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The Blood Artists

Posted in General on 03/25/2010 by WickedGentleman

CAUTION: this post may contain really nasty things that can shock you! DO NOT READ if you think you can shock yourself or feel offended with human blood images!

Hi there.

Today I’m going to talk about some freaky cool artists. They create art with Blood.

The first one is Marc Quinn (born 1964), a British artist, perhaps best known for Alison Lapper Pregnant. Statue of Alison Lapper, an artist who was born without arms. But our point by mentionating Quinn is his sculpture Self. It’s a sculpture of his head made with10 pints of his own frozen blood. The blood was taken from his body over a period of 5 months. This he did in his late 20s. In interview in 2000, reflecting on the iconic artwork, he remarked, “Well, I think it’s a great sculpture. I’m really happy with it. I think it is inevitable that you have one piece people focus in on. But that’s really good because it gets people into the work.”

Self, like many other pieces by the Young British Artists (YBAs), was bought by Charles Saatchi (in 1991 for a reputed £13,000). The press reported in 2002 that the sculpture had been destroyed by builders employed to expand the kitchen for Saatchi’s partner, the celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, when they unplugged the freezer in which it was being stored (it has to be kept at -12C/10F). This would seem to have been unfounded, however, as the piece was exhibited intact by Saatchi when he opened his new gallery in London in 2003. In April, 2005, Self was sold to a US collector for £1.5m.

Another freaky one is a guy (The Blood Artist) who sells on myspace, Zombie-Robot Cats and paintings made with blood. Here’s one of his words, that I particularly like:

Vlad III, the Impaler (OH MY….!)

And another one is the artist Pete Doherty, that using his own blood was able to exhibit his art at a London Gallery exhibit them at a London gallery, and charge about £1,000 each to sell them, the Evening Standard has learned.

Doherty was accused by the police. They claim he injected a female fan with heroin while she lay unconscious at his Hackney flat. Doherty was arrested on Saturday by police investigating a photo in The Sun, apparently showing him sticking a needle in the arm of Laura McEvoy, 21.

He faces a maximum 10-year jail sentence if prosecuted and found guilty under the Offences Against The Person Act. But Doherty, 27, claims he was actually drawing blood from Ms McEvoy to use in a painting.

The paintings shown here were completed over the past six months. They are being stored at the home of Paul Roundhill, 51, his self-styled literary agent, in Whitechapel.

Mr Roundhill said today: “I picked these pictures up at his flat in Hackney. Blood paintings are something he has done for a long time. I think they help explain the photograph of Laura. It shows he does do blood paintings.” He said convent-educated Ms McEvoy was not a “druggie” but a “nice girl”.

“I really don’t think Pete was injecting her,” he said. “It was just staged.”

The most recent blood painting was completed while Doherty was in Ireland. It shows his tour bus surrounded by fans. Another sketch shows Doherty smoking with a female companion. Friends said she is not supposed to be Kate Moss.

It is understood Doherty recently sold a conventional painting for more than £1,000. He is on two years’ probation for drugs possession. The Evening Standard understands he will undergo a second surgical implant next week in an attempt to combat heroin addiction.

And our last really FREAK blood artist is Tinet Elmgren, inspired on the Art of Menstruation at the Museum of Menstruation, or the Blood Art community at Livejournal, she does a lot of paintings when she’s on her period, which makes her a legitimate period painter. If you visit her site you’ll be treated to a pretty detailed and open discussion of what that entails. Here are some of the Q&A highlights.


Sources:

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Vampiric DNA

Posted in Myths x Science on 03/23/2010 by WickedGentleman

Don’t read it if you don’t like vampires who can have children. (I particularly don’t like this idea.)

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The genetics of vampires have been discussed many times in our various communities. And today we have a lot of possibilities of the genetic theory for vampirism.

There are many vampires who believe to come from the Nephilim, Aliens, or various god-like figures such as Caine, Lilith, Set or Osiris. All of these have one common theme: A line of descent from one or more progenitors to present day vampires. A line of descent implies a genetic reason for vampirism. This doesn’t rule out other reasons such as environmental or spiritual, but does indicate at least one part of vampirism is genetic.

If vampirism is genetic it has to be recessive. By this we can suppose that it is carried from generation to generation through a recessive gene as opposed to a dominant one.

