• 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 8: In the Shadow of Hollywood

    The Vampyre’s Legacy, Part 8: In the Shadow of Hollywood0

    As noted in the previous post of this series, the biggest change faced by vampire fiction of the 1930s and ‘40s was that authors in the genre were now competing with films. Admittedly, dramatised vampires were not a new phenomenon: after all, the 1819 publication of Polidori’s “The Vampyre” had been swiftly followed by a

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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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  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Back and Good

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Back and Good1

    Unto each generation, a story is told— When considering a comic book, it’s pertinent to consider its target audience and who it’s marketed to or for whom it’s easy to find. For a franchised book, or an adaptation of an existing success, the question becomes more interesting along with that relevancy: Is this just for

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  • Captain Britain Reading Diary 9: He’s Union Jack But He’s Never at Sea

    Captain Britain Reading Diary 9: He’s Union Jack But He’s Never at Sea0

    After Captain Britain lost his own-titled Marvel UK book, he moved over to Marvel Bigpants and, back under the covetous wings of his original co-creator Chris Claremont and his most earnest stepfather Alan Davis, became Pillar One of the “I had too many X-Men and couldn’t fit them all in one book” monthly title Excalibur.

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  • Dracula’s Forgotten Sister: Florence Marryat and The Blood of the Vampire

    Dracula’s Forgotten Sister: Florence Marryat and The Blood of the Vampire0

    Vampire fiction was crystallised in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Subsequent generations of writers in the genre have had to define their works only in relation to this novel, whether they were adhering to its example or departing from it. But if we go back in time, we see a different story, or rather, different stories. While

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