Saturday, November 15, 2008

Vampire Kits, Fairy Lamps, Southern Gothic

Okay, I've written a little Urban fantasy and a little Southern Gothic, but some things you just can't make up.

Alley over at NTSFW just pointed out an auction that sold a circa 1800 Vampire Killing Kit that went at auction for just under $1500.00. The awesome picture is at Neatorama , and the text and info on the auction itself is at Antiques and the Arts.

A complete and authentic vampire killing kit — made around 1800 and complete with stakes, mirrors, a gun with silver bullets, crosses, a Bible, holy water, candles and even garlic, all housed in a American walnut case with a carved cross on top — attained $14,850 in the Jimmy Pippen estate sale...

Follow the text a bit and you'll see it's likely some vampires were in attendance.

"It was almost like we had two sales on Saturday. The daytime crowd stayed until around 6 in the evening, then a whole new crowd poured in..."

And it looks like vampires weren't the only magical creatures in attendance. Later on there's mention of a number of fairy lamps, from as far away as Burma. Who knows what fay creatures may have been bidding?

Oh, and, by the way, do you suppose that 200 year old Holy Water is stronger or weaker than the fresh stuff?

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