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(no subject) [Apr. 24th, 2005|01:01 am]
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melsmarsh
1) Your username and why you picked it. I picked melsmarsh because it was my username on ujournal and it is based on my RL name.
2) Gender? I am a female to male transgendered person
3) Age?
23.
4) Blood Type? There is some debate over this.  I have the ever changing bloodtype because I can never get the same answer twice, even in a hospital.  The doctor just told me to assume I was O+ if I need a blood transfusion.
5) Why are you a Dracula fan? My love for the 1931 version of Dracula started when I was 6 and led me to like vampires.  Then I watched Dracula: the Series when I was 9 and am now active in its fandom (see dts_fanworks and dts_drabbles) under both melsmarsh and ms_metternich.  Then I read the novel when I was 11, everyone thought it was a Bible because I had it in a bookcover and was reading it at lunch.  Long live Dracula!
6) The Best Vampire Film You’ve Ever Seen? I like many of them.  I like Interview with the Vampire, Shadow of the Vampire, Transylvania 6500, Nightlife, and most of the Hammer films
7) The Worst Vampire Film You’ve Ever Seen? John Carpenter's Vampires.  Hands down!
8) Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream?  I like Baskin and Robbin's "Peanut Butter and Chocolate" and Mint Chocolate Chip. I try to mix them but my husband thinks its disgusting.
9) Random Fact About Yourself?  I have degrees in Anthropology and Human Biology and Medieval-Renaissance Studies with minors in Theater Studies and History.  Currently I am a graduate student in Space Studies.  Boring, I know but academia is my life.
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Welcome New Members! [Apr. 24th, 2005|12:03 am]
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urbanhermitgirl
[Current Mood |cheerfulcheerful]

Good evening, all, and welcome to the members that have just joined recently us. Stupidly enough, I didn't think advertising would be so effective. Since we have so many new faces and so few introductory posts, I thought I'd post a brief survey for you to answer, if you feel so inclined. Here, I'll start us off:

1) Your username and why you picked it.
I live in a big city and am something of a recluse.
2) Gender? Female.
3) Age?
20.
4) Blood Type? The cynical one, B-.
5) Why are you a Dracula fan?
The novel an extremely compelling work of gothic horror, with enough nuances and themes one could spend a lifetime dissecting in different ways. Besides, I like vampires.
6) The Best Vampire Film You’ve Ever Seen?
Difficult to choose, but probably Shadow of the Vampire with John Malkovich and William DeFoe.
7) The Worst Vampire Film You’ve Ever Seen?
John Carpenter's Vampires. Plot: a gang of crude, misogynistic rednecks kill off the only gentleman in the film, Valek.
8) Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream? 
Mint Chocolate Chip.
9) Random Fact About Yourself? 
During a fishing trip accident, I once had a hook get embedded in my throat.
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The Art of Joseph Vargo [Apr. 20th, 2005|07:12 pm]
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urbanhermitgirl
[Current Mood |indescribableindescribable]
[Current Music |Interpol - Specialist]

Slightly off-topic, but lovers of vampire (or gothic fantasy) art may want to check out Monolithic Graphics, where you can buy posters, t-shirts, graphic novels and even tarot cards featuring the works of Joseph Vargo. I'm the proud owner of his "Tales From the Dark Tower", a collection of short stories reminiscent of Poe and Lovecraft that were written with Vargo's individual illustrations in mind.


 
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Dracula + Mina = Canon? [Apr. 19th, 2005|08:25 pm]
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urbanhermitgirl
[Current Mood |artisticartistic]
[Current Music |Dimmu Borgir - Perfection/Vanity]

There has been a lot of criticism against Coppola’s film Bram Stoker’s Dracula, by some of the more hard-core fans of the novel who claim the introduction of a romance between Mina and the Count deviated from Stoker’s original plot and turned what was supposed to be horror into sap. While I’ll admit that Mina as the reincarnation of Vlad Tepes’ wife was a bit hokey at times, the idea of a torrid affair between Mrs. Harker and the undead aristocrat may not be so far off the mark in regards to canon.

