Saturday, June 1, 2019



This is an overview of the most offbeat and underrated vampire movies spanning nine decades and 23 countries. 

Strange Blood encompasses well-known hits as well as obscurities that differ from your standard fang fare by turning genre conventions on their head. Here, vampires come in the form of cars, pets, aliens, mechanical objects, gorillas, or floating heads. And when they do look like a demonic monster or an aristocratic Count or Countess, they break the mold in terms of imagery, style, or setting. Leading horror writers, filmmakers, actors, distributors, academics, and programmers present their favorite vampire films through in-depth essays, providing background information, analysis, and trivia regarding the various films. Some of these stories are hilarious, some are terrifying, some are touching, and some are just plain weird. Not all of these movies line up with the critical consensus, yet they have one thing in common: they are unlike anything you've ever seen in the world of vampires. Just when you thought that the children of the night had become a tired trope, it turns out they have quite a diverse inventory after all.

Book Details:

Title: Strange Blood: 71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies

Author: Vanessa Morgan

Genre: horror, vampires, non-fiction

Publisher: Moonlight Creek Publishing (April 28, 2019)

Page count: 334 pages



A few of your favorite things: my plush rabbit that I had since I was four years old, my computer, some presents.
Things you need to throw out: probably all the rest

Things you need in order to write: silence.
Things that hamper your writing: music

Easiest thing about being a writer: imagining
Hardest thing about being a writer: overcoming my imperfections.

Things you love about where you live: the film festivals.
Things that make you want to move: the weather

Favorite foods: huitlacoche and authentic Thai green curry.
Things that make you want to throw up: sauerkraut.

Favorite beverage: still water.

Something that gives you a pickle face: sugary drinks.

Favorite smell: vanilla.
Something that makes you hold your nose: gasoline.

Things you always put in your books: cats
Things you never put in your books: dragons.

Favorite books: non-fiction books
Books you would ban: books about hunting.

Favorite things to do: going to film festivals all over the world and cuddling cats.
Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing: adventurous sports.

Things that make you happy: film festivals.

Things that drive you crazy: discos.

The last thing you did for the first time: undergoing a surgical intervention.

Something you’ll never do again: hopefully the same thing



When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals 
The Strangers Outside

Drowned Sorrow
A Good Man 
Next to Her 
GPS with Benefits


Vanessa Morgan is the editor of When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals, as well as the author of the cat book Avalon, and the supernatural thrillers Drowned Sorrow, The Strangers Outside, A Good Man, and Clowders. Three of her stories have been turned into movies. She has written for a myriad of Belgian magazines and newspapers and introduces films at BIFFF, Razor Reel, and Cinematek. She’s also a programmer and copywriter for the Offscreen Film Festival in Brussels.

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