Beyond Ghost’s Para-Horror Weekend / Buffalo, New York / Events include a zombie walk, ghost hunts, a film festival with a viewing of  Poultrygeist Night of the Dead Chicken and Slime City Massacre including a Q and A with Lloyd Kaufman along with appearances by Tyler Mane, Leah Gibson, James Winburn and several ghost hunting organizations will also be there. For more information go to: http://beyondghosts.com/paracon.shtml

June 1st / Club Sin:Burlesque / Montreal, Canada / An evening of feathers, latex, uniforms, boas and all fantasies you can think of, brought to you by the Montreal Fetish weekend. Tickets are $10 and includes live music, an appearance by D.J. Kommandandt and a performance from Cabaret Cleo. For more info go to: clubsin.ca

June 1st-3rd / Great Lakes Fright Fest / Petersburg, Michigan /  This is an event for home and professional haunters. Activities include a haunters against hunger haunted house, a werewolf wedding, haunt seminars, a vendor’s area, a movie night, children’s activities and a campfire social. For more information go to: http://greatlakesfrightfest.com/index.html

Guest Blog: Immortals I Love, Vampires I Don’t Love – Kimberly Steele

When I write vampires, I find it difficult to make any rules for them aside from they have to drink human blood at regular intervals to stay alive.  I like the glampire aristocrats of Anne Rice with their whole set of problems with going out in the sun but I just don’t like writing them at least for the time being.  I’m more fascinated by Virginia Woolf’s take on immortality with the character of Orlando.  He/She is a great character, but what I love the most is the only “rule” is that Orlando cannot die.

As far as vampire as monster, like the vamps in the comic/movie series Blade, they are cool as hell but my whole thing is that average people are the real monsters.  I like juxtaposing the reality of vampires (who in my mind are serial killers who live forever) with average people who do terrible things, yet unlike the vampires, do not wrestle with their conscious.

I don’t like vampires that are too perfect.   The oh-so-sexy beautiful vampire with perfect features only works for me if he’s portrayed by Alexander Skarsgard.  God that boy is hot.  He could play a jar of Play Doh in an performance art rendition of Our House and I’d probably find it compelling, but I digress.  I’m also tired of the half-breed vampire human thing used in both Blade and Underworld.  It’s stupid and cliche–please, let’s move on.

Twilight’s vampires are too soft–I don’t care how much Edward blueballs Bella, but couldn’t he eat something higher on the food chain then venison once in a while?

What kinds of depictions of vampires do you think are the most fascinating?  What aspects of vampire characters do you dislike?