What we do in the shadows

Mythology and Folklore


Whoever put together Wikipedia’s ‘Table of Vampire Traits‘ definitely had themselves a little fun – highlights include:


  • Count Duckula – Alluring [citation required]
  • Underworld – Kate Beckinsale


  • Count Chocula – Becomes soggy in milk
  • Count Von Count – Obsessive urge to count anything on hand*

*Whilst he was blatantly created because of the Count/count thing I’ve only just realised that his obsession to count is an actual** vampiric trait – traditionally seeds were a suitable defence which also brings to mind the (quite excellent) X-Files episodeĀ  ‘Bad Blood

**Yeah, not real, whatever…

(via Boing Boing)



Christina has recently joined the ranks of the Robsessed, in an effort to make her watch some proper vampire films I was having a browse of tinternet when I came across this poster for Blade that I used to have years ago:


And I can’t believe that it’s only now I’ve realised how tiny his sword is in this poster – it can’t even be two feet long!

Bad photoshop.


Vampires vs Ghosts

A (fairly ludicrious) work debate between me and my manager that has somehow evolved from whether or not The Ghost Whisperer is a load of shite via whether or not True Blood is any good to an argument about the both the relative plausibilities of the existence of ghosts and/or vampires and the merits that being each would bring.

Slightly depressingly ghosts edge it in the Google fight but I think you’d have to want to be a vampire over a ghost wouldn’t you? The insatiable thirst and need to feed might be a bit of a shitter but image never being able to touch anything. Who’s cooler, Swayze or Blade? It’s a no-brainer.

19th Century Vampire & Werewolf Killing Kit anyone? Just the fact that I can* buy shit like this makes vampires cooler.


And let’s be honest – who’s ever heard of a spectral watermelon?

*note: I can’t actually afford a $15k vampire killing kit


Bad Things

Whore and choir girl are often one and the same despite sanctimonious claims to the contrary

I’m a bit of a sucker for anything vampire-related, and though I was a little 50/50 after the first episode of True Blood I think i’m on the way to being hooked, but whether I end up liking the series as a whole or not I’m a big fan of the (Emmy-nominated) opening credits:

If you want to read a bit more about the creation of the titles then check out Digital Kitchen, the agency that put it together (they also did a recent campaign in the US for the second series). If you like it this is also worth a look (a little NSFW)

I also have to say that seeing Frank Sobotka and EB Farnum pull up in the first episode brought a smile to my face.