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Laurence Rickels is a critic and vampire expert. He provided some inspiration for my Werewolf Express project as well as my upcoming book, Sweet Tomb. He has written The Vampire Lectures among other critical books about horror.

I'd been wondering what his take was on all the American vampire films and TV shows, and lucky for me, Artforum ran it in their current issue. Here, he writes about "True Blood":

Instead of posting "True Blood" stills, these are from films starring one of my favorite Brazilian semi-vampire, Coffin Joe. The YouTube clip below is from "At Midnight I'll Steal Your Soul." It reminds me of a Kuchar Brothers movie or something: high camp. Coffin Joe is way cooler than Sookie from "True Blood" though I'll take what I can get from HBO for my vampire fix.


HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Oh yeah, the other film clip here is from Jean Rollin's "Requiem for a Vampire," another personal fave in the "colored lights in caves" vampire category.

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