Happy World Dracula Day!

“I love the shade and the shadow, and would be alone with my thoughts when I may.”

– Dracula

Today is an important day in my cemetery. On May 26, 1897, my favorite book was published for the first time. Bram Stoker’s Dracula, although not a big hit upon its inception, has grown into one of the most widely known and vastly interpreted works of literature ever to exist. There are currently more than 200 film adaptations, and that number will only continue to rise. Sadly, as of this blog entry, none of those films truly depict the work as it was written. Not even my beloved Bela Lugosi version does that. In fact, that version is one of the more further removed versions as far as the plot and characterizations are concerned. (In all honesty, it is a terribly made film, full of mistakes and bad edits…yet, somehow, it remains forever my favorite.) It is undeniable, however, that the Bela Lugosi character creation has become the absolute template for the famous vamp within modern pop culture. It is rare to see a depiction of Dracula these days that does not include the cape, the widow’s peak hairline, or that intriguing accent. If one does try to portray the count sans these iconic traits, the portrayal often feels “off” or “incorrect” in some way.

You all know I could go on about Dracula for hours. No, literally. HOURS. I fancy myself a bit of an amateur scholar on the subject. (I say amateur because there are folks who have written dissertations on this; have traveled Romania in search of facts; have spent untold sums to procure even the tiniest piece of Stoker memorabilia. I have read the novel and several books about the novel, have watched many of the films, and have an inexplicable love for this character. I am truly an amateur in my knowledge and admiration.) Still, I thought I would celebrate this day by sharing with you some of the fun facts about Dracula. I can’t give sources for you, because these are all coming from my own head and I have no idea from which original source they came. Enjoy!

  • The original book cover was not in the least bit dark or scary. It was yellow.

  • In order to protect the dramatic rights to his upcoming novel, on May 18, 1897 Bram Stoker held a public reading at the Lyceum Theater, at which he was the manager for most of his adult life. However, instead of reading an excerpt or two, the audience received a dramatic reading of the entire novel. The performance consisted of a whopping 47 scenes and reportedly lasted between 4 and 6 hours.

  • Although the character of Renfield has become widely known as the one who traveled out to meet the Count in Transylvania, this is merely a Hollywood edit. In the novel, it is Jonathan Harker who first encounters Dracula during the acquisition of Carfax Abbey. Renfield does appear in the novel, but he is a patient at Dr. Seward’s asylum and, perhaps due to his already fragile mental state, becomes easily entranced by Dracula to do his bidding.
Dwight Frye as Renfield in the 1931 Dracula

Tom Waits as Renfield in the 1992 Dracula (this portrayal was more in line with the novel)
Peter Macnicol as Renfield in Dracula: Dead and Loving It

  • Due to content standards in the 1930s, Bela Lugosi’s Dracula never reveals any fangs. It wasn’t until the 1953 Turkish film Drakula İstanbul’da that audiences first saw those pointy canines on the big screen.

  • The 1922 film Nosferatu was an unauthorized adaptation that blatantly ripped off Stoker’s entire novel and merely changed some names and locations. Upon being made aware of its existence, Stoker’s widow sued to stop the distribution of the film and all copies were ordered destroyed. However, a rogue copy remained and made its way over to the US, which is the only reason we still have the film available to view today.

  • Count Dracula was almost called Count Wampyr, but a last minute decision by Stoker forever changed the iconic vamp’s name to Dracula. Stoker had discovered the term “Dracul” during his research of Romanian lore. The word actually referred to “son of the dragon,” but mistranslations defined it as “son of the devil.” Perhaps this erroneous tie to darkness made the name Dracula stick out in Stoker’s mind? Regardless, I think we are all a little relieved that he chose Dracula over Wampyr.
Bram Stoker’s actual notes on his original manuscript for the novel.

  • If you saw Dracula today as described in the novel, you most likely would not recognize him! That handsome face? That exotic accent? All fabrications of Hollywood. He is described early in the novel as thin, with a long white moustache, pointed ears and sharp teeth. It is also noted later in the novel that he has a hooked nose and a pointed beard streaked with white.

Ok, my lovelies, enough facts for now. I could honestly go on for a while, and I am sure you all have better things to do. So, enjoy your Friday, raise a glass to the legendary Count, and perhaps stream a film or two in his honor? Happy World Dracula Day!

