Sunnandæg

French Tarot Card – The Sun
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Planned (meticulously) Researched, Written, Edited and Executed by
Tim

Sunnandæg, dies solis, Sunday,

WELL… spank my l’il brown monkey!!! Yep, it’s here again… is it just me or have the days gotten all screwed up? Workdays seem to have become 30 hour days and weekend days seem to have become 18 hour days…??? WTF?

Maybe the rest of the solar system is running in the right direction and we’ve gone flamin’ retrograde…!!!

Hmmm… better get the obligatory out of the way…

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Yep, we’ve got naughty words, we’ve got drug references, we’ve got some blood, sexual innuendo and maybe a little attitude along the way… so, get the kids some popcorn and a Disney movie and shut ’em in the other room…!!!

DID YOU KNOW…

“The seven-day week originates from the calendar of the Babylonians, which in turn is based on a Sumerian calendar dated to 21st-century B.C. Seven days corresponds to the time it takes for a moon to transition between each phase: full, waning half, new and waxing half. Because the moon cycle is 29.53 days long, the Babylonians would insert one or two days into the final week of each month.”

“Sunday comes from Old English “Sunnandæg,” which is derived from a Germanic interpretation of the Latin dies solis, “sun’s day.” Germanic and Norse mythology personify the sun as a goddess named Sunna or Sól.”

Ref: Live Science.com

 

The end to the weekend for a great many brothers and sisters in the workforce, two whole days of freedom, the time to let it all hang out and wash off the cares of the working week… if you’re lucky –  unfortunately, in this quaint little industrial system you have here it’s not the same for everyone… as for those brothers and sisters who had to pull weekend shifts, who had to cope with “mandatory Saturday’s”, in a system that should have been outlawed in the early 1900’s, this one’s for you…

 

So it’s SUNDAY…
Let’s raise a fuckin’ glass to Sól… and make some more fuckin’ noise…

 

 

Now then, what’s been happening, Ooooooh, Yeah, BIG NEWS… which you may have already read about… It’s official…

picture frame by gothyka.com

Yeah, yeah… go ahead but ALL the *eyerolls* in the world ain’t gonna faze us none…

From this point we are considering the future expansion of RVL and we are looking into a bigger, and better, pro domain. We are seeking to engage other knowledgeable people to reinforce our staff and give us the ability to look at a much wider range of subjects, questions, dilemmas and issues within the Modern Real Vampire Culture – all while maintaining that inimitable RVL style

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS…!!!


So, now then, moving right along, what has my lovely Lady M found for us this week?

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SAT, AUG 18 AT 6 PM PDT

Miss Alley Cat 2018

Placer County Fair · Roseville, CA

Hosted by Ashley Bryant and Faustine Flamm

The Vampire Ball is pleased to announce that the FIRST VAMP appearance will be Saturday, August 18th at the FANGTASIC car and pin- up pageant event… Miss Alley Cat 2018. Tell your friends and pick up $25 surcharge free tickets to the Vampire Ball at our booth!

 

See you there,

Shannon McCabe’s Vampire Ball & the VAMPS!

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee… ova to Texas…

Austin Vampire Ball: Opera Of Death

by Dead South and the Vampire Court of Austin

OCT 19 – 21, 2018

Elysium

705 Red River St

Austin, TX 78701

Fri, Oct 19, 2018, 9:00 PM – Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 12:00 AM CDT

Make sum fuckin’ noise for us Austin…!!!

 

Now, here’s one for the calendars, no excuses, you’ve got plenty of time to save up and get the finery together… COME ON DOWN PENN…!!!

Dracula’s Ball 3/16/19: And One from Germany!

