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First Look At Netflix’s Upcoming ‘Dracula’ Adaptation!

Sink your teeth into this, vampire fans. A new Dracula tv series, based on the original novel by Bram Stoker, is coming to Netflix and the BBC. While not airing for quite a while (the supernatural drama is expected to air in late 2019 or early 2020), what details have been revealed are quite salivating. According to The Radio Times  the series will be a collaboration between the BBC and Netflix, with the two corporations working together to air the series. Dracula will be helmed by the creators of SherlockSteven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. Dracula himself will be played by Claes Bang, a Danish actor who said he would be ‘thrilled’ by the opportunity. He was further quoted as saying:

 

“I am thrilled to be taking on the role of Dracula, especially when the script is in the hands of the incredible talents of Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and the team responsible for Sherlock.”

 

Bang will be joined by a wide ensemble of actors to help bring the bloody world of Dracula to life. Actors Joanna Scanlan, Chanel Cresswell, Matthew Beard, Lydia West, Dolly Wells, John Heffernan, Lujza Richter and Morfydd Clark, Paul Brennen, Sofia Oxenham, John McCrea, Phil Dunster and Millicent Wong will be joining the drama in as-yet unknown roles. Mark Gatiss himself will also be in the cast, having expressed an interest in playing Dracula’s mad henchman Renfield. But nothing is set in stone yet.

 

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The show will last approximately three episodes, each of undisclosed length but since this is from the creators of Sherlock, we’re guessing each episode will be movie length in runtime, an hour or more to get their money’s worth of the material. The show’s plot will be, naturally, an adaptation of the Dracula novel but offering a new spin to make it relevant to modern audiences. Moffat said the show will re-centre Dracula as the hero of his own story, as opposed to the antagonist he was in the book and most other adaptations. He will be at the center of the action, as opposed to a more shadowy figure who makes fleeting appearances to menace the heroes. Moffat and Gatiss described the process as difficult, keen to give Dracula center stage but also not take away from his evil at all. They hope their hard work pays off and say they ‘handled’ making Dracula both the main character and truly evil. But we’ll have to wait to see how that plays out onscreen.

 

 

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The series is currently in production, having recently completed its second episode. The show is currently filming at Bray Studios, Maidenhead, which was also the location of many classic vampire films starring Christopher Lee as the titular Count, made by Hammer Film Productions. Not much else is known about the show at this time, how closely it will adapt the book or even what the plot will be but the BBC released a short synopsis as a little teaser:

‘Three feature length episodes will re-introduce the world to Dracula, the vampire who made evil sexy. In Transylvania in 1897, the blood-drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.’

We can’t wait to see this adaptation of a classic horror novel coming to television. We’ll keep our eyes and ears peeled for further developments. Until then, watch the shadows and keep your garlic close!

 

 

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6 Chilling Book Recommendations Based On Your Favorite Spooky TV Shows

We love Halloween- it’s scary, campy, and you can be whatever you want to be (which you can mostly do all the time, unless what you want to be is a ghoul or a sexier version of something decidedly unsexy). Unfortunately, getting down to the last episode of your favorite show is not the fun kind of scary. But if your show is on this list, here are some spooky, whacky, and genuinely frightening reads to tide you over.

 

 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

 

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

 

 

Those of us with Buffy nostalgia face a challenge that can be scarier than the show itself- the fact that the show’s been finished since 2003. But if you can’t live without the misadventures of the teens quietly (and sometimes NOT so quietly) defending Sunnydale from monsters, why not explore an untold part of that story?

 

Patrick Ness’ The Rest of Us Just Live Here explores the lives of background characters in a nondescript town like Sunnydale for those of us who have never fought a vampire with our bare hands (or, you know, with anything else). Teenagers beset with their own slew of issues try to exist as the Chosen Ones deal with their zombie cops and spooky blue lights from outer space. This genre-bending book merges fantasy with reality as Ness explores how ordinary human lives fit in with the high stakes of genre fiction.

