Celluloid Diaries

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Movie night recipes for vampire lovers

vampire recipes

I'm currently on a book blog tour to celebrate the release of Strange Blood: 71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies. Many of these book blogs feature a vampire-themed recipe to accompany the promotion. Here's an overview of the recipes and where you can find them.

Vampire Cookies

These are made with peanut butter cookies and topped with melted chocolate. Easy to make and delicious.

See the recipe

vampire cookies

Monday, May 13, 2019

Vampire cocktail recipe

vampiro cocktail recipe

Did you know that in Mexico, there's a spicy cocktail called El Vampiro? It's the ideal drink to celebrate the release of Strange Blood: 71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies, so here's the recipe for one drink:

2 shots tequila
1 shot tomato juice (or pomegranate juice)
1 shot orange juice
1/2 shot lime juice
7 drops hot pepper sauce
1 pinch salt
1 grind black pepper

Mix all the ingredients with ice. Shake well. Enjoy.

vampire cocktail

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

An overview of the most offbeat and unique 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. Forget about Dracula and sparkling vampires. Here, they come in the form of cars, pets, aliens, mechanical objects, gorillas, and 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 festival 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.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Five places to visit if you love vampires

vampire restaurant

To celebrate the book release of Strange Blood: 71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies, here are five places to visit if you love vampires:

Lost Boys Pizza

Not just the name of this pizza joint in Archway, London, has been inspired by the 1980s vampire movie The Lost Boys, but also the background music, the look of the pizzas (charcoal black), their names (Kale All Vampires, Fangs for the Memories, etc), and events (vampire yoga and special screenings of The Lost Boys).

More info and photos => Lost Boys Pizza

Friday, April 26, 2019

Strange Blood is now available for pre-order

vampire movies 2019

Editor: Vanessa Morgan
Genre: horror, vampires, movies, non-fiction
Cover design: Gilles Vranckx
Release date: April 28th, 2019 (paperback & eBook)


Blurb


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, 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.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Strange Blood | Cover Reveal

vampire book

I'm thrilled to finally reveal the cover for my upcoming book Strange Blood: 70 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies.

The cover design is by Gilles Vranckx.

What do you think of the cover of Strange Blood? Let me know in the comments or on social media.


Blurb


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, 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 giveaway


To celebrate the cover reveal of Strange Blood, I'm giving away one digital copy of the book, so you'll have the chance to read it before everyone else will. The giveaway is open worldwide and ends March 12th, 2019. Good luck!


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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Top Five Spiritual Documentaries

spiritual documentaries

Laura Emily teaches us to appreciate and notice our inner being. In her new book, Embracing Your Divinity, she takes the reader on a journey through her own experiences. Laura teaches us to listen to the universe and allow ourselves to follow the path the universe is trying to take us on. She tries to make us understand that even though we may not think the universe is on our side or that things are not meant to happen, something has not happened yet because we, as individuals, are not yet ready to receive this event. Once we accept the universe's plan and allow things to happen, whether they are good or bad, only then can we truly reach our full potential.

To celebrate the release of Embracing Your Divinity, Laura Emily shares her top five spiritual documentaries (two of which are about food because "food is spiritual" as she puts it) and gives away an eBook to one lucky reader.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Must-see films at the Offscreen Film Festival

bruxelles festival


This is the first year I've been part of the programming team of the Offscreen Film Festival in Brussels, Belgium. The festival starts on Wednesday, March 7th, and I'm proud to show you all the cinematic delights we have in store for you.

Offscreenings


The Offscreenings program presents a fine selection of special, new and unreleased films, giving a platform to movies at the cutting edge of contemporary cinema. These films are noted for their artistic originality, unique vision and inventive approach to the medium and genre.

You can find the Offscreenings program here.

Our guests for this module are Vicky Krieps (actress, Gutland & Phantom Thread), Kevin Janssens (actor, Revenge) and Govinda van Maele (director, Gutland).

Thursday, March 1, 2018

It's release day!

horror book release

Clowders is now officially available for purchase. It's in the vein of my first supernatural thriller, Drowned Sorrow. If you liked that one, you'll definitely love Clowders.

Blurb


Clervaux, Luxembourg. This secluded, picturesque town in the middle of Europe is home to more cats than people. For years, tourists have flocked to this place – also known as “cat haven” - to meet the cats and buy cat-related souvenirs.

When Aidan, Jess and their five-year-old daughter, Eleonore, move from America to Clervaux, it seems as if they've arrived in paradise. It soon becomes clear, though, that the inhabitants' adoration of their cats is unhealthy. According to a local legend, each time a cat dies, nine human lives are taken as a punishment. To tourists, these tales are supernatural folklore, created to frighten children on cold winter nights. But for the inhabitants of Clervaux, the danger is darkly, horrifyingly real.

Initially, Aidan and Jess regard this as local superstition, but when Jess runs over a cat after a night on the town, people start dying, one by one, and each time it happens, a clowder of cats can be seen roaming the premises.

Are they falling victim to the collective paranoia infecting the entire town? Or is something unspeakably evil waiting for them?

Moving to Europe may just have been the worst decision they ever made.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Vampires Suck: 21 most unusual vampire movies

most unusual vampire movies

In March, the Offscreen Film Festival brings a retrospective of the most unusual vampire movies ever made.

No supernatural creature has been portrayed as frequently in cinema history as the vampire. Bram Stoker's Dracula, everyone's favorite bloodsucker, has alone racked up nearly 200 different movie appearances. Even today, the vampire continues to fascinate, guaranteeing the box office success of franchises such as Twilight and Underworld. The flipside of this popularity is that the monster has become too hokey and familiar. Indeed, to quote the title of one Twilight spoof, "Vampires Suck." But they are also supremely versatile, as Offscreen shows with a selection of 21 unusual vampire movies which turn the genre conventions upside down, breaking with the clichés of Gothic castles, garlic, and crucifixes to depict the creatures as hyper-realistic, modern, exotic, hybrid, or simply deranged. These films provide unique spins on vampire mythology and inject the genre with compelling stories about the human condition, sexuality, addiction, disease, and mortality.

vampire's day soiree

Saturday, February 3, 2018

The Night Manager filming locations on Mallorca

the night manager mallorca filming locations

When I was on the Balearic island of Mallorca in November last year, the locals were all talking about The Night Manager, a new BBC 1 TV show about a hotel night manager who is recruited to infiltrate the inner circle of a dangerous arm's dealer. This big-budget adaptation of John Le Carrés novel by the same name has gained rave reviews and has a caliber cast including Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, Elizabeth Debicki, and Tom Hollander.

However, the main reason why the locals were talking about the show was that a large chunk of the scenes was filmed on Mallorca (next to some stunning locations in Cairo, Istanbul, Madrid, Zermatt, and Devon). According to Ted Wake of Kirker Holidays, Mallorca bookings are up by 15% since the show aired in the UK, and Spain as a whole 7%. Especially the upmarket activities, such as five-star hotels and chic restaurants, have been booming.

Of course, I watched The Night Manager while I was there (it's only six episodes) and visited some of the main filming locations on the island.