Make your balls happy…

“Vampire’s Ball”
Bram Stoker International Film Festival – Whitby, England

Good morning, we trust everyone is well today?

Well, it looks like the countdown, traveling and what-not is on. We’d like to wish everyone happy, safe and peaceful times with their balls and we would also like to remind everyone to take precautions, just the normal stuff you know but nevertheless it is sometimes good to remind ourselves what our balls are all for…!!!

No matter where you’re going or what you’re going to be doing over the Halloween period personal safety is the first and foremost consideration… things like being in a group, don’t leave your drinks unattended, don’t accept lifts from strangers, let friends know – if you’re going out – where you’re going, who you’re going with and what time you expect to be home.

Make sure you have phones with you – if you can, ladies, fit them into your gorgeous gowns somehow, if not might we suggest the time honoured garter?

Stick to public frequented areas, hang in the lights and noise and keep your wallets/purses secured – again, if you can fit them in your evening wear, if not have your escort take care of it ladies.

Consume responsibly, self-respect and public image might not count for much where you are from, your “home turf”, so to speak but in another city or town…

Image source: Gazette Review

Truly, if you do get into some strife LOOK FOR A POLICEMAN, they might look at you a bit strange in your Halloween rig but, at the end of the day, they don’t want anyone messing up their city.

Above all, have fun…

Yes, it’s a macabre time of the year, all full of ghosts, goblins, witches Vamps and Weres but at the end of the night we want to see everyone safe, well and with happy memories.

Event organisers, security for your parties is always going to be a consideration – make sure your guests, invited or public, enjoy a happy and hassle free environment – don’t mean to tell anyone how to suck eggs but if you’re going to have big balls make them happy balls… or, ummm, events…

Happy Halloween from John Reason’s Real Vampire Life E-Zine, we hope your balls are a smashing success…

‘Tis the season to be spooky…

The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall
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Presented by

Tim

Okay all you gorgeous creatures that go bump in the night, ‘tis the season to be spooky and show them that “something wicked this way comes”… that’s right it’s Halloween season, that one night of the year when the veil thins and we cavort in the company of ghouls, ghosties, witches and, of course, our favourites, VAMPYRES…!!!

We’ve got some seasonal information mixed with a little entertainment for you, grab a coffee, tea, soda, absinthe or whatever and kick back for a few.

Firstly, what’s hot around here;

Starting in the home town, the Windy City is going to be seeing,

Yup, that’s right folks, we’ve got big balls too…!!!

Bouncing east from here, more or less, we find that the Iron Garden has a splendid event planned, you can find all the details at the Facebook event page;

Iron Garden Celebration of Mexican Traditions & Day of the Dead!

The highlight will be a costume contest that we have joined the sponsors for, we’re looking forward eagerly to the pics…!!!
Off to our dearly beloved New Orleans now and the big news is, of course,

The Bloodlust Vampire Ball – The Old World

The Blood Lust Ball 2017

Now, if you’re planning to get down that way perhaps you might need a little something to really carry the night, how about making a date with the extraordinary Dnash


…but I wouldn’t dally, I’m pretty darn sure that the bookings will be filling fast for one of the best.

Psivamp

Now, any party requires three things, food, drink and dancing…. Hmm dancing, *snaps fingers* I know, let’s go get our dear friend Psivamp… an eclectic mix of Techno/Electronica and Trance to put you right in that zone. The artiste kindly received a little something I put together to go with a track from his 2004 album “Doppelganger”, even had some kind words for about the presentation and thus, my Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen I give you my interpretation of, “The Shield”…

Off to the haunts of lost boys, and ghouls, the Wyld West now and we hear that Lady Shannon McCabe is throwing quite a bash out that way…Shannon McCabe’s Vampire Ball

Speaking of which, in 1987 Warner Bros. brought out a wonderfully youthful tale of dastardly deeds in a west coast town and to go with it a wonderful soundtrack, this song, originally penned in 1967 by Morrison and Krieger, was an integral part of that soundtrack and here it is given a wonderfully wistful and melancholic makeover by an outfit named “Johnny Hollow

 

We’ve also patched in, and touched base, with some of our International friends to find out what’s happening in some faraway locations…

Courtesy of the London Vampire Magazine and the self-described “Dastardly DandyDarren Demondaz, what’s goin’ down in ol’ London Town…

“An Alternative Halloween in London

It’s the Night when the Pagans herald in the New Year and the boundary between this world and the next comes down. The Souls of the Departed are allowed back, for one night only, and they will wish to visit their old homes and hearths and will expect to be remembered and will wreak havoc if they are not. This is most likely the origin of the practice of ‘Trick or Treat’ or ‘Begging’ as most people now call it now. Halloween is mid-week too this year which means there will be two weekends or more of fabulous, fetishy, macabre and bizarre amusement to be had in London for those that wish to embrace the coming of the darker seasons and in the following weeks the skies will be lit with fireworks.