Public · Hosted by Dancing Ferret Concerts and Dracula’s Ball

MAR 16, 2019

The Trocadero

1003 Arch St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107

There’s some stuff to rock ya world… oh, and one more thing

Watcha got Bon…?

img. source: L.A. Nantz – Vampire Author and Artist

“Every thought is new when an author expresses it in a manner peculiar to himself.”
The Marquis de Vauvenargues ~

Been doing a bit of reading meself, first off, an interesting little piece by author Brian Harrison on Exemplore… it’s inspired me to take a deeper look into the actual chronological history of what I shall call Lamia Americae

The Vampire Legends of New Orleans
by Brian Harrison on Exemplore

 

…annnnd, speaking of reading, there’s an awesome site called “The Vampire Library”, we were fortunate enough to be able to feature it back in the day… it’s probably the most comprehensive listing (currently at 1625 titles) of Vampire books and entertainment resources you’re gonna find, do yourself a favour, check it out…

Visit The Vampire Library

As a few examples here are some of the non-fiction titles in the modern Vampire genre…

Liquid Dreams of Vampires by Martin V. Riccardo, Something in the Blood by Jeff Guinn and Andy Grieser, Vampires Among Us by Rosemary Ellen Guiley, Piercing the Darkness by Katherine Ramsland, Allure of the Vampire Our Sexual Attraction to the Undead by Corvis Nocturnum (a.k.a. Eric Vernor)  Eric Vernor (Editor) Embracing the Darkness Understanding Dark Subcultures by Corvis Nocturnum (a.k.a. Eric vernor)  Eric Vernor, Vampires a World History by E. R. Vernor (a.k.a. Corvis Nocturnum)

The Dictionary of Vampspeak, Second Edition: Terminology and Lingo in the Vampire Community by Sanguinarius E. Sanguinarius

The Embrace: A True Vampire Story by Aphrodite Jones

The Psychic Vampire Codex by Michelle Belanger, Sacred Hunger by Michelle Belanger, The Vampire Ritual Book by Michelle Belanger, Vampires in Their Own Words by Michelle Belanger.

The Psychic Vampires Guide by Lono Vespertilio,  Eric Vernor (Editor)

The Real Twilight by Arlene Russo, Vampire Nation by Arlene Russo

V Special Edition by Father Sebastian, Michelle Belanger and Layil Umbralux

Vampires Today: The Truth about Modern Vampirism by Joseph Laycock

I have a few in my own library here, the ones that I consider to be credible reference works not just money spinners… always remember, dear reader, books, like video presentations, like magazines, like newspapers are very often swayed by the beliefs of the writers… don’t forget to keep the salt handy, you may need a grain every now and then

 

img. source: Europosters.com

 

Something to think on, talk amongst yourselves, smoke em if ya got em:

Real Vampire culture books and videos: Blessing or Curse?

In your opinion what real Vampire, non-fiction books, videos or features portray the culture best?

Do you, being a modern real Vampire, feel as though you are represented by them?

 

img. source: Samuel L. Jackson in Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction”
Miramax (presents)
A Band Apart
Jersey Films, 1994.

 

REALITY BITES…!!!

 

“Be careful of the words you say,

Keep them short and sweet.

You never know, from day to day,

Which ones you’ll have to eat.”

Anonymous

Yeah, that’s right… something’s been bothering me lately… you know, there are times when a lotta folks hit on hard times, maybe it’s a transient thing, maybe it’s gonna be a long haul back – one time or another everyone gets there to varying degrees but when a situation gets so desperate that people can’t, quite literally, afford enough for proper food then we need to remember that we are lucky enough to have enough. When it gets to a stage where folks NEED to reach out, or someone intervenes and reaches out for them, we need to show a little compassion, a little understanding for fellow man. What we DON’T need is for assholes to sit back and criticise them for getting into that position, what we DON’T need is for assholes to sit back in their comfy all-the-mod-cons houses, with their fancy cars and hi-tech living and lay down some line of pure bullshit about the situation that they know fuck all about. If you’re not in THE position SHUT THE FUCK UP and let us who can help, a little or a lot, get on with the business. Just go back to your $2000 Lazy Boy recliner in front of your 200 inch flat-screen whatever the fuck it is and be an asshole – just keep it to yourself…! Nuff said…

For those of you facing down the hard times…

 

I reckon we’re going to have to make up a special name for people like those assholes for the Vampban dictionary… oooh, yeah like…and speaking of that, four newly invented words for the Vampire Culture Urban Dictionary program today…

Vundablunda (N) A Vampire who is so wrapped up in their own “press” that they can’t wake up and smell the coffee. A true narcissist who is only interested in what they can screw out of the culture for their own benefit.

