Tag Archives: Kenneth Hite

31 Nights of Dractober: Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970) Director: Peter Sasdy Dracula: Christopher Lee For reasons unknown to me, film critics enjoy belittling the later Hammer Dracula series. While it’s true that no later Hammer film approaches the artistic or emotional impact of Fisher’s 1958 original, it’s also true that by expanding their “Dracula Mythos” (and by […]

31 Nights of Dractober: Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1973)

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1973) Director: Dan Curtis Dracula: Jack Palance If you had always wondered where that trope of “Dracula falls in love with Mina because she resembles his centuries-dead true love” came from, well, it came from two places. First, it comes from The Mummy (Karl Freund, 1932), but Dan Curtis moved it from mummies […]

31 Nights of Dractober: Drácula (1931)

Drácula (1931) Director: George Melford Dracula: Carlos Vallarías Once silent films went the way of the stereopticon, Hollywood studios had to make foreign-language films for foreign markets. In 1930, while filming the Tod Browning/Bela Lugosi Dracula we’ll get to later, Universal hired (non-Spanish-speaker) George Melford to shoot a Spanish-language Drácula simultaneously on the same sets as […]

31 Nights of Dractober: Count Dracula (1970)

Count Dracula (1970) Director: Jesús Franco Dracula: Christopher Lee In between refusals to ever wear the cape again for Hammer and wearing the cape again for Hammer, Christopher Lee occasionally tried to get other studios’ adaptations of Dracula off the ground. Often, like Lucy (Van Pelt not Westenra) pulling away the scarlet, dripping football he […]

The Thrill of Dracula

In THE THRILL OF DRACULA, Kenneth Hite takes apart Dracula — the novel, the movies, the myth, even the history — into his component pieces: characters, tropes, symbols, story beats, effects. With those pieces, Ken shows you how to build new yet mythic stories about the King of the Vampires or about your own creatures […]

The Edom Files

Eight desperate missions against the Un-Dead! From the mountains of Bulgaria to the streets of Berlin From the Russo-Turkish war to the War on Terror From 1877 to the present day  For the Dead Travel Fast Operation Edom is the top-secret section of MI6 dedicated to thwarting and, ultimately, controlling the Un-Dead. Open the Edom […]

Call of Chicago: Dracula Dossier Designer’s Notes

    It all started in 2011, even before Night’s Black Agents was published. Or perhaps it all started in 1890, when Bram Stoker began outlining the tale of “Count Wampyr” of Styria after a nightmare caused by eating “a surfeit of dressed crab,” according to his son. But I’m going to start it in […]

Dracula Dossier Resources

Downloads Download the Night’s Black Agents Dracula Dossier character sheet here Download a Blank Conspyramid Download Perveniet Calix, a Dracula Dossier Series Pitch by Ryan Macklin Download the Dracula Dossier theme tune by James Semple Download a cross-referenced PDF of nodes, characters, and places in the Director’s Handbook, by Rickard Gudbrand Download a Director’s Screen, by […]

Dracula Dossier – Director’s Handbook

A Secret History Unearthed. A Legendary Horror Walks Again. Presenting an epic improvised campaign for Night’s Black Agents Roleplaying Game. Do your Agents have what it takes to face the Lord of the Undead himself? The Dracula Dossier follows in the fully improvisational path of the award-winning Armitage Files campaign. Players follow up leads in […]

Call of Chicago: Who Lives at 66 College Street?

The scene: your Trail of Cthulhu game. The speaker: A player. “All right, I’m sick of being fed bafflegab by these mystic jerks, and I don’t want to read any more books that will keep me up for a calendar month with waking nightmares. We take the train to Providence, Rhode Island, go to” [quick […]

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