A little bit of biology:

All genes come in pairs. These can be dominant/dominant, dominant/recessive, or recessive/recessive. Dominant genes always overpower the recessive ones. As such, a dominant feature (due to a dominant gene) is much more common to have as opposed to a recessive one. For more information on this, consult an upper level high school book on biology.

More specifically to humans and vampires:

If we make H = Dominant Human Gene
and we make v = Recessive Vampire Gene

How would a vampire be created through genetics? Let us explore the possibilities:

A man and a woman have children. The man and the woman have the possibility of the following gene combinations:

HH = Totally Human
Hv = Human but a carrier of the recessive vampire gene
vv = Totally Vampire

Let us now take 5 different couples:

Couple 1 is HH and HH (both parents are human)

Couple 2 is HH and Hv (one parent is human the other is a carrier of vampire dna)

Couple 3 is HH and vv (one parent is human the other is a vampire)

Couple 4 is Hv and vv (one parent is a carrier of vampire dna the other is a vampire)

Couple 5 is vv and vv (both parents are vampires)

(There are some areas of genetics that are only passed by one sex or the other. For now, let us just go with the idea that vampirism can be carried and instanciated by both men and women. As such the sex of the above couples is irrelevant.)

Now, let us see the offspring of each couple:

Couple 1 (HH and HH) would have the following offspring:

1stH + 1stH = Totally human
1stH + 2ndH = Totally human
2ndH + 1stH = Totally human
2ndH + 2ndH = Totally human

Here we see that totally human parents have a 100% chance of producing a totally human offspring.

Couple 2 (HH and Hv) would have the following offspring:

1stH + H = Totally human
1stH + v = Human who is a Carrier of Vampire dna
2ndH + H = Totally human
2ndH + v = Human who is a Carrier of Vampire dna

Here we see that this couple would have a 50% chance of producing totally human offspring and 50% chance of producing a human who is a carrier for vampire dna.

Couple 3 (HH and vv) would have the following offspring:

1stH + 1stv = Human who is a Carrier of Vampire dna
1stH + 2ndv = Human who is a Carrier of Vampire dna
2ndH + 1stv = Human who is a Carrier of Vampire dna
2ndH + 2ndv = Human who is a Carrier of Vampire dna

This couple has a 100% chance of producing a Human who is a carrier of vampire dna.

Couple 4 (Hv and vv) would have the following offspring:

H + 1stv = Human who is a Carrier of Vampire dna
H + 2ndv = Human who is a Carrier of Vampire dna
v + 1stv = Vampire
v + 2ndv = Vampire

This couple has a 50% chance of producing a carrier for vampire dna and a 50% chance for producing a real vampire.

Couple 5 (vv and vv) would have the following offspring:

1stv + 1stv = Vampire
1stv + 2ndv = Vampire
2ndv + 1stv = Vampire
2ndv + 2ndv = Vampire

This couple has a 100% chance of producing a vampire.

In summary we have the following potentials:

Couple 1: 100% Human
Couple 2: 50% Human, 50% Carrier
Couple 3: 100% Carrier
Couple 4: 50% Vampire, 50% Carrier
Couple 5: 100% Vampire

I would now like to address the three main types of vampires we seem to encounter:

Vampires who know what they are virtually from birth
Vampires who awaken themselves later on in life (usually around puberty)
Vampires who must be awakened (often said to be turned) by others

There’s a suggestion that those who are products of Couple 5 are much more likely to know what they are from birth.

Those who are products of Couple 4 are more likely to self-Awaken later on in life.

Those who are carriers, which can be from Couple 2, 3 or 4 are the ones that many call Latent Vampires, or those who are ‘turned’ by other vampires already Awakened.

(These Latent Vampires can also self-Awaken but are much less likely too in comparison to offspring with both recessive vampire genes as opposed to one recessive one.)

Based on this creed, we can find a lot of histories. Most of them are about ‘half-vampires’ or children from humans and vampires.

This theory that vampire can have children brought also another theory that the vampire incidence on the medieval age was stonger around Europe, because of the commom practice of consanguineous marriage. At this time was very common to marry anyone from your own fammily, specialy in the real families (Blood Countess case, maybe…) and consequentily more people with the recessive gene were born, brigging more and more vampires to life.

This consanguineous marriage was also very common around Romanian and in the Transylvanian territory, It mays also mean that Vlad III, the Impaler (OH GOD…!) can be a natual-born vampire too.