I think the most evidence for this theory comes from Chapter 21, where Van Helsing, Arthur and Quincey barge in on a half-dressed Mina drinking an equally half-dressed Dracula’s blood while her poor husband lays in a stupor in the corner. Dr. Seward remarks that it is only until after the Count attempts to attack the interlopers but is forced to escape from by the crucifix-wielding by turning into mist that Mina is compelled to scream. Certainly, the delayed response could be attributed to her regaining her breath, as Seward imagines, or shock. But in the amount of time it took for the scuffle to take place, she probably could have drawn her breath and let out a shriek. Perhaps Mina felt that she had to put on a horrified front once the men had driven Dracula out of the room, leaving her alone with the approaching hunters.

During her explanation of what occurred, Mina remarks that “strangely enough, [she] did not want to hinder him”, then quickly adds that this must be part of his terrible hypnotic powers. It would be my guess that Mina was carefully censoring parts of Dracula’s dialogue with her as well. According to her, his words to her before he ‘forced’ her to drink his blood were “and you, their best beloved one, are now to me, flesh of my flesh, blood of my blood, kin of my kin, my bountiful wine-press for a while, and shall be later on my companion and my helper.”

Companion and helper seem to be unusually neutral and passive terms considering their speaker’s origin. Dracula is, after all, frequently depicted as being a great admirer of feminine beauty; given the bevy of beauties he keeps his castle as well as being observed lecherously eyeing a pretty girl in Whitby. Further suspicions arise when one takes into consideration the inherently erotic position the two were found in. Dracula was discovered tightly gripping Harker’s wife to his naked chest in what could be interpreted as rapture, while his eyes “gleamed with devilish passion”. Something makes me doubt that Renfield would have received a similar transfusion. Regardless, the fact that Mina is unlikely giving an entirely truthful story suggests that she as a good Christian, married woman has something to either be ashamed of or at least has to hide.

This is all mushy, fan-girl speculation, of course. To argue that vampire and victim actually had a mutual hidden love affair before the vampire hunters ruined it for them would require ignoring a vast amount of contradictory evidence within the novel. Still, I believe that a certain level of animal attraction existed between the two, whether it was consciously acknowledged by Mina or not.

Any thoughts on this?
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Covenant With the Vampire [Apr. 8th, 2005|01:02 am]
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urbanhermitgirl
[Current Mood |blankblank]
[Current Music |Love Spirals Downwards - Ananda]

Hello, everyone.

I'm sorry it's been so long such my last post but with the combination of school and a family tragedy, I had to take a brief hiatus. Regardless, I'm happy to see that we've gained a few new members.

Is anybody here familiar with Jeanne Kalogridis' The Diaries of the Family Dracul series of novels? They are written as the unofficial prequels to Mr. Stoker's work and provide some interesting explanations behind the original. So far I've finished the first book of the trilogy, Covenant With the Vampire. It was an excellent read. Kalogridis uses a very vivid and descriptive prose but never gets too flowery or verbose. The format was in the same vein as Stoker's original with the characters describing the unfolding events in diary or letter form. As for the plot itself, well, I don't want to give too much away. I'll just say it revolves around the aristocratic Arkady Tsepesh, who returns to his ancestral homeland in Transylvania (with his pregnant English wife in tow) to assume his dead father's caretaking of the undeniably spooky family partriarch, Great Uncle Vlad. Much eerieness and supernatural activity ensues.

Although this is generally to be expected from a horror series, I may as well warn the more sensitive members out there about some of the 'disturbing' themes within. Namely incest, necrophilia and (not to knock it, but there are those that are offended by it) homosexuality as well as the standard bloodletting. Nothing worse than what you would find in your average Anne Rice novel, I would think.

For those that are intrigued, you can order the book online from http://www.amazon.com
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(no subject) [Mar. 28th, 2005|12:57 am]
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kit_maxel
[Current Mood |amusedamused]

Hi!

As you can probably guess, I'm yet another Dracula fan. Myep... I saw a production of the Steven Dietz play when I was 12 and was from then on out hooked on both Dracula and the theatre. Last summer I finally got a copy of the book (the Edward Gorey illistrated version) and last fall I had the honor of performing with a brilliant cast in our own production of Dietz's script. Seward is my favorite character in the book, but I must say I wasn't really into some of our actor and director's decisions for him, though he did turn out well... Anyway, I've been posting some screencaps from the dvd of our show over on my journal recently. It's all friendslocked right now, but if anyone's interested I could post a few pics here or unlock the posts for a little while. I must warn you though, that if I unlock and link the posts on my journal, the commentary is a bit confusing for people who don't know the cast...

