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Vampires in LA After Pearl Harbor

After December 7, 1941 Japanese forces constantly bragged that they could invade California anytime. At the same time, California was the site of WWII Japanese internment camps in the near future, some of them holding future stars like George Takei and Pat Morita s children. All the while, Hollywood kept cranking out movies and vampires were hot.

The Japanese forces continued to threaten, but detective Toby Peters did not believe them.  It was January 1942, too cold to worry about it,  and he was busy with cases. Two cases in particular seemed oddly connected, but the connection was weird. 

One case was the murder frame up of the author William Faulkner —  There seemed to be a whole stable of bit actors interfering with the wife of the deceased. A goon from the Faulkner case was causing additional trouble in another matter — Death threats against Bela Lugosi.

Bela Lugosi’s Dracula led eventually to the Twilight stars of the 2010s, in a genre more popular than Star Trek.  See how in Stuart Kaminsky’s vampire book:

Vampires of 1942 – Short Stories, Novels and Hollywood Films


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