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The Library of Classic Vampire Literature
Vamp Halloween: Take a Bite Out of Halloween.
Vampire from Wikipedia.
Scream 2009 pays tribute to the best in sci-fi, fantasy, comics and horror.
Real Vampires, an essay by Inanna Arthen from FireHeart.
Bram Stoer's "Dracula," unabridged. Full text.
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Vampire images from Google images. Warning: some of these are gruesome and be careful of copyright infringement.
Learning About Vampires. Excerpt: "When it comes to Vampires, there are as many legends as there are whispers in the night. According to many a vampire is a mythological undead being that feeds on the blood of human beings as well as animals. In many stories, vampires have special powers that enable them to fly and hypnotize their victims, and they are especially successful in getting the affection of human beings of the opposite sex. When a vampire bites a person and consumes his or her blood, that person will also become a vampire, or so the story goes..."
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Vampire Costumes. posted by halloweencostumes.com.
Excerpt: "Show off what makes a vampire so charismatic with our collection of vampire costumes. Whether you're looking for a child, adult or sexy vampire costume, we carry a wide selection from each of these categories. Plus, our line of vampire accessories will have you prowling in the shadows in no time."... Includes full costumes for all ages; Fangs; Small Vampire Teeth; Gothic Sunglasses; Vampire Necklace; Vampire Purse; Girl's Vampire Wig; Cape; and more.
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I am looking for a short vampire story, less than 10 minutes. I will be telling to primarily 10-year-olds (at least that's what it was last year), so not too scary, but enough to get the heart rate up.
a) Richard Martin tells of a group of thirsty vampires who forced one of their menbers who returned one morning covered with blood to show them he had found it. That night he guides them on a wild flight until they arrive at a huge tree. He says " Do you see that tree? Well, I didn't." Maybe you can get Richard to share it with you . It's funny without being scary and can be made into a real heartthumper.
b) Here it is. This page:
has a re-telling and pictures from my 6th class, which made them about 11 then. In my experience this is the age when most are able to pick up the punch-line. Of course, being non-native speakers makes this a little more difficult, but lots of body-language helps to overcome that difficulty.
c) How about "The Viper" — series of scary phone calls "I'm the Viper, and I'm on your street. . . building . . . floor" Open door -- I'm the viper; I'm here to vipe your windows." O.K. not really a vampire -- that's just how I pictured him.
2) You might haunt this book: Ghosts Vampires And Werewolves : Eerie Tales from Transylvania retold by Mihai Spariosu & Dezso Benedek (with one of my favorite illustrators, Laszlo Kubinyi), published by Orchard Books, 1994. It has 16 tales grouped in sections of the three in the title + Haunted Treasures & Eerie Fairy Tales.
3) If you want a serious vampire look at "Vampire Skeleton" in Joe Bruchac's Iroquois Stories: Heroes and Heroines Monsters and Magic. I also tell a killer (pun intended) "How Mosquitoes Came to Be" called "The Whistling Tsonaquas." They are bloodthirsty giant vampires until they are toasted and become mosquitoes.
I know that story as "Spearfinger." Chuck has a wonderful version at his website. Ahhh that Chuck, he still is here to guide us.
4) 100 Vicious Little Vampire Stories, edited by Robert Weinberg, Stefan Dziemianowica & Martin H. Greenberg, 1995. From the Introduction: "A collection of 100 vampire tales from nearly as many hands in which no two vampires are exactly alike. Here, the vampire runs rampant through the worlds of fantasy, horror, and science fiction, and even mundane worlds in which any suggestion of the supernatural is conspicuously lacking. In the variety of their approaches to the vampire theme and the diversity of their treatments, these stories unconsciously show that there is no simple answer to the question 'What is a vampire?'"
5) My name is Kathryn Miller and I'm an English teacher for some lovely students at a charter school in California. I wanted to take the time to send you a quick thank you note on behalf of my class and myself for providing the resources on your vampire page. My students just completed their midterm assignment on Bram Stoker's Dracula and found your page to be such a great reference, so from Mrs. Miller's class - thank you :)
As a small token of our appreciation, they thought up the idea of sending along another helpful page that they came across in their research http://www.nearfieldcommunicationnfc.org/irish-author-bram-stoker.html. It has a variety of resources on Stoker and his novels that my students have been able to utilize, so we figured it would be great for others would as well.
And if you wouldn't mind adding it to your other resources, I'd love to show my student who went above and beyond to find the site that her work was appreciated.
Kathryn Miller 3/16/12
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