Droglet (N) A junior vamp newbie who comes blasting into sight and thinks they own every fucking thing and that everybody should follow their commands.

Drogging (V) The act of getting rid of Droglets

Bluking (V) {esp. Sanguinarian) Gorging on blood until you puke.

 

Cool track huh? Reminds me, wanna check out some more cool stuff, some indie stuff, some music stuff? Go check on the latest at Dave Wolff’s AEA Fanzine…

You can keep an eye on the previews right here at RVL by going to our AEA Fanzine Page

Okay, that’s a wrap kids… have a nice night, don’t think about tomorrow until the alarm goes off tomorrow morning…! And Hey, HEY… be safe out there…!!!

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Vampirist: A Book About Real Vampires

Interview by Lady M. Bey

Edited and presented by Tim

Good evening,

One of the very best things, one of the things that I enjoy the most, about doing this is that I get to communicate with people from all over the world. It is always a refreshing, and welcome feeling to realise that the modern living Vampire culture, and those whom follow and are interested in it, is global… we get the chance to look over our own back fence, so to speak, and share information both back and forth with like-minded folk from all over.

Our guest of honour this evening is an author, hailing from Sweden and has, since coming to the modern culture in around 2014, produced her first piece of work in the genre, a non-fiction consideration of modern Vampires. Not simply from the point of view of said Vampires but also from the outside perspective of our culture.

Combining reading from both the culture itself as well as from academic publications she has wrought a new volume which aims for a wide perspective of the culture.

It is with the greatest pleasure, and honour, we present an interview with the author, an interview with Lady Cecelia Fredriksson.

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RVL: Good afternoon Lady Cecilia it is a great pleasure for us to be able to spend some time with you. I believe this is the first time we have had the pleasure of talking with someone in Sweden?

CF: Thank you for having me, it’s an honour.

RVL: Is the subject of Vampires, in general, a popular one in Sweden?

CF: Yes, especially when it comes to fiction. However, maybe it’s on a downfall if you would to compare it to the “golden era”, when all the Twilight movies and books came out. Then it was truly sparkling!

Spike (James Marsters)
from Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series.
Created by Joss Whedon
Produced by Mutant Enemy, Kuzui Enterprises,
Sandollar Television and
20th Century Fox Television

 

RVL: …and if we were to press you, taking into account the research for your book, how many real living Vampires would you estimate there could be in Sweden?

CF: During my research for my book, I didn’t encounter any large groups of real vampires in Sweden at all. In fact, it seems to be a very limited number. Of course, we have a few so-called ‘vampire killers’, and there have been some Swedish tv-shows where a self-identified vampire participates and talks about their vampiric way of life. So, it’s a hard question to answer, due to the limited material there is. Also, it’s depending on which kinds of vampires you include. I would say that it´s probably a higher number of psi-feeders than blood drinking vampires.

RVL: …and obviously, judging by the title of your new book, you are aware that there is a large, international, body of those whom identify as ‘Real Modern Vampires, yes? Can you give us an idea of how you came decide to write a book for “Real” Vampires?

CF: I’ve always been interested in vampires, ever since I was a child. It all started with me watching the movie Bram Stoker’s Dracula from 1992 when I was around 7 years old. I watched it repeatedly, and I even fantasized about meeting the Count himself in my neighbourhood’s playground. In my fantasy, it would all play out exactly at midnight, by the slide. Then, an adolescence filled with vampire themed sleepovers followed. I used to throw many masquerades for my friends, and we would all dress up like it was Halloween and play games. My favourite one was “En kväll med Bram Stoker’s Dracula”, which translates to “A night with Bram Stoker’s Dracula”. However, it wasn’t until 2014 that I came to know about the subculture with real vampires.

Lady Cecelia Fredriksson

RVL: When did you first begin research for your book? And, what sources have you employed in putting your book together?

