Renfield

Renfield, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Vampire, vampires, Renfield, Dracula, trailer, movie, movies, Nick Cage

Have you seen the new Renfield trailer yet? Hearing about a movie focused on this character, my first thought was this is a movie that no one asked for. Seeing the trailer, my first thought was that I can’t wait to see it (and not least because Dracula is played by Nick Cage). Take a look at the trailer and let me know in the comments what you think…

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Cheers,

Aspasía S. Bissas

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Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Quote "The shadow is the greatest teacher for how to come to the light." via Ram Dass. Shadow, darkness, solstice, vampires.

Happy Winter, everyone (or summer if you’re down under)! I hope you’re all enjoying the season, and getting ready to welcome the new year…

This time of year is perfect for getting cozy with a good book- especially when that book is on sale (or free). Take advantage of the end-of-year sale and download my books now…

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Happy Reading!

Aspasía S. Bissas

(PS: The sale ends 1 January 2023)

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End of the Year Book Sale

It’s that time of year again– the Smashwords end-of-year e-book sale has begun! Get Love Lies Bleeding for 25% off (and as usual, Blood Magic and Tooth & Claw are free)! The holidays are a great time to catch up on your reading (or maybe even complete a challenge). Download my books and get started right now….

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End of the Year Book Sale, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Smashwords, books, ebooks, book sale, free books, winter, holidays, reading challenge
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Happy Reading!

Aspasía S. Bissas

(PS: The sale ends 1 January 2023)

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Vampires in Art

“The Vampire II” by Edvard Munch

"Vampires in Art", blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com, art. painting, classical art, vampire, vampires, The Vampire II by Edvard Munch
The Vampire II by Edvard Munch by The Art Institute of Chicago is licensed under CC-CC0 1.0

Given the fear of (and fascination with) vampires that humans have had since pretty much all of recorded history, it’s no real surprise that they’ve featured in art, along with literature, film, and music. While most of us are familiar with the pop culture images of vampires, I think many are far less so with the depictions in fine art. Here are a few examples of vampires in art– enjoy…

“The Vampire” by Phillip Burne-Jones

"Vampires in Art", blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com, art. painting, classical art, vampire, vampires, The Vampire by Phillip Burne-Jones
The Vampire by Philip Burne-Jones, 1897 (By Philip Burne-Jones – [1], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=79637054)

I couldn’t resist sharing this photo of the artist with a cat:

"Vampires in Art", blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com, art. painting, classical art, vampire, vampires, Phillip Burne-Jones with a cat

Okay, back to the vampires…

“Lamia” by John William Waterhouse

"Vampires in Art", blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com, art. painting, classical art, vampire, vampires, Lamia by John William Waterhouse
Lamia by John William Waterhouse, (1905), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

“Le Vampire” by R. de Moraine

"Vampires in Art", blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com, art. painting, classical art, vampire, vampires, Le Vampire by R. de Moraine
lithograph by R. de Moraine (1864)., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

“Vampire Woman” by Michael MacNeill

"Vampires in Art", blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com, art. painting, classical art, vampire, vampires, Vampire Woman by Michael MacNeill
Vampire Woman by Michael MacNeill (2013)

“The Kiss” by Ambrogio Alciat

"Vampires in Art", blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com, art. painting, classical art, vampire, vampires, The Kiss by Ambrogio Alciati
The Kiss by Ambrogio Alciati (c. 1900). Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

In early vampire mythology, one of the ways vampires would kill their victims would be to sit on them and crush them or steal their breath. There’s a fair bit of overlap in the mythologies of vampires, nightmares, and incubi/succubi.

“The Nightmare” by Henry Fuseli

"Vampires in Art", blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com, art. painting, classical art, vampire, vampires, The Nightmare by Henry Fuseli
The Nightmare by Henry Fuseli (1781), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

What’s your favourite work of vampire-themed art? Share in the comments…

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Love Lies Bleeding: SmashwordsBarnes & NobleKoboApple Books, Amazon
FREE Blood Magic: SmashwordsBarnes & NobleKoboApple Books
FREE Tooth & Claw: SmashwordsBarnes & NobleKoboApple Books

If you prefer paperback, use this link to order Love Lies Bleeding from Bookshop – a portion of each sale goes directly to independent bookstores, as well as to myself. Thank you for supporting indie! ♥

Cheers,

Aspasía S. Bissas

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Give from Your Heart (Vampire Approved)

Give from Your Heart (Vampire Approved), blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com.  Give blood, donate blood, blood banks, Giving Tuesday
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Considering how much of it exists in the world, it’s surprising (or maybe not) that blood banks are perpetually short of their key product. Blood and blood components are needed to help people with various medical conditions (including those with blood cancers), for surgery, and for emergency situations, like during childbirth or after a car accident. When there isn’t enough blood to go around, the consequences are devastating. So today’s post is to ask you to please consider donating blood, if you can. You’ll be rewarded with the warm sense of having done some good in the world (and a cookie).

By the way, Giving Tuesday is coming up– donating blood is a great way to do good. Your local vampires would approve 🧛

For more information on donating blood:

Canadian Blood Services: https://www.blood.ca/en

Société canadienne du sang: https://www.blood.ca/fr

American Red Cross: https://www.redcrossblood.org/

NHS Blood Services: https://www.blood.co.uk/

If your local agency isn’t listed, try doing an online search for blood services in your country/region.

(By the way, veterinary clinics need blood too. Find out more here, or search for pet blood donations in your local area: https://www.canadiananimalbloodbank.ca/#!cabb )

Wishing you a bloody good weekend…

Aspasía S. Bissas

PS: Reading is a great way to pass the time while you’re donating blood. Stay on theme and choose one of my books.

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