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Welcome. This is my blog, and you're my most coveted guest. If I seem a bit too intense, it's only because I have so much that I want to share with you, and I can see that you're eager to begin as well. So, please...make yourself at home, sip an East India cocktail (I blended the pomegranate juice myself), and sample some of my domestic and imported Arcana: useless, but fascinating information about Victoriana, Steampunk and other favoured topics; music which evokes that dark, lost Lenore sensibility; and other pleasant or, perhaps, unsettling non sequiters whispered in a darkened room. Linger long or short, leave a comment or refrain, but remember to come back soon to play a (shhhh) parlour game.
Velkommen. Dette er min blog, og du er min mest eftertragtedegæst. Hvis jeg synes en smule for intenst, det er kunfordi jeg har så meget at jeg vil dele med jer, og jeg kanse, at du er ivrig efter at begynde så godt. kan du ...føl dig hjemme, sip et East India cocktail (jeg blandetden granatæble juice mig selv), og prøve nogle af mine indenlandske o importerede Arcana: ubrugelig, menfascinerende oplysninger om Victoriana, Steampunkog andre begunstigede emner; musik der fremkalderdenne mørke, mistede Lenore sensibilitet, og andrebehagelige eller måske foruroligende, ikke sequitershviskede i et mørkelagt rum. Linger lang eller kort,efterlade en kommentar eller afstå, men husk at komme tilbage snart til at spille en (Shhhh) selskabsleg.

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I love my grown children, miss all the dogs I ever had, and I cry at the drop of a hat, I believe in true love, destiny, fairness, and compassion. If I could be anywhere right now, it would be the ocean. My favorite city is New York, but I am always longing for London and craving more time in Copenhagen. I'm drawn to desolate places, deserted buildings, and unknown byways. I don't care how society perceives me as long as my gut tells me that what I'm doing is right. I am interested in paranormal things, spiritual things, historical things, and things that glow at night. I like to drink, I smoke when I write, I can't stand small talk, and despite my quick temper, I would rather kiss than fight. I'm selfish with my writing time, a spendthrift with my love. My heart has been broken so many times that it's held together with super glue and duct tape. The upside is that, next time, I won't be tempted to give away what I no longer have to give. But I will let you buy me a Pink Squirrel.

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Helvede's så Nocturne

Helvede's så Nocturne
The raw, aching sadness with which the following words were typed has been reformatted to fit your screen. No need to adjust it. All names have been expunged to protect the innocent and the willfully insane.

Nocturne in G Flat major

Chopin, darkness, light, sand and wind, starlight tread. Beethoven, love, fear, madness, redemption in the night. Liszt, waltzing widows, desperate bargains, pleasure's secret plight. Now, then, before, always, forever. Promises made on lonely beaches, celestial summer's perfect kiss, passions quenched in salty breezes, the lure of distant mist-draped heights. Bitter interlude. Final, private nocturne. Burned down like a candle. Doomed bleeding beauty. Fated sacrificial night.
To be continued...

Gentle Visitor

Gentle Visitor
And now, Gentle Visitor, won't you please lend an eye (we've worked so hard)...
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We love all things dark and mysterious, macabre and obscure, odd and unfathomable. Nothing is too strange or bizarre for our little blog. And although we would never presume to offer definitive answers to the great questions of life, we shall do our best to enlighten, inform and delight our visitors with our whimsical potpurri of facts, anecdotes, trivia and informational outpourings. We strive not to offend, but to edify those who wish to reach beyond their comfort zone and touch the fabric of another time and place, and of distant, but genuine worlds and lives. As Victorian-themed blogs go, ours may not be the most austere, nor the most comprehensive, but we know what we like, and if our readers like it as well, then all is as it should be in this ramshackle corner of our own personal Victorian empire.

A Musical Note

A Musical Note: We feel that our blog is best viewed when accompanied by one or more of the following musical selections. Then again, we also feel that our blog is best viewed when accompanied by a glass of absinthe, a bite of lemon cake, and a foot massage (preferably by someone you know). So, to paraphrase the otherwise completely irrelevant-to-our-blog Mr. Aleister Crowley, "Do what thou wilt...but be open to Chopin."
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And now we begin

And now we begin
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Sunday, June 10, 2012

ABE LINCOLN VERSUS THE VAMPIRES



Who doesn't appreciate Tim Burton? Well, there are probably some people who don't. Perhaps you're one of them. But even if you didn't enjoy Edward Scissorhands or The Nightmare Before Christmas, or happen to be one of those Dark Shadow die-hard fans who were disappointed and a little bit dismayed by Johnny Depp's comedic reinvention of cult icon Barnabas Collins, you have to admit that, if nothing else, the 54-year-old director is clearly not afraid to take chances when it comes to his work. Granted, of late, some critics have begun to accuse Burton of lapsing into the formulaic, citing his repeated casting of Johnny Depp in the starring roles of his films, and the familiar balance of dark comedy and surreal imagery that characterize those films. But, then, that's what movie audiences have come to expect from a Tim Burton film. And as the old adage goes...if it ain't broke, don't fix it. So it makes sense that Burton's new film, due in theaters this summer, should be a hit as well, doesn't it? Especially since it features all the things we have come to associate with a Burton film: the surreal sets, the cast of quirky characters, the dark humor...and Abraham Lincoln.


That's right. If you haven't already seen the trailers, or heard the hype, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter will soon be coming to a theater near you. Based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, ALVH will be released in glorious 3D and will feature Benjamin Walker as the 16th president of the United States, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as his volatile wife Mary Todd Lincoln, and the diabolically handsome Rufus Sewell as Adam, the leader of the vampires. If you haven't read the book, the revelation of Lincoln's alleged activities as a vampire hunter have supposedly come to light via the pages of "secret diaries" written by a vampire called Henry Sturges, who claims to have rescued a teen-aged Lincoln from a vampire attack along the Ohio River. Prior to the attack, the youthful Lincoln had learned that his own grandfather was killed by a vampire and that his mother's death was the result of a dose of "fool's blood" (i.e. vampire-tainted blood), given to her by a disgruntled creditor when Lincoln's father was unable to pay back his debt. Naturally, being a young man of honor, Lincoln vows to kill as many vampires as he can in order to avenge his family and, at the same time, rid the world of the scourge. After being rescued by Sturges, who nurses him back to health and apprises him of the deepest, darkest secrets of the vampire world, Lincoln begins training for his role as a vampire hunter, becoming proficient in wrestling and axe-handling. He is further aided in his quest by Sturges, who, over the next several years, sends him a series of lists containing the names and addresses of vampires, all of whom Lincoln tracks down and kills. But of course it doesn't end there.


On relocating to Washington DC, Lincoln runs into his old friend, the writer Edgar Allen Poe, who also knows a thing or two about vampires, being the descendant of Europeans who were driven out of their homeland by the evil undead. And if that's not enough to set Lincoln's blood a-boilin', after he is elected president, a vampire sneaks into the White House and kills his son Willy. And here we all thought the poor boy died of fever! And as though good ol' honest Abe didn't have enough on his hands trying to deal with the civil war. The one historical fact about Lincoln that doesn't change in Grahame's retelling of his story is the president's death at the hands of assassin John Wilkes Booth. But even in that there is a twist. What is it? Well, we'd rather let you find that out on your own. No one likes a spoiler, after all.


Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter will be hitting theaters on June 22. Whether the film will turn out to be another success for Burton remains to be seen. But whether you think that Tim Burton has gone too far this time or not, the chance to see Abraham Lincoln engaged in hand to hand combat with a vampire in a waistcoat seems that it would at least be worth a trip to the local cinema on bargain night.

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