Thursday, March 19, 2009

'Sparks fly out "' the title song for True Blood Season One Episode Five

I recently did a Season 2 Spoiler show for my Blogtalk radio show, where we looked at what we might know about the upcoming episode by examining the title song for that episode.

I can't tell you how many emails I received from folks saying they felt so stupid for not realizing that the True Blood episodes were named for songs. It's OK but I thought it might be a good idea to look back at the song, the artist and the lyrics for each of last season's episode title songs.

So let's look back to Season 1, Ep 5: 'Sparks Fly Out' which originally aired: 10/5/2008

'Spark Fly out' by Paul Burch from the album Fool for Love

Paul Burch (born 1966) is a Washington, D.C.-born musician, songwriter and producer. Burch moved to Nashville in the early '90s where he began singing in the city's '50s-era honky tonks, garnering the attention of Marianne Faithfull and Chet Atkins. Burch's shows and the Lower Broadway scene garnered national attention and a feature in Billboard which led to a record deal.

In 1998, Burch released his first album, Pan-America Flash on the independent Checkered Path label. This album was voted the fifth best country album of the 1990s by Wire to Wire featured Ranger Doug of Riders in the Sky and a city nomination for best band and best independent record.

In 2000, Burch moved to Merge Records where he released two albums, Blue Notes and Last of My Kind, a companion to Tony Earley's New York Times best-seller Jim the Boy.

2003's Fool For Love, was Burch's first record for Bloodshot Records, this was followed up by East to West in 2006. East to West was recorded in London and featured guest appearances with Mark Knopfler, Tim O'Brien, and a duet and video with Ralph Stanley. Burch's songs have appeared on several film and television soundtracks including The Appalachians, The Rookie, and A History of Violence.

Paul Burch official website

This is Paul Burch singing "Life of a Fool" from the same album.

Bloodshot Records

Vampire Couture

Dead and Gone first review !!!

Book reviewers have now recieved their copies of Book 9, Dead to Worse

This was the first review I've seen but I've been in contact with other reviewers and I hear we have big news in the Sookie /Eric relationaship front more as soon as we know it !!

Dead and Gone

Dead and Gone
Charlaine Harris
Ace, May 2009, $25.95
ISBN: 9780441017157

Telepath Sookie Stackhouse works as a waitress at Merlotte’s Diner in Bon Temps, Louisiana. When Japanese scientists invented synthetic blood, vampires came out of the coffins and introduced themselves over TV. Although the new world needs some getting used to and help groups form, life for the most part have somewhat settled down as people realize vampires have been part of the assimilated population for centuries. It is now the shapeshifters turn to come out into the open.

However, some humans react violently towards the news. The owner of Merlotte’s stepdaughter almost kills her mother. Female shifter is crucified in Merlotte’s parking lot; she is the estranged wife of Sookie’s brother. Sookie’s great grandfather Niall is at war with an enemy who wants to kill and Sookie is sought by his adversaries as a potential hostage; several attempts to either abduct or kill her occur. Having a brother who is a were-panther means he will protect her but Sookie underestimates the threat to her and her loved ones by an ancient evil species more powerful than weres, vamps and humans combined.

True Blood is the TV show based on the Sookie novels and like this tale and previous entries are great urban fantasies. With all the different species surfacing who previously were assumed to be myths, Sookie and one other person are the only known telepaths in the United States. Although a bit less action oriented than other books in the series, Readers get to know the characters better and Sookie finally has some romance in her life. Charlaine Harris is one of the best urban fantasy worldbuilders writing today.

Harriet Klausner

More news on Johnny Depp’s ‘Dark Shadows’

Supernatural gothic sagas are crazy hot right now: HBO’s “True Blood,” those “Twilight” flicks everyone keeps talking about, plus a host of upcoming films like Benicio Del Toro’s “The Wolfman” and Nicolas Cage’s “Season of the Witch.” Even “Spider-Man 4”’s rumored villain is a vampire. Another of these Zeitgeist-y projects is the Johnny Depp-starring adaptation of the 1960s soap opera, “Dark Shadows,” which had been in development even before this obsession with monsters, ghosts and witches took hold.

But since word of the planned film surfaced two years ago, reliable “Dark Shadows” news has been hard to come by. Now an executive in Depp’s production company, Infinitum-Nihil, which is developing the movie, confirmed some details for MTV News, left others up in the air, and hinted that we might be seeing the makings of a new supernatural franchise.

Most importantly, we wanted to know if Johnny Depp is still attached to star. “Indeed he is,” confirmed Sam Sarkar, Infinitum’s director of development.

When it came to those Internet rumors about Tim Burton signing on to direct, though, Sarkar was somewhat more circumspect. “I can neither confirm nor deny that,” he said. “But I know it’s out there in the ether.”

Sounds like a deal is not yet in place but that Burton, who’s currently busy with another Depp-staring movie, “Alice in Wonderland,” tops Infinitum’s list of prospective directors. Of course, Depp and Burton have a long creative history together, from “Edward Scissorhands” to “Ed Wood” to “Sweeney Todd.”

