Blood Ties Theme ( "Live Forever" by Tamara Rhodes) w/ show intro.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Bite Bits: Sexiest man in Vampire Realm (Kyle Schmid / Henry Fitzroy)

 Hello my die hard Kyle Schmid / Henry Fitzroy / Blood Ties fans.

So Kyle Schmid has been nominated as one of the sexiest men in the Vampire realm by the Memphis Examiner.
So cast your VOTES!

DeadLine to vote is this Thurs, winners will be announced on Friday Jan. 1st 2010!

Image courtesy of KyleSchmidCentral:

Vampire Poetry: Vampire

This poem of mine was originally published on Fang-tastic Books in the Vampire Poetry Monday, this past Fall (October).


Black winged cape descends
The Dark Incubus has come,
To feed.

Innocence of life, taken in blood,
Which sustains
his need.

Life absorbed
Into one that’s none.

Dark Dweller.
Sun Hater.
Blood Drinker.
Life Taker.
Grave Maker.


Fiend and foe.
But friend to those who know,
The life he can give in taking.

his making.

© 2011

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wishing all a Bloody good Holiday!... And some bite bits.

That other blood red (and green) holiday is now upon us, the only other time where we see as much red as on Valentines day or blood from ones' veins.

So I'd like to take this time to give a warm, red blooded Thank You and wish Happy Holidays, to all my Vamp-Boy and Fang-Girl followers - the newly Turned and Ancient alike (on here and those also following on Twitter and FaceBook, who stop by, occasionally, to read what I have to write :o).  

And here's a little Red Round-up of some of the Season's "V" - things:

1) Don't forget to check author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Guest post here on VampirePhile from last Thursday December 17th, on St. Germain's Rules of Vampirism

And also, from back in October, VampirePhile's very first author interview with author Roxanne Rhoads.

2) Do you have your Fitzroy? Henry that is! Be ready for 2010 with 12 months of the handsome Blood Ties, bastard Prince himself, vampire Henry Fitzroy calendar from CafePress.

3) VampChix is doing their 12 days of Christmas countdown, with only one day to go. Check it out and see who or what arises on the last (Christmas) day.

4) And while you're at VampChix, be sure to check out their eternal VampBoyz list.

5) Unofficial, but bloody good nonetheless, check out the vamped apparel at the Zazzle Vamp Out store. Cool fan created slogan tees, such as this Eric dedicated one (which I did buy :o) : "1,000 years never looked so good" indeed.

6) And speaking of Eric, earlier this week, SciFiGuy treated us to a sneak peak of Charlaine Harris' new Sooike Stackhouse book 10 cover : Dead in the Family. Which is set for release May 2010.

7) *Singing* "On the first day of Christmas, my True Blood fantasy..." On HBO's official True Blood FaceBook page, you are invited to continue in the revelry. (Singing along, here was my answer: "one Viking Eric biting...").

8) Today, over at the Eternal Vigilance, Gabrielle Faust, has posted a new clip from the upcoming DayBreakers, set for release in January 2010.

9) I've been hearing alot of buzz on this fairly new (August 31) book release called Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. Some are touting it as the next big thing after Twilight. Only this time, it's with Angels. So who knows, soon Angels may be the new Vampires?

10) And speaking of vampires and angels, just a few minutes ago, Anne Rice announced via her official Anne Rice facebook page, about her official Anne Rice Ning page, she has recently created.

Lestat's mom, loves to keep connected with her fan(g)s...Not only does she have her official Anne Rice website, but there is also an official Anne Rice Twitter Stream and an official Anne Rice YouTube station....

Well I for one, I'm glad she likes keeping connected... here's hoping she may give some consideration to the suggestions of (our beloved) Kyle Schmid for the role of (her beloved) Lestat!?

And finally (for today at least), again, Thank You All for taking a stake "in" (but not "to") this ( VampirePhile) blog. Happy Holidays, and here's to All the best in the fang-tastic future ahead! :[

P.S. - I've added two new features to this here blog... One, at the very top (re: Blood Ties theme song with intro video) and the other, well... can you "Hear" what I'm talking about!?

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Guest Post by Author: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

VampirePhile is honoured to welcome to you today, author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, on tour for her latest release: Burning Shadows : A Novel of the Count St.Germain.   Today, Ms. Yarbro Guest posts on Saint-Germain's  Rules of Vampirism.

Saint-Germain’s Rules of Vampirism

When I began working on the Saint-Germain Cycle, way back in the winter of 1970/71, I read extensively in the folklore of vampirism; I had studied the subject in college, and had continued to pick up interesting books on the subject — most of them are still on my reference shelves.  Wanting to maintain a consistency of vision in the five novels I intended to write, I made a list of what was believed of vampires the world over.  Since, as far as can be determined, all cultures past and present have at least one vampire myth in it — defining a vampire as an improperly dead person who sustains life by feeding on the living, usually through blood — just as all have a were-beast myth — that being a living person who, under external influences, transforms into a beast when those influences are present, as differentiated from shape-shifters, who are living people who can, at will, transform physically into any living creature.  Drawing on my reading, and my desire to push the Dracula image as far to the positive as possible and still have a recognizable literary vampire, I prepared my charts.