Many people really believe in the Vampiric DNA theory, and they also have two different ways of thinking. For exemple, there are some people who say that, based on the Vampiric DNA theory, now a days we all needed to have the vampire recessive genome. That means, a minimun of 90% of the actual population were needed to be Carriers of the Vampire Genome, or to be ‘half-vampires’, during the many years of reproduction.

There is also another theory, which says the vampire genome was extinct with the plague in the dark ages. And that this genome is able to come back, with mutations and another genome things… You may believe in whatever you want.

Source: Bloodlines.com (now, not working anymore….)

Succubus Club

Posted in General on 03/19/2010 by WickedGentleman

Music from the Succubus Club is a music CD released as an accompaniment to the White Wolf, Inc. (Creators of Vampire: The Masquerade RPG). Its name is derived from the “Succubus Club”, a fictional location (and popular nightclub) in the World of Darkness, which is a fictional world you can find in the following roleplay books:

  • Vampire: The Masquerade
  • Werewolf: The Apocalyspe
  • Mage: The Ascension
  • Wraith: The Oblivion
  • Changeling: The Dreaming
  • Kindred of the East
  • Hunter: The Reckoning
  • Mummy: The Resurrection
  • Demon: The Fallen
  • Orpheus

The executive producer of “Music from the Succubus Club” was Patrick Rodgers (a.k.a. Dj Patrick) of Dancing Farret Discs (An entertainment group started by Patrick Rodgers 1995 with the formation of Dancing Ferret Concerts. The company is based around bands from the gothic rock, heavy metal, alternative rock, neo-Medieval, trip hop, and industrial genres of music).

The “Music form the Succubus Club” mastered by Roger Lian of Masterdisk. The cover art was by Clyde Caldwell, and the graphic design by Jimi Black.

A fictional quote, included in the compilations cover notes, and attributed to the fictional DJ Damascus (a DJ from The Succubus Club) states that “I’ve noticed that each of these songs seems to strike a chord with a particular clan.” In this sense, therefore, each track featured on the compilation may be linked to one of the fictional clans within the roleplaying world of Vampire: The Masquerade. In the track listing below, the name in parentheses denotes the clan that track represents.

  1. The Crüxshadows – Deception (Ravnos) —> Lyrics –  YoutubeMp3 Download
  2. Seraphim Shock- Prey (Lasombra) —> LyricsYoutubeMp3 Download
  3. Paralysed Age – Bloodsucker 2000 (Tzimisce) [THIS IS MY FAVORITE ONE!]  —> LyricsYoutubeMp3 Download
  4. Wench – Heart of Darkness (Setite) —> LyricsYoutubeMp3 Download
  5. Sunshine Blind – Cold From Fever (Ventrue) —> LyricsYoutubeMp3 Download
  6. Bella Morte – Fall No More (Gangrel) —> LyricsYoutubeMp3 Download
  7. Carfax Abbey – Soul To Bleed (Malkavian) —> LyricsYoutubeMp3 Download
  8. Beborn Beton – Hemoglobin (Assamite) —> LyricsYoutubeMp3 Download
  9. Mission U.K. – Last Beat of Your Heart (Brujah) —> LyricsYoutube – Mp3 Download
  10. Kristeen Young – Rotting On The Vine (Nosferatu) —> LyricsYoutubeMp3 Download
  11. Nosferatu – The Night Is Young (Giovanni) —> LyricsYoutubeMp3 Download
  12. Diary Of Dreams – Blind in Darkness (Tremere) —> LyricsYoutubeMp3 Download
  13. Neuroactive – Superficial (Toreador) —> LyricsYoutubeMp3 Download

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Blood: The Last Vampire

Posted in Movies 'n series on 03/18/2010 by WickedGentleman

Blood: The Last Vampire, is a 2000 anime film produced by Production I.G. and Aniplex. The director was Hiroyuki Kitakubo. Later, the anime movie would inspirate Sony and Production I.G. to creat a new anime serie, called Blood +.

The film Blood: The Last Vampire premiered in theaters in Japan on November 18, 2000. A single-volume manga sequel, titled Blood: The Last Vampire 2000 and written by Benkyo Tamaoki, was published in Japan in 2001 by Kadokawa Shoten, and in English by Viz Media in November 2002 under the title Blood: The Last Vampire 2002. Three Japanese light novel adaptations have also been released for the series, along with a video game.  A live-action adaptation of the film with the same title was released in Japan in May 2009.