While all the pieces are not yet in place, “Dark Shadows” is still very much a go at Warner Bros. “All I can say is that one is very active,” Sarkar said. “The studio will be making some announcements regarding it pretty soon. Very soon, probably.”

“Dark Shadows” premiered on ABC in 1966. Gothic romance, ghost stories, plots involving vampires, zombies and time-travel—the daytime soap had it all, and it became a runaway hit for the network over 1,225 episodes. The task facing producers is simply finding a way to shape a movie around such abundant, wide-ranging material.

“It was a soap opera—it was a daily show,” said Sarkar. “That’s something people forget. It’s one thing to adapt a weekly television series into a movie—it’s another thing to take a soap opera that’s been serialized daily and try to boil it down to two hours.”

As much as they’ll be forced to change and excise, they’re also committed to honoring an adored show. “I think it will be very true to the spirit of ‘Dark Shadows,’” Sarkar told us. “I think there’s going to be an authenticity to it.”

Any modifications will be made with the blessing of the mind behind the original series. Said Sarkar, “When Dan Curtis, the creator, was still alive, I met with [producer] David Kennedy, who originally brought the project to us and Curtis, and David has always been very adamant that there are certain things you should definitely take liberties with.”

And if the “Dark Shadows” film turns out to be a success, there’s a good chance it will spawn a franchise. “Obviously, it’s a movie that can continue,” said Sarkar, “because there were so many things going on in ‘Dark Shadows.’”

Johnny Depp and Tim Burton together—enough already or gimmie more? Who else would you like to see cast in the film?

True Blood spoiler hint about Sophie Anne

Question: Dude! What's going on?! Where's all the True Blood scoop!? --Ryan
Chill, bro, I've got just the tease for ya -- and so does the show. Alan Ball and Co. are currently talking to "name" actresses to appear in just one episode this season (and more in future ones). The character? No less than Sophie-Anne, the 500-year-old queen of the Louisiana vampires. My mole tells me that Her Highness is as bright and witty as she is powerful and dangerous. (Isn't that always the way?) Michelle Pfeiffer, call your agent -- yesterday!

Dead until Dark - let's look at the cover

Tell me everything you see in this brilliant Lisa Desimini cover for 'Dead until Dark' and tell me what the images represent in the book...

Vampire friendly bars and clubs

This is a list of Vampire friendly clubs and bars from around the united states, I hope to eventually have a list of every vampire bar and club that exists in the world in this section
(If the idea of that happening scares you, then go to truth about slayers and hunters pages on this site.)
In order to be able to do that I will need your help, email the name adress and location of everyone that you can find either through online or ones that are local, to me at my contact information ,

Alleged Vampire Killing in Kentucky

I know this is sad and grisly but our excellent tour guide mentioned vampire crimes in New Orleans and he said he has had FBI agents and other law enforcement people come up to him after the tours and tell him these crimes happen all the time and many go unsolved this caught my attention..

Disturbing new details are emerging in the murder of a teenager who police now say was the victim of a gang of wanna-be vampires.

17-year-old Travis White's body was found earlier this month, near some railroad tracks in Covington.

During a hearing for the five people charged in the case, detectives outlined the brutal and bizarre crime.

They say White was beaten with a wrench, hammer and bat, and then stabbed 29 times.

Police say the killers carved gang symbols into the chest of their victim.

Police say the five people charged in adult court, which include three teenagers and two men in their 20s, all met each other through vampire role-playing games.

Police say three of the men claimed to have been vampires.

Video here

BBC reviews the Lesbian Vampire Killers

It's hard to escape Gavin and Stacey stars James Corden and Mathew Horne at the moment.

As well as a new BBC Three sketch show, Horne's West End role in Entertaining Mr Sloane, and Corden's turn on Comic Relief, the comedy duo star in the film Lesbian Vampire Killers.

Corden and Horne play two no-hopers who go on a hiking holiday and find themselves stuck in a village where the women have been enslaved by a vampire curse.

Early reviews have been lukewarm and the film has been the target of criticism from an internet campaign by a pro-lesbian group.

Horne told the BBC this week that the the film was "a lot less gratuitous than you might think… it's like Confessions of a Window Cleaner, but in a forest with vampires".

MATHEW HORNE as Jimmy McLaren (left) with VERA FILATOVA as Eva
Horne (above) and Corden were cast before Gavin & Stacey became a TV hit
The film's 15-certificate is a clue as to the target audience. The publicity material promises "gags, girls and gore" - although most of the jokes revolve around swearing and a phallic sword handle.

There are horror film references galore, and it's obvious that the makers of Lesbian Vampire Killers would love to emulate the success of Shaun of the Dead.

Here, Corden and Horne discuss vampires, the influence of Shaun and the perils of over-exposure.