Until next time…

Missing: Twisted Libra

That’s it. I am going to put myself on a milk carton and call it a day. (If you are confused by that reference, you are younger than 35 and you should just google it.) Anyway, I feel like I have been lost lately. Like I’m slipping away. First the writer’s block, which thankfully has seemingly dissipated; now I just can’t find the energy to pursue the things I love. Reading, writing, watching scary shit on tv…I find I am turning into this huge lump of apathetic blah. Yes, yes, I have spoken of my depression numerous times. We all know what this is, and that it (hopefully) shall pass. It just sucks. I have so much in my head that I want to accomplish, but my brain and my body can’t get it together. I nap a lot. At least my thoughts are creative, if not my actions. I can find solace there. I did manage to venture out to a few cemeteries yesterday and take some amazing photos. However, it took me until today to get them edited and posted in my gallery. I just…couldn’t do it yesterday. I wanted to, but it just didn’t happen. At least I recognize what these slumps are, and I don’t allow them to drag me down into the miserable abyss like they once did. Still, depression is an absolute bitch and I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.

I will be back soon with what I hope is a more uplifting post than this one. I just wanted to check in. It’s been a while. I am still the world’s greatest blogger (stop laughing) so I have to keep my readers informed. Until next time…

Teasers and algorithms…

I spent the weekend making more teasers for my books. You’re going to be sick of seeing these soon, if you’re not already. Apologies in advance, but I need to get my work out there for people to see. Here are the teasers I have already posted to my socials. They are set up to auto-slide, so no need to click anything. Enjoy, and feel free to share!

You can find my books here: https://www.amazon.com/author/the_twisted_libra

I think this endeavor has also helped ease the writer’s block. I am feeling that inspiration again, and hopefully I can get back to working on the poetry book this coming week. Stay tuned for updates on that.

Until next time…

Shameless self promotion…

I have started working on promo images for my books. I am new to this, but so far I think I am doing alright. I am posting two here, so let me know if they are nice or suck horribly. Thanks either way.

The books ain’t gonna sell themselves, right? Into the abyss I go…

Until next time…

The nothing…

The writer’s block is real, y’all.

True, life has been hectic lately; still…I have had next to no creative impulse to speak of. I did manage to drum up one small piece, which I posted to my socials. I will share it here now, so no one is left out:

Other than that, I have nothing. I remain a shitty blogger. Send good vibes.

Until next time…

The deranged slasher of the Twisted Libra Cemetery…

There is a slasher loose in my cemetery! Follow the trail of carnage and you shall find this ghastly fiend! Who could it be? Who is causing such mayhem and upheaval in this place?

Me. It’s me.

Let me explain…I decided to slash the prices on my books. It may take up to 72 hours to process, but as of this post I have marked all three books down from $15 each to $9.99 each. Why, you ask? Well…to be perfectly candid with you, my lovelies…nobody is reading them. Absolutely no one. I haven’t sold a single book in months. MANY months. My work is good. I still believe that. I just don’t have the huge marketing push that other writers have. I don’t have an agent, or a promotion budget, or anything other than my blog and socials to get the word out there. So, I thought maybe, if I drop the price some, people might be more inclined to give my series a try. I never make any money off this stuff anyway. It is more of a labor of love, a passion. It is in no way a bill-payer. So, let’s see if this does any good.

Like I said earlier, it can take up to 72 hours for Amazon to process the change. Follow this link to find the series, and if it says $15, just wait a day or two. Then you can save some dough and get my books at a discount:


I am always honest with you, my lovelies, and I would never want you to pay more than you should for anything I create. As always, if you do purchase a copy (or 3), first and foremost THANK YOU! It means the world to me. Second, please consider leaving a review. It takes a minute or less and helps me so much. You don’t even have to write anything, just click on the stars. Preferably 5, but I will accept whatever you feel is right. Lastly, spread the word! Share the link to this blog, my author page, my socials, or my cemetery! Tell your friends! You don’t have to admit that you know me, just claim you stumbled across my creations in some odd Google search or something.

Anyway, hop on over to the cemetery and take advantage of my “mad slasher” moment! Bury yourself in the world of Madam Mortis! You won’t be disappointed!

Until next time…

Shitty blogger alert…

Yikes. I haven’t posted here in a month. A goddamn MONTH. Sorry, my lovelies. What can I say? Life gets hectic sometimes. Until this writing thing pays the bills, that pesky day job will continue to pull me away from time to time. Let’s catch up, shall we?

Yes, I am still working on the new book. It is going to be a long process; I have a lot of material already written, but poems take more time than short stories. In my opinion, anyway. Also, with the day job being intense the last few weeks, I fear I am suffering a small bout of the dreaded Writer’s Block. Not to worry; I have survived it before, and I will do it again. The muse will undoubtedly return soon.

In other news, I have been finding more time to read lately. I currently have three books going. Dante’s Inferno (haven’t read it since high school), a collection of vampire short stories compiled by Poppy Brite, and Dracula for my 5th read-through. (What? It’s my favorite book!) I am also starting to work my way through the IDW comics for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I have a borderline obsession with these guys that stems from my childhood.

