Last week we were treated to a snack from the creators of the epic horror masterpiece that is “Haunting of Hill House” and “The Haunting of Bly Manor” … Netflix released a new series titled “Midnight Mass”. Apart from the many cast members and distinctive flavor that you will recognize, you will also be thrilled to discover that despite the enigma of the series being often described and called an angel, it is actually about VAMPIRES
Took me a while to get to it because the original trailer that I had watched did not give me the vampiric feel I am used to when it comes to new movies that do their best to capitalize on the vampire theme in September-October, however when I did start it I was hooked!
I am not going to sit here are write a plot synopsis or a review on the series because it is truly one of those great ones that you need to take in on your own and it is edited in such a way that you will surely be left with a couple of questions at the end of the final episode and the general feel of the series as a whole, is different from one connoisseur to another
Drop me a line when you are done 😉 defo wanna hear your ideas on the subject ❤
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Lo! here’s another corpse exhumed!
Another Poet, disinterred!
Sensation cried, “Dig up the grave,
And let the dust be hoed and stirred,
And bring the bones of Shakespeare out!
‘Twill edify the throng, no doubt!
“The Byron scandal has grown old;
That rare tit-bit is flat and stale.
The throng is gaping for more food;
We need a new Sensation tale;
Old Shakespeare sleeps too well, and sound;
Tear off the shroud dig up the ground.
We have exhumed poor ‘Raven Poe,’
And proved beyond the shade of doubt,
He saw no raven, after all.
Now trot the bones of Shakespeare out!
Byron, and Poe, and Shakespeare good!
Who shall we serve up next, for food?”
And who ? say I. Oh, seers of earth,
What corpse comes next? I daily look.
Sensation, have your servants out
Let them be watchful and alert;
We’ll need a new discovery soon.
Tell them to dig about the dirt,
And tear off Keats’ or Shelley’s shroud,
To please and edify the crowd.
† Short Stories
I have to say that I am amazed by the fact that I am still doing this after so many years… I have had my breaks over the years as work has sometimes been more demanding on my time, however I have always had a vampire novel in my pocket while traveling ❤
The original site was in my native Romanian. Then came the time to start my post-by-post adventure in English.
In this format it all started on 2016/02/01 with my fav vampire poem of all time xD Oil and Blood by William Butler Yeats
As time passed and I moved for a period to the UK I did not have the time needed to keep up with my passion as much as I would have wanted. As the interest of the original followers fell so did my will to keep creating content.
If took a world pandemic for me to find myself again in my wonderful Romania… and it took getting infected with the actual virus to understand that I had become so comfortable with doing the bare minimum that I had let myself go.
So here I am.. researching my passion again, adding to my literature collection… marking my calendar for a huge update on the movies section =^.^=
||Name: Matthew Hardman
Born – 1984 / Died – ****
Number of victims: 1
The desire to become to identify with a vampire can lead some people to commit incredible deeds. Matthew Hardman is such a case: he wanted to become a vampire and as an initiation he came up with a bizarre “vampire ritual”.
At the tender age of 17, Matt smeared his hands with plenty of blood when he stabbed to death [22 times] 90 year old Mabel Leyshon. He didn`t stop there tho`; he removed her heart and drank her blood in his fascination for vampires and obsession with immortality.
The event took place in 2001 and he has since been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic and he has never admitted his guilt or shown any sign of remorse.
He was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 12 years. Since then he has lost the right to appeal.
† Vampiric Murderers
I received an e-mail about Ludovico Fatinelli and his “Treatise on vampires”. I did my internet search and got a couple of hits. Among them I found an entire story about this character and his work… unfortunately it was unsubstantiated and I even came across a site that exposed the supposed scholar.
I went over the usual titles that are available in ebook format but could find nothing conclusive.
So I turned to my bookshelf and failed to retrieve any information on this supposed treatise.
I won`t name the bogus site, but the one I found some very interesting articles on the matter on is Diary of an Amateur Vampirologist.
”To be or not to be!” would have been a nice touch, but the correct option to go with is… NOT TO BE since Ludovico Fatinelli never existed and if you look for his alleged “Treatise on vampires”… well, there is nothing to find.
The story you will find on the other hand, is very well structured.
[I give an extract of the page]
The young Florentine went on to study medicine at the University of Padua, where one of his teachers was the great scientist and philosopher Galileo Gallilei. While there, Fatinelli, through the use of increasingly more sophisticated microscopes, discovered that “animalcules” also appeared to live in human tissue. From these observations, the young scientist developed the radical theory that it was these microscopic entities, not moral failures, that were the real source of vampirism. Experiments on animals seemed to bolster his hypothesis, and he set to work on a treatise that would summarize his findings and, he hoped, establish his reputation as a great scientist.
In Januay, 1616, Fatinelli published his findings under the title, Treatise on Vampires. Alas, his timing couldn’t have been worse. Pope Paul V, worried about the rise of Protestantism, had been taking a hard line against any new interpretation of church dogma and decided to make Fatinelli an example. The young man was brought up for the Inquisition, and when he refused to recant the conclusions in his treatise, he was charged with heresy and brought to trial. Though a simple recantation probably could have gotten him off the hook, Fatinelli stood behind his findings. Judgment was swift: the verdict was guilty, the sentence, death.
On April 23, 1616, a huge crowd gathered in Florence’s Piazza Signoria to witness the execution. Fatinelli was tied to a pole atop a pile of logs, which were then set ablaze. The fire ate through the rope securing Fatinelli to the pole, and his left arm flew up in the air. A shriek went through the crowd; many fainted, thinking that the Devil was passing a curse from Fatinelli’s body onto them. But the man on the pyre was only flesh and blood. Once the spectacle was over, one of the most important scientists of the time was ignominiously heaved into a pauper’s grave, where the church hoped he would be forgotten forever.
Interesting read if you`re into fiction… I`m more of a down-to-documented-true-facts type of girl myself 😉 so I feel the need to say that this is all made up!
As I have already mentioned I couldn`t find anything on this on any of my trusted sources.
There were people persecuted by the Church and many corpses were mutilated [most of the times by their own relatives as you can see on the ~Vampire Accounts~ section] but this paper was never written and I`m tempted to supposed that this person never existed either.
If it would have existed we would have herd of it… and to sustain this let me drop an idea: there are private collections on vampirism by important and respectable people all over the world. Not all of them chose to write about this theme, some prefer only to keep their artifacts but all of these collections are catalogued and the titled are listed.
Keep in mind that we have important medieval manifests available online… for example the ~Visum et Repertum~.
Surely, if such a text would have exited we would have know, especially since the bogus site sustains that copies survived and scientists kept working with it as a basis.