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Book Review: The Vampire Combat Field Guide (Coloring/Activity Workbook) By Roger Ma
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The Vampire Combat Field Guide by Roger Ma

The Vampire Combat Field Guide
A Coloring and Activity Book For Fighting the Bloodthirsty Undead
Paperback
Written by Roger Ma
Illustrations by Kurt Miller
Berkley Group | Penguin Random House
Release date: October 6, 2015

In 2012, the Institute for Undead Combat Studies published the The Vampire Combat Manual: A Guide to Fighting the Bloodthirsty Undead, a survival guide to coming face-to-face with the ever-popular supernatural beings. The manual, written by Roger Ma, begins with the history and common myths of vampires before moving on to the beings’ anatomy, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities. Then, it gets to the good stuff — how to fight a vampire: the training, weapons, strategies, and techniques. By the time you’re done, you should be able to battle alongside Buffy.

But, going up against a powerful creature like a vampire shouldn’t be done lightly. That’s why, when you’re done following the prep and training from the manual, you should brush up on what you’ve learned with its new ancillary, The Vampire Combat Field Guide: A Coloring and Activity Book For Fighting the Bloodthirsty Undead. That’s right, it’s a coloring book!!!

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Book Review: The Fifth House Of The Heart By Ben Tripp
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The Fifth House of the Heart
Paperback | Kindle
By Ben Tripp
Simon & Schuster | Gallery Books
Release date: July 28, 2015

“When you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back at you.” – Asmodeus “Sax” Saxon-Tang

Ben Tripp‘s The Fifth House of the Heart is an intelligent new twist on the old vampire myth. It’s common knowledge that vampires are blood-feasting undead repelled by garlic who, while they can be staked to death through the heart and harmed by fire, are basically otherwise immortal. But in this tale, the science behind the supernatural creatures’ existence and vulnerabilities is revealed, while new characteristics are introduced.

Asmodeus Saxon-Tang, better known as “Sax,” is a highly sophisticated, wealthy antiques dealer. The septuagenarian has traveled the globe to acquire his rare treasures, and while it’s apparent that he’s a master in his field, what’s lesser-known is how he came upon some of his rarer acquisitions — by raiding vampire lairs. Because vampires must hide their immortality from the world, it can be difficult for them to maintain ownership of their possessions century after century, leaving these heirlooms free for the taking by a person like Sax. Since vampires typically hoard their valuable possessions — items whose value increases over time — anyone who manages to kill one, would also be able to take the hoard for themselves. Though burglarizing vampire domiciles is not Sax’s specialty, he has done it enough to be set financially for life. But, the undead don’t take too kindly to these trespasses, and with nothing but time on their hands, they can be very patient and wait to take their revenge upon thieves.

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‘What We Do In The Shadows’ Trailer: Jemaine Clement’s Vampire Comedy
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Back in May, a trailer was released for What We Do In The Shadows, a horror-comedy from Flight of the Conchords co-creator and star Jemaine Clement. That trailer for the movie, which marks Clement’s directorial debut, didn’t really seem to capture the humor present in this vampire mockumentary, which has gotten raved reviews from its film festival showings.

Now, a new trailer has been released that is more on the mark. Watch it here below.

The documentary-style comedy centers on a group of vampires roommates and their struggles and triumphs throughout the day. Clement’s Eagle vs. Shark director and co-star Taika Waititi also stars, along with Jonathan Brugh and Cori Gonzalez-Macuer.

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Comic Review: Nosferatu Wars
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Nosferatu Wars cover by Menton J. Matthews IIINosferatu Wars
Written by Steve Niles
Art and Cover by menton3
Letters by Nate Piekos of Blambot
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: March 12, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99

Don’t you just love it when something great just comes together? Take Nosferatu Wars, for instance. Originally published in four parts in Dark Horse Presents #26-#29, this comic is a perfect example of a classic vampire story. And what makes it even better is the way the creators twist this tale to bring us something completely out of this world.

Centered around two vampires, Tarquin and Moira, we are given a story of unfettered bloodlust and carnage mingled with a love affair that has stretched for ages. The setting is the old world and the time is that of the Black Death. Using this horrible plague as a cover for their nightly exploits, the two undead lovers travel towards the estate of a nobleman with deadly purpose.

Upon arrival there, they are faced with seemingly overwhelming odds that quickly turn in their favor thanks to their strength and ruthlessness. Slaying much of the household, they present the lord of the manor with a proposition, one he quickly accepts. But as with all things, the devil is in the details as he soon finds out.

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DIY: Vampire Teeth Cookies (Video)
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Vampire Teeth Cookies

Halloween is almost here! And a fun thing to do for Halloween is to scare up some treats. The folks over at Just A Pinch have a simple, easily assembled sugary project that’s perfect for the holiday — Vampire Teeth Cookies!

