Musings & Meditations

Christopher Lee Knighted — “Arise, Sir Dracula”

Posted in Art & Society, Movies by Pam Keesey on October 30, 2009

This just in! Christopher Lee was knighted by Prince Charles in a ceremony eariler today. Remembered fondly by many for his role in many classic Hammer Horror films, he was discovered by a new audience in his roles in Tim Burton’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and the soon-to-be-released Alice in Wonderland, as well as his role as Saruman in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Look for him in the first Hammer film to be released in more than 30 years, The Resident, co-starring Hilary Swank.

Death is the opposite of life

Posted in Quotes by Pam Keesey on October 6, 2009

Let us beware of saying that death is the opposite of life. The living being is only a species of the dead, and a very rare species.

~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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Queer Vampires: A Morbid Curiosity

Posted in Art & Society, Books, Events, Mythology and Folklore, Sexuality and Culture, Vampires, Writing by Pam Keesey on August 13, 2009

Queer vampires, Vampire-Con, and me featured in Frontiers in L.A. magazine

From Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Anne Rice’s Interview With the Vampire and Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer to today’s craze over Twilight and True Blood, the vampire genre has come from out of the grave to take center stage.

Read more…. Resurrected

Posted in Books, Mythology and Folklore, Vampires, Werewolves by Pam Keesey on August 12, 2009

My MySpace page is now all things Daughters of Darkness! Do you have a MySpace page? If so, won’t you be my neighbor…er…friend?

As a favorite philosopher of mine once said:

Friend. Good.

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Why Vampires Never Die

Posted in Art & Society, Mythology and Folklore, Spirituality, Vampires by Pam Keesey on July 31, 2009

There’s an interesting op-ed piece in the New York Times this morning by Guillermo del Toro entitled “Why Vampires Never Die.” He makes an interesting case for the contemporary resurgence of the popularity of the vampire.

In part, del Toro suggests that it is our own technological arrogance that fuels this inner need for a connection to, if not a belief in, monsters. “For most people then,” he writes, “the only remote place remains within. ‘Know thyself’ we do not.”