In directing the film, Kitakubo notes that his having read Bram Stoker’s Dracula and watched the American television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer , they may have had some influence on the film as the rest of his life experiences have. Production I.G broke new ground in Blood: The Last Vampire by being the first company to film an anime series almost entirely in English, with Japanese subtitles, feeling that it would help the film reach foreign markets more easily.

Original Anime Film:

The film’s character designed were crafted by Katsuya Terada. The original screenplay was written by Kenji Kamiyama, while its musical score was composed by Yoshihiro Ike. Before the film was completed, it was licensed for release in North America by Manga Entertainment.

It first premiered at the 5th annual International Festival of Fantasy, Action and Genre Cinema, nicknamed Fantasia 2000, in Montreal, Canada where it was screened for attendees on July 29, 2000. The film aired in Australia on August 26, 2000 at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Arts Festival. It made its theatrical debut in its home country of Japan on November 16, 2000.

Manga Entertainment released the film theatrically in North America in the summer of 2001, followed by VHS and DVD releases on August 26, 2001.

Caracters:

  • Saya (小夜, Saya) hunts chiropterans using a japanese sword called Katana. It is implied that she is the last remaining vampire and called “the only remaining original.” Saya has no weakness to sunlight, although it is unknown if she has any of the other vulnerabilities often attributed to vampires. She does, however, become distressed when she encounters religious paraphernalia and angry when people mention God in her presence. Saya displays superhuman senses and strength, as well as cunning, resourcefulness, and skill. The manga series suggests she was a human-vampire hybrid. Her age is unknown, but a picture of her with nine other people is shown in the film with the date 1892 and the word “vampire” attached to it. Though she holds most humans in contempt, she seems to have some sort of respect for David. Voiced by Youki Kudo.
  • David is a man working for the U.S. government organization called the Red Shield. He relays the missions to Saya and helps her at various points in the film. Voiced by Joe Romersa.
  • Chiroptera, Greek for “hand wings” and translated as 翼手 (yokushu) in Japanese, are hematophagous bat-like creatures. They are extremely long-lived individuals that are comparable to humans in intelligence. Their natural appearance is much like a large, monstrous, long-limbed bat. Chiroptera live by feeding on human blood. They possess extraordinary speed, strength, and supernatural healing abilities and can heal almost instantly from any non-lethal wound. Because of this, the only way to easily kill them is to cause them to lose a sufficiently large amount of blood from one attack.

Synopsis (MAY HAVE SPOILERS!):

The year is 1966. Saya is the only remaining original vampire, and she hunts Chiropterrans–demons who live off human blood. Saya’s a testy and demanding little bitch but apparently very valuable to “the top.” Her next assignment, as her boss David explains it to her, is to infiltrate the U.S. Yokota Air Base’s High School, which has been the scene of several deaths in the past and is thought to be harboring at least two Chiropterrans. Saya’s cover is that of a student who will be participating in classes for a few days.

Saya’s first day at Yokota High is pretty uneventful. After classes are over and everyone has cleared out, Saya snoops around the school and learns that blood has been spilled on the floor in the infirmary. She suspects that the infirmary is the Chiropterrans’ feeding room. The next day is the school’s Halloween party. After school lets out, the students change into their costumes and head for the dance…all except for Sharon and Linda, that is. Linda isn’t feeling well, and Sharon thinks it’s a flare-up of Linda’s anemia, so she’s going to walk Linda over to the infirmary and they will attend the party later. Saya enters the infirmary just as Sharon and Linda are about to feed on nurse Makiho Amano. Linda changes her form into Chiropterran, and Saya slays her with her sword. Saya turns on Sharon and wounds her, but Sharon gets away, spilling blood as she flees. The astonished nurse follows the trail, which leads to the dance hall where she finds Sharon in Chiropterran form hiding under a blanket. While Saya battles the creature, Makiho runs for help.

Meanwhile, at a nearby bar, the mama-san sets the bar on fire, takes Chiropterran form, and heads for the army base. She kills the military guard who is escorting the Makiho back to the dance. Saya saves the terrified nurse, and they take refuge in a military garage, but the demon finds them. Saya, without her sword, battles the creature with a shovel while Makiho hops in a jeep and rams through the door. David, who has been looking for Saya and was standing outside the garage, tosses a sword to Saya, and she chops the demon (Sharon) in half. As Saya and David take Makiho from the jeep and lay her unconscious form gently in the grass, they see the mama-san in demon form on the roof, preparing to fly away. David and Saya follow in the jeep. The Chiropterran tries to escape by landing on the wing of a military jet tooling down the runway. The jeep gives chase, and Saya slays the monster. As the Chiropterran lies dying on the runway, Saya feeds it with a few drops of her own blood.

