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Let Me Put My Suggestions In You: The Southern Vampire Mysteries

Greetings evil book nerds, I know there are a lot of you out there following this site. While I whole-heartedly enjoy being immersed in a great TV show or movie, I am a true book nerd at heart. And so I was glad that I was given the first couple books in The Southern Vampire Mysteries to enjoy, by author Charlaine Harris, before being corrupted by its remake on True Blood. This series, which I like to call “The Sookie Stackhouse Series”, is a 13 novel series following the life and adventures of Ms. Sookie Stackhouse, telepath and barmaid extraordinaire. The stories follow Sookie as she finds herself enveloped in the supernatural world of Bon Temps, Louisiana. Over the last couple years I have read all the novels. Last week I closed the final book with a heavy-heart, as Sookie is a woman who I have really enjoyed spending an incredible amount of page-turning time with these last few years. Today I am going to bring you some highlights and an overview of the series, hoping that Anna Paquin hasn’t already ruined Sookie’s image for everyone. Disclaimer: minor spoilers to follow.

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Your Weekend Creature Comforts For Halloween Part Deux: Vampires

All right all you blood-sucking villains, now is your time in the spotlight of everyone’s favorite weekly weekend creature column. This creepy Saturday we are going to go all vampish. Get your fangs out to take a bite of delicious vampire-mania. It’s time to get our succubus on. I am a little overwhelmed with the possibilities of what we could discuss, as the vampire is one of the most quintessential Halloween characters in existence. Since the definition of vampire is a creature that feeds off of someone’s life essence, tales of such monsters have been in existence since prehistoric times, though the collaborative title of vampire for said abominations did not arise until the 18th century. Naturally, the highest concentration of vampire legends comes from Eastern Europe, and that is where the name originates as well. While the original stories of vampires described some as undead, the life-status of the essence feeding devil spawn was not part of the classification until John Polidori wrote his novella The Vampyre, which solidified the vampire as we know it today. You know what I am talking about, that handsome, seductive, mysterious, and perfect specimen of a human that lures you in only to drain you dry.

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Evil Movie Reviews: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

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Welcome back for another edition of Evil Movie Reviews, this week taking us to the hidden down-world of NYC. The Mortal Instruments is one of my favorite book series, and if you haven’t read any of the books I strongly recommend it, especially if you have a creature obsession like me. These books are full of demons, werewolves, shadow hunters, and vampires, with lots of great characters aside from the main two. So when I heard it was being made in to a movie my demon-loving self was shivering with anticipation.

This weekend I made it to the movies for the third time this summer to catch this flick eagerly expecting to be overwhelmed with action and mystery. Sadly it was not to be, and I am just glad that I used a discount deal to go see this movie otherwise I might have felt like I was being ripped off.

The movie does have some nice CGI animated creatures, and I will give them credit for making some horrifying, exorcist-esque demons that gave me the willies, but aside from these scary monsters the movie was quite a let down.

The Mortal Instruments is a series of books about Shadow hunters, people who have angel blood in their ancestry that spend their life being demon hunters. In addition, there are many species of “downworlders” like vampires, werewolves, warlocks, and fairies that inhabit this world unbeknownst to “mundanes”, their word for regular humans. The main plot of the novels follows this group of shadow hunters trying to track down and stop the main villain Valentine and his family’s world domination scheme book after book. In addition to this main storyline, there are quite a few spin-off stories following Clary’s unmatched talent to create new runes, the Shadow hunter society’s prejudice rules and boundaries, and Simon’s transformation in to a vampire.

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