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Blood and Bone China - Victorian Vampire Web Show - March 26, 2011

The other day I came across a fantastic web show titled Blood and Bone China. The story unfolds in Stoke-on-Trent, England. Stoke-On-Trent is the home of the pottery/ceramics industry in England. 
It is 1897 and a city is in turmoil. In the smoky, dirty depths of middle England, the people are terrified. The once bustling streets of Stoke are empty, the silence is only broken by the whispers of devils, demons and vampires. Poor souls are being taken, vanishing without a trace.

When the local doctor is snatched away, word travels to his brother, a young vet by the name of Newlyn Howell. Spurred on to discover the truth by the enigmatic Alexander Pyre, Newlyn's dark adventure into the depths of Victorian Stoke begins… and what he discovers is beyond belief. Blood and Bone China website
This is an extremely well done series. Blood and Bone China is suspenseful, mysterious and intriguing. The production values are of the highest quality. The acting is wonderful. The Victorian setting really appeals to me. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next!

There are 3 chapters so far, with the 4th debuting on April 3, 2011 at 6pm BST (British Summer Time). There will be 12 chapters in all.

Chapter 1 - 'The Man in Black'




Chapter 2 - 'The Enigmatic Mister Pyre'




Chapter 3 - 'Anna of the Six Towns'

 
 

The cast includes Anthony Miles as Newlyn Howell, Rachel Shenton as Anna Fitzgerald, John James Woodward as Alexander Pyre, and Simon Hooson as Richard Howell. Blood and Bone China is created and directed by Chris Stone, an award-winning freelance filmmaker and director.


You can watch the series on

YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/user/BloodandBoneChina

Blood and Bone China website: http://www.bloodandbonechina.com/


You can friend or follow Blood and Bone China at

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bloodandbonechina

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/bloodbonechina

Blog: http://bloodandbonechina.blogspot.com/


Let me know what you think of Blood and Bone China in the comments.

What I Found - The Girl's Guide to Everything Unexplained - November 15, 2010

I was perusing online bookstores in my never ending hunt for mash-ups, etc. when I came across a series of books that caught my eye: The Girl's Guide to Everything Unexplained. This is a series for Grade 3 - 9 (ages 8 - 14) written by Jen Jones. They will be published in early January 2011 by Capstone Press.

The series description:
Mythical creatures are hotter than ever, but much of what’s out there is inappropriate for young girls. This age-appropriate series has everything girls want to know about popular unexplained phenomena, including: origins, key characteristics, special powers, and much more! Quizzes, creature profiles, and yearbook awards round out these high-interest books.
Here are the covers:

What I Found - The Girl's Guide to Everything Unexplained - November 15, 2010

What I Found - The Girl's Guide to Everything Unexplained - November 15, 2010

What I Found - The Girl's Guide to Everything Unexplained - November 15, 2010

What I Found - The Girl's Guide to Everything Unexplained - November 15, 2010

The back cover copy for the books:

Is your crush a vampire? Do you know how to stop an attacking werewolf in its tracks? Can you tell the difference between a zombie and your math teacher? Fun features like quizzes, creature profiles, and yearbook awards will help you learn everything you need to know about these mythical creatures.
Here's a peek at the inside of The Girl's Guide to Vampires: Everything Enchanting About These Immortal Creatures.
What I Found - The Girl's Guide to Everything Unexplained - November 15, 2010

These are just the sort of books I would have loved when I was growing up. I hope to take a more in depth look at the books when they are published next year.

Thursday Flicks - August 12, 2010 - Who Is Your Favorite Film Vampire?

I've seen a lot of vampire films over the past *mumbles* years. The first one that I remember is Dracula (1931) starring Bela Lugosi. I still love that film.

Here are four of the actors who have played Dracula since the 1930s. This is hardly an inclusive list. You can vote for your favorite in the poll to the right. If your favorite isn't listed. please let me know who it is in the comments.

Bela Lugosi

Dracula (1931)


Such a great line:



Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee appeared as Count Dracula in 7 films by Hammer Studios: Dracula/Horror of Dracula (1958), Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1965), Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1969), Scars of Dracula (1970), Dracula AD 1972 (1972), The Satanic Rights of Dracula (1972)

Horror of Dracula (1958)


Christopher Lee was also in Count Dracula (1970), which is not a Hammer Film. It was directed by Jesus Franco and is quite true to Bram Stoker's novel.



Frank Langella

Dracula (1979)



Gary Oldman

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
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