Also, a friend of mine had the idea recently of doing an online roleplaying game of the book, and I was wondering if anyone knew if anything like that had been done before? I know there are several roleplaying communities for a lot of fandoms, but I thought it would work particularly well for this fandom, giving each of the players a journal for their characters etc... only Seward would have to do it in audio-posts. ;p We still have to work out a lot of the details, but wouldn't that be cool?

later
-Kit Sparrow
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(no subject) [Mar. 10th, 2005|11:12 pm]
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crazysexxycool
[Current Mood |naughtynaughty]

Hey!
I'm Sarah. 22. Just a fellow fan of all things Dracula. Thought I'd join and see what all you fine people have to say about anything and everything on the subject. :)

Bye for now!
Sarah
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Dracula Metal From Sweden! [Feb. 25th, 2005|12:05 am]
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urbanhermitgirl
[Current Mood |nauseatednauseated]
[Current Music |Switchblade Symphony - Anmorata]

Over the years, I've noticed that there have been many metal bands that have found their inspiration in the legend of Dracula and have written songs accordingly. I've also noticed that most of them unabashedly suck. But the song "Ghost Train" by Destiny is probably the most horrific/untentionally hilarious one I have come by. Click on the link and readline their tagline...this doesn't bode well for Sweden.

GHOST TRAIN

I really don't know if it is yours to find
But something you did put a spell on my mind
I'm beauty, you're beast, and I'm your angel of death
I'm haunting your mind with horrors in my breath

Ride the Ghost train; Fix the Ghost Train of my mind
You've got something there to find
Ride the Ghost train; Fix the Ghost Train of my mind
You've got something there to find

Investigate my soul till you can't find no more
Can it be you who will give me the cure?
An eternal time is running through my veins
The wicked old vampire is out of his domain

He will come for you, and there is nothing you can do
Flying high, the bat is out tonight

Ride the Ghost train; Fix the Ghost Train of my mind
You've got something there to find
Ride the Ghost train; Fix the Ghost Train of my mind
You've got something there to find

(The Vampire)
Step out of the light
Join the everlasting night

Lifeless by the dawn
We are all Satan's spawn

(Vampire Mob)
"Creeping, crawling, digging in the mud
We are doomed to thirst for your blood
Creeping, crawling, digging in the mud
Swimming in the sinners' flood"

I will be present wherever you'll go
But my footprints won't show in the snow
My long lost love, you're back into my life
Once again we will be husband and wife

In life or death will you take side?
Will you be my dying bride?

Ride the Ghost train; Fix the Ghost Train of my mind
You've got something there to find
Ride the Ghost train; Fix the Ghost Train of my mind
You've got something there to find

(Vampire Mob)
"Come on down, to a lower ground
Forever together, forever lost in time"
"Come on down, to a lower ground
Forever together, forever lost in time"


P.S. For a less ear-bleeding vampire soundtrack, I reccomend Slayer's "Bloodline", Pantera's "Avoid the Light", Eighteen Vision's "Death With a Kiss", and Rasputina's "Transylvanian Concubine". The song you should avoid at all costs is Toto Coelo's "Dracula's Tango".
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New Management [Apr. 24th, 2005|11:52 pm]
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urbanhermitgirl
[Current Mood |pleasedpleased]
[Current Music |H.I.M. - None Shall Defy]

Greetings, members and lurkers of The Borgo Pass Community!
As I'm sure you've all noticed, red_chartreuse has long been absent from her moderating and updating duties, being busy working abroad. I'm happy to say she's trusted me enough to mod this community so posting and the acceptance of new members should be pretty functional from here on in.

I guess that's it,
urbanhermitgirl.

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Dra-cola: One Bite Is Never Enough [Oct. 15th, 2004|10:56 pm]
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red_chartreuse
[Current Mood |tiredtired]
[Current Music |"White Wedding", Billy Idol]

title or description My goodness, am I ever susceptible to marketing! I'm half tempted to order a case of this...from frigging Japan, no less.
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