CF: It was shortly after I discovered that they existed, which was at the end of 2014. I got really intrigued with the subject and, very soon after, I decided to compile all my research into a book. I’ve been reading A LOT of scientific articles and a countless number of books and testimony’s. Since the start, my ambition has always been to broaden the perspective as much as possible. I didn’t want to explore just ONE angle, I wanted the whole perspective. Therefore, my sources have been everything from scientists exploring the subject from an outside perspective, to actual real vampires who can tell their story from within the community.

RVL: In approaching the subject of your book what was the basic definition of “real vampire” that was uppermost in your mind?

CF: In the beginning, I didn’t really know what to expect. I was deeply interested, and captivated, by the fact that it existed people who thought themselves to be real vampires. In the same time, I probably imagined that these people had to be a bit mental. You see, for me, until this point, the vampire had only been a fictional character – not something consisting of flesh and blood. But, as I went deeper into my investigations, my perception changed.

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RVL: Have you had the opportunity to read any of the available non-fiction material that deals with the modern, real vampire community?

CF: Yes, that was a big part of my research material. I’ve devoured scientific articles on the subject, as well as material that originates from the community itself.

RVL: Can you share a little about your own work with us? Without giving anything away of course…  Just a little plug for the book, a teaser…

CF: Well, it’s a nonfiction odyssey that is exploring the intriguing world of real vampires. The focus of the book is, of course, the subculture and the people that identifies with it, but the strength of the publication is that is also explores the surrounding areas – like psychiatry, religion, cults, myths and thrilling murders.

“femvamps”
Based on original work Pinterest and Phozphate

RVL: May we ask, do you cover all acknowledged types of modern living Vampires or does your book concentrate on one type?

CF: I’ve tried to include as many as possible. Blood drinking vampires and psychic vampires are both presented in my book, and I’ve tried to cover some of the sub-types within the two groups.

RVL: Okay, Lady Cecilia, we have to ask the question that our readers most want to know about our interview guests, do you identify as a modern, living, real Vampire?

CF: I’m sorry to say… but I don’t. Although, I really appreciate the subculture and I find it very fascinating.

RVL: …and can you recall the earliest time you became aware of the real Vampire world? How did that come about?

CF: As earlier mentioned, it was back in 2014, and I remember surfing the internet for something. Sadly, I have no detailed memory about what it was and how I finally found myself on a website that said that vampires existed. But nevertheless, from that moment, I was stoked. As the fictional vampire always has been a part of me, the feeling of discovering something new in the field created a particularly intense feeling inside me. It was like my childhood, with all the vampiric games and movies, came back to me. It gave me an opportunity to re-discover one of my life’s biggest fascinations.

RVL: Is your book currently in print or in preparation for print?

CF: Yes! I have just published the book in paperback, so now it’s available in both physical and digital form.

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RVL: Where can our readers find your work to obtain a copy?

CF: Vampirist is available on Amazon.  https://www.amazon.com/Vampirist-book-about-real-vampires-ebook/dp/B078H8YL6W/ and https://www.amazon.com/Vampirist-book-about-real-vampires/dp/9177734483/  

RVL: Who is your primary target audience for this book?

CF: Everyone with an interest in vampires, especially people who want to know more about the subculture with the real ones.

RVL: … and are you planning a follow up to the book, a single follow? A series?

CF: Maybe! I have been thinking about writing a sequel that explores the subject even further. I would love to dig even deeper and include detailed conversions with real vampires.

RVL: Ultimately, what made you decide to write this book? What was the catalyst that sparked you into the writing?

CF: It was the fact that I realised a book like this hadn’t been written. Most of the existing literature on the subject is focused on just one perspective. They seldom include both the voices of the community and the science.

Schweden, Westkueste, Fjaellbacka in der blauen Stunde.
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RVL: Do you have any general, or personal comments that you would like to make about the subject of vampires, especially the existence of real living modern self-identified vampires?

CF: Even though I do not myself identify as a vampire, many people do. So, they clearly exist, and I am very interested in following how the development of the subculture will look like in the future.

RVL: Dear Lady Cecelia, thank you very much indeed for your time today; we are honoured to be able to introduce your work to our readers and the culture in general. We wish you all success with the book and we would like to check back with you in the future and see how things have panned out for you, if that’s alright with you of course?

