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Revamping Dracula

Today’s Brew:  I just saw a recipe for Apple Cider Sangria and I can’t get it out of my head

by Kristen

You guys know I’m not a huge fan of remakes, but I can’t wait for Dracula to start.  Julie and I are really excited about this, as well as quite a few other people we talked to. We are planning a small celebration for this Friday Night.  Not the fabled Dracula Party we keep blabbing about, just pizza, cocktails, and vampires.  As God intended we spend Friday night. But back to the show.  It looks stylish, sexy, sassy, and as dangerous as network TV will allow.  And oh yeah, Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

The premise, according to Wikipedia, is “Dracula comes to London, posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to the Victorian society. In reality, Dracula seeks revenge on those who betrayed him centuries earlier. As Dracula’s plans move toward fruition, he falls hopelessly in love with a woman who may be a reincarnation of his deceased wife.”

It will be interesting to see what they keep as true to the original and what twist they put on the legend.

Why is this remake okay and so many others irritating?  I feel that Dracula is such a classic story, it’s a part of our culture.  I think of stories like this in terms of oral tradition, that it twists and turns depending on who tells it.  It’s not just a straight remake for the sake of updating a perfectly good movie to make some cash.  I hope it takes lots of risks.  The preliminary reviews are good, and it promises sex and gore. Bring it on.

Paranormal isn’t dead, kids. Vampires live forever.

Just a fun old photo of JRM. He looks like vampy goodness to me here.

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Vamptober Arrives!

TODAY’S BREW: BLOOD. No, not really, but we’re going for a thing here.

By Julie and Kristen

October is a month near and dear to our hearts here at Deadly Ever after.  There’s cider. Apple picking. Haunted Houses. And speaking of haunted houses, the whole month is just a lead up to HALLOWEEN.

This year, we have even more to celebrate.  Running Home will be available in paperback.  Because The Night will be released just after Halloween.  We want you to celebrate with us! Welcome to Vamptober.

16th Century Vampire Blood

So this is what’s going to be happening:

  • #avampaday:  Check every day for some hot vampire action.
  • Flash Fiction Friday is all horror, all month long.
  • Julie will be handling the TV and entertainment facet of things
  • Kristen will be talking makeup, jewelry, and fashion.
  • Meet the characters of Because The Night!  Character profiles each week.
  • Giveaways!  Win Because The Night and Running Home. Yes, really.  But we’re going to make it fun. No rafflecopter up in this hizzy.

Kristen will be giving you the sauciest, scariest and longest lasting makeup tips for the big day, and folks, she’s a goddamn professional. She knows this. There will be jewelry to spare, too, because we loves us some creepy jewelry.

Julie will give you her unsolicited and unwelcome at times, opinions on American Horror Story starting October 5th, Dracula at the end of the month, and Halloween Wars on the Food Network. Because pumpkin carving is a thing, and Rob Zombie was there last year and if that happens again, you need to know.

Flash Fiction Fridays will rock it with handpicked horror authors, cooking up some craziness that I cannot wait for you all to see.

AND FOR HALLOWEEN THE UNDEAD DUO WILL COLLABORATE ON A SPECIAL FLASH FICTION BIT, FEATURING THE MEETING OF CHARACTERS FROM BOTH RUNNING HOME AND BECAUSE THE NIGHT!

Also, we have a surprise to tell you about coming up soon! A surprise that may or may not have something to do with some of our favorite writers and bloggers, and let me just tell you. You won’t be disappointed.

Follow #VVamptober and #AVampADay on Twitter for updates, probably far too often.

Halloween approaches and we plan on giving you treats, so be ready for the Undead to show you all the tricks up our sleeves.

Our Other Favorite Vampires

TODAY’S BREW:  chocohazelcinnanilla (the bottom of the container when the last of coffee grounds mix together)

You guys are on a need to know basis.  You need to know who our favorite vampires are.  I tried to just pick one, but couldn’t.  Now, I love Edward as much as the next non-Kristen girl, but he did not make it to the tie-breaker that never actually broke.  Sorry, buddy.

Julie: My first winner is Dracula.  How could it not be?  He gives all vampires street cred.  The ultimate tortured beast, he was the original vampire I fell in love with in junior high. Mind you, I was in junior high in 1987, putting me ahead of the curve. I wanted him to want me the way he wanted Mina.  So did you, admit it.  I’m talking Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, which I read as soon as I started reading adult novels.  (I had my dad’s taste in novels, which was admittedly weird for a ten year old.  I read Rambo when I was eleven.)  Then, the movie came out with Winona Ryder.  And Gary Oldman.  Who knew?!  A guy named “Old man,” right?!  I am thankful he never played Frankenstein’s monster, because that crush would not have made me the cute kind of weird.  Based on length of love for Dracula alone, and to this day if Dracula is in the title, I have to check it out, the impaler is a clear winner.  Throw in super cool creep factors–the hair?  Original coffin naps?  Turns into vermin?  Then there’s the harem and the impaling.  Awesome.

Then, the beginnings of all good things happened.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

And Spike.

No explanation needed.  You have eyes and ears.  I mean, it just hits you in the face.  I’m a sucker for a black t-shirt and trench coat anyway.  (Think Neo in all Matrix movies, and John Taylor of Simon R. Green’s Nightside series.  Not the morbidly out of shape guy who hangs out near Stop and Shop in the hot weather.)  There was that episode where it was Drusilla’s birthday party, and Spike let her open a gift early, and he asked her, “Do you like it, baby?” Yeah.  I probably rewound that twenty times.  He’s just a bad ass vampire, like they were meant to be, with season-long moments of weakness.  This makes you like him, and think he’s redeemable, but he’s not.  And you don’t want him to be.  Good stuff.

Tell me who your favorite vampires are!  Male or female.  It’s okay if it’s Edward.  I like him too.  I can’t speak for a certain co-blog-founder, though.

Kristen: No Edward here.  Vampires don’t sparkle.  And sorry, Julie, when I hear John Taylor, I think Duran Duran.

I’m going to start out classic as well.  My first real introduction to vampires was sometime in my teenage years, I can’t tell you exactly when because I don’t remember all the details.  That’s how you know I had a good time.  Anyway, I read Anne Rice’s Interview With The Vampire.  I fell in love with Louis de Pointe du Lac.

I  found him tragic and sensual, and I loved that he seemed to mess up being a vampire because no one taught him how to do it right. I also loved that he cared so much for Claudia after he brought her over.   I always found Lestat to be a cocky bastard.  Of course, it didn’t hurt that Brad Pitt played him in the movie, either.  Although, on the flip side, that movie ruined Tom Cruise for me long before his Scientology hijinks and jumping up and down on Oprah’s couch.

My other favorite is a bit more obscure.  He is from a Canadian TV series that aired in the mid 1990’s called Forever Knight.  I discovered it in the middle of the night.  I stopped because I saw a hot vampire, and since it was either watch that or infomercials, you know the hot vampire is going to win out. Every time.  I got hooked on the series.  It basically follows a basic crime drama format with a few love stories thrown in because, hey, that’s how life goes.  The main character, Nick Knight, is a police detective that’s also a vampire.  My favorite character, Vachon played by Ben Bass, is shown above.  I was also pleased to discovered that the pilot of this series is in the form of a movie starring Rick Springfield.  Love me some Rick.

What other awesome vampires deserve a mention?

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