"I felt in my heart a wicked, burning desire that they would kiss me with those red lips." ~ taken from "Dracula"   (the book, not the movie)

My all time favorite nocturnal haunt.....the vampire.

He appears in every country's folklore.

From the horrendously hideous to the darkly seductive we've met him in art and literature of every kind.   The vampire icons next to the descriptors will take you to various websites.
 

 

   If you haven't read these books by Laurell Hamilton you're missing a great series.  Set in an alternate world St. Louis where vampires, ghouls and werewolves run for office and run crime families, Anita Blake is a necromancer whose life has become very complicated through her relationships with a Master of the City, the Ulfric of a Pack and her acquisition of a pard of were-leopards.

 

 

    Charlaine Harris writes a series of vampire novels set in the deep South.  Her heroine, Sookie Stackhouse, is just the kind of girl you'd like to be, or have as a best bud.  While lighter in vein ::hehe:: than Laurell's, they hit the spot.  A tasty mixture of monsters, mayhem, humor and romance.  Visit her website by clicking on the following graphic, click on "Bibliography" and scroll down to the Sookie Stackhouse listings

 

Is this kewl or WHAT?!

This is the OFFICIAL Transylvania Police patch.  My brother, an International Policeman, sent it to me!  I'm just wondering where's the tiny bat flying around the castle?

 

              

This is the cake I did for the annual "Buffy Night."  The cake itself was a red velvet cake (recipe here), so it was a nice, bright red when sliced.  The frosting was a dark chocolate canned frosting tinted black with Wilton gel coloring (for a great tutorial on how to use Wilton's paste/gel colorings, go here).  The lips and fangs are cut out of another Wilton product called "Sugar Sheets."  I found a graphic I liked online, then blew it up to fit on a 9" cake, printed it out and used it as a template to cut out the sugar sheets.  I used the tip of a steak knife, but FYI, use either scissors or an Xacto knife, otherwise it's very easy to tear the sheets, this guy had to have some dental reconstruction :).  Decorations at the base of the cake are black Dots and candy-corn pumpkins.  The cake pedestal is an adorable piece my daughter got for me at Targets.  It looks like spiderwebs with little spiders hanging from the plate.  Sorry the photos are a little dark.

 

 

 P.N. Elrod's official website.  If you don't know Jack Fleming, you need to read the books!

 

 Do you drink...vine?   I haven't tasted it yet, but I was gifted with a bottle of Vampire Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon.  Curious?  Check out their website.