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Rose Sinister: Vampires is an ongoing exploration of vampire stories, from folklore through pop culture. Vampires may or may not have reflections- but their stories do. Join me as I unravel what these enduring tales communicate about our cultural fears, values, taboos, and expectations. I'm a professional vampire tour guide in New Orleans' French Quarter, and a lifelong fan of vampire stories. These are some of my favorites.

Rose Sinister: Vampires Rose Sinister

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Rose Sinister: Vampires is an ongoing exploration of vampire stories, from folklore through pop culture. Vampires may or may not have reflections- but their stories do. Join me as I unravel what these enduring tales communicate about our cultural fears, values, taboos, and expectations. I'm a professional vampire tour guide in New Orleans' French Quarter, and a lifelong fan of vampire stories. These are some of my favorites.

    4.02 Life Sucks

    4.02 Life Sucks

    The early 2000’s graphic novel “Life Sucks” is a gem for anyone obsessed with Y2K nostalgia- but like most nostalgic things from the early aughts, the story has more than a few “yikes” moments.


    Join me as I deconstruct the impact of the Columbine High School Shooting on the American goth scene, learn some fascinating True Facts about blood plasma, and stumble down a rabbit hole of personal history, for good and for ill.


    I hope you enjoy the second episode of the 4th season of Rose Sinister: Vampires.

    • 32 min
    4.01 Salem’s Lot

    4.01 Salem’s Lot

    One of the most memorable, influential, and frightening vampire novels of the 20th century, Stephen King’s 1975 novel “Salem’s Lot” can be approached through many lenses. 


    Re-reading the novel in the midst of the largest global pandemic of the last 100 years revealed new insights to me that I did not anticipate discovering, when I first encountered the novel in my early 20’s. 


    Rose Sinister Vampires is now proudly sponsored by Endless Night Productions, connecting the vampire world through creative, immersive events, from virtual gahterings to intimate salons to the grand Halloween Ball in New Orleans- will you be in attendance? Tickets to Endless Night Events are available at EndlessNight.com


    This year, I am excited to announce that I will also be in attendance at the upcoming Court of Babylon in Las Vegas, NV on May 20th. Information about the vampiric Court of Babylon can be found online at CourtOfBabylon.com


    Season 4 of Rose Sinister: Vampires is officially afoot!



    • 27 min
    Season 4 Anouncement

    Season 4 Anouncement

    Apologies for the less-than-stellar sound quality folks, we had a couple of last-minute snafus (which ought to be expected when one has put off uploading any new episodes for a yea), and we've got a slight delay in editing and polishing episode 1 of season 4. 


    Since I promised that the season would start today, the Ides of March (honestly, what was I thinking?), here's a rundown of what the season is going to look like.


    In a lot of ways I'm starting from scratch here after a tumultuous year. We all know 2020 wasn't kind. In a few more hours, my episode on Salem's Lot will be up, but while you wait (patiently, I hope), here's a teaser.


    Hello Friends. This is not the podcast you were looking for.


    Due to an unfortunate series of last-minute snafus, the first episode of this season, Salem’s Lot, has been delayed by about 12 hours or so- not long, I promise! But I didn’t want to not release anything on the day I promised to, so I thought I’d use this opportunity to give you a rundown on what vampire stories you can expect me to cover for the next several months.


    First up, very shortly I’ll be dropping an in-depth analysis of the 1075 Stephen King Novel, Salem’s Lot. I won’t be going into the 1979 TV miniseries so much, but maybe, if I get enough requests, I can do a small supplemental episode about the significance of the ways the TV adaptation diverges from the novel, and what those changes mean to any critical analysis of the story. I’ve had an idea for a while to release small episodes in between the big drops, so if that’s something you’d personally like to see, do reach out on social media and let me know. 


    Next, we’re going to be moving to a Friday release schedule beginning March 26th with the release of my deep dive of the indie vampire graphic novel, “Life Sucks.” I’ve been working on this one for almost a year, actually. If you like the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show, you might find the graphic novel worth hunting down and reading. I quite enjoyed it.


    On April 9th I’ll be talking about Martin, George Romero’s take on the vampire genre. His take is deeply rooted in folklore in a way that few other modern vampire films have been, and I’m excited to tackle it. If you’re interested in a supplemental episode discussing various forms of undead creatures in mythologthy that have made their way into pop culture, from zombies to vampires to dragur, again, let me know. I think that might be fun but I’ll only add supplemental episodes if I get enough feedback


    April 23rd’s episode will be all about Christoper Moore’s 1995 novel, Bloodsucking Fiends. It’s shocking to me to contend with the fact that this quirky gem of a vampire romantic comedy has had its 25th anniversary come and go already- it was definitely a book that was highly influential on me as a babybat vampire fan and scholar, and I hope all of you enjoy a bit of 90’s nostalgia alongside me.


