Penny For Your Thoughts: Varney The Vampire, Or The Feast Of Blood

by Ian Sputnik

The legend of vampires snakes back through the ages. Bram Stoker is widely regarded as the creator of modern vampire mythology as we know it today. His talent for taking the vampire legend and mixing it with the dark—but true—history of Vlad the Impaler, and centering the narrative around a love triangle encapsulates most of the elements we call to mind when we think about this genre of horror. And so in 1897 Dracula was first unleashed upon the world. Continue reading “Penny For Your Thoughts: Varney The Vampire, Or The Feast Of Blood”

Penny For Your Thoughts: A Penny Dreadful Retrospective

by Ian Sputnik

England in the early 19th century was a violent place. The Napoleonic wars had only just been concluded. The streets were a spewing gutter of prostitution, gang culture, and theft. Murder was rife. The industrial age was starting to give steady employment to the masses and putting a bit of money in the common people’s pockets. One might think that the often violent surroundings would lead to people wanting to escape their reality with a more pleasant one, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Instead, young men had a thirst for violence and relished in it. And, with the upturn of literacy, the Penny Dreadful publications were born. Continue reading “Penny For Your Thoughts: A Penny Dreadful Retrospective”