CF: Thank you for having me! It has been a pleasure. And of course, reach out to me in the future. I look forward to it!

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Enquiring minds, fresh perspectives, material considered with fresh eyes we might say, these are the things that create growth out of stagnation, the things that bring new perspectives to replace “tunnel vision”.

When people take a long hard look at things that are, in many quarters, taken for granted then new ideas and new practices are very often developed and integrated and this is, we might suggest, the “lifeblood” of any culture, community or group.

With her first book Lady Cecelia has taken her first step in understanding, in accepting us for whom and what we are, has reached out with her mind and talent to find out about modern Vampires today. I recommend we don’t disappoint the lady.

 

Copyright RVL & Cecelia Fredriksson (unless otherwise noted) 2018

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Paperback:    Ebook:   Twitter:   Instagram:   Facebook:   Website

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Bloodlines are… mysterious

Pic. source ~ http://gadgets.boingboing.net/ ~ 2008

Pic. source ~ http://gadgets.boingboing.net/ ~ 2008

Presented by

Tim

Under normal circumstances writing an editorial interview with an author is not that difficult. The writer determines what style of questions will elicit the sort of answers that the audience are looking for and will best highlight the personality of the author, the questions are presented to the author who provides the answers, along with any amount of additional information they might care to divulge. The writer does a little style-setting, a little ‘tweaking’ of the layout and, after putting it together with graphics, ‘hey presto‘ you have something that you hope your audience will want to read.

What if the normal questions can’t be asked and answered? What if the usual sort of answers are a closely guarded secret? What if the publication is being eagerly awaited by a thousand or more people and the only thing they have to wet their apetite is a brief teaser ~ such as:
the Bloodline series (coming to print in 2013), is the definitive history of the Vampir, or as they are known today, Vampires.

To join us this evening in an “interview before the fact” it gives us great pleasure to welcome to RVL

Shaun McGinnis one of the authors of the new, and much anticipated, Bloodline series.

BloodlineHeader

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheBloodlineSeries/members/

“Conceived by co-authors Rod Garcia and Shaun McGinnis as Historical Fiction, the Bloodline series (coming to print in 2013), is the definitive history of the Vampir, or as they are known today, Vampires.

Coming Soon in both traditional print, and e-book:  Bloodline: Birth of the Vampir

RVL: Good evening Shaun and welcome to Real Vampire Life, we are delighted to be able to share a little time with you.

Shaun: Thank you for allowing me to spend time with you and your readers. This is my first interview ever and I’m thrilled that RVL has given me this opportunity.

RVL: The first question would have to be, what drew you to create a work in this genre? Is it something you have been involved in before?

Shaun: What drew me to this particular genre was simply a novel idea that blossomed into a terrific story.  I have many story concepts in many genre’s, but ‘The Bloodline’ series grabbed hold of me and wouldn’t let go. Since its inception I’ve believed that it had the greatest potential to not only get noticed, but also published, and fortunately for me I was right.


RVL:…and how long have you been writing?

Shaun: I’ve been writing most of my life. In high school and college my teachers and professors encouraged me to become an English major, but at that time my heart was set on being a graphic artist. After graduating from V.C.U. with my B.F.A. in Interior Design I moved to Arizona, was hired by an architect, and spent fifteen years designing houses. I always promised myself that I would take up writing again once I retired, but after becoming a casualty of the bad economy, I took a leap of faith and began putting pen to paper.


RVL: Will the ‘Bloodline’ series be your first published work?

Shaun: Not only will Birth of the Vampir be my first published work, but it’s my first attempt at writing a novel. It originally started off as a screenplay.

RVL: The teaser that you have at the Bloodline Facebook page tells us that it is a work of, “historical fiction”. Generally that either means historical characters and settings with fictional events, or historical events and settings with fictional characters, which way does Bloodline: Birth of the Vampir lean?

Shaun: It encompasses all of the above. In Birth of the Vampir you will find a historical group set in a fictional background, but as the series continues past book one, you will find historical characters and settings intertwining with their fictional counterparts, blurring what is real and what is imaginary.

