My BSD collection - Dark Shadows Play

One of four - Mark Chiarello's magnificent watercolor trading cards, included with the series of 100.

I love classical horror, and especially love vampires. The genesis of my interest in vampires was the thrilling literary classic by Bram Stoker, which I have read twice.

The second source was Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula, which premiered on Friday the 13th of November 1992. Enchanted by the lush visuals, in camera effects, and moving love story, I watched BSD 13 times in the theater, and have enjoyed collecting BSD memorabilia.

I later enjoyed The Vampire Chronicles books by Anne Rice, and the masterpiece film Interview with the Vampire (1994) by Neil Jordan. I eventually warmed to the classic Hammer series starring Sir Christopher Lee, and now particularly enjoy them as well. I of course have watched Herzog's and F.W. Murnau's films, as well as the film adaptation of the stage play by Balderston and Deane, starring Bela Lugosi. I can add here a plethora of Karnstein and other vampire themed B-movies by Paul Naschy and many others.

My mother wouldn't let me watch Dark Shadows as a child. Streaming on Amazon is giving me a new vampire collection obsession, only this time it is online, on my Dark Shadows website!

PHOTOS: I claim no rights to these photos from the web, which represent most of the items in my BSD collection.

Video slide show of the "Coppola and Eiko on Bram Stoker's Dracula" coffee table book

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