The Immortal Count

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I am Dracula. I bid you welcome.

When Universal Studios released “Dracula” in 1931, I don’t think anyone imagined the worldwide obsession that would follow. Bram Stoker’s novel was already 34 years old, and “Dracula” wasn’t the first vampire film. But this was the first time the audience was introduced to a charming and dapper Count Dracula; a villain they wanted to love.

In England, in 1924, “Dracula” the stage play was the first adaptation of the novel authorised by Stoker’s widow. In 1927, the play came to America and in his first major English-speaking role, Hungarian actor Bela Lugosi donned the famous Dracula cape for the first time. And a legend was born. Continue reading

Gallery Feature: “Self-Portrait of the Artist at Twenty-Five”

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Wendy Brydge – “Self-Portrait of the Artist at Twenty-Five” – 2014

Every painting begins with an idea.

Rod Serling once said, “The instinct of creativity must be followed by the act, the physical act of putting it down for a sense of permanence. Once you get that prod, that emotional jar, that “I have witnessed something.” Or “I have felt something.” Or “I have seen something.” Or, through observation, “I have been moved by an event.” I think the answer is, “Get it down. Get it down quickly. Write it down.”

That right there is the best advice any artist — be they writer or painter — will ever receive. When you get that magical *spark* in your mind, that little glimmer of inspiration? You grab it, hold tight, and run with it as far as it will take you.

Ideas build on ideas. But inspiration can be fleeting. Maybe you see an image in your head as you’re drifting off to sleep at night. Or perhaps you read something interesting, or hear something unusual, and it makes you want to process and use that information somehow. When that happens, I urge you to do as the talented Mr. Serling said: GET IT DOWN. Any and all of it. Before it’s gone. Continue reading

~Mary~

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October 28, 1954 – July 7, 2000

The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.

~ Isaiah 57:1-2

Miss you, Mom. ♥

Dark Shadows: 48 Years of Darkness in the Daytime

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My name is Victoria Winters. My journey is beginning. A journey that I hope will open the doors of life to me. And link my past with my future. A journey that will bring me to a strange and dark place, to the edge of the sea, high atop Widow’s Hill. A house called… Collinwood.

Vampires, witches, warlocks, ghosts, a severed head and hand, parallel times, mad scientists and werewolves. All of these supernatural elements are pretty commonplace on television today.

In the 1960s, we could watch the good-spirited, friendly, madcap antics of the Munsters and the Addams Family. And Hammer Films was at its peak in theatres around the world. But only one show dared to bring the supernatural to daytime TV. It was a bold, all or nothing, last-ditch effort to save a floundering series. And as anyone who recognizes that opening I quoted above knows, it was a ghostly gamble that paid off in spades.

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Today marks the 48th anniversary of the delightfully dark soap opera Dark Shadows. On June 27, 1966, this soon-to-be-supernatural hit aired on the ABC network for the first time. Continue reading

Penny For Your Thoughts? My Mystic Seer Review

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Ah. At long last. I’m writing this blog post. The wait is finally over. It’s here.

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On January 13, 2014, my childhood dream of owning my own Twilight Zone Mystic Seer came true. Continue reading

Lee & Price: Double Trouble

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What are the chances that two of THE best actors that have ever lived were born on the same day? The SAME DAY. I spend a good deal of time in the Twilight Zone, but honestly, this sounds like a set up for a really scary movie — as I’m marvelling at this amazing coincidence, I’m also waiting for what must be a terrifying punch line.

“1911: St. Louis, Missouri. The ghosts are moving tonight, restless… hungry. For a remarkable baby was just birthed into the world. This baby will grow into a man. A man desperate for power and control. He will hunt for witches, showing them no mercy. He will seek vengeance many times in his life. And he will terrorize and torment people for his own amusement — making a game of their fear.”

*screen caption* Meanwhile, across the pond, half a world away, eleven years later . . .