Well, not all the iterations. The atrocious Michael Bay abominations can rot in hell next to the 1987 cartoon (except the Red Sky years, those are alright), the Next Mutation crap, the live action rock band nonsense, Rise of the TMNT, and the 2012 animated reboot. My personal favorite version is the 2003-2010 animated version. This, to me, is the gold standard in the TMNT universe. However, I do have love for the 1990 and 1991 live action films (But not that 3rd film. Just…no.), as well as the original Mirage comics that serve as the source material for all things TMNT. Okay, so I’m picky when it comes to my obsessions. I am the same way with vampires. You know this. True, TMNT are not exactly gothic or creepy, but they are so goddamn fun that I can’t help but adore them. When they’re done right, of course. And no, I don’t have high hopes for that upcoming animated film by Seth Rogen. I won’t even go there, or this blog will reach epic lengths. Suffice it to say, what I have already seen has not impressed me.

Alright, so this blog kind of went off into an odd direction. Oh, well. This is what happens when I have nothing creepy to write about. I start blabbing about myself and you get to see just how weird I can be. To recap, I have writer’s block, I am still actively writing the next book, I am reading a lot, and I hope to get back to more frequent posting on all my Twisted Libra platforms. I also have a strong (I refuse to say “unhealthy”) obsession with TMNT. And for those of you who are dying to know…of course Raphael is my favorite. What did you expect?

Until next time…

Time for a change…

Welcome back to the cemetery, my lovelies! Your wickedly delightful Twisted Libra has been making a few changes around the ol’ boneyard. My goal is to incorporate all my work in one place. Up until now, my blog, photography, and social musings have been spread across several platforms. Well, today I decided to start bringing everything back to one spot. As much as possible, anyway. As most conundrums lately often do, this one began with social media. Instagram, to be exact.

Instagram forces me to crop photos to a 4:5 ratio. This is problematic when posting my cemetery edits, because many are wide, beautiful shots that lose luster when cropped down. I feel it cheapens the artwork in a way. Just as I unpublished E-book editions of the Tales from the Twisted Libra Cemetery series due to the presentation being less than optimal in comparison to the paperback, I have decided to use my own gallery to display my photography rather than solely showcasing it on the Twisted Libra Cemetery Instagram. I want to create a spot where I know you can enjoy the full view!

Don’t worry. My Instagram is still functional. I will post edits on there, sort of as a preview. Just know that the full images will be available at the Twisted Libra Cemetery. For now, the only images I have posted in the gallery are some recent edits from the Historic Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, NC. I took these a few days ago. Over the next week or so, I will be moving all the images from my Instagram over to the gallery in full scale. This will take some time, so please be patient. It will be worth it, I promise.

Want to check out the new gallery page? I think I did alright considering I have no idea what I am doing. Head on over to http://www.twistedlibracemetery.com and click on the Haunting Portraits image. Yes, this used to redirect you to Instagram. Now, it takes you into my delicious little gallery! Aren’t you just bubbling over with anticipation right now?

No? Okay, well…at least give me an “ooh” or an “ah” out of pity, would ya? Anyway, stay tuned for more fantastic changes in the cemetery! And yes, I am still working on the poetry book. No, I will not reveal the title just yet. All in due time. Before I go, here is the link to get your very own copies of Tales from the Twisted Libra Cemetery: https://www.amazon.com/stores/Twisted-Libra/author/B09VD96MBW?ref=ap_rdr&store_ref=ap_rdr&isDramIntegrated=true&shoppingPortalEnabled=true

So, go and check out the gallery. Let me know what you think! I promise, it will be bursting with images soon enough! Until next time…

I’m in love with bad things…

Short and sweet today, my lovelies. Here’s another new poem from my upcoming book! This is not the absolute final version, so don’t judge. It is just what I have thus far. Enjoy!

Give me the strange, the macabre, the forbidden.

Cemeteries teeming with restless souls,

And shadows filled with demonic whispers.

I want a sinister, old mansion;

Spirits of the past dancing endlessly,

Within its crumbling walls.

As night arrives and the darkness takes over,

You can hear the peals of laughter,

The clink of silver goblets,

The delicious song of a violin,

All echoing forth from a time long forgotten.

Spare me your bright lights and noisy crowds.

I prefer solitude and shades of black and grey;

Rainy, cloudy weather and disembodied voices,

Coffins and tombstones, black lace and dead roses.

If there must be light, let it be either candle or moon.

Yes, I long for a glimpse of a ghost,

A touch from an entity,

A dance with the devil,

A bite from a beast.

Give me a haunted life,

And find my dark heart full.

Ⓒ2023 by Twisted Libra

Until next time…

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