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Silicon Valley ‘Vampires’ can afford to buy their blood

September 5, 2017

Silicon Valley executives are getting $8,000 BLOOD transfusions from the young in an effort to turn the clock back on ageing

10 most paranormal places in Britain

July 29, 2017

If your interest in all things spooky extends to travelling there are quite a few places you can drop in to see if you dare.

Syfy, to mark the launch of Midnight, Texas, trawled the UK to find the top 10 most supernatural spots – from witches to werewolves, vampires and all types of strange happenings.

Here are the most supernatural sites in Britain.

Vampire Killing Kits – Christmas gift for the person who has everything else

December 24, 2015

You’ve seen them turn up on auction sites from time to time: “authentic vampire-killing kits,” attributed to a master craftsman, Professor Ernst Blomberg of Germany. (One sold for $12,000 at Sotheby’s.) A British museum curator explains how he proved them to be fakes — and why they’re nonetheless still very valuable.

The typical vampire-killing kit, supposedly carried around Europe by a bunch of Van Helsing-wannabes, consisted of a walnut box with a hinged lid, housing such items as a wooden stake and mallet, crucifix, pistol and vials of garlic powder.

Over the years, some have said they were authentic; others said they were made as souvenirs for gullible tourists who descended upon Transylvania following the publication of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

‘Blackula Lives Matter’ disrupts another event

November 1, 2015

Barrow, AK – VampCon, an annual convention of the world’s leading vampires, was disrupted today by activists from Blacula Lives Matter. Formed following the decapitation of Tara “True Blood” Thornton by Swedish vampire hunters outside of a St. Louis nightclub last April, Blacula Lives Matter often draws attention to black vampire slayings by interrupting accursed gatherings.

Dracula: Prince of Darkness, dressed in a black Armani suit and silk cape, was concluding his lecture on professionalism and decorum when the activists began yelling from the audience. As he admonished younger vampires for wearing excessive glitter lotion and not only playing with, but having relationships with, their food, angry voices rose from the crowd.

Real Vampires of New Orleans

October 26, 2015

John Edgar Browning met his first “real vampire” in a Gothic apparel store.

A doctoral candidate at Louisiana State University at the time, Browning had already been on the hunt for several months. He was talking to the store owner of Wicked Orleans, a Gothic-style clothing and leather shop in New Orleans’s French Quarter, when a middle-aged woman and two teenage boys walked through the door.

The store owner stopped mid-sentence. This woman, he motioned, was one of the people Browning was looking for.

Beware the Vampire Police

October 17, 2015

They want our blood, too.

You may have heard about this. In Texas – one of America’s, uh, “freest” states – the cops have got the power to throw you over the hood of a cruiser and forcibly extract your blood if you decline to take a Breathalyzer test. After having been forced to stop for no specific reason at a “sobriety” checkpoint. Your refusal to cooperate – that is, to prove your innocence (that’s how it works in America nowadays) to the satisfaction of a cop is all the provocation necessary. Roll down your sleeve.

Or else.

Count (oops, Police Chief) Art Acevedo of the Austin PD wants to expand what had been a “pilot” program – weekends only – to a full time regular operation.

Vampire Killing Kits in limited supply – shop early for Christmas

September 22, 2015

You’ve seen them turn up on auction sites from time to time: “authentic vampire-killing kits,” attributed to a master craftsman, Professor Ernst Blomberg of Germany. (One sold for $12,000 at Sotheby’s.) A British museum curator explains how he proved them to be fakes — and why they’re nonetheless still very valuable.

The typical vampire-killing kit, supposedly carried around Europe by a bunch of Van Helsing-wannabes, consisted of a walnut box with a hinged lid, housing such items as a wooden stake and mallet, crucifix, pistol and vials of garlic powder.

Over the years, some have said they were authentic; others said they were made as souvenirs for gullible tourists who descended upon Transylvania following the publication of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Beware the Vampire Deer

November 1, 2014

A rare species fanged deer feared extinct after not being seen for more than 60 years has made a shock re-appearance.

The endangered Kashmir musk deer, which has unique vampire-like fangs, looked doomed after it was last spotted in Afghanistan by Danish scientists in 1948.

However, a study by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has revealed the species still inhabits Afghan north-eastern forests.

Five sightings were recorded by the survey team, including a adult male, who was spotted in three locations, and a female with a youngster.

“Musk deer are one of Afghanistan’s living treasures,” said co-author Peter Zahler, WCS Deputy Director of Asia Programs.

“This rare species, along with better known wildlife such as snow leopards, are the natural heritage of this struggling nation.

“We hope that conditions will stabilize soon to allow WCS and local partners to better evaluate conservation needs of this species.”

Rapidly declining numbers have been blamed on poachers, who target the deer’s precious scent glands which are considered more valuable than gold.

Poachers also target the male’s distinct sabre-like tusks, which are used during the rutting season.

‘Vampire Grave’ skeleton with a stake driven through its chest unearthed in Bulgaria

October 13, 2014

A “vampire grave” containing a skeleton with a stake driven through its chest has been unearthed by a man known as “Bulgaria’s Indiana Jones”.