Sunday, April 26, 2009

A brief historic view of vampires

Vampires have had many forms over the centuries. Even as far back as the 12th century there were cries of vampirism all over Christian dominated Europe. There were reports of people coming back from the dead to feast upon and kill the living. Remember, this was a time of little education, and people were quick to assign some supernatural explanation to all things they didn't understand. It also probably helped keep the children in line.

The idea of vampirism, as we have come to know it, began to gel in the 1700's as reports of bodies that continued to show signs of life after death were reported in the field journals of military surgeons. Also, the discovery of bats that lived on the blood of animals came about in this time period. Europeans were quick to associate the two and the concept of the modern day vampire was born. The term vampire is thought to be an anglicization of Serbian or Russian words refering to bloodsuckers or werewolves.

From the 1700's to the early 20th century, the perception of vampires defined themselves into our common conception. That is, an undead human, usually with a Slavic accent, who shuns the light, preys upon people during the night, requires blood to subsist on, and is deadly allergic to the sight of religious symbols. Or garlic.

Since the mid 20th century, many aspects of the vampire motif have changed, with Anne Rice's 'The Vampire Lestat,' and most recently with the Twilight series. Curiously, a thing to be feared and shunned has become an object of desire. Is it possible that vampires have become our alter ego, an icon upon which to lay our desires and dark urges?

Stay tuned for further articles exploring the history of the vampire.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Fountain of Youth in St Augustine

The Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine, Florida, is at the heart of the oldest city in America. Ponce de Leon landed here in 1513 and claimed it for Spain. He was chasing the one of the oldest myths in the world, the fabled Fountain of Youth. Certainly, he never found it although it was believed that a freshwater spring that was there had the mystical powers he sought. He left the area to the local people, and it was much later that Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles arrived and turned the area into a bustling city, current day St. Augustine.

Everyone should make at least one trip to this city, with it's beautiful architecture and vibrant local culture. You won't want to leave. And of course, you should spend a day at the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park. Drink the water.... who knows?

You can visit the official website of the Fountain of Youth park here:

http://www.fountainofyouthflorida.com/

Enjoy!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Just what is Carmella Jackson all about?

Carmella Jackson: Manifest Vampire is about a young girl, who has been savagely attacked in the night by some creature, and she begins a journey of change. She has to learn how to cope with her changes as the Gift takes hold of her body, and of the other things that go along with becoming a creature of the night. Imagine what it would do to you if you had to leave your friends, your boyfriend, and the life you once knew.

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

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Just who are the men in black?

The men in black, summer blockbuster films aside, have been seen for a long time in popular US culture. They always seem to show up at the oddest of events, and everyone assumes they are some form of the government, be it CIA or FBI. Spooks, anyone?

Yet, no one ever really knows where they are from or who they do represent. I mean, what's up with the dark glasses, talking into the cuff links, and expressionless faces. Are they really human at all?

Next time you're next to a pile of debris that just fell from the sky, be sure to ask one of these fine gentlemen to show you their driver's license.....

Saturday, April 18, 2009

What is the skunk ape?

The Skunk Ape is a creature believed to be seen around the swamps of the states surrounding the Gulf Coast. There is a famous case of a lady taking a photo of an animal, probably an oranguatan, picking oranges from her tree. There is also a snapshot of a large hairy animal walking through the marsh lands.

Does it exist? Is it the Sasquash of the South? Is it somehow a primate that has remained undiscovered for millenia?

You decide.

Monday, April 6, 2009

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Announcing: Carmella Jackson: Manifest Vampire

Announcing the new release of the advance ebook novella, Carmella Jackson: Manifest Vampire, The Raw Manuscript, Part I Book I!

Enter the world of Carmella Jackson, young teen who has a normal life in St. Augustine, FL until a random attack by an otherworldly creature turns her into something unexpected. This is really the story of how she handles the change into a creature of the night.

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