Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Growing up with the Wolf

Actor Lon Chaney Jr. as "The Wolf Man"

by: Stephanie Burkhart

Growing up as a young girl in the 1970's, Saturday afternoon was set aside for watching creature double feature. It fed my paranormal heart with inspiration and had me convinced there was a vampire under my bed.

Such classics on creature double feature included: Godzilla, Dracula and Frankenstein meets the Wolfman.

So who was the wolfman? Lon Chaney Jr.

For me, he's the king of paranormal monsters having played the wolfman, frankenstein, the mummy and the vampire son of Dracula.

I thought I'd share a couple of tidbits about Lon.

His real name was Creighten Tull Chaney. His father was a famous silent actor, Lon Chaney, Sr.

His parents had a troubled childhood and his mother attempted sucide in LA in 1913. He always thought she'd died, but she hadn't.

He received acclaim for his role in Of Mice and Men in 1939.

In 1941 he stared in "The Wolf Man."

His final film was Dracula vs. Frankenstein in 1971.

His father discouraged him to go into acting so Lon Jr. went to college. After his father, Lon pursed his true passion - acting.

Lon Chaney passed away in 1973, but I'll never forget his performances and his classic paranormal characters and how they inspired my paranormal heart.

THE COUNT'S LAIR


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Count Anton Varga is haunted by the curse of the moon. It tugs on his emotions, ravishing his soul. Anton abhors the beast he must learn to tame if he is to find peace. 



Lady Amelia Andrássy is an accomplished pianist, but her life in Budapest had been filled with heartache. When Amelia faints in the Duma's bookstore, it's Anton's strong arms that cradle her fall. His unusual indigo eyes spark with hers, replacing their individual loneliness with the promise of feral passion. 



After a two month separation, Anton is ready to walk into Amelia's life again, but is Amelia ready to fan the spark they shared into a flame? 
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Count Varga looked like a tamed jackal. His hair was wind-tussled, and his overcoat accented his muscled physique. His scarf hung casually over his shoulders, too, as if it were just for show. She was completely disarmed by his full red lips, more vulnerable to his presence than she would have thought. Anton draped the cloak over her shoulders and snapped the front clasp. Sparks of warmth jumped off him, saturating her body. His smoldering sapphire eyes found hers. She adored his attention.

Bryant handed her a pair of gloves, her hat, and her scarf. She hung the scarf around her neck and put on her hat.

"Are you ready?" Anton asked.

She nodded, and he escorted her to his auto. The cold winter air nipped at her cheeks. It was only the first week of December, but Anton hadn't joked about the temperature.

They got in the back seat of his auto, and the driver took off. The auto was warm. Amelia put her gloves in her lap.

"Some people have set up a tent in the middle of the market and are selling goulash and warm apple wine. Do you mind having lunch there? I thought we'd take in the market's ambience."

"Not at all."

"I've missed you." He turned in the seat to look at her.

She smiled. "I've missed you, too."

"Did you get your invitation to the noble's ball?" he asked.

"Yes. I got it today."
"May I escort you?"

"I would like that," she replied. She'd like it a lot. Too much for her own good, but she wasn't prepared to admit that to him just yet. He already had unsettled her. It was exciting to be in the presence of a man so confident and secure. The last few weeks with Mikel, she'd thought he had avoided her because of the success of her piano concerts.

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9 comments:

  1. I enjoyed Anton and Amelia's story. And I very much enjoyed reading about "The Wolf Man."

    Nice post.

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    1. Maggie, I'm so glad you enjoyed Anton and Amelia's story. It's one of my favorites.
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      Steph

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  2. Steph! I LOVE it! I adore Lon Jr. too!I thought I was the only teen tween who sat transfixed watching the original "Chiller" channel, LOL!

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    1. Patti, we could be "Chiller" channel sisters. There's something about a good horror that brings out the "scare" in us. hehe
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      Steph

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  3. Thanks Stephanie, for bringing back some wonderful memories! Between Chiller and The Hitchcock hour I went to bed scared pretty much every night :)

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    1. You know what was a spooky show? Twilight Zone. I don't remember watching it faithfully, but I saw a couple of episodes as a young girl and it was a pretty freaky/scary channel but it was more psychological than the in-your-face horror of the Chiller/Creature Double Feature stuff.

      Steph

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    2. I just have to mention Rod Sterling's Night Gallery and then I'll go away :) they sure don't make them like they used to!

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  4. Great review, great cover, great premise!

    Morgan Mandel
    http://morganmandel.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for popping in, Morgan. :) Steph

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