You might not be able to recognize all the artists, but have you tried googling the quotes?
"Use their testimony" is a clue to mean you need to use the name of the song. The list of songs is the next hint.
Partial AnswersThe songs are:
Vampires, Mummies, and the Holy Ghost
If I Was Your Vampire
Bullet with Butterfly Wings
5-1 is a book cipher code telling you use the 5th word, 1st letter of that song. Do that for each song's cipher code
1. They Had Character
Your first task is to fill in the blanks according to the crossword-style clues in brackets in each article.
"fill in the gaps" is a hint for how to find/know the right answers since some of the clues are vague
"fill in the gaps" is a hint that all answers can be formed by starting with the character's name and adding letters
Partial Answers: Van Helsing
Partial Answers: Morris
Partial Answers: Murray
Partial Answers: Harker
Partial Answers: Westerna
Partial Answers: Seward
Partial Answers: Holmwood
Partial Answers: Renfield
for the next step, note how the the puzzle is in columns? Maybe certain letters from each column will help.
"rearrangement" means you'll need to anagram, but doing all the letters won't help, which ones might you use?
"anatomy" is only partially italicised. NATO is a clue that you need to rearrange the letters you filled in into
NATO alphabet words.
2. He Likes It Rare
These are crossword style clues, but the numbers won't help you know where to place words.
Maybe the blood drops will help with that?
If you count everything, you'll find 15 words in column 1, 15 words in column 2 and 15 sets of answer blanks.
How can two clues combine into just one set of answer blanks?
The title is a clue for how to interpret the blood drops
Each blood drop is a stand-in for the two letters AB (which is the rarest blood type)
Each clue in the left column is a word containing AB.
Each clue in the right column is an answer from the left column with the AB removed.
Partial Answers: Grid Answers
abuses - uses
aboil - oil
habit - hit
ablate - late
abash - ash
viable - vile
rabid - rid
taboo - too
absolve - solve
abduct - duct
baboon - boon
abate - ate
abstain - stain
baby - by
abides - ides
Fit the words into the grid,according to the blood drops, and read the numbered letters out in order
3. Night Class
Your task is to the solve the rebus puzzles to get items that might be used to kill vampires.
These are a very simple form of rebus where you just need to identify the images and manipulate the result word by adding
or removing letters as shown.
You may need to use homophones of the images.
You'll note that you have 7 left hand pieces, 7 right hand pieces and only 2 middle pieces.
This goes along with the 7 clue locations.
Partial Answer: Left PiecesFlame, Glaric, Sun, Picket, Bat, Silver, Holy
Partial Answer: Middle PiecesFence, Letter
Partial Answer: Right PiecesBreath, Water, Spray, Post, Lamp, Thrower, Opener
Partial Answer: Combined Words
Holy Watergun, Garlic Breath, Sun Lamp, Silver Letter Opener, Picket Fence Post, Flamethrower, Bat Spray
You've combined the words, try combining the numbers too to get an index for your final letters
4. His Precious Earth
Your first step is to find the boxes by solving the logic puzzle. For example, you know that you need to fill
in the top left space, because there are four rocks in the top-left cairn, thus all four available spaces must be filled.
Partial Answer: Box LocationsThe box positions are highlighted in grey.
The flavortext has a hint on how to interpret the box locations you found.
"can't see very well" is hinting you need to use Braille to decode the box locations
Partial AnswerThe box locations decode to say "EVERY FIFTH WORD".
You'll want to look at every 5th word of Dracula's note
Partial AnswerHis note hides the secret message:
Fill in bordered areas with wolves to reveal three letters of the same kind.
The instructions means to fully darken all squares of any 2x3 area that has a wolf.
Now you have another set of 3 2x3 areas, so decode Braille one more time.
Meta - Fangs for Nothing
Follow the instructions for each section by taking your puzzle answer (as matched up by symbol from the answer sheet) and manipulating it several times.
This will give you one of the words for the final answer.
Fill in the answer blanks on the answer sheet as you find each section's word
Partial Answer: Word 1
WAXY - WAX = Y
Y -> WHY
WHY -> THY
THY -> THE (Stake is the feared object)
Partial Answer: Word 2
BLOOD TEST -> TEST
TEST -> TEAT (S is the chemical symbol for Sulpher, Boss Wolf = Alpha = NATO for A)
TEAT -> DEAD (D is 500 in roman numerals)
Partial Answer: Word 3
GRAVELY -> GRAVEL
GRAVEL -> RAVEL
RAVEL -> TRAVEL (A crucifix resembles a T)
Partial Answer: Word 4
SUN -> FUN (Eyeteeth are Fangs)
FUN -> FAN (Bat innards means the middle letter of BAT, which is A)
FAN -> FAST (N is the chemical symbol for Nitrogen, and a virtuous person is a Saint (abbreviated ST)
FINAL ANSWERTHE DEAD TRAVEL FAST
BONUS - Stab Bats!
The title is a palindrome, which is hinting that reversing words is key
You'll notice some of the paragraphs have perfect reflections like (Flow and Wolf).
These are the human you can ignore. What about imperfect reflections?
The reflected word (imperfect or perfect) is always the last word in the paragraph.