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Hey, ghouls! Every family has a mourning tradition, and this one's is quite strange!  

The best herbs for smudge: from laurel to yerba santa

As I underlined in the previous article (The best herbs for smudge: from mugwort to white sage), smudge is one of the most important ways to purify an environment and ward off negative energies. Today we will therefore talk about other precious herbs suitable for this...

The portrait of Dorian Gray

Hey, ghouls! Dorian tells us the secret of his confidence

The King in Yellow

Hey, ghouls! Lucy and Claire enjoy a new play at the local theatre

Guardian Angel

Hey, ghouls! Do you believe in guardian angels? In this week's episode we meet a very peculiar one
Dissertations on “The Vampire Chronicles”

Dissertations on “The Vampire Chronicles”

It's not just rumours, it's a certainty! The first season of the tv series based upon "The Vampire Chronicles" by Anne Rice, made up of 8 episodes, is gonna come out in 2022! AMC Channel (Walking Dead, Breaking Bad) got the rights on the most prolific literary saga ever and the trilogy of Mayfair Witches, a universe that sold more than 150 millions of copies worldwide. Screenwriters who are working on this huge work plan said that they have big ambitions on the iconic masterpiece that caught...

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The Miserere by G. A. Bécquer – Microworlds

The Miserere by G. A. Bécquer – Microworlds

The Miserere is a short story by Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer. The story guides us through a world of discordant and gloomy notes with a symphony that seems to come straight from a spectral plane. The Miserere - Plot The narrator and protagonist of the events discovers, in a monastery, a weird sheet of music. It seems to be a certain Miserere, a famous song of penitence of King David. However, the weird annotations inside it spark his curiosity, and so he ends up uncovering the story behind it....

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The Music on the Hill by Saki

The Music on the Hill by Saki

The Music on the Hill is a short story written by Saki, which is Hector Hugh Munro's nom de plume. The author wrote several stories that share a morbid and grotesque atmosphere and among which we can find the story we're tackling today thanks to ABEditore and their collection, Micromondi. The Music on the Hill - Plot Sylvia Seltoun has finally reached her purpose. She's successfully moved Mortimer, also known as "Dead Mortimer", to his residence in the countryside of Yessney. This place is...

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The Temptation of Harringay by H. G. Wells

The Temptation of Harringay by H. G. Wells

The Temptation of Harringay is a short story by Herbert George Wells published for the first time in the St. James Gazette and later in the collection The Stolen Bacillus and Other Incidents. We've been able to read it thanks to what you'll certainly have guessed is one of our favourite publishers: ABEditore and their Micromondi collection. The Temptation of Harringay - Plot The painter known as Harringay picks up an Italian accordion player from the street to make a painting of him. However,...

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The Prophetic Pictures by Nathaniel Hawthorne – Micromondi

The Prophetic Pictures by Nathaniel Hawthorne – Micromondi

The Prophetic Pictures is a story by Nathaniel Hawthorne we've been able to read thanks to ABEditore and their collection titled Micromondi and, specifically, in the mini-collection focused on art, in the paintings section. Author of the better-known The Scarlet Letter, he published this and other stories in the Twice-Told Tales collection. All the stories in it, in fact, had already been published in the past in various magazines. Even though it's very brief, the story doesn't lack depth and...

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Dracula by Bram Stoker

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Of all the vampire stories in existence, the most famous is definitely that of Dracula. Even though the character has been included in many different retellings, it is at the hands of Bram Stoker that its most famous version comes to life. So how could we not take a look at this novel that has cemented itself as a must-read of vampire literature? Dracula - Plot Jonathan Harker is invited to Bran Castle to finalise the sale of an estate in the heart of London. The Count immediately comes across...

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Russian Folktales by W. R. S. Ralston – Draculea

Russian Folktales by W. R. S. Ralston – Draculea

In the collection of Russian Folktales compiled by William Ralston Shedden-Ralston, there is a section entirely dedicated to ghost and spectre stories. In this section, one of the stories is none other than The Soldier and The Vampire which we talked about yesterday in a little deviation from our scheduled Draculea content. There is actually a reason for that: this document is intrinsically linked to that specific story as it is a part of the commentary that follows it. Of course, as has...

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The Soldier and the Vampire by W.R.S. Ralston – Draculea

The Soldier and the Vampire by W.R.S. Ralston – Draculea

"The Soldier and the Vampire" is a Russian fairy tale found within the collection "Draculea" and included by William Ralston Shedden-Ralston in the volume "Russian Fairy Tales.".  The story specifically belongs to the section dedicated to ghost stories. As always, before proceeding, we remind you that this column is in collaboration with Bloody Reader and we remind you to also read their article. The Soldier and the Vampire - Plot A soldier, returning to his village, glimpses a figure in a...

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Strange Event in the Life of Schalken the Painter by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu – Draculea

Strange Event in the Life of Schalken the Painter by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu – Draculea

Schalken the Painter is a short story by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu included in the collection titled The Watcher, and other weird stories published in 1894. The story, however, is far older than that and was published for the first time in 1839 in the Dublin University Magazine. Certainly better-known for authoring Carmilla, Le Fanu, as we'll be seeing in the future, has published many other horror stories and contributed to building the character of the vampire that has been growing and...

