The Blood-Covered Vampire

A great tale, and not just for Hallowe'en. It makes a good encore at any time.
Here are two recordings. The more recent is from my annual halbNeun Theater performance (as you can hear, just after Hallowe'en).
The final story in the programme was being recorded (The Crystal Heart - I'll soon add it to the video gallery) and since the camera was left to run, I found I had this encore as well. So I've added this to the earlier recording which was made a couple of years before.

The tale shows that the simplest of stories can be wonderfully entertaining. I have been struck over the years by the number of people who tell me this is one of their favourites. This telling, in 2013 at my annual benefit performance for Amnesty International in Darmstadt, was in fact requested by a member of the public.
Nonetheless, it is not a tale I tell very often, and this must have been the first time I had told it for several years - as you might notice at 1.34 minutes into the telling, and the four unnecessary words in the final sentence. (But that is the fun of being a storyteller!)

Here is the skeleton of the tale.


The video clips here are all amateur quality, shot in various theatres.
Their intention is just to show the range of my storytelling and give a flavour of a live performance.
Permission is granted for use in non-commercial educational contexts.
The videos are © Richard Martin.
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