Epilogue: Makiho attempts to describe what she saw to the military brass, but she has little proof of anything. When she returned to the infirmary, Linda’s body was no longer there and the bloody mess had been cleaned up. The military brass deny knowing anything about David, but they do show Makiho a photo taken in 1892 that clearly shows Saya and has the word “Vampire” written on it. Makiho returns to her office, wondering to herself whether Saya is still around and still fighting demons, “just as we humans continue to kill each other.” At that moment, an announcement comes over the radio that the Liberation Front has attacked the American Blake base and that Yokota base personnel have been ordered to fly to Don Hoi in North Vietnam. As the credits roll, the background shows some very blurry photos of what looks like American forces in Vietnam.

Alternative title:

Blood: El Ultimo Vampiro (Spanish)
Blood: L’Últim Vampir
BLOOD最後吸血鬼 (Chinese (Taiwan))
Кровь: Последний вампир (Russian)
Genres: horror
Themes: mitlitary, vampires
Age rating: Mature (May contain sex, drugs, and extreme graphic violence).
Anime Séries:

In 2005, Sony and Production I.G announced the creation of Blood+ , a fifty-episode anime television serie. Held to be an alternate universe (AU) telling of Blood: The Last Vampire, it has only minor connections and similarities to the film and many differences. Blood+ premiered in Japan on October 8, 2005 on MBS/TBS and aired until September 23, 2006. The series was directed by Jinichi Fujisaku and features original character designs by Chizu Hashii. Through Sony’s international division, Blood+ was licensed for distribution in multiple regions. In the U.S., the series was broadcast as part of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim from March 11, 2007 until March 23, 2008. The anime became its own franchise, with two light novel series adaptations, three manga adaptations, and two video games.

Manga Séries:

Using a concept from Mamoru Oshii, Production I.G had Benkyo Tamaoki write a sequel to Blood: The Last Vampire to complete the story. It brings Saya to the year 2002, with a new generation of handlers and continuing her quest to destroy chiropterans. Appropriately named Blood: The Last Vampire 2000 (ブラッド ザ・ラストヴァンパイア2000, Buraddo Za Rasuto Vanpaia 2000), the single-volume title was published in Japan by Kadokawa Shoten on May 1, 2001. It was licensed and released in English in North America by Viz Media under the title Blood: The Last Vampire 2002 on November 5, 2002. In the manga, David has retired and Saya has a new handler who sends her to Jinkōsen Shūritsu Valley High School under the name of “Saya Otonashi”. There, she learns that chiropterans co-existed with humans, until humans began experimenting on them in the 19th century to try to gain immortality. The experiments increased the chiropterans’ killing instinct and removed their former regard for humanity. Scientists, in turn, developed twin anti-chiropteran weapons. Maya, a prototype, still required blood and could transform like other chiropteran. The second, Saya, did not need to drink blood and had no transformation abilities so she was considered the perfected weapon. Maya searches for Saya, desiring to have Saya eat her so they can become one pure-blood chiropteran. After this meeting, Maya’s body cannot be found, but it is never shown if Saya granted her request. Saya kills her handler and walks off into the night.
The Live-Action Movie:

In May 2006, Bill Kong, producer of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero , announced that he was producing a live-action film adaptation of Blood: The Last Vampire, directed by Ronny Yu, and, like the source anime film, primarily filmed in English rather than Japanese. The film’s setting, however, will be shifted to 1948 at a United States Air Force Base in Tokyo, shortly after the conclusion of World War II during the American occupation of Japan. Early reports indicated that the film’s plot will feature Saya as a 400-year-old half-human-half-vampire who hunts full blooded vampires, both to rid the world of them and as they are her only source for food. She works with an organization known only as “The Council”. Normally a loner, Saya forms a friendship with a young girl she meets at an American military base while preparing to battle Onigen, the highest ranking of the vampires.

Kong and Yu originally planned to finance the project themselves, but in November 2006, Production I.G officially consented to the film and began offering financial support. Through ties to Manga Entertainment,  the French company Pathé became the film’s production company. Yu was retained as its producer, but Chris Nahon took over as the film’s director. Korean actress Jun-Ji-Hyun, who adopted her English screen name Gianna Jun for the release, plays the role of Saya. Rather than being paid a straight license, Production I.G will receive a percentage of all revenues generated by the film.

