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Van Helsing will premiere on Syfy on September 13. The new take on the Dracula mythology follows Vanessa Helsing, daughter of vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing, who is resurrected five years in the future to a world overrun by vampires.

The 13-episode series is produced by Nomadic Pictures (Fargo, Hell On Wheels). Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men, The Wicker Man remake) serves as writer/showrunner.

Kelly Overton (True Blood) stars alongside Jonathan Scarfe (Hell on Wheels), Christopher Heyerdahl (Stargate Atlantis), Paul Johansson (Mad Men), David Cubitt (Ray Donovan), and Tim Guinee (Stargate SG-1).

Van Helsing is a total re-imagination of a timeless brand, set in a world dominated and controlled by vampires. Vanessa Helsing is the last hope for survival, as she unknowingly awakens to discover she has a unique blood composition that makes her not only immune to vampires, but with the ability to turn a vampire human. With this secret weapon, Vanessa becomes a prime target for the vampires, while trying to save humanity.

You know, I’ve been thinking about the sorts of monsters that’d be associated with the Harvest Holiday*, and here’s what I got so far:

  • The Grim Reaper (The holiday’s mascot of course)
  • The Ankou (Which I count as a different monster from Grim)
  • Animate Scarecrows
  • The youkai Kunekune, which is related to a type of scarecrow
  • Animate Sacrificial Wicker Men, bees optional
  • The Jinmenju
  • The Barometz/Vegetable Lamb
  • The Dorotaboru, which I remembered thanks to the lovely sticker I bought from @cattype, who you should all check out
  • Vegetable Goblins, of the kind that used to appear on old Halloween cards
  • Vampire pumpkins/watermelons
  • @hodgman‘s Brain Corn, if he is cool with them being treated as an open species

So, anyone know of any others?

*Which I fucking refuse to call “Thanksgiving,” because its connection to that historical event is about as close as Zebra Cakes’ connection to being real food, and all it does is twist the knife on the nations we stole the country from.