The biology of vampires

João Pedro O. Krizek & Marcus Vinicius D. V. Muller Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil. Emails: jpokrizek (at) gmail (dot) com; marcusvdvmuller (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Vampires are mythological and folkloric creatures that have been catching people’s attention for centuries (Fig. 1). They (fortunatelyContinue reading “The biology of vampires”

Did Dracula really transmit the plague? The history of bloodsuckers and their diseases

Julia Kasper Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: julia.kasper (at) tepapa (dot) govt (dot) nz Download PDF “Diseases have spawn one of the most enduring and widespread monster myths in civilisation.” (Dowling, 2016) Vampires are some of the most persistent and best-known creatures in the western world. Different cultures haveContinue reading “Did Dracula really transmit the plague? The history of bloodsuckers and their diseases”

Entomophagy and future foodstuff: a saga of sinister locusts in The Swarm

Muzafar Riyaz Division of Taxonomy & Biodiversity, Entomology Research Institute, Loyola College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Email: bhatmuzaffar471 (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF The Swarm (La Nuée) is a 2020 French horror film later released by Netflix worldwide on 06 August 2021 (except in France, China and Spain). The film was directed by JustContinue reading “Entomophagy and future foodstuff: a saga of sinister locusts in The Swarm”

Killer plants and fungi in horror cinema

Luciano L. Rasia División Paleontología Vertebrados, Museo de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina. Email: lucianorasia (at) hotmail (dot) com Download PDF As recently addressed (Rasia, 2020), animals have been the focus of horror films since the very beginning of the genre, with more than 400 films about killer animals to date. That is not theContinue reading “Killer plants and fungi in horror cinema”

An eldritch anecdote of death’s-head hawkmoth from The Silence of the Lambs

Muzafar Riyaz Division of Taxonomy & Biodiversity, Entomology Research Institute, Loyola College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Email: bhatmuzaffar471 (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF The Silence of the Lambs (1991) is an American psychological horror film that was reconstructed from a 1988 novel by Thomas Harris. The film was directed by Jonathan Demme and writtenContinue reading “An eldritch anecdote of death’s-head hawkmoth from The Silence of the Lambs”

Killer animals in films: reality vs fiction

Luciano L. Rasia División Paleontología Vertebrados, Museo de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina. Email: lucianorasia (at) fcnym (dot) unlp (dot) edu (dot) ar Download PDF Among horror, drama, action, and sci-fi films, the subgenre of killer animals has been exploited since the very beginnings of cinema (e.g., The Sea Beast from 1926, and King KongContinue reading “Killer animals in films: reality vs fiction”

Making a vampire

Veronika N. Laine Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW). Wageningen, The Netherlands. Email: veronika.laine (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF The modern vampire is often portrayed as a human transformed into a vampire due to a bloodthirsty spirit[1], demons[2], viruses and other pathogens[3], magic or some unknown reason[4].  Neither fiction nor more realistic accounts have shedContinue reading “Making a vampire”

Frankenstein, or the beauty and terror of science

Henk van den Belt Philosophy Group, Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Email: henk.vandenbelt (at) wur (dot) nl Download PDF In January 2018, it will be two hundred years ago that Mary Shelley’s gothic novel Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus was first published. However, international commemorations have already started and the so-called Frankenstein Bicentennial Project has beenContinue reading “Frankenstein, or the beauty and terror of science”