Just Because It’s Cool. . . .

Another mellow evening, 89 degrees according to the Weather Channel, in the low 90s during the day and with 99 degrees forecast for Thursday.  Cat Wednesday is flopped on the back of the sofa while I’ve been reading and signing contracts for the anthologies THE BIZARRE AGE and ZOMBIE JESUS AND OTHER TRUE STORIES (see below, June 21 and 14 respectively).  But I also wanted to share a painting by Edvard Munch that I ran across on Facebook this p.m. courtesy of the Bram Stoker Estate — and which I’ve already shared on my Facebook wall — “Love and Pain” or, as it’s more often called nowadays, “The Vampire.”

Painted in 1894 — and not to be confused with Philip Burne-Jones’s possibly more familiar “The Vampire” three years later, which in turn inspired Rudyard Kipling’s poem of the same name — there’s no particular reason why I’ve pasted it here now . . . except that it’s cool!  (Pun noted, incidentally, only after the fact.)


  1. Wonderful painting, I’d never seen it before. Thanks, Jim. And congrats on the sales to the two anthologies!

  2. Marge, thanks. For compare and contrast, I think I’d e-mailed you a copy of the Burne-Jones painting at one point some time back, but if not you’ve probably seen it (it’s the woman in her nightdress kneeling on the bed looking down at the supine form of her victim). Also, if interested, there are some comments by me and Meg Thompson on my Facebook page on Munch, Burne-Jones, and late 19th/early 20th century zeitgeist that might be behind the paintings (at least in part) and general idea of woman as vamp.

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