The Story of Interview with the Vampire

It reinvigorated our love of vampires, and has quite the backstory. Be socially active with us on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, on Facebook, and Google+. Find all the episodes at TheHalloweenHaunt.com.

Wikipedia will tell you much more about the novelthe film, and Ms. Rice herself. Trivia about the film that may be true at IMDb. Find out what Ms. Rice is up to these days at her website.

Music:

“Echoes of Time v2” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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The Highgate Vampire

It’s a creepy cemetery that’s well over a hundred years old. It must be haunted or have some kind of monster, right? William (@Midnight_Circle) on Twitter suggested the topic. I post often on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt. Here is where I am on Google+. And of course Facebook. Tell us your urban legend at TheHalloweenHaunt.com.

Wikipedia has much of the sordid story, as well as a straight history of the cemetery.

About.com has a few of the anecdotes I decided not to share.

He is now Bishop Seán Manchester and he has a blog. At least I think he does; in fact, he seems to have several. Here is another recent one.

David Farrant is a psychic investigator and he has a website.

Music:

“Midnight Meeting” by Kevin McLeod (from Incompetech.com)

“Night Caller” and “The Other Side (remix)” by Sam Haynes from “Spine Chillers–Horror music for Halloween”

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Elizabeth Bathory, the Real Life Vampire (?)

A Countess with ties to Transylvania, and some thought of her as real-life vampire? I am shocked. Skyler and Brooke Danger suggested on Facebook that I talk about her. Make suggestions also on Google+ and Twitter @HalloweenHaunt. And of course at  HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

Elizabeth Bathory has quite the web presence. Check out the Weird Encyclopedia, Wikipedia, and her own site, ElizabethBathory.com.

Music:

“Dragon and Toast” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

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Celtic Monsters Part 1

Since so much of what we know as Halloween comes from Ireland, I thought it appropriate to examine some legends of monsters from there and thereabouts. Share your favorite legends on our Facebook page, Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, our Google+ page, or HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

Read more about all of the monsters at Irish Central. TheFullFang will tell you more about Dearg Due. Dullahan has its own website, and a Wikipedia page. Find out more about Balor at Encyclopedia Mythica and Wikipedia.

Some of the background music:

“BTS Prolog” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) (Also can be found on YouTube)

“Hidden Danger A” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Mercy the Real-Life (?) Vampire

Learn the truly disturbing tale of a family in crisis and a suspicious populace who thought vampirism might be afoot. If you know of other horrific true-life tales, please share at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com, on our Facebook page, or  Twitter @HalloweenHaunt.

GhostVillage.com tells the story as well. Or you can read Rhode Island Monthly‘s account. Haven’t had enough? The Vampire Project also explains. What, more? Really? By Light Unseen has an extensive article about the New England vampire phenomenon. A newspaper story about it. And of course Wikipedia has more details about poor Mercy and her family.

Did you know they sold vampire hunting kits in the 19th century? And they weren’t even kidding.

Music:

“Dark Walk” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Misery” by Six-Nail-Coffin (Adam John Prawlocki) (from MacJams.com)

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“The Vampiress” by Lord Lytton

We begin this season with a chilling poem by Lord Lytton, an exceedingly popular British author and poet. Tell us what your favorite poem or story is at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com, on Twitter @HalloweenHaunt, and on Facebook.

If you would like to read “The Vampiress,” you can. Be careful, though, there is a picture of a vampiress that resembles Vampirella.

Learn more about Lord Lytton from Wikipedia.com.

Background Music:

“Wounded” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Death by Guillotine” by DJ Daddio

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Dracula

Contrary to what many people think, Dracula is a fictional character. He was created more recently than you might think, too. Learn all about the King of the Vampires in this latest installment, then let us know what you think at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

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