Obviously all London clubs will wish to host something if the extended dates fit with their event or nightclub. There will be more Halloween themed events than you can brandish a bloodied machete at and Goths everywhere will be quite forlorn for the period as they won’t stand out anymore! I will, most certainly, be slapping the ‘Halloween Special’ tagline on my own Retro Club-night Yesterday’s Shadow and that’s on the 21st October but it’s a Goth Club anyway so most wouldn’t note any great difference there.

Here are a few noteworthy events in London that you might be interested in if you are looking for something other than a goryfied fancy-dress party.

If you wish to learn something new about Gothic and Macabre London you would do well to look at the epic series of events from ‘A Curious Invitation – The London Month of the Dead’. They will be hosting various events over the period ranging from talks about the Necropolis Railway and the Crypts and Catacombs of the City. There are even workshops to learn Mouse or Insect Taxidermy and many of these events, night-time tours, talks and tales are actually hosted within the prime locations of London’s Magnificent Seven Cemeteries. They are also hosting a Halloween Ball ‘A Theatre of Blood’ on the 27th October at London’s ‘Coronet’. Look for the full listing for all of the events here http://londonmonthofthedead.com/

Without a doubt one of the largest Halloween events will be ‘The Festival of the Dead’ on the 21st October at London’s Troxy. FotD are a huge international affair and are setting up events all over the UK and Europe with circus, theatre and carnival themes to be seen on a very big scale.

Also on the 21st October will be ‘Deep Trash in the Underworld’ at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. A devilishly deviant occult-themed night of visuals, installations, live art and gothic-techno tunes from DJs Patricia MacCormack and Kasey Riot (aka Cellardoor). For this Night Witchcraft, Voodoo, Teratology and magic are featured heavily with work submitted and performed by over 40 artists.

Perhaps you might like to find out more about Haunted London and there are, if you believe, one hell of a lot of Ghosts in London who presumably prefer London to Hell! ‘London’s Ghouls & Ghosts (aka Spooky London) have a guided tour and talk just outside central ‘Feltham Halloween Guided Ghost Walk’ on the 22nd October – look them up if you want to know more about the Ghosts of London as they host regular events.

 

For a Night of Medieval Enchantments do consider ‘The Serpent’s Lair’ on 29th October hosted by Serpentyne (mediaeval/symphonic/metal band) at Nambucca, with suitable support acts and DJs for this most Ye Olde styled magical and musical night.

London’s Largest Alternative Fetish Club – Antichrist – will be having their Halloween Extravaganza on the 3rd of November with a Mad Max Themed Night of Mayhem at their new labyrinthine venue ‘Fire’ in Vauxhall.

Farrukh Hyder (a noteworthy photographer of London’s Alternative Scene who submitted the photos to accompany this article) and Daniela Fanetti will also present a Free Night of photography, fashion and cabaret at the Resistance Gallery on 9th November featuring works with fetish, erotic and punk themes.

After that Halloween is officially over and you may respectfully commence with Christmas shopping.”

Thanks to Darren, yeah, uhhh Christmas, right…!!!

Okay, keeping up with the old “frequent flyer” thing again we zoomed off to Italy to pay our good friends at Lega Italiana Real Vampires a quick visit and find out what’s cooking in their neck of the woods for Halloween, courtesy of the delightful Vice-President Of LIRV, Lady Maria, we learn that…
RVL: We understand that LIRV is planning a major Halloween event this year, what sort of party will it be?

MA: Lirv will make a great Halloween party with other new friends. In Genoa this year this city will always be full of games and fun and our long black veil ball !!! then we will send you the photos of the event!

RVL: Is it an “invitation only” event or are tickets to be available to the public? And, do you expect a major turn out for the event?

MA: Only with invite, we are more people…

RVL: Is Halloween a major focus of the year in Italy in general?

MA: In the last few years halloween is a very well-liked party here in Italy as well. Especially for fun and different parties every year. We always have a lot of fun!

RVL: So, without giving anything away what can the people who attend expect from your Halloween event?

MA: our Long Black veil ball our dance in themed costumes, with always different shows and games that capture participants from the beginning to the end!

RVL: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers at this time about either the television project or your Halloween event?

MA: There will be pleasant scary and unforgettable surprises !!!

On the way back we swung by Sao Paulo, Brazilas you do… and courtesy of noted local identity and author, Prince-Lord Axikerzus, we’ve got a line on the hottest parties in town for the Halloween in a place noted for its parties…

Prince-Lord Axikerzus gave us a little low-down on the business there, apart from being the speaker for October’s Wiccan and Pagan events, World Dragon Day and  World Pagan Pride Day he is also the speaker for two big festivals there, the Festival of Halloween Bosque dos Gnomos and the Festival de Halloween Casa de Bruxa.

