According to this story, Stephen King is going to try his hand at comic books. He’s contributed five issues to a new comic called American Vampire, which reimagines the vampire in an American setting. Here’s a brief blurb from the article on what they’re planning to do with the story:
“The series twists the well-trod vampire legend by allowing the creatures to evolve into a distinctly American creature and will follow the adventures of Skinner Sweet, a sociopathic outlaw in the Wild West who becomes the first American vampire. Unlike European vamps, Skinner is powered by the sun and, true to his native environment, has rattlesnake fangs. Each cycle, consisting of five individual comic issues, will take place in a different period of time in American history, tracing Skinner’s descendants, with Skinner himself as a recurring character.”
Discovery Channel News had a nice, short commentary from Katherine Ramsland, the author of The Science of Vampires. It’s only about 2 and a half minutes long. Lots of still images, some from Nosferatu. So, if you don’t want to watch the Nosferatu movie, you can at least see how they imagined Count Orlok. It’s a pretty interesting commentary and speaks to some of what we’ve recently discussed on vampires. I invite you to check it out and share your thoughts.
Nosferatu, The Symphony of Horror (How’s that for a catchy name?) was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It is, as far as I can tell from a brief research, one of the earliest adaptations of Dracula. Directed by F.W. Murnau and released in 1922, the film attempted to get around the problem of not having the rights to the Stoker story by changing the setting from London to the fictional German city of Wisborg and also changing all the names of the characters. Count Dracula becomes Count Orlok, Harker becomes Thomas Hutter, Renfield becomes Knock, and so on. Minus the ending, though, the story is essentially the same as Dracula. Continue reading
As part of our continuing vampire theme for week one of our Halloween festivities, I’d thought I’d open things up to you all to share your favorite vampire loves, whether book or movie or TV show or comic or whatever. Let us know what you like and, if you feel like it, why you like it. There’s a lot of stuff out there on vampires and variations of them, so I expect lots of chatter!