Posts Tagged ‘vampires’

James Pyman x Bram Stoker

Published January 20, 2010 by Molly

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Just because Twilight isn’t your cup of hot chocolate doesn’t mean the vampire genre should be overlooked during these chilly winter months. To scratch that specific vampire itch, check out this edition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, clothbound in bright yellow and illustrated by the talented James Pyman.

Produced by Four Corners Books, the edition features all 27 chapters of the original text illustrated with finely-wrought pencil drawings as part of a series pairing classic books with our favorite contemporary artists. Gareth Jones’s reimagination of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray is another entry in the series worth a close read.

Avi Davis in The Believer

Published October 15, 2009 by Molly

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Armchair travel! There’s nothing better. New York-based writer Avi Davis has a glorious piece in this month’s issue of The Believer describing his time in Sighişoara, a dime-sized Romanian town known for its medieval architecture and vampire lore.

In Sighişoara Davis eats tripe soup, meets a contentious local in a Cannibal Corpse t-shirt, discusses the origins of Dracula and tries to untangle the curious place of vampire mythology in Romanian history. Like most articles you’ll find in The Believer, the piece is detailed, well-argued and generally gripping. Sneak a peak online or, better yet, pick up the real-life magazine for its interview with Agnès Varda, Top Ten by Greil Marcus and a s study of the ideal Cuban cigar experience. Vámanos amigos.

FATE Magazine

Published July 13, 2009 by Molly

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One of my favorite media experiences is when you discover something and literally have no clue whether it is supposed to be a joke or not. A recent addition to this category is FATE Magazine, a pocket-sized rag dedicated to keeping everyone updated with “True Reports of the Strange and Unknown”.

A recent issued featured a stock photo of The Rock superimposed against a picturesque alpine scene, with cover articles like “Confederate Prison Ghosts” and “UFOS in Little America”. Other topics addressed in the text-heavy magazine included coyote-dog hybrids, vampires, ju-ju men and the Devil Snakes of Ansuam (what are those?)

Needless to say, FATE is a confusing and fascinating publication––and one with an ample history, having allegedly been established in 1948. So I guess it is real. Or real-esque. You can decide for yourself.

Monstres Par Florence Johann

Published July 2, 2009 by Graham

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Swiss design duo Florence Tétier and Johann Bess are the mad scientists behind Monstres, four portraits of delightfully weird, DIY craft creatures. With the surplus of vampires running around these days, the world could use some original monsters. Someone needs to make a children’s show hosted by these creeps.

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Jonathan Mann’s Rock Cookie Bottom

Published June 12, 2009 by Graham

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Jonathan Mann is the artist formerly known as GameJew: a moniker under which he waxed poetic about his favorite video games, created The Mario Opera, was the first person to buy a Wii on the West Coast, and infamously tracked down Nintendo guru Shigeru Miyamoto to sing him a ballad. Lately, he’s stepped outside the gaming world to take on a new project: writing a song a day in 2009 on his site Rock Cookie Bottom.

The tunes are adorable and nerdy, sometimes sentimental and frequently danceable. Whether Mann’s singing about vampire housecats, gay gladiators, Paul Krugman, or Saved by the Bell, your first instinct will undoubtedly be to tap your foot and sing along. While not every song is destined to become a platinum hit, Mann relies on the 70/20/10 rule: 70% of his output will be just okay, 20% will suck, and 10% of the songs he writes will actually be rad. So over the course of one year, he’ll end up with at least 36 rad songs! This Tuesday’s song, his 161st, definitely falls into the rad category: it’s an infectuous, exhilerating tribute to Where the Wild Things Are. Check it out!