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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Spotlight On: Vampires

Well, folks, I think today is going to be the last Helluva Halloween Spotlight (for this year, anyway). So I figured we could go out with a bang or a bite. Since I can't think of any exploding Halloween creatures, I chose bite.
Today we turn the spotlight on vampires (but just a normal spotlight. Nothing too bright, just in case).

But really, what is there to say that hasn't already been said? If you don't want to be undead and bloodthirsty forever and ever, everyone knows, just don't get bit. Um, just stay away from any fluid exchange. But there are some other tips to take into account...

Some safeguards to prevent rising as a vampire:
  • always to treat your open wounds with boiling water
  • never rebel against the Church
  • make sure you're buried upside down
  • have a scythe or sickle placed near your grave
  • do not allow your corpse to be jumped over by an animal, especially a dog or cat
If you fear that a loved one is going to rise from the grave, or that a cemetery near you may be infested, use this simple trick from the old country: lead a virgin boy on a virgin stallion through the graveyard. The horse will balk at any infested sites. Or, of course, you can always just dig up the grave and note the state of decomposition. If they are pink and plump, stake 'em.

Now let's have some fun, shall we?

This is the wall of vampire awesomeness. It's fun, it's scary, it's yummy to look at, and it could earn you points. Click on it and get a good look. For each little square, you can earn 15 points in my Helluva Halloween contest by emailing me the name of the character, actor and movie, 5 points apiece. If you only know 2, that's 10 points, etc. Don't cheat and google, people, show your know-how. Now, I originally had one here that was a little easier to distinguish, but I decided that wasn't a challenge. So now it's super close-up. This will run until Nov. 1, at which point I will put the original up, as well as the answers.
When you think you've got 'em figured out, email me @ mbradenwf@gmail.com with your answers.

Now, here are some things for you to chew on:

Here's a list of vampire books for teens, courtesy of Suite 101 [dot] com

Here's a list of vampire novels and a list of vampire series' for teens:

Vampire Novels:

  • Sucks to be Me: The All-true Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire (Maybe)by Kimberly Pauley (Wizards Of The Coast, Inc. | August 26, 2008)
  • Suck It Up by Brian Meehl (Random House Children's Books | May 13, 2008)
  • Tantalize by Cynthia Smith (Candlewick Press | February 1, 2007)
  • Thicker Than Water by Carla Jablonski (Penguin Young Reader Group | February 13, 2006)
  • High School Bites by Liza Conrad (New American Library | December 23, 2005)
  • Peeps by Scott Westerfeld (Penguin Young Reader Group | September 2, 2005)
  • Vampire High by Douglas Rees (Random House Children's Books | September 9, 2003)
  • Midnight Predator by Amelia Atwater-rhodes (Random House Children's Books | May 14, 2002)
  • Shattered Mirror by Amelia Atwater-rhodes (Random House Children's Books | September 11, 2001)
  • Demon in My View by Amelia Atwater-rhodes (Random House Children's Books | May 9, 2000)
  • In the Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater-rhodes (Random House Children's Books | May 11, 1999)

Vampire Series':

Night World by L.J. Smith (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)

  1. Secret Vampire (June 3, 2008)Daughers of the DarknessSpellbinder
  2. Dark Angel (November 18, 2008)ChosenSoulmate
  3. Huntress (June 23, 2009)Black DawnWitchlight

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (Penguin Young Reader Group)

  1. Vampire Academy (August 20, 2007)
  2. Frostbite (April 15, 2008)
  3. Shadow Kiss (November 18, 2008)

House of the Night by Kristen and P.C. Cast (St. Martin’s Press)

  1. Marked (May 1, 2007)
  2. Betrayed (October 2, 2007)
  3. Chosen (March 4, 2008)
  4. Untamed (September 23, 2008)
  5. Hunted (March 3, 2009)

Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith (HarperCollins Publishers)

You may also be interested in:

Finding out more about the history of this bloodthirsty menace here

Taking this quiz to determine if you are infact a member of the undead.

Checking out this list of vamps in film, or this one of vamps on TV.

The Vampire Library

Vampire [dot] com

The Vampire Name Generator: find out your undead name. Mine?
The Great Archives determine you to have gone by the identity:
Goddess of The Ghastly
Known in some parts of the world as:
Scourge of The Vile
The Great Archives Record:
Vile, foul, filthy and greedy: this creature knows nothing of light.

Vampire Rave [dot] com: a vamp social networking site (yep)

Temple of the Vampire a vamp based church (uh-huh)


  1. Was wondering if we were gonna get some vampire goodness. Woot! I'm working on a review for Vampire Diaries this week.

  2. Awesome post! I'll definitely going to try my knowledge on the wall of vampire awesomeness!

  3. Great post! I just did the name generator: Sophie Cromwell aka Cerridwen of The Storm Riders. I like it!

  4. Hey! You had a real name. I;m just the goddess of the ghastly. Though, I guess I am a *goddess* so that's cool...

  5. Misty, Love the VAMP wall. Too cool. I will be answering soon, I know I know at least a few.

    Love the name generator too I am...
    Agnes Green
    Known in some parts of the world as: Madame of The Beltane Feasts

    One of ritual and pleasure - presiding over the gluttonous feasts of the wickedest night of the year.

    Good thing its a vamp thing, gluttonous feast, yeesh.

    120 followers (yay)
    I was wondering, did you buy your slider thing for the sidebar? My contest post is getting WAY too long.

  6. Are you talking about the scroll bars? I made them. I can tell you how, if you want (or point you in the direction of who told ME how... ;P)

  7. I checked out the Vampire Library! It was a great site! I also had quite a bit of fun doing the vampire close-up, lol. It was fun!

    Natalie @ Mindful Musings

  8. Vampires, eh? Never heard of 'em...


  9. Awesome vampire wall! I don't know if it's good or bad that I know so many. :)

  10. Oooo I'm surprised how many I know :) Fun idea

  11. Who doesn't enjoy a great vampire book or movie. :)


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