Blood is Life: The Immortal Lessons in Dracula

One of the most adapted literary characters of all time is Count Dracula. Played as a romantic anti-hero, a demented monster, and an empathetic but misguided devil, audiences cannot get enough of Bram Stoker’s creation. It is not difficult to fathom the reason why, for beneath the interesting tale of heroism pitted against an ancient …

The Doctor’s Dark Secret: The Story of Frankenstein

It was a dark and stormy night and a group of authors sat around a table discussing ghost stories. Among them was the notorious poet Lord Byron and Mary Shelley, whose novel Frankenstein would become a literary classic. It began that night, inspired by a moral discussion and a nightmare. This novel is often misrepresented, …

A Touch of Blood: The Unsolved Crimes of Jack the Ripper

One of the most fascinating cases in the history of crime is the unsolved murders of Jack the Ripper. The “Ripper” has featured in many movies and television series, in serial novels and literature. His identity has changed dozens of times, as has the reason for the murders. He has been confronted by Sherlock Holmes, …

Reverting to our Barbarian Roots: the true perils of Game of Thrones

Throughout history, there has never been a social group without collective hatred for another social group, with the result of persecution, abuse, and slaughter. No society escapes it, from Ancient Civilizations to modern ones, and each society divides into an “us vs. them” mentality in a new way. Hatred is intrinsic in our humanness, but …