With just 4 very basic ingredients, you can put together these cookies that look so cute and realistic, too! Just get some store-bought chocolate chip cookies (or bake your own if you have the time and inclination), red icing, mini marshmallows, and almond slivers – that’s it!

Watch the video tutorial for these cookies here below.

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Comic Review: Vampirella: Southern Gothic #1
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Vampirella: Southern Gothic #1Vampirella: Southern Gothic #1
Written by Nate Cosby
Pencils by Jose Luis
Inks by Nelson Pereira
Color by Inlight Studio
Letters by Marshall Dillon
Cover by Johnny Desjardins
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: August 14, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

Everyone’s favorite skimpily-clad, sexpot vampire is back in a brand new comic book entitled Vampirella: Southern Gothic #1! She’s gone through a myriad of changes over the decades, but one thing always remains the same, Vampi continuously manages to kick the crap out of whatever she faces. And now, after so many adventures on this world and others, she finds herself in the deep south. Mississippi, to be exact…

Following a pretty awesome battle with a few dozen shoe-stealing demons, our heroine decides to take a break to heal from an especially nasty wound. As sleep becomes her primary focus, she is roused from her impending slumber by a call on her mobile phone. After a bit of a flashback, the reader is able to identify the caller as Jacob, a former lover who is in a bit of a pickle. Traveling by train (who travels by train these days? Badass vampires, that’s who), Vampirella arrives in Mississippi to find Jacob awaiting her with a story about a woman who has died under different names a total of 37 times (insert funny Kevin Smith/Clerks reference here). While making a pit stop for some breakfast, we finally find out the connection between Jacob and the multiple resurrected woman. I’m not going to spoil the story but he is definitely dedicated to the lady in question.

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Geek Gear: ‘Vampire’s Kiss’ Shirt
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Vampire's Kiss Shirt

The $10 t-shirt deal of the day over at TeeFury today is called “Vampire’s Kiss” by Al Rio.

The sale began at Teefury today, Monday, September 10, 2012, at midnight EST, and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it’s over, it will not be sold on the site for $10 anymore.

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Book Review: Dracula, My Love
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Dracula My LoveDracula, My Love
By Syrie James
HarperCollins
Release Date: July 20, 2010
Paperback | Paperback (discount*) | Kindle

If when you read Dracula by Bram Stoker you wished you could get into the head of one of the characters and get an intimate first-person account, then you’re in luck. Dracula, My Love is a revisionist novel that retells Stoker’s novel from the point of view of Mina Harker (neé Murray). The author, Syrie James, is no stranger to this subset of the historical fiction subgenre, having produced such novels as The Lost Memoirs of Charlotte Brontë and The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen. Through beautifully written prose, she tackles the chain of events in Dracula from Mina’s mind and presents what happened in a highly defined manner that gives new context to the original.

Thankfully, it’s not told in the epistolary format, through diary entries, or through newspaper clippings. Instead, the reader gets Mina’s recollections after the fact. Although there are some changes and additions to Mina and to her history, as well as the sequence of events, James hasn’t made too many departures from Stoker’s tale and she has, for the most part, lent a sense of discovery that fans will gobble up. She presents a fresh new look that considers many different angles.

Lucy’s sleepwalking problems are more drawn out in this novel, and a focal point of the plot. But if you’re expecting a lesbian makeout scene a la Francis Ford Coppola’s 1993 interpretation of Dracula, you won’t find it in this book.

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Netflix Review: Dylan Dog: Dead Of Night
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Dylan DogDylan Dog: Dead of Night
Netflix Streaming
DVD | Blu-Ray
Directed by Kevin Munroe
Written by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer
Based on the comic series by Tiziano Sclavi
Starring Brandon Routh, Sam Huntington, Anita Briem, Peter Stormare, Marco St. John, Kurt Angle, Taye Diggs
Freestyle Releasing
Originally Released: April 29, 2011

Kevin Monroe‘s take on the comic series Dylan Dog, first created by Italian talent Tiziano Slavi, only bears some resemblance to its origins, but is at moments a film based in fun with a wide variety of homages.

Added to Netflix’s streaming selection quite literally just before Thanksgiving, Dylan Dog: Dead Of Night is the category of flick to watch if you enjoy movies in the vein of Indiana Jones or detective mysteries. The feature is essentially a tip of the hat to old style film-noir detective/mystery movies, based within the world of monsters and the unnatural.

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eBook Deal: ‘The Vampire Shrink’ By Lynda Hilburn
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The Vampire Shrink

The Kindle ebook deal of the day over at Amazon today is The Vampire Shrink by Lynda Hilburn for only $1.99 (that’s 80% off the regular price of $9.99).

Note – this deal is valid only for today, Sunday, October 30, 2011, until 11:59pm PST.

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