I commented to Prince-Lord A,
“I see, wow, are you going to be busy…! *Laugh* When do the Festival of Halloween happen, October 31st?”

Lord A told me, “No no… All events running this weekend and on the next weeks”

So, starting the weekend of October 7 it seems there’s going to be back-to-back parties around there for the rest of the month… how’s that grab the “party animal” in you?

Sao Paulo at night
by Julio Boaro

Now, I have to admit something here, a serious confession… I have a particular Halloween favourite, bit of a predilection actually, something sublime that just takes your breath away and leave it to a Texas band to put it into words right? What would Halloween be without a little…

 

Going to leave you with a bit of tribute here… TO US…!

Bela Lugosi in ‘Dracula’ (1931)

A little thing I put together celebrating the cinematic culture and, strangely enough, demonstrating that Hollywood has had a long, deep and meaningful affair with us, so much so in fact that they have repeatedly demonstrated a predisposition to having mesmeric, definitely Sanguinarian, Hybrid Vamps around… curious eh?

 

So, hey, there’s a bit of news for all the ‘Weeners’ out there, and rest assured we’ll keep updating the information at our Facebook page right up until the last moment. If you have a Halloween event going on that you would like people to know about please feel free to send us the information in a message to our John Reason’s Real Vampire Life Facebook page.

Heading toward the evening in question, this is well worth a catch-up…

Quest Documentaries – History Of Real Life Witches Documentary

We wish you a very happy creepy night and whatever you’re going to get up to, or down to, be safe, consume responsibly and we’ll catch you, all safe and sound, on the other side, yes?

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Something for the season…

by crazy-frankenstein.com

by crazy-frankenstein.com

Good evening,

We would like to begin by wishing all our readers a very enjoyable, spooky and…

Happy Halloween 2013

We also thought that you might be looking for a little something for your ‘dark beloved’ as a token of your esteem and affection this Halloween so here are some suggestions.

by Anarkyman at Deviantart

by Anarkyman at Deviantart

Perhaps a nice pair of fangs…?

Feral Fangsmithing – Nate & Lance

http://www.facebook.com/FeralFangsmithing

http://feralfangsmithing.com/

 Based in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Feral Fangsmithing’s goal is to be able to serve the northern Midwestern states (to include: WI, MN, IL, MI, IN).

 

Midnight Custom Fangs – Jacob ‘Midnight’ Ohse
Lafayette Ne Grand  Rapids, Michigan USA 55555

Phone: (616) 893-7605

 www.MidnightCustomFangs.doodlekit.com

https://www.facebook.com/MidnightCustomFangs

And, a new friend of ours…

Anubites – Arsnic Algul
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anubites/182722951858830

library6 ethosworldcomPerhaps your thoughts may run to something in a literary bent…?

‘ORPHANS – Time is running out…’ by Ian Dewar
Jonathan Owen is resigned to the prospect of compulsory retirement from the British intelligence services. Offered a new role, working for an organisation he knows nothing about, Owen is thrust into a nightmare maelstrom of a world facing disaster. Vampire scientists seek answers to their impending doom. A new synthetic must be found but meantime, for more and more of their number, the lust for blood is impossible to resist.

 It is available as an eBook from Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/ORPHANS-Time-running-out-ebook/dp/B006X7NKIS/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1327593953&sr=1-1 

also ‘Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Waterstones and WH smiths (Kobo)

 

The Ridge by Eleanor Tombs

The Ridge Cover

“My book is set in the country with the beauty of the trees, lakes, and all the splendor of the outside world and all the colors it beholds. Ivy, the main character, finds herself out of her element having come from the city. One of her very close friends urges her to move to the country because she has unexplained things happening to her where she was living. Creepy things. She makes this move and finds out that the unexplained things happening to her in the city, follows her to the new place.” ~ Eleanor Tombs

 

‘Kiss of the butterfly’ by James Lyon

Kiss of the butterfly cover“I sense it even now. People thirst for it; the entire country is mad with desire for it…” A dying man’s cryptic letter to an enigmatic professor launches student Steven Roberts on an unwitting quest, shrouded in mystery, into the war-torn labyrinth of a disintegrating Eastern European country. Steven plunges into the maelstrom to unearth long-forgotten documents holding clues to an ancient Emperor’s deeply buried secret, an inconceivable and long-forgotten evil that has slumbered for centuries. Steven’s perilous journey stretches from Southern California’s sunny beaches, to the exotically dystopian city-scapes of Budapest, Belgrade, and Bosnia, as it plays out against a backdrop of events that occurred centuries before in the Balkans.

