Anime Watch: Another

Another (アナザー Anazā?) is a mystery horror novel by Yukito Ayatsuji, published on October 29, 2009 by Kadokawa Shoten. The story focuses on a boy named Kōichi Sakakibara who, upon transferring into Yomomiya Middle School and meeting the curious Mei Misaki, finds himself in a mystery revolving around students and people related to his class facing gruesome, senseless deaths. A manga adaptation by Hiro Kiyohara was serialized between the May 2010 and January 2012 in the issues of Kadokawa Shoten’s Young Ace. A 12-episode TV anime series produced by PA Works aired in Japan between January 10 and March 27, 2012, and a live-action film will be released in Japanese theatres on August 4, 2012.

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a 2012 American action fantasy horror film based on the 2010 mashup novel of the same name. The film was directed and co-produced by Timur Bekmambetov, along with Tim Burton. The novel’s author, Seth Grahame-Smith, wrote the adapted screenplay. The real-life figure Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States (1861–1865), is portrayed in the novel and the film as having a secret identity as a vampire hunter. Filming began in Louisiana in March 2011 and the film was released in 3D on June 20, 2012 in the United Kingdom and June 22, 2012 in the United States.

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Surreal Fantasy and Horror Book Trailer – Ghost Stories of 17th Century China

Surreal hand-rendered animated story of fantasy and horror of 1600′s China; showing a dazzling world of explosive planets, chilling monsters, and creepy ghosts. Electric tongues shoot from snakes and freaks to rock beat; Chinese beauty turns into gruesome monster; and lovely girl bursts out of jagged hole to percussion music, only to disgorge violent splatters of blood from her mouth. Ghost Stories of 17th Century China by Julie Lipson Video created by Julie Lipson Post Production by HK Footage Productions Ltd Music and sound effects by Julie Lipson Post production effects, animation, and mixing by Brick Ng of HK Footage Productions Ltd

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Horror Book Trailer – Ghost Stories of 17th Century China

Macabre tales of fantasy, horror, supernatural and taboo of 1600′s China. Ethereal, romantic, gruesome, freakish. A surreal world of chilling phantoms, creepy ogres, and dazzling spirits. Ghost Stories of 17th Century China by Julie Lipson Video created by Julie Lipson Post Production by HK Footage Productions Ltd Music and sound effects by Julie Lipson Post production effects, animation, and mixing by Brick Ng of HK Footage Productions Ltd

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700 year-old ‘vampire’ skeleton is put on display in Bulgaria

Archaeologists in Bulgaria have found two medieval skeletons pierced through the chest with iron rods to supposedly stop them from turning into vampires. The discovery illustrates a pagan practice common in some villages up until a century ago, say historians. People deemed bad had their hearts stabbed after death, for fear they would return to feast on humans’ blood. Similar archaeological sites have also been unearthed in other Balkan countries. Bulgaria is home to around 100 known “vampire skeleton” burials. Searchers stumbled across the latest two specimens, dating back to the Middle Ages, in the Black Sea town of Sozopol. ‘Terrorise the living’ “These skeletons stabbed with rods illustrate a practice which was common in some Bulgarian villages up until the first decade of the 20th Century,” explained Bozhidar Dimitrov who heads the National History Museum in the Bulgarian capital Sofia. People believed the rod would pin the dead into their graves to prevent them from leaving at midnight and terrorising the living, the historian added. Archaeologist Petar Balabanov, who in 2004 discovered six nailed-down skeletons at a site near the eastern Bulgarian town of Debelt, said the pagan rite had also been practised in neighbouring Serbia and other Balkan countries. Vampire legends form an important part of the region’s folklore. The myths directly inspired Bram Stoker’s legendary gothic horror novel, Dracula, which was first published in 1897 and has since been turned into

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