Originally slated to be released worldwide in spring 2008, the film premiered in Japan on May 29, 2009 under the title Last Blood (ラスト・ブラッド, Rasuto Buraddo). The film was released in the United Kingdom on June 26, 2009. Sony Pictures licensed the film for release in North America, where it was released to theaters by Samuel Goldwyn Films on July 10, 2009.

Child-eater daemon

Posted in Myths x Science on 03/17/2010 by WickedGentleman

In ancient Greek mythology, Lamia was a beautiful queen of Libya (Ancient Lybia – Noth Africa) who became a child-eating daemon (Tô the ancient greeks: good or malevolent supernatural beings between mortals and gods, such as inferior divinities and ghosts of dead heroes). While the word lamia literally means large shark in Greek, Aristophanes (ca. 446 – ca. 386 BC, prolific and much acclaimed comic dramatist) claimed her name derived from the Greek word for gullet (λαιμός; laimos), referring to her habit of devouring children.

Some accounts say she has a serpent’s tail below the waist. This popular description of her is largely due to Lamia, a poem by John Keats (31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821) published in 1819, if you are interessed to read, you can find it here.

Antoninus Liberalis (an ancient greek grammarian who probably flourished between AD 100 and 300.) uses Lamia as an alternate name for the serpentine drakaina (female dragon) Sybaris. However, Diodorus Siculus (a Greek historian who flourished in the 1st century BC) describes her as having nothing more than a distorted face.

Later traditions referred to many lamiae; folkloric monsters similar to vampires and succubi that seduced young men and then fed on their blood.

According to Diodorus Siculus, Lamia was born the beautiful daughter of Belus (the son of Poseidon and Libya) King of Egypt. Upon her father’s death she became queen of one of his territories, Libya. However, while visiting Delphi (south-western spur of  Mount Parnassus – Greece), Pausanias, who was a Greek traveler and geographer of the 2nd century AD, remarks that Lamia was the daughter of  Poseidon. He also states that Lamia and Zeus were the parents of Herophile, a noted sibyl.

Diodorus goes on to relate that Lamia had an affair with Zeus and bore him children. When Hera, Zeus’s wife, discovered the affair, she became enraged and killed the children. Driven insane with grief, Lamia began devouring other children, and, according to Diodorus, her face became hideously distorted from her grisly deeds.

Zeus then gave her the ability to remove her eyes. In Diodorus the purpose of this is unclear, but other versions state this came with the gift of prophecy. Zeus did this to appease Lamia in her grief over the loss of her children.

Later stories state that Lamia was cursed with the inability to close her eyes so that she would always obsess over the image of her dead children. Some accounts say that Hera forced Lamia to devour her own children. Myths variously describe Lamia’s monstrous (occasionally serpentine) appearance as a result of either Hera’s wrath, the pain of grief, the madness that drove her to murder, or – in some rare versions – a natural result of being Hecate’s daughter.

Horace (Roman lyric poet ~ Also very apreciated by Pandora in Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles) says in Ars Poetica (l.340) imagines the impossibility of retrieving the living children she has eaten:

Neu pranse Lamiae vivum puerum extrabat alvo.

(Shall Lamia in our sight her sons devour, and give them back alive the self-same hour?)

~Translated by: Alexander Pope (21 May 1688 – 30 May 1744) eighteenth century English poet.

A Lamia can be seen in the movie Pan’s Labyrinth. The movie version also has the appetite for small children and can take her eyes off their sockets.

In ancient vampiric folklore, some vampires named themselves “Lamia“. This distinction separated the made vampires from the born vampires. References to Lamia in the context of vampire folklore have persisted well past ancient times. As Judith Roof explains, the “1990s exhumations of the vampire certainly do not stop at Dracula, but rightfully point to the folkloric origins of blood-imbibing figures from Lilith the Indian Kali and the Lamia of Greece.”

Lamia tend to have distant personalities. They are constantly daydreaming in a humans eyes. It is a suitable pose that hides the fact they are trying to block out all thoughts of others around them, either that or they are listening intently. They appear dumb when actually they have strong minds that know more then any other eyes have ever seen. They have a second form they ontake that has similar appearances to that of a gargoyle. They are stony skinned and have a huge wing span. They are well equipt for hunting and can become in a rabid state when hunting, losing all memory of the hunt in some occasions, sometimes leading to the death of their loved ones.

