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Vampires & Their Devotees Have A Bounty Of Events To Sink Their Fangs Into At The First Vampire-Con August 14th -16th In Hollywood, CA. Highlights Include: Panel Discussion With Bram Stoker Descendant, Film Premiere From "The Blair Witch" Creator. The Crowning Of A New Vampirella, A Danse Macabre Ball Featuring "True Blood" Music Supervisor And KCRW DJ Gary Calamar

Vampire-Con 2009

Why We Love Vampires: A Brief History of the Undead

The world's first convention, devoted to everything vampire, will descend on Hollywood, CA Friday, August 14 through Sunday, August 16th. The vam-pop culture weekend will kick off with a two night Vampire Film Festival at the New Beverly Cinema, located at 7165 West Beverly Blvd. Friday, August 14th (themed Bad Boys) presents the world premiere of "Midnight Son," produced by Eduardo Sanchez, the revolutionary filmmaker behind "The Blair Witch Project." Members of the cast and filmmakers will be in attendance. On Saturday, August 15th (themed Lesbian Vampirotica) will open at 7:30 PM with the Roger Corman classic "The Velvet Vampire." Star of the film Celeste Yarnall will make a special appearance! For a complete schedule of films, visit http://www.vampire-con.com/brood/?q=schedule.

On Sunday, August 16th, Vampire-Con moves to The Music Box Theatre @ Fonda (located at 6126 Hollywood Blvd.) for a day of panel discussions, vendors, contests and charity events. Doors open at 10:30 AM. In conjunction with Vampire-Con's partner charities, a blood drive will be held for the American Red Cross, APLA will offer free HIV testing and the Santa Monica-based non-profit Virginia Avenue Project will hold an auction for items such as a True Blood script signed by the show's creator, Alan Ball. Local comedian Count Smokula and Scarlet Rose will emcee the day. Highlights of the panel discussions include "Why We Love Vampires: A Brief History of the Undead" featuring Bram Stoker's great grand-nephew Dacre Stoker and screenwriter Ian Holt, authors of Dracula, The Undead, the first officially sanctioned sequel to the original classic Dracula; and "Hot Blooded: Vampires & Sexuality," featuring Celeste Yarnall, star of "The Velvet Vampire" and the cast of HereTV's steamy drama "The Lair." Panel discussions will conclude with "Inked In Blood: 40 Years of Vampirella," celebrating the 40th anniversary of the legendary sexy comic book heroine. The winner of the "Are You Vampirella?" spokesmodel contest will be crowned immediately following. For a complete schedule and list of panelists, visit http://www.vampire-con.com/brood/?q=schedule.

Vampirella's Ball, the 18+ danse macabre that closes Vampire-Con, begins at 8:30 PM on the 16th. Guests will groove with vamperotic go-go girls and boys to music by DJ Xian, LA's premiere purveyor of dark, decadent underground entertainment, including The Malediction Society and the famed Fang Club. The Lucent Dossier Experience, Los Angeles' acclaimed underground vaudeville cirque will show off their darker side in a special performance. Just added to the line up is burlesque performer Angela Eve in her first public show in Los Angeles, demonstrating the art of strip tease in the underworld with "The Resurrection of Vampirella." DJ Gary Calamar, Grammy-nominated Producer, Music Supervisor of HBO's True Blood and KCRW (89.9) DJ will close with a special late night set.

The word on Vampire-Con has spread through an entirely grassroots marketing campaign. Tickets are $15 for the Sunday day-walkers and $30 for Vampirella's Ball. A day & night package deal can be purchased for $40 ($45 at The Music Box Theatre door). Film festival admission is $7 per night. The HBO store is giving Vampire-Con attendees a 15% discount. Visit http://store.hbo.com/ to take advantage of the deal! For more info, please visit: Vampire-Con.com. All children of the night are invited to register on Vampire-Con's website, and to attend the convention in costume, for a chance to win a Schecter guitar, free tickets and other fangtastic prizes.

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