Anything that was held to be true in eighty percent of the cases I took as true.  Of the remaining beliefs, if I found one I liked that didn’t conflict with the majority of the folklore, I kept it.  The rest I discarded.  Those rules have remained with the Saint-Germain stories from the beginning and will, in all likelihood, last until the end.  And here they are:

      1) What the vampire gains from blood is the quality of contact with the person providing it.  Intimate love is more sustaining than erotic dreams, and far more nourishing than fear and panic: the more satisfied and aware his partner is, the more the blood nurtures him.  This makes Saint-Germain and his blood relations very responsive lovers.  Due to being undead, Saint-Germain is impotent, but his female blood relatives can have ordinary intercourse.

      2) Vampires are vitiated by sunlight, and in order to deal with prolonged exposure, Saint-Germain lines the soles of his footgear with his native earth which has to be renewed at the new moon, or it begins to lose potency.  He also lines saddles, baths, foundations of houses, the floor of carriages, the seats of cars, etc. with his native earth, replacing it as it loses strength.  He sleeps on a mattress atop a chest containing his native earth.

      3) Although capable of great physical strength, especially at night, vampires are immobilized by running water — this includes tides and currents.  Even still water can be uncomfortable. 

      4) Saint-Germain and his blood relations do not eat food.  And they do not drink.  Saint-Germain uses the ultimate vampire line, “I do not drink wine” in almost every story, an homage to Dracula
    5) Saint-Germain and his blood relations have no reflection, either in mirrors or in water.
If photographed, the image comes out blurred.  Saint-Germain has a waxwork of himself for such things as passport and visa photos.

      6) Saint-Germain and his blood relations die the True Death when their spines are severed or their nervous system is destroyed.  Being undead, they cannot catch or transmit diseases, they cannot drown or freeze.  Since fire destroys the body and the nervous system, it is deadly to vampires.

      7) Sacred or holy objects of any religion have no effect on Saint-Germain or any of his blood relations.  Entering a church or other religious structure does him no harm.  He is not repelled by prayers or other religious rites.

      8) Saint-Germain’s memory is very good, but not always totally accurate.  He occasionally has trouble recalling details more than 500 years in the past.  Saint-Germain’s first 1,500 years of undead life were monstrous.  He is discomfited by his memories of that time and rarely addresses his life during those years.

      9) Saint-Germain and those of his blood have some telepathic power over animals.  It is difficult to do, and requires almost complete rest, but they can use it when needed to influence animal behavior for a short time.

      10) As closely as possible Saint-Germain’s stories keep to what is known about the real man, and the claims he made in his lifetime.  Where there are blanks in his biography, I can fill in as I like, but the historical man’s accounts largely determine the Saint-Germain stories’ settings.

The real Comte de Saint-Germain was an alchemist, claimed to be 4,000 years old and said that he kept his youth by drinking the Elixir of Life.  He was known to sponsor a publishing house in Amsterdam; he claimed he could make jewels and gold; he spoke over a dozen languages; he was ambidextrous and his signature was the same in both his left and right hand; and had traveled extensively.  He wore black and white almost exclusively; was rarely seen during the day; did not eat in public.  He also claimed to have the secret for the sovereign remedy that would cure all illness. 
His servant was named Roger, and he said he had met Saint-Germain in Rome during the reign of Vespasianus.  Roger vouched for all of Saint-Germain’s stories so long as they occurred after they met.  Roger himself disappeared from Europe and all recorded information sometime in 1784 or 1785.  Saint-Germain’s last verified sighting by someone who had known him at the Court of Louis XV was in Genoa in1805; Saint-Germain said he was going to Egypt to continue his alchemical studies.  Since he had been reported dead twice before, some dismiss this sighting as fiction, but it seems so like the man that I hope it’s true.

So far these formulae have held the series together over thirty years. With a little luck, they'll continue to do so for some time to come.

Burning Shadows (St. Germain Chronicles #23, Novel #21) is available now, where good books are sold!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Announce: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Guest Blog on Thursday Dec. 17th

Scheduled for Thursday, December 17th,VampirePhile will have the pleasure of a  Guest blog post by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro on the topic of :  Saint-Germain's Rules of Vampirism for the release of her new novel Burning Shadows: A Novel of the Count Saint-Germain (St.Germain) 

So be sure to drop by next Thursday!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Where have I been? / General Announcements / and All I want for Christmas is my “V” TV!

Where have I been? : Lost in “hyper” Space!

So just in case you were wondering (or even if you were not) as to where I  have been for the past several weeks  – having practically abandoned my blog updates of most things “vampiric” – Rest assured, some bloody good things are coming.