They are naturally nocturnal creatures so walking amongst humans does make them weary, let alone taking on the everyday life of a human.

They also have three tribes; Twilight, Sunlight and midnight. Twilight vampires are just good vampires that only drain blood without killing. Sunlight vampires believe that humans and vampires should be in peace so tend to form relationships with humans. Midnight vampires are selfish beings, descendants from Maya that kill when taking blood and take astounding amounts of blood just for power…

Blood Countess

Posted in Real Vampires 'n SerialKillers on 03/16/2010 by WickedGentleman

Hey everyone.

Today I’m going to talk about my favourite countess, Elizabeth Bathory (7 August 1560 – 21 August 1614)Her name can also be readed as Alžbeta Bátoriová in Slovak. She was born on a family estate in Nýrbátor, Hungary, and spent her childhood at Ecsed Castle. Her father name was George Báthory of the Ecsed branch of the family, brother of Andrew Bonaventura Báthory, who had been Voivod Of Transylvania (The administration of the eastern parts of the Hungarian Kingdom.)

Her mother was Anna Báthory (1539–1570), daughter of Stephen Báthory of Somlyó, another Voivod of Transylvania, was of the Somlyó branch. Through her mother, Elizabeth was the niece of Stefan Báthory, king of Poland. As a young woman Elizabeth could speak Latin, Germand and Greek. She was also interested in science and astronomy.

(Elizabeth Bathory)

The countess was engaged to Nádasdy Ferenc, in what was probably a political arrangement within the circles of the aristocracy. The couple married on May 8, 1575, in the little palace of Varannó (Slovakia). There were approximately 4500 guests at the wedding. Elizabeth moved to Nádasdy Castle in Sárvar (Hungary) and spent much time on her own, while her husband studied in Vienna (Austria). Nádasdy’s wedding gift to Báthory was his home, Csejte Castle, situated in the Little Carpathians near Trenčín.

During the trial of her primary servants, Báthory had been placed under house arrest in a walled up set of rooms. She remained there for four years, until her death. King Matthias had urged Thurzo to bring her to court and two notaries were sent to collect further evidence, but in the end no court proceedings against her were ever commenced. On 21 August 1614, Elizabeth Báthory was found dead in her castle. Since there were several plates of food untouched, her actual date of death is unknown. She was buried in the church of Csejte, but due to the villagers’ uproar over having “The Tigress of Csejte” buried in their cemetery, her body was moved to her birth home at Ecsed, where it is interred at the Báthory family crypt.

(Bathory’s Castle – Csejte Castle)

Well, up to her crimes and the legend…

Countess Elizabeth Báthory is possibly the most prolific female serial killer in history, although her guilt is debated and is remembered as the “Blood Countess” and as the “Bloody Lady of Čachtice”.

After her husband’s death, she and four collaborators were accused of torturing and killing hundreds of girls and young women, with one witness attributing to them over 600 victims, though the number for which she was convicted was 80. In 1610, she was imprisoned in the Csejte Castle, where she remained bricked in a set of rooms until her death four years later.

The case has led to legendary accounts of the Countess bathing in the blood of virgins in order to retain her youth and subsequently also to comparisons with Vlad III, the Impaler (Oh God, this name is SO sexy…) of Wallachia, on whom the fictional Count Dracula is partly based, and to modern nicknames of the Blood Countess and Countess Dracula. (Some fictional histories can bring Elizabeth as Dracula’s wife.)

The case of Elizabeth Báthory inspired numerous stories during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The most common motif (narrative) of these works was that of the countess bathing in her victims’ blood in order to retain beauty or youth.

This legend appeared in print for the first time in 1729, in the Jesuit scholar László Turóczi’s Tragica Historia, the first written account of the Báthory case. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, this certainty was questioned, and sadistic pleasure was considered a far more plausible motive for Elizabeth Báthory’s crimes. In 1817, the witness accounts (which had surfaced in 1765) were published for the first time, demonstrating that the bloodbaths, for the purpose of preserving her youth, were legend. However, there were accounts of Bathory showering herself in the blood of her victims, and drawing her victims’ blood by biting them.