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The Singular Death of Morton by Algernon Henry Blackwood – Draculea

The Singular Death of Morton by Algernon Henry Blackwood – Draculea

We're taking another step in our vampirical journey, this time the protagonist is The Singular Death of Morton by Algernon Henry Blackwood. For this segment, ABEditore with their Draculea brings us back to the dawn of the XX century with an author who is famous for his strokes full of mystery. Blackwood, even though known for his place in the horror genre, tends to want to amaze and astonish the reader more than terrify them. We could even call him one of the masters of suspense and we will...

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Ken’s Mystery by Julian Hawthorne – Draculea

Ken’s Mystery by Julian Hawthorne – Draculea

Ken's Mystery by Julian Hawthorne is the first story in the Draculea collection by ABEditore. Published in 1883 in Harper's New Monthly Magazine, it's a short story - but not that short really - told for the most part in the first person by its own protagonist, and in part by one of his friends - who personifies the author - during a visit to the former. As usual, we always recommend that all those who speak Italian also take a look and read the corresponding article on the Bloody Reader blog...

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Draculea  – A discovery of the bloodline of Darkness

Draculea – A discovery of the bloodline of Darkness

Draculea - Racconti e Documenti di Veri o Presunti atti di Vampirismo is a tome published by ABEditore that collects stories and documents on, you guessed it, the theme of Vampirism. On a website like ours that goes as far as having vampires in its name and that can boast a column like Quarantena col Vampiro of which we are incredibly proud, we couldn't help but pick up our collaboration with the blog Bloody Reader of Bloody Books again and discuss the theme at the same time as them (You can...

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The Black Lily – Six cursed stories from Florence

The Black Lily – Six cursed stories from Florence

The Black Lily is a collection of stories that inserts itself in the series titled The Library of Lovecraft by Edizione Arcoiris. Seen as we're talking about a collection, we will obviously be looking at it in segments that will bring us on a brand new exploration of the city of Florence. Plot The Black Lily, the third entry in The Library of Lovecraft, offers "six stories of curses, horrors, and madness under the banner of the Grand Duchy." Six stories that oscillate between gothic, horror,...

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Dracula’s Guest by Bram Stoker – Lockdown with a Vampire

Dracula’s Guest by Bram Stoker – Lockdown with a Vampire

Dracula's Guest is today's story for our Lockdown with a Vampire challenge, a collaboration with Bloody Reader. Written by Bram Stoker, it was initially planned as a part of Dracula but the author decided to take it out of the novel. Destined to remain unpublished, it was later published by his wife in 1914, after the author's death. Plot Dracula's Guest is a chapter that was cut out of the legendary novel by Bram Stoker, Dracula. It was written at the same time as the wider work but was left...

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Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu – Lockdown with a Vampire

Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu – Lockdown with a Vampire

Written in 1872 by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Carmilla is another of the big classics of vampire literature and the second tale we have chosen for our Lockdown with a Vampire challenge. As for the previous story, for this one too you'll also find an article in Italian on the Bloody Reader blog. Carmilla is part of a collection of ghost stories by Le Fanu, but it is definitely the most famous and the one that left the biggest mark of all the stories in the collection. Plot Her mother entrusts the...

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The Vampyre by John William Polidori – Lockdown with a Vampire

The Vampyre by John William Polidori – Lockdown with a Vampire

The Vampyre by John William Polidori is the first story in our Lockdown with a Vampire challenge. We want to remind our readers that they can find a review of this story in Italian on the Bloody Reader blog too. The Vampyre by Polidori dates back to 1819 and it wouldn't be inaccurate to say that it was the story that originated the character of the Vampire as we know it today. Lord Ruthven, the vampire in question, is a unique character. Even though he is never described as ugly, his...

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Lockdown with a Vampire – Reading Challenge

Lockdown with a Vampire – Reading Challenge

Lockdown with a Vampire is a reading challenge we have embarked on in collaboration with the Bloody Reader of Bloody Books blog. Throughout this challenge, we'll take a look at a list of short stories on the theme of vampires by considering and presenting one each day. It's a great chance for all who love the genre to read (or re-read) some of the biggest classics of vampire literature, some more well-known than others. Everyone is welcome to participate, this is an open challenge. You can...

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Horrors From The Abyss – H. P. Lovecraft’s Necronomicon (Intro)

Horrors From The Abyss – H. P. Lovecraft’s Necronomicon (Intro)

Hello, peoples of the web! Today's appointment will be a little different from usual because we'll be taking what I like to call a serial approach. This is not my first time with such a task although the first time it was more of a path in the life of a specific author, Anne Rice to be precise, and her Vampire Chronicles. If anyone is interested in the subject matter, let us know in the comments and we might rehash her collection with a new and fresh perspective over here on Vampire's Tears....

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