Nevertheless, the reason for my M.I.A is simple. I had temporarily become a Twitaholic and to a lesser extent, a FaceBook fiend! LoL!

Yes you read me right.
But it’s all related… to vampires of course!

Over the past couple weeks, after having created both a FaceBook page and a Twitter stream for this here blog. I had decided to explore both social sites further, getting a feel of the online community thereon, and especially those of the two most current newfangled (emphasis on “fang”) hit shows: True Blood and The Vampire Diaries.

At first I’d lurk about (like Edward in Bella’s room at night while she slept), reading the posts and discussions on the official TrueBlood HBO and CW Vampire Diaries FaceBook pages, as well as on their several Twitter counterpart, fan(g) pages: @TrueBloodHBO @TrueBloodNet @TrueBloodDotNet and  @CW_VampDiaries @tvdnews @tvdfansonline

And it wasn’t long before I too found myself joining in on both shows FaceBook discussions and Twitter tweets and re-tweets. As well as participating in the fun (but exhaustive) #FF :  *Follow Fridays and doing *Topic Trending!  (*that’s some Tweet speak for those not in the know).

So if you’re planning a hitchhike across the Twitter-verse to get your fave vampire show info fix, then the @forementioned are good places to start.

And also be sure to check out the “Mother” of all vampires (if you consider Bram Stoker to be the “Father” that is), Mrs. Anne Rice.

Yes, Lestat’s mom Tweets (via simultaneous linking of her FaceBook page and Twitter stream).  
@AnneRiceAuthor is also included among the females on my Authors-of-Genre list

So there you have it, I was lost in “hyper” space for the past several weeks… But now I’m back!

Info to the end (of this piece), according to The Global language Monitor: “Vampire” was the fifth word of 2009, while “Twitter” was the Top Word of 2009!

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General Announcements:

So in these weeks to come between Christmas and the New Year (and sometime after), I should have a few bite bits (a.k.a Topic Treats) with which to deck the blogs!

a) All I want for Christmas is my “V” TV:  Some recommendations for dealing with the vampire TV show hiatus withdrawals.

b) I see a New Moon Rising: A review of New Moon.

c) The Vampire Diaries –dot, dot, dot – And the devilish, delish Damon Salvatore:  a commentary piece on the hit new show and the talked about vampire du jour!

d) Guest blog post by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro for the release of her new novel Burning Shadows: Saint Germaine Chronicles. (Blog post scheduled for Thursday, December 17th.)

So stay tuned!

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All I want for Christmas is my “V” TV:

To use (and pun upon) that famous phrase from MTV in the 1980’s: “I want my “V” TV!” 
And no, I’m NOT talking about that new series re-make “V” (The Visitors) on ABC . I’m talking “V” as in Vampires!

Vampires have risen once again – but then again for those of us, who are fans of the fanged, vampires never went away –  it’s just that it may seem to some that they are everywhere these days ( yup, they don’t just come out at night anymore) ; and especially more so in the last couple years!

Apart from The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which recently ripped apart the box office on its opening day (kinda like the way those werewolves ripped apart the vampire Laurent), we have also had, earlier this year (back in June) the much anticipated return of True Blood, season 2 on HBO and the debut (this past Fall) of The Vampire Diaries (based on the novels of L.J Smith) on the CW.

It was a bloody good Summer / Fall for all things fang-tastic.

Alas, now December is upon us.

We’ve already seen New Moon, like what, 2 or 3 times!  Both TV shows are on hiatus – The Vampire Diaries is set to return on the CW in January for the 2nd half of its first season and True Blood is scheduled to return to HBO in June 2010, with Season 3 – and Day Breakers doesn’t hit theatres ‘til early 2010 either.

However, before we lie in the winter of our discontent and start shouting, batty in the belfry: “I’m mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore”, rest assured here are some recommendations of quick nip fixes for dealing with the vampire TV show hiatus withdrawals:

·        Beginning next week on December 14th,  for five days, the CW will be re-airing the first 10 episodes of  The Vampire Diaries . That's five days, 10 episodes, 1 full week!

·        Starting December 28th, catch True Blood season 1 on HBO. 3 episodes a night, 4 nights in a row.

·        For fans of Kyle Schmid or for those just curious to know about that vampire show I’m always tweet quoting about (and on which this blog was originally inspired… Henry Fitzroy anyone? ;o) – Blood Ties, season 1 and 2, is now available on DVD.

·        You think Eric and Damon are dangerously hot now? Well back then there was The Lost Boys. A classic that never dies and never grows old:  Need I say more?

·        And just for the neck of it: He was a grinch and a scrooge and a pet detective and yes, a vampire too (well almost), Jim Carrey in Once Bitten.

So what are some of your vampire TV show hiatus withdrawal recommendations?
I “invite” you to come inside, to leave your comments below: