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Bela Lugosi’s portrayal of Dracula in Tod Browning’s 1931 horror film is influenced by John Polidori’s tale of terror, ‘The Vampyre,’ first published — suggestively — on April Fools’ Day 1819. Universal Pictures

Perverse passions that will not die: The modern vampire first walked among us two centuries ago

One of the reasons the myth of vampires endures and captures the popular imagination is that vampires are a powerful metaphor for a wide range of cultural practices and social problems.
Darcy, played here by Colin Firth in the 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, has morphed from dreamboat to vampire in recent fiction. BBC

Mr Darcy as vampire: a literary hero with bite

A Mr Darcy Halloween costume anyone? How the brooding hero of Pride and Prejudice has been reinvented as a vampire.
The vampire stars of What We Do In The Shadows, a new New Zealand film released today. Kane Skellar/Madmen Films

What We Do in the Shadows – the NZ gothic with sharp comic chops

Yes, some vampires like to live in looming, crumbling, cobwebby castles. But some, the vampires of What We Do in the Shadows, a New Zealand film released today, like to live in flats in Wellington. This…
Serbian villagers fear vampires, but we have our own superstitions in the Anglosphere. Drurydrama (Len Radin)

Vampires and wind farms: mass hysteria can be a pain in the neck

If the latest spate of news stories coming out of Serbia are anything to go by, the tiny and otherwise unassuming village of Zarožje has something of a vampire problem. Local legend tells of Sava Savanovi…

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