 

 

Supernatural

 

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

 

 

Unlike with Buffy, anyone who watches Supernatural knows there’s no shortage of content. Now entering its fourteenth season, the cult classic has thrilled viewers since 2005 with its story of two inseparable brothers who save lives, hunt monsters, make questionable choices, and fight with each other nonstop.

 

V.E. Schwab’s Vicious is a twist on the typical superhero story, following two former classmates who were once as close as brothers. When a string of bad decisions puts the friends in uncomfortably close contact with the world of the supernatural, some lives are saved- and others are lost. The mercurial relationship between Schwab’s protagonists may remind you of Supernatural‘s infamous brothers, and the hunting definitely will.

 

 

Stranger Things

 

It by Stephen King

 

 

This hit TV show taps into 80s nostalgia in a serious way, and so modern books just won’t always sate your craving. You can take the edge off this with a book with the story that inspired last fall’s pop culture phenomenon: Stephen King’s IT.

 

Written in 1990 and set in the mid 80s, the story also focuses on a gang of kids taking on a threat that adults in town don’t understand. Featuring a familiar camaraderie, the Losers try to stop the entity that they have discovered, attempting to save both their town and themselves. And is there collateral damage? Well, isn’t there always?

 

The Walking Dead

 

Zone One by Colson Whitehead

 

 

Zombies might seem to be the territory of genre fiction and pop culture, but that isn’t always the case. Literary superstar Colson Whitehead’s Zone One blends genre and literary fiction as it explores not the zombie apocalypse exactly, but what happens after.

 

With the mixture of tenderness and violence that viewers expect from The Walking Dead, Whitehead explicitly wanders into the thematic landscape of zombies, discussing at length the kind of moral and existential questions that many zombie stories only hint at.

 

American Horror Story

 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

 

 

It might be hard to decide what will get you your AHS fix, given the wide range of premises the show offers. Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus shares a similar versatility, blending elements of magic and witchcraft (like AHS season 3) with the creepy aesthetic of a sinister traveling circus (season 4). With a flair for the strange, cruel, and dramatic, The Night Circus’ range of amoral characters and tragically doomed human connections are reminiscent of all seasons of AHS.

 

Black Mirror

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

 

 

While not explicitly a horror show, Black Mirror’s one-off dystopian plot lines terrify audiences with their creativity… and plausibility. Often focusing on motifs of alienation and technology, the show provides us with a horrifying reality that we both can and cannot imagine. A YA classic, Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies depicts a dystopian world in which, on their sixteenth birthday, teenagers undergo surgery to become Pretties- artificially enhanced beautiful people with equally beautiful lives (sounds exactly like being sixteen, right?). Unfortunately, life is not quite as beautiful as it appears. And unfortunately, that’s not all the surgery does.

 

 

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13 Creepy Books to Celebrate Friday the 13th

Today marks Friday the 13th, so if you see a black cat approaching you, slowly walk the other way. Friday the 13th has long been associated with a string of bad luck, superstitions, and eerie occurrences. For seemingly forever this day has struck fear in people around the world, as its history in Norse Mythology and Christianity has perpetuated an associated between the number 13 and some seriously bad vibes.

 

For those of you who wish to stay indoors today in order to avoid walking under ladders and such, why not take a moment to dive into a wonderfully terrifying book. In celebration of Friday the 13th, here are 13 books all about superstitions, eerie occurrences, bad luck, paralyzing fear, and all hell breaking loose!

 

 

1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

 

This classic novel about scientist Victor Frankenstein creating a monster from man is all about the fear of what man is, and who man can become. The novel features many instances of bad luck, from the protagonist himself whose creation backfires tremendously, to a monster whose desire to be seen leads to further rejection, to the innocent bystanders who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Considering Frakenstein’s monster itself is a classic characterization of Halloween, Frankenstein is the epitome of the associations of Friday the 13th.

 

2. The Shining by Stephen King

 

Given that Stephen King himself suffers from Triskaidekahobia, the fear of the number 13, The Shining is an obvious choice for this list. Telling the tale of writer Jack Torrance whose hotel stay goes awry, The Shining is all about psychological fear and doubt, supernatural possession, and eerie encounters.

 

 

3. Helter Skelter: The True Story of The Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry

Charles Manson is one of the most familiar serial killers in history. This cult leader led some of the most shocking and gruesome murders in America, but it’s not just the blood spilled that makes this cult leader frightening. Manson and his cult were known to invade the homes of victims and rearrange furniture in order to make the home owners feel violated and fearful. Helter Skelter dives into the eerie and evil tactics of the Manson clan.

 

 

4. The Turn of The Screw by Henry James

A staple of the gothic genre, The Turn of The Screw explores the human subconscious and our reactions and justifications to the eerie and unexplainable events that occur around us. When a governess notices eerie and supernatural occurrences around her, her struggle to protect the children she cares for pushes her towards madness. The novella asks us whether she is mad or if supernatural beings really do exist.

 

5. Carrie by Stephen King

Carrie is simultaneously a familiar yet, in my opinion, underrated work of Stephen King. Carrie deals with the clash of the supernatural versus realty, and the impact of superstitions on our sanity and fate.

 

6. The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

A popular horror novel, The Amityville Horror explores the psychological fear of the Lutz family who endures horrifying paranormal occurrences while living in a possessed home. For any reader who has heard a weird sound or two coming from the basement or attic of their house, The Amityville Horror is sure to make their skin crawl. 

 

7. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Something Wicked This Way Comes is so haunting that it has been said to have been a source of inspiration for horror films and books, including those written by Stephen King. The novel features a blend of fantasy and horror elements, and tells the story of two young teens whose encounter with a traveling carnival leads to psychological torture and doubt.

 

8. It by Stephen King

If you haven’t read It then you’ve most likely have heard about it as the terrifying tale has petrified so many children that it has gained notoriety amongst generations.  King’s iconic horror novel tells the tale of a group of young friends who become psychologically terrorized by a shape-shifting monster. The monster feeds off of the individualized fears and hidden demons of each child, prompting widespread fear and, even worse, fear of fear. 

 

9. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman 

Gilman’s short story is about a young mother who descends into madness shortly after giving birth. As the ill woman is isolated in an old nursery, she soon comes to a realization that the yellow wallpaper covering the room conceals behind it a woman. The story explores sanity, and the psychological effects of oppression and isolation.

 

10. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

If you’ve read (or seen) Rosemary’s baby, then it may have made you hesitant to have children and it definitely made you wary of your neighbors. After moving in to an eerie apartment building in which some questionable neighbors live in, a young couple decides to have a baby. However as the pregnancy progresses, the couple realizes that their next door neighbors are members of a satanic cult who intend on harming their child. This chilling story about satanism, supernaturalism, and fear erupts in a devastating ending that’ll shock you.

 

11. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

This debut novel explores the experiences of a young family who move in to a new home and are bewildered to discover that their house is bigger on the inside than it appears outwardly. Their bizarre experience becomes all the more eerie when their children suddenly take on the voices of supernatural, and terrifying, creatures. This disturbing explores supernaturalism and psychological fear yet it dressed up with a sense of realism that is bound to make you uncomfortable and wary.

 

12. The Changeling by Victor Lavalle

The Changeling offers a blend of a Brothers Grimm style fairy tale mixed with a parents worse nightmare. A young man haunted by unsettling dreams as a child finds his childhood fears return when his wife descends into a dark state after giving birth to their child. After she commits a horrifyingly violent act, she disappears, leaving her husband behind to find a way out of his traumatized and fearful state to find her. The story explores recurrent fears, the link between psychological fear and violence, and the impact of secrets.

 

13. Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones

This creepy novella explores superstition and the doubts of the human psyche after a young Native American teenager, alone one night, sees a figure resembling his deceased father step through a doorway. When he follows the figure, he encounters hidden depths of his home and begins to blur the boundaries between what is real and what isn’t. This psychologically torturing novella can easily make readers begin to question their own definitions of what is there and what is not.

 

 

Have you finished any of these reads? Let us know your thoughts on them!

 

 

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