Kirkus Reviews wrote: “In the glut of vampire-themed novels now on the market, Lyon’s debut stands out… skillful… authentic… fascinating… inspired… Lyon executes it perfectly… vivid… engaging… highly promising… sophisticated…”

Perhaps something a little more historical and documentary style…

In the footsteps of Dracula by Steven P. Unger

In the footsteps of Dracula cover“Worldwide fascination with Dracula, like the bloodthirsty Count himself, will never die. Completed and comprising approximately 35,000 words and 185 photographs, In the Footsteps of Dracula: A Personal Journey and Travel Guide is the first and only book to include: * For the armchair traveler, pictures and descriptions, in memoir form, of every site in England and Romania that is closely related to either Bram Stoker’s fictional Count Dracula or his historical counterpart, Prince Vlad Dracula the Impaler.”

See also…

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Footsteps-Dracula-Personal-J/dp/1935444530/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262988919&sr=1-1

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/in-the-footsteps-of-dracula-steven-p-unger/1100073117?ean=9781935444534

http://www.amazon.de/Footsteps-Dracula-Personal-J/dp/1935444530/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books-intl-de&qid=1262988996&sr=1-1

Legacy of the Dark Side series by Raven Dane

Legacy of the Dark Kind books

“If you want your vampires to be beautiful, have long, vicious fangs that rip out throats, don’t sparkle, don’t suffer from remorse or angst , then give the Legacy of the Dark Kind a try…”

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/287640.Raven_Dane

http://www.amazon.com/Raven-Dane/e/B0034Q8UN6/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

The Bloodline: Birth of the Vampir by Shaun McGinnis and Rod Garcia

 The Bloodline

“The Bloodline: Birth of the Vampir is a dark tale of innocence lost and monstrosity born. Set in 13th century Europe, the book chronicles the fall of a Transylvanian Lord and his people at the hands of a ruthless Archdeacon in search of the Holy Grail. Cursed and exiled from their land, the former citizens of Erdely soon find themselves in the grips of a transformation, becoming something the world has never seen before—the first vampires.  Shaun McGinnis and Rod Garcia have crafted the finest of origin stories, setting the stage for a series of epic proportions.” –  Amazon.com

Published by Dark Hall Press and released on August 12, 2013, The Bloodline: Birth of the Vampir readers have given it a 5 star rating.

Gabrielle Faust

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www.gabriellefaust.com

www.facebook.com/AuthorGabrielleFaust

or

www.twitter.com/Gabrielle_Faust.

For the latest on the ETERNAL VIGILANCE series visit

www.gabriellefaust.com/about-the-book.

For sample chapters from my most recent novel REVENGE visit http://www.barkingrainpress.org/revenge-preview/.

I also have an experimental beatnik vampire short story I am giving away for free. You can download that at http://www.gabriellefaust.com/downloads/TheBeat.pdf.

Of her work it has been said:

“[This] is undoubtedly one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read.

~ The Vampire Chronicles Magazine

Eternal vigilance covers pic

 

“Eternal Vigilance is the main artery leading to the heart of all vampire stories. Not since Interview With a Vampire has there been a greater tale of the undead. My mouth became dry reading it. My pulse quickened. This book makes you thirsty for bloodlust.”

 ~ Eric Enck, Author of Ghost of a Chance & The Reckoning

“Vampires are comfortable in their familiarity, in their Gothic surroundings as ornate as their inner contortions. [She] pulls vampires out of their well-worn trappings and puts them in the realm of the desolate. Deal with it.”

 ~ Michael Marano, Bram Stoker Award Winning Author of Dawn Song

pentagramMaybe you might be looking for something a little more esoteric?

Lady Jyade Cthrawl
http://blackmagicmarket.weebly.com/index.html
Jyades Legacy book
The Legacy & the Secret Wisdom of the Black Arts

and…
Winter Darkness

Winter darkness cover

“Buy your copy of The Legacy while you still can! This book is still sought after and is out of print!

I now have only approx. 30 left in my stock! I have listed some on Amazon.com and I am selling it so much cheaper than others. I may write a second edition, but it will take time!

Hurry, time is running out..”

Jyadec@aol.com or visit Amazon

If you contact me I will give you a $5.00 discount

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Check out…

Alistair Ian Darkwater’s

  Sub Seven and The Undead
Sub7 and the Undead

Visit the music store and check out the latest on their forthcoming album

“Symphony in Blood”

Keep an eye out !!!

Alistair tells us; “we sell our music exclusively on Cdbaby.com and iTunes, also on Amazon. The new album has been delayed I have decided to re-write a lot of the album. But we are releasing 2 singles one of which is the title if our latest video.”

Keep up with the latest news at https://www.facebook.com/Sub7andTheUndead

Even if it’s not a Halloween prezzie you’re after bear one thing mind dear reader… only 66 shopping days left until the jolly old fella in red will be looking for his invitation into your home…! (less if you count in shipping and handling…)
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