    Moving into May, I’m going to be doing a two-parter of sorts, with an episode concerning  Bill Gunn’s 1973 underrated black vampire classic romance, “Ganja and Hess” dropping on May 7th, which will be followed up with an episode about Spike Lee’s 2015 remake, “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus” on May 21st. There’s a lot to be said about the pointed symbolism both filmmakers use in their own versions of the same story. I know you won’t be disappointed to learn more about that.


    June 4th I’ll be revisiting an episode I covered all the way back in my podcast’s first season in 2018: a much more nuanced and in-depth analysis of the 1987 classic vampire film, “Near Dark.” So many of you have asked me for more information on that movie, and I am more than happy to oblige.


    Another vampire story I’ve been asked to cover time and again is Gerorge R R Martin’s “vampire on the Mississippi” steamboat horror novel, “Fever Dream.” We all know that

    • 6 min
    3.2 He Never Died

    3.2 He Never Died

    Is it a vampire movie, or a movie about an unkillable ancient cannibal who consumes blood to take the edge off of his hunger for human flesh?


    Whatever your thoughts on whether or not He Never Died is a vampire movie, it IS a story that delves into concepts such as ennui and depression, the challenges of sobriety, and gnawing questions about the existence of god that invite the inevitable questions about good and evil and the possibility for redemption, which means that this bleak, bloody, nihilistic film is exactly the kind of vampire story Rose Sinister likes to sink her teeth into, this time with an extra helping of Biblical exegesis with help from my friend and fellow vampire nerd, Rabbi Uriarte.


    That’s right. I consulted a Rabbi on this episode for you, dear readers. All errors in pronunciation and interpretation are entirely my own, however.


    This was a fun episode to make, and while it’s been delated by travel, Mardi Gras, and my own bout with Covid-19, it’s here at last, and a lot more content on the way, since what better time than quarantine and lockdown than to work on new content to be published from here on out?


    The delay in publishing this episode has also allowed me to hammer out details with this podcast’s new sponsor, EndlessNight.com : welcoming the vampire world by keeping Endless Night culture alive


    The transcript for this episode has already been shared with my Patreon Patrons, and will be available on my website, rosesinister.com, in about a week or so. If you’d like first dibs on my episode transcripts, or access to other fun, exclusive features, consider supporting me on Patreon, patreon.com/rosesinister.


    Support from my patrons and sponsors help make this podcast possible. Thank you for listening and sharing.

    • 26 min
    3.01 The Historian

    3.01 The Historian

    It's the second week of January 2020, so here's the first episode of season 3 of Rose Sinister: Vampires, all about Elizabeth Kostova's 2005 novel "The Historian," which ruminates on history, evil, and Dracula. 


    If you like these episodes, please consider supporting me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/RoseSinister



    • 22 min
    S2E5 What We Do In The Shadows

    S2E5 What We Do In The Shadows

    Surprise, fans! 

    On the 3rd day of January, 2020, I give you... the final episode of the truncated second season of Rose Sinister: Vampires, an episode that is literally so many months overdue that I had to go back and re-edit out some of the stuff that was no longer relevant. Astute listeners will easily find the spot I didn't edit out. 


    THERE WILL BE A SEASON3! It is in the works and currently fairly far along. Season 3 will be more like season 1 was: regular uploads every 2 weeks. 

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
114 Ratings

114 Ratings

221bree ,

Take a Bite

I’ve been a vampire fan for a long time, but I’m trying to brush up for some research and this is a perfect bite of information on a myriad of the undead, their culture or social significance… Rose has a wonderful voice (& now I might just have to take her tour! #nola). Thanks, Rose Sinister.

Giglia 08 ,

Love 🖤🖤 such great information and story telling

Found you on tiktok and can here to listen to your podcast !! I am in love . I have binged a quite a few episodes in 1 day . I love your storytelling, it’s a great way to get a introduction to all this information and I totally wish I lived in New Orleans and can take your tour about vampires 🧛‍♀️🖤🖤

Jaimie476 ,


I could not get through the first episode about Interview with the Vampire.

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