Sex, the Single Vampire, Chupacabras, and Valentine’s Day

Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 14th, 2012

When you get down to it, February 14th has a rather bleak history.

Do you recall that Valentine’s Day has an underlying vampiric theme? A “holiday” about various martyrs named Saint Valentine?

Salma Hayek in From Dusk till Dawn

Blood and death, in the midst of warped love stories, I know, from first hand experience, is a real part of the background of this date. My maternal grandmother, Nellie Gray (pictured below), was the victim of a murder-suicide on Valentine’s Day, 1940.

Nellie Gray photo credit Jerry D. Coleman.

A couple of years ago, for Valentine’s Day, we were in search of a specific kind of Chupacabras beer, which does have a creepy vampire notion to it, of course.

J. Pritchett, who was aware of the Cucapa brewery in Mexico, found us an empty bottle, and it now sits in the International Cryptozoology Museum’s locked display of such spirits.

So, we are looking for suggestions for what our next Valentine-Crypto artifact to discover should be. Any ideas?

Thank you.

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Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

4 Responses to “Sex, the Single Vampire, Chupacabras, and Valentine’s Day”

  1. Sharon Lee responds:

    …always the romantic…

  2. WVBotanist responds:

    Wow Loren, cool post. And not just because of Salma, although that is one of the most memorable scenes from the movie, in my opinion.

    I was just reading about various ‘Volantynys’ (Chaucer kills my spellcheck) murders a few days ago – it is a fascinating juxtaposition that flies in the face of the current Hallmark version of the holiday, but somehow not surprising, what with people being people and all that.

    And then, Pale Ales are my favorite fermented beverage, after India Pale Ales.

    I don’t have specific Valentine-Crypto artifacts in mind, but…somehow along the same lines…

    What to make of the various stories of abductions of female humans by Bigfoot, or Sasquatch, or other ‘wild’ men in their various iterations, and the oft-cited affinity a Sasquatch has for female humans, and in particular during menstruation? Again, this is not the Hallmark version of Valentine’s Day, but considering the origins (no pun intended) it is likely relevant.

  3. zigoapex responds:

    dusk to dawn my favorite vampire movie, AWESOME !!

    “What you got here is a couple mean motor scooters”

    “I am a mean Hmmm Hmmmm servant of god”

  4. red_pill_junkie responds:

    >Any ideas?

    A white python :3

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