Read on

10 top selling fantasy books in 2008 in which vampire characters played a major role

Good list from Vampire Librarian

Here are the 10 top selling fantasy books in 2008 in which vampire characters played a major role. This list is based on a compilation of sales data from

Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4)
by Stephenie Meyer
Meyer closes her epic love story of a human, a vampire, and a werewolf in this, the final installment of the saga. The story opens with Bella and Edward’s wedding, and relations between Jacob and Bella remain uneasy. An unexpected event throws their idyllic world back into chaos as factions (both wolf and vampire) battle over whether or not to destroy the potential monster that is killing Bella from within.

Sookie Stackhouse Box Set
by Charlaine Harris
Charlaine Harris has released Books 1-7 in the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery series. These are currently on sale at Amazon for almost half off the list price. If you lile True Blood you’ll love these books. Why? Because True Blood is based on these books.

From Dead to Worse (Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 8 )
by Charlaine Harris
After the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina, and the manmade horror of the explosion at the vampire summit, Sookie Stackhouse is safe but dazed, yearning for things to get back to normal. But her boyfriend Quinn is among the missing. And things are changing, whether the weres and vamps in her corner of Louisiana like it or not. In the ensuing battles, Sookie faces danger, death…and once more, betrayal by someone she loves. And when the fur has finished flying and the cold blood ceases flowing, her world will be forever altered.

Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 9)
by Charlaine Harris (will be released May 5, 2009)
The next installment in the wildly popular Sookie Stackhouse series will be available in May of this year. Charlaine Harris has released the first chapter of Dead and Gone online as an appetizer.

At Grave’s End (Night Huntress Book 3)
by Jeaniene Frost
It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield’s life. With her undead lover Bones at her side, she’s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat’s worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover’s finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger. And if that wasn’t enough, a woman from Bones’s past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp, yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat’s about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she’s learned as a special agent won’t help her. She will need to fully embrace her vampire instincts in order to save herself, and Bones, from a fate worse than the grave. I’ve read Books 1 and 2 and highly recommend them. Jeaniene Frost is a fantastic writer that does a great job balancing action, romance, and suspense in her books.

Betrayed (House of Night, Book 2)
by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Young vampire Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night school. She’s come to terms with the vast powers that have been bestowed upon her finally feels like she belongs. She actually has a boyfriend…or two. Then the unthinkable happens: human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey’s old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves. In this installment Zoey must find the courage to face a betrayal that could break her heart, her soul, and jeopardize the very fabric of her world. Note: I just ordered Marked (House of Night, Book 1) the first book in the House of Night series. This is a young adult series that sounds really interesting.

Dead Until Dark (Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 1)
by Charlaine Harris
This is the first book in Charlaine Harris’ incredibly popular Southern Vampire Mystery series. In this book we’re introduced to Sookie Stackhouse, a Louisiana waitress that has the ability to hear the thoughts of others. Sookie meets Bill Compton, a vampire who has maintained his humanity. Additional characters in the ensemble are Eric Northman, Bill’s vampire “boss”, Sam Merlotte, Sookie’s boss and the owner of the bar where she works, and Jason Stackhouse, Sookie’s womanizing brother. This is a fantastic read and is a testament to the brilliance and talent of Charlene Harris.

Many Bloody Returns (Sookie Stackhouse)
by Charlaine Harris, Tony Kelner, Kelley Armstrong, and Jim Butcher. Edited by Toni L. Kelner.
From cakes to stakes, a celebration of everyone’s favorite bloodsucking subculture by a baker’s dozen of favorite authors. Each of these thirteen original stories offers a fresh and unique take on what birthdays mean to the undead. From Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse attending a birthday party for Dracula to Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden battling bloodsucking party crashers, these suspenseful, surprising, sometimes dark, sometimes humorous stories will ensure paranormal fans will never think of vampires or birthdays quite the same again.

Definitely Dead (Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 6) by Charlaine Harris
Sookie Stackhouse, the lovable telepathic waitress from Louisiana, is off to New Orleans to close out her dead cousin Hadley’s apartment. Hadley’s death six weeks earlier had been unexpected, since, as a vampire, she was already dead. Still, she’d led a lively existence as the main squeeze of the Queen of Louisiana, a vampire whose political marriage to the King of Arkansas occurred the night before Hadley’s demise. Sookie and Amelia Broadway, Hadley’s landlady and a pretty cool witch, immediately discover a mess of trouble left behind in Hadley’s closet, and Sookie is soon neck-deep in even more!

Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, Book 11)
by Jim Butcher
The Warden Morgan has been accused of treason against the Wizards of the White Council—and there’s only one, final punishment for that crime. He’s on the run, wants his name cleared, and needs someone with a knack for backing the underdog. Someone like Harry Dresden. If you’ve kept up with this fantastic series you know that Morgan loathes Harry; having to rely on Harry to clear his name is the last thing he’d want. However, Harry’s a good guy with a soft heart so he juggles finding the traitor within the Wizard’s Council, keeping a less-than-agreeable Morgan under wraps, and avoiding coming under scrutiny himself. This is a wonderful series that any fantasy fan will like.

True Blood Music Video of the Day

Possession by Sarah McLachlan LYRICS
thanks Ivyneea