“The year is 1922. As the full moon rises over the quiet forests of Belgravia, a wolf howls. For on this day, the greatest evil the world will ever face has been born. This man will become an unstoppable monster with a thirst for blood. This man will spend centuries mummified in a tomb. And this man will be assembled, piece by grotesque piece, by a madman on a quest to play God.”

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’d watch this movie. Especially if these two men were portraying themselves.

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Today’s blog post is dedicated to the other two parts of my Trilogy of Terror: Vincent Price and Christopher Lee. These two masters of horror were both born on May 27th, which as I just explained, seems like an incredible coincidence. And if that wasn’t creepy enough, those who read yesterday’s post know that my number one guy in the Trilogy, Peter Cushing, celebrated his birthday just a day earlier, on the 26th. Continue reading

Peter Cushing: Horror’s Hero

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On this day in 1913, one of the greatest actors to ever grace TV and movie screens was born.

Today we celebrate the life of the man who brought Van Helsing and Doctor Frankenstein to life better than any other; Hammer Films’ pride and joy – Peter Cushing.

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He’s one third of what I would call the great Trilogy of Terror. The other two? Christopher Lee and Vincent Price, both of whom will celebrate a joint birthday tomorrow on May 27th. Continue reading

Depictions of Christ in Art

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All of my fellow Seekers of Truth know that my interests are broad and far-reaching. My blog is made up of, dare I say, an incredible variety of topics.

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Today is the two-year anniversary of “Seeker of Truth”. That’s right. On April 28, 2012, I introduced myself, pulled up a chair, and started writing. And I’ve spent the last two years blogging about many of my favourite things. But in 45 posts, I’ve never once covered my two favourite topics at the same time: Art and Jesus.

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If people could be broken down into a mere equation, that’s me right there. I have always loved paintings that depict Bible stories, Bible symbolism, and anything to do with Christ our Lord.

So what better way to celebrate the start of my third blogging year than by highlighting and discussing some of my favourite paintings of Jesus.

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.

~ 1 Peter 3:18

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The painting that absolutely tops my list is Caravaggio’s “The Incredulity of Saint Thomas”.

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This painting speaks to me like no other. It is the most beautiful painting I’ve ever seen. The work was completed in 1602 and now hangs in the Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, Germany. It’s my favourite painting in the entire world and the only one I must see in person before I die. Continue reading

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman

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Preliminary sketch for self portrait, 2008

Preliminary sketch for self portrait, 2008

When I was younger, pencil was my preferred medium. I liked to sketch. And I wasn’t all that interested in painting. In fact, let me be honest – I abhorred the idea of being a “painter”.

One day during my early years in high school, I decided to stop at the local art shop and make a few inquiries about how to get my work sold there in the future. I left extremely discouraged because the owner basically told me that pencil sketches weren’t really a saleable medium. That most people wanted colour on their walls.

This was quite the predicament. I had painted a few things before, but it wasn’t what I wanted to do. I wanted to sketch. In pencil.

So what’s a 15-year-old girl to do when all of her carefully thought out career plans seemingly evaporate before her eyes? Continue reading

“The Masks”: 50 Years Later

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Next on Twilight Zone, we move into New Orleans for the Mardi Gras, and we do it with a vengeance. Robert Keith and Milton Selzer appear in a bizarre story of men, masquerades and masks. This is a small shocker to wind up a week, and if it doesn’t send you to a psychiatrist, it’ll send you at least to a mirror. On Twilight Zone next, “The Masks.

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Mr. Jason Foster, a tired ancient who on this particular Mardi Gras evening will leave the Earth. But before departing, he has some things to do, some services to perform, some debts to pay – and some justice to mete out. This is New Orleans, Mardi Gras time. It is also the Twilight Zone.

“The Masks”

Season 5, Episode 25

 Original air date: March 20, 1964

A wealthy old man is about to die. But he won’t die alone. He’ll be surrounded by his family. Sadly, they aren’t there to comfort the dying man in his final hours. No. His daughter Emily, son-in-law Wilfred, grandson Wilfred Junior, and granddaughter Paula, are here for one reason and one reason only: Greed. Continue reading

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