• The Vampyre’s Legacy, Part 10: Sympathy for the Devil

    The Vampyre’s Legacy, Part 10: Sympathy for the Devil0

    During the sixties and seventies, pop culture was hit by an explosion of interest in the occult. Aleister Crowley glowered from the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band while Mick Jagger sang “Sympathy for the Devil”, and before long Black Sabbath would be embracing Gothic imagery as part of the nascent metal scene.

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  • The Vampyre’s Legacy, Part 9: Atom-Age Vampires

    The Vampyre’s Legacy, Part 9: Atom-Age Vampires0

    As far back as the nineteenth century, certain writers had tried to demystify vampires by coming up with scientific explanations for their condition and behaviour. James Malcolm Rymer’s ramshackle Varney the Vampire introduced – and later abandoned – the notion that its main character was a man resurrected through galvanism. Charles Wilkins Webber’s Spiritual Vampirism

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  • The Vampyre’s Legacy, Part 7: Dion Fortune’s Demon Lover

    The Vampyre’s Legacy, Part 7: Dion Fortune’s Demon Lover0

    Born Violet Mary Firth in 1890, the British writer Dion Fortune is one of the most influential figures in Western occultism. She penned a sizeable number of books – both fiction and non-fiction – prior to her death in 1946, including a sequence of occult novels. The first of these, a 1927 book entitled The

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  • A Texas Broad Reads Preacher in 2016

    A Texas Broad Reads Preacher in 20165

    This past March and April, I read Preacher for the first time, which feels like comics sacrilege in 2016. Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s seminal late 90s creation about a man from East Texas who is burdened with glorious purpose—or, more accurately, the spawn of an angel and a demon—is held up alongside The Watchmen

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  • A Gender-bent Bella: Damsel No More in Meyer’s Life and Death?

    A Gender-bent Bella: Damsel No More in Meyer’s Life and Death?0

    October 6th was already a big day for middle grade and young adult lit, from the illustrated re-release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to Magnus Chase, Simon and Baz, and the rest (of us who just live here). Then Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Stephenie Meyer decided to Beyoncé the market

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  • Top Eleven YA Horror Novels for Scaredy Cats

    Top Eleven YA Horror Novels for Scaredy Cats0

    • October 15, 2015

    Much to the dismay of my high school best friend, I’ve never been one for horror anything. She dragged me along to bad slasher movies at the discount theater or rented Stephen King movies for sleepovers. I was always terrified even if the movie was cheesy and terrible. House of Wax starring Paris Hilton, anyone?

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