Patterns at Rest

Vampire Maman


This morning I found a stash of old pen and ink drawings. Not 1880’s this time, but 1980’s. From artist Marla Todd.

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

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Short Story Sunday: Good Bones

Vampire Maman

The house had good bones. It would stand through a 8.0 magnitude earthquake if there were earthquakes where they stood. The first residents in 1906 had felt the San Francisco quake as well as the one in 1989 but there was never any damage. It was faint, like the ingrained presence of Vampires and Ghosts.

Austin Durant, History Professor, restorer of historic buildings, and Vampire Hunter, had been hired to restore the house, a once lavish structure filled with painted over wood work and seventy five years of unfortunate remodels. He’d brought along Kayden, a graduate student in history who’d been living with him due to the pandemic.

“If these walls could talk…” said Kayden looking around in what must have been at one time a grand salon.

“They can talk,” said Austin as he knocked quietly on the walls as he walked around the room.

“What are you looking…

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The Bomber Jacket – Always in Fashion

Good design never goes out of style. Interesting article.


IrvinJackets The Irvin Jacket – Cold Weather Bomber Jackets

The comfortable roomy jacket with the waist hugging hem and versatile function has made yet another comeback in the 2020s. Just check out some of the Best Jackets lists throughout the fashion world. The new Gucci, Paul Smith and John Elliott jackets for 2020 prove the bomber’s appeal is still world-wide. Year after year, decade after decade, the bomber jacket appears at the top of outerwear fashion trends. Widely popular and considered a staple of any fashion closet, this respectable jacket proves anything but staid. So, how did it get to be one of the relatively few fashion elements to remain basically unchanged and yet popular enough to never truly go out of fashion?

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The Fall of Man


This story doesn’t have a specific genre. It’s a bit sci-fi, a bit apocalyptic, a bit Pride, a bit BLM, and maybe a bit fantasy. But whatever it is, it makes my heart feel warm at the end.

When it all began, nobody could possibly have known that a porn star would change the world forever.

They didn’t want the technology to fall into the wrong hands. The wrong hands, of course, being mostly of the male persuasion. It was a stroke of luck that the scientist who made the discovery happened to be a woman. The scientist in question was one Dr. Beatrice Seadie, or Bea, as she preferred to be called.

Bea began her career with the most altruistic of motives. Like many scientists, she sought to change the world for the better, but she had little vision of what that would entail. Fresh out of university and…

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Criss Cross (1949)

The Horror Hothouse

It’s got lust, greed, murder, an ice-cold Burt Lancaster, a smoldering Yvonne DeCarlo and a blink and you will miss it movie debut from Tony Curtis so what’s not to like about Robert Siodmak’s 1949 Noir Criss Crosswhich has just been released on UK Blu-ray as part of Eureka’s Masters of Cinema series.

49720074667_9ccab6d98b_o Burt and Yvonne get caught canoodling

Lancaster plays Steve Thompson who comes back to Los Angeles hoping to pick up with his ex-wife Anna (DeCarlo). Trouble is Anna is now hooked up with the notorious gangster Slim Dundee (Dan Duryea) so when Slim catches them in a secret tryst Steve bluffs his way out by offering to cut Slim in on a deal to hijack the six figure payroll delivery he will be driving. Sure Slim wants in on the deal, only can any of the partners really trust each other as this game of double…

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