This week the podcast dives into Stephanie’s favorite horror creatures. Those ones that lurk around dark corners waiting to suck your blood. Don’t worry, nothing sparkles here.
“The degree of satisfaction and relief lessened each time she opened a new wound, each time she drank a mouthful of her own rapidly thinning blood. Towards morning she was a whimpering mass of abstinence and anguish. Anguish because she knew what had to be done if she was to live.”
John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let the Right One in
This 1897 classic is written in an epistolary style. Following Jonathan Harker’s trip to Transylvania to meet up with the mysterious Count Dracula, the increasingly erratic behavior of his fiancee’s best friend Lucy and the possible attack against his fiancee, Mina. Dracula is responsible for the mythos of the vampire as we know it today.
The story is told from the perspective of a supposedly young girl who wakes up without her memories. She does not know who she is and finds herself with some alarming inhuman needs, including a lust for blood. She soon learns that she is not actually a young girl, but is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. From there, she must figure out who wants to destroy her in order to save both herself and the people that she cares about.
“It is autumn 1981 when the inconceivable comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenage boy is found, emptied of blood, the murder rumored to be part of a ritual killing. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last—revenge for the bullying he endures at school, day after day. But the murder is not the most important thing on his mind. A new girl has moved in next door—a girl who has never seen a Rubik’s Cube before, but who can solve it at once. There is something wrong with her, though, something odd. And she only comes out at night….”
The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman
This story is set in the dirty and dangerous underbelly of New York City in 1978 and follows our main character Joey Peacock. He is an adolescent vampire that has spent that last 40 year old living in subway, spending his time womanizing and feeding on humans. However, things become dangerous when some kind of new undead creatures move into the tunnels of Manhattan and start hunting his fellow vampires.
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (#1 Vampire Chronicles)
This is the story of Louis, as told in his own words, of his journey through mortal and immortal life. Louis recounts how he became a vampire at the hands of the radiant and sinister Lestat and how he became indoctrinated, unwillingly, into the vampire way of life. His story ebbs and flows through the streets of New Orleans, defining crucial moments such as his discovery of the exquisite lost young child Claudia, wanting not to hurt but to comfort her with the last breaths of humanity he has inside. Yet, he makes Claudia a vampire, trapping her womanly passion, will, and intelligence inside the body of a small child. Louis and Claudia form a seemingly unbreakable alliance and even “settle down” for a while in the opulent French Quarter. Louis remembers Claudia’s struggle to understand herself and the hatred they both have for Lestat that sends them halfway across the world to seek others of their kind. Louis and Claudia are desperate to find somewhere they belong, to find others who understand, and someone who knows what and why they are.
Creepy Things We’re Loving at the Moment
Rachel watched the movie the Babadook and loved it! Stephanie talked about sci-fi podcast The Bright Sessions about therapy for super-humans. What are some creepy things you’ve been enjoying lately?
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