Vampire Weekend

by John J. Miller on January 23, 2010 · 2 comments

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  • Sumo

My latest article in NR is headlined “Defanged: Once upon a time, the living dead were scary.” It’s about vampires. Key graf:

I dig vampires as much as the next guy who has read Bram Stoker’s Dracula three or four times, goes out of his way to watch monster movies, and thinks “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” by Bauhaus is one of the coolest songs ever recorded. Yet the present ubiquity of vampires is too much, even for me. Once upon a time, vampires were creepy and haunting. Now they’re yawn-inducing bores. Perhaps they’ve finally reached their cultural expiration date. At the very least, they should crawl back into their coffins and give the rest of us a break.

Although I didn’t say so at the time, this article was the occasion for our recent vampire thread–check out the excellent comments from readers on vampires and their ilk here.

Bela Lugosi

  • A. F.

    Oh the title!

    I thought maybe you had caught on to wonderful indie pop diddies by none other than “Vampire Weekend”

    Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa

    Oxford Comma


    Mansard Roof (honestly who writes songs named after architectural roof styles?)

  • I am all in favour of vampires, myself. What confuses me is why someone who wants the culture to take a break from the subject should post about vampires at NRO, here and wherever that exit link takes us.

    Consider developing an enthusiasm for Twilight “vampires” and posting about them. That should put a stake through the heart of the subject.

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