RVL: The term Vampir is generally considered to be a German term that was, in turn, derived from the early 18th century Serbian вампир or, vampir . As far as the historical content in Bloodline: Birth of the Vampir is concerned is it set in a more western European style or more in the eastern European tradition?

Shaun: I decided to use the term ‘Vampir’ because I felt that it would be a more recognizable description for the modern reader than Strigoi, Upyr, or Lampir for example. It also lends for an easier transition from Vampir to Vampire as the stories move into more modern eras.  As for east vs. west, ‘The Bloodline; Birth of the Vampir’ is geared more to the  eastern European traditions in that it is an origin story which not only gives a fictional history of how Vampire’s came to be, but why they can’t venture into sunlight, go into a church, or are unable to see their own reflections, etc.


RVL: As for the historical aspect of the work, how long did the research take to get to a working, or writing stage with the publication?

Shaun: It took me approximately six months of research before I actually started developing the story. From there it was another year of character development, story development, and writing.

RVL: Have you had opportunity, during the course of the research and writing, to read any of the contemporary non-fiction works dealing with vampires and vampirism?

Shaun: Honestly, no. I’ve been so busy with not only finishing Birth of the Vampir, but with the research for the continuing stories. However, I’m open to any works on the subject that you or your readers could suggest.


RVL: …and, did you chance to come into contact with any of the modern real living vampire community while you were writing Bloodline: Birth of the Vampir?

Shaun: Only through social media.

RVL: The Birth of the Vampir is the first in the Bloodline series, how many volumes will be in the saga?

Shaun: Birth of the Vampir is the first in what will be a six book series for ‘The Bloodline’, which begins in the early 13th. century and continues into modern times.

RVL: When the first volume is published and released are you planning a “launch”? A book-party? Perhaps a “signing”?

Shaun: There have been discussions with a few businesses here in the Phoenix metro area about hosting book signings.  I’m originally from Virginia and my sister, who has many connections in the D.C. area, is looking into the possibility of book signings on the east coast. With that said, nothing is set in concrete at the moment. Once there is a release date then I will be able to give a more affirmative answer.

RVL: Can we ask, do you already have material together for the next, or remaining volumes?

Shaun: I do have quite a bit of information for the continuing stories. As a matter of fact, I’ve completed half of the script for the next volume, although I’ve decided to put the screenplays on hold and concentrate solely on novels.

RVL: With the widespread popularity of modern vampires in cinema and literature, what made you decide to ‘turn back the clock’ as it were?

Shaun: In order to develop a Vampire origin story it was necessary to go back in time and show not only their beginnings, but their journey and impact on world history. (or at least how I see it in my own mind) I also believe that there are more than enough modern stories and thought it would be fun to take Vampire’s in a different direction.

RVL: …and in general what are your thoughts on the modern vampire image and the community of self identified modern real living vampires?

Shaun: Since I’ve only recently been introduced to the modern Vampire community I don’t know how to answer this question, except that everyone in the Vampire communities that I’ve come in contact with have been absolutely great. Everyone is kind, energetic, positive, and very helpful, and I am a firm believer in being who you are no matter what others think.

RVL: We would like to thank you for giving us your time today, it has been a distinct pleasure to be able to find out a little about you and about the Bloodline series. We wish you the best of luck with everything.

Shaun: Thank you again for allowing me to share ‘The Bloodline’ series with all of you and I hope you like it.

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 Writing vampire novels has, ever since the seminal work by Bram Stoker, been in danger of becoming somewhat formulaic… indeed, in some ways, it has become so but when the historical aspects of the traditions are married with the key concepts then the reader finds themselves becoming fascinated not merely by the characters but by the history that gave birth to the vampire.

It is a history rich in folklore, superstition and mystery that; whether we care to admit it or not, makes everyone who calls themself ‘vampire’ today a part of the legacy of the original. The interweaving of historical fact with fictional characters enriches that legacy and should be a source of pride amongst those of us who identify as vampire today. Thanks to authors such as Shaun we can enjoy that link and that honour.

Copyright RVL and Shaun McGinnis 2013

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