The legend nonetheless persisted in the popular imagination. Some versions of the story were told with the purpose of denouncing female vanity, while other versions aimed to entertain or thrill their audience. The ethnic divisions in Eastern Europe and financial incentives for tourism contribute to the problems with historical accuracy in understanding Elizabeth Bathory. During the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Elizabeth Báthory has continued to appear as a character in music, films, books, games and to serve as an inspiration for similar characters.

In 1610 and 1611, the notaries collected testimony from more than 300 witnesses. The trial records include the testimony of the four defendants, as well as thirteen witnesses. Priests, noblemen and commoners were questioned. Witnesses included the castellan and other personnel of Sárvár castle.

According to all this testimony, her initial victims were the adolescent daughters of local peasants, many of whom were lured to Čachtice by offers of well-paid work as maidservants in the castle. Later, she is said to have begun to kill daughters of the lesser  gentry, who were sent to her gyaeceum (in Ancient Greece was a building or was the portion of a house reserved for women, generally the innermost apartment) by their parents to learn courtly etiquette. Abductions were said to have occurred as well.

The descriptions of torture that emerged during the trials were often based on hearsay. The atrocities described most consistently included:

  • severe beatings over extended periods of time, often leading to death
  • burning or mutilation of hands, sometimes also of faces and genitalia
  • biting the flesh off the faces, arms and other bodily parts
  • freezing to death
  • surgery on victims, often fatal
  • starving of victims
  • sexual abuse

The use of needles was also mentioned by the collaborators in court.

Some witnesses named relatives who died while at the gynaeceum. Others reported having seen traces of torture on dead bodies, some of which were buried in graveyards, and others in unmarked locations. According to the testimony of the defendants, Elizabeth Báthory tortured and killed her victims not only at Csejte but also on her properties in Sárvár, Sopronkeresztúr, Bratislava, (then Pozsony, Pressburg), and Vienna, and even between these locations. In addition to the defendants, several people were named for supplying Elizabeth Báthory with young women. The girls had been procured either by deception or by force. A little-known figure named Anna Darvulia was rumored to have influenced Báthory, but Darvulia was dead long before the trial.

The exact number of young tortured and killed by Elizabeth Báthory is unknown, though it is often speculated to be as high as 650, between the years 1585 and 1610. The estimates differ greatly. During the trial and before their execution, Szentes and Ficko reported 36 and 37 respectively, during their periods of service. The other defendants estimated a number of 50 or higher. Many Sárvár castle personnel estimated the number of bodies removed from the castle at between 100 to 200. One witness who spoke at the trial mentioned a book in which a total of over 650 victims was supposed to have been listed by Báthory herself. This number became part of the legend surrounding Báthory. Reportedly, diaries in Báthory’s hand are kept in the state archives in Budapest. Supposedly, the diaries are difficult to read due to the condition of the material, the old language, the handwriting and the horrific content.

László Nagy has argued that Elizabeth Báthory was a victim of a conspiracy (With the Devil, oh ye.) a view opposed by others. Nagy argued that the proceedings were largely politically motivated. However, the conspiracy theory is consistent with Hungarian history at that time. There was great conflict between religions, including Protestant ones, and this was related to the extension of Habsburg, power over Hungary. As a Transylvanian Protestant aristocrat, Elizabeth belonged to a group generally opposed to the Habsburgs.

(Blood Bath)

There’s a very good and famous movie, called Bathory, directed by Juraj Jakubisko, featuring Anna Friel.

Sinopsis: The gruesome tale of Countess Elizabeth Bathory, notorious yet obscure, has been recounted by historians, writers, poets, playwrights, musicians, painters, and moviemakers. Tradition has it that Countess Bathory was the greatest murderess in the history of humankind, as documented by her entry in the Guinness Book of Records. She tortured her victims, exclusively women, before killing them. She bathed in their blood, and tore the flesh from their bodies with her teeth while they were still alive. But is that really true? In four centuries, no historical document has been found to reveal what had exactly happened. The plot of the film diametrically opposes the established legend.
Báthory is a European co-production film written and directed by the Slovak filmmaker Juraj Jakubisko. The filming started in December 2005, and the film was released in July 2008. This is Jakubisko’s first English-language film.The film is based on the story of Elizabeth Báthory, a 16th/17th century Hungarian countess. Her story takes place in a part of the Kingdom of Hungary, now Slovakia. She is infamous for killing many young women because according to legend she thought that bathing in their blood would preserve her youth. Eventually the royal authorities investigated, and she was walled up in her castle, where she died three years later.