Monday, October 24, 2016

Movie Vampires in A Haunting Halloween Hop #bloghop #books #prizes

I've joined a group of amazing authors to celebrate one of my favorite holidays of the year...Halloween! Be sure to check out the other authors in this blog hop for a chance to win some spooky treats, books and other great prizes!

Vampires have been one of my favorite supernatural creatures since I was at least 4 years-old. I remember watching re-runs of the 1960's gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows, with my mom every night after supper. Barnabas became my favorite vampire from that moment on!

Here are some of my other favorite vampires in cinema:

  • Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) - Gary Oldman plays the title role of Dracula in this heart-breaking version where he seeks to be reunited with his beloved Elisabeta (Mina).
  • Lost Boys (1987) - Two brothers discover that not all is what it seems after moving to a new town. The angst of teenage vampires! This movie stirred up a lot of vampire dreams when I was a kid and remains one of my absolute favorites!
  • Interview With a Vampire (1994) A vampire tells his story to a reporter, allowing viewers to relive his birth into this dark world and witness the trials of his immortal life. A sensational movie based on the novel by Anne Rice. 
  • Underworld (2003) This is the first movie in a series about vampires and werewolves. There is a war between the two species. This is a seductively dark, adventurous movie with the beautiful vampire, Selene, and the human, Michael, with whom she falls in love.
  • Dracula 2000 (2000) Dracula is released from his decades old entrapment to take revenge on his nemesis, Van Helsing, by seducing the man's daughter. Gerard Butler plays a handsome and hypnotic Dracula in this movie. I love the vampire origin story that we discover at the end!
  • Van Helsing (2004) This movie has more than just vampires! Van Helsing is a monster hunter assigned by the church to capture supernatural creatures running amok in society. He's sent to Transylvania where he discovers Count Dracula is up to no good. This movie has an incredible cast with Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, David Wenham, and Richard Roxburgh who plays one of my favorite versions of the famous vampire.
  • Dracula (1931) Bela Lugosi is the classic vampire in this tale of seduction. Count Dracula has come to England and finds Mina.
  • Nosferatu (1922) This is the grandfather of all vampire movies! Count Orlok is the kind of vampire described in folktales told all around the world, before the handsome, seductive versions became popular. This is a creepy and horrific tale!
  • Shadow of the Vampire (2000) This movie is the fictionalize re-telling of how the movie Nosferatu was filmed. 
  • Dracula Untold (2014) Prince Vlad's only solution to defeating the invading Turks is to become a monster to save his people and his family. I just watched this movie for the first time a few weeks ago. It was not what I was expecting, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • Dracula Dead & Loving It (1995) I had to include this amusing parody in my list! Mel Brooks' version of Dracula with the talented Leslie Nielson remains one of my favorites to enjoy a good laugh. Silliness at its best!

That's my list! Have you watched any of them? 

What are your favorite vampire movies?


Here's my version of the vampire written in 

The Witch and the Vampire

Melora Merriweather is searching for a fellow witch to protect her from a scheming uncle with plans of marriage. When her carriage overturns on her journey, she is rescued by a mysterious man whom she learns is the very person she seeks. But, he’s not the witch she thought he was…

Sebastian Collins should have left for London days ago. Now a snowstorm has trapped him with a woman who has come seeking protection, a woman who intrigues him like no other. And with each passing hour, his hunger for her grows…hunger for her kiss, her caress, and her blood.

"You are Sebastian Collins? Of Caldwell House?” she asked. Had she made some horrible mistake? Who knew how old this letter might be? There had been no date written on any of them. Could this have come from a previous owner of the single address she had managed to discover leading her here? But, no, it could not be possible. Her dreams never misled her.

“Indeed, I am,” he answered, relieving her fears. He paused briefly, and then continued, “But there is no Mrs. Collins.”

Comprehension dawned. The blush of embarrassment and dread crept up her neck. To her surprise, Mr. Collins stiffened in agitation.

“I-I am truly sorry,” she stated, suddenly understanding his reaction. At least, now it made sense why Mrs. Collins never entered her dreams. “I had not realized she had passed. I apologize for the grief I have surely inflicted on you.”

“No, no,” he said, with a shake of his head. He appeared to have difficulty speaking for a moment until at last, with a deep breath, he reclaimed his composure. Still, he kept his eyes cast down, toward the fire. “You fail to understand. I have never married.”

Melora stared at him. Confused, she looked again at the letter in her hand. “But the letters…?”

This time, his head snapped up, and he looked in her direction. She inhaled sharply at the sight of his light blue eyes staring at her. Into her. Through her. Sharp. Piercing. As if he searched her soul for the answers to his questions.

Now for the Giveaways! 

I have 2 prizes I'm giving away to one lucky winner! 

A digital copy of my paranormal romance, The Witch and the Vampire


a coffin-shaped trinket box (check back for photos!). 

 Good Luck & Happy Halloween!


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  1. Beware the Snyderman.

    Thanks for allowing me to share.

  2. Great post, Tricia. I like the old fashion vampire movies. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Love all those Vampire Movies! Read your story too. Loved it!
    Just FYI- your newsletter and Goodreads links don't work in your Rafflecopter. :)

    1. Thanks so much, Karen! That means a lot! I'm so glad you enjoyed reading it. And thanks for letting me know the links weren't working. Oops! That's what I get while my 18 month-old is slapping the keyboard while I'm trying to type! lol

  4. I love the old vampire movies too - somehow they were larger than life and therefore not so scary. I did enjoy Van Helsing though! Although, for me, nothing quite compares to reading Brahm Stoker's 'Dracula'.

    1. I agree! Bram Stoker's Dracula is the best, both the book & the movie, in my opinion.

  5. I love the old vampire movies too - somehow they were larger than life and therefore not so scary. I did enjoy Van Helsing though! Although, for me, nothing quite compares to reading Brahm Stoker's 'Dracula'.

  6. I have to admit, I'm not a fan of vampires. But, you excerpt sure sounds intriguing! Happy Halloween!

  7. Dracula Untold was quite enjoyable for me and I think one of the best vampire movies in recent years. Interview with a Vampire is one of my favorite vampire movies of all time. I read the book first and never expected the movie to be so good. One of the best adaptations ever done. Underworld was also nice and it was interesting seeing the movie helmed by a female vampire. That's not done too often, especially since she was not turned by a love interest. Lost Boys is a classic, saw it as an adult and will allow no one to question my conclusion. Nice list and Happy Halloween.

    1. Sounds like we agree on a lot! I read Interview with a Vampire after I watched the movie, and enjoyed that, too. Books are almost always better, but I agree, they did a great job on the adaptation. :) Happy Halloween!

  8. I've watched every one of the movies you named and loved them all. Great post.

  9. Thanks for the movie recommendations. I'm fascinated by the origins of the Dracula story in the Crusades. Have you read the original by Bram Stoker? For such an old novel, it's surprisingly accessible and great to listen to as an audiobook. Happy Halloween!

    1. Yes, I read Dracula several years ago. The book far outweighed my expectations. I can definitely understand why it's considered a classic! And, I enjoyed the journalistic style of writing. Happy Halloween!

  10. I may not be a haunting fan, but I love fantasy/sci-fi movies. You have a great list! Underworld and Van Helsing were good movies. I'll have to check out your books. The covers are nice and enticing.

    1. Thank you, Darlene! My publisher has some amazing cover artists!

  11. Awesome post and thanks for the chance.

  12. Awesome post and thanks for the chance.