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The Banning of NOSFERATU: When Dracula Sued Count Orlock

In 1916 during the first World War, a young producer named Albin Grau was serving in Serbia. Stationed in a rural region, he heard local farmers telling stories about supposedly real vampires. Amused by the lore, Grau decided that after the war was over he was going to make a vampire film. Within a few […]

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Doodles of the Damned! 13 Sinister Google Doodles

Google Doodles are not renowned for their morbidity – which is understandable. They often function as positive reminders and celebrations of human achievement, themes that visually trend towards cuteness. But optimism and cuteness are not the sole domain of general audiences – far from it! Horror and the fantastic have their own wealth of the […]

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Take a Look at the Real Life Dracula’s Castle!

Welcome to Bran Castle! This cheery abode is the actual inspiration for the castle that Bram Stoker used in his legendary novel DRACULA. Situated in Romania on the Transylvanian border, Stoker was deeply effected by the castle’s vast corridors, dark dungeon, and gothic towers so much so that he made it the home of the […]

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From Page to Screen: Bram Stoker’s DRACULA — Five Key Differences

On May 26, 1897 Irish theatrical business manager Abraham “Bram” Stoker gave the world its most eternal literary character: Count Dracula. Since the time of its publication, the book, much like the Bible (which, coincidentally, also features the story of an eternal character), has never been out of print. Although not a bestseller upon release, […]

There’s a Place for Horror Authors… and it’s Not Hell

“I have always loved to use fear, to take it and comprehend it and make it work and consolidate a situation where I was afraid and take it whole and work from there.” — Shirley Jackson Horror is the “cutter” genre of fiction and film. I’m not talking about slashers; I’m talking about the act of […]

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12 More Gravesites of Famous Horror Icons

The tourism shall continue. Recently, Blumhouse published an article directing enthused (and respectful) fans of horror to the burial sites of some of the genre’s best-known luminaries. Many of them are interred in Los Angeles, making visits to the City of Angels ripe for horror tourism. Others were cremated and scattered overseas. But seeking out […]