From ancient times, people have had a fascination with vampire legends and myths. What is it about the “vampire mystique” that holds our interest? Vampire stories often take different approaches to exploring the popular legends but some similar themes seem to keep us intrigued: the reputed vampire traits of eternal life, blood drinking, and sexual magnetism.
On Thursday, September 1st, Central library will be hosting the book launch for a brand-new anthology of forward-looking vampire stories, including stories by local authors, entitled Evolve Two: Vampire Stories of the Future Undead edited by Nancy Kilpatrick.
Featuring the work of several authors including Tanith Lee, Kelley Armstrong, John Shirley, Erika Holt, Ivan Dorin, Eileen Bell, Peter Sellers, Ryan McFadden, Steve Vernon, Bev Vincent, and Sandra Kasturi, this book has been described as “fiction at its very best” and “destined to become a classic.”
Join us on September 1st for the book launch and a Readers’ Theatre presentation in the John Dutton Theatre at Central library from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. (Just a heads up, this program contains adult content.)
Have you heard of Readers’ Theatre? Local author Ivan Dorin, whom you will meet at the book launch, introduces it for us here: “Reading is normally both a solitary and a communal activity. People read the same text, but at different times, with different background information, and in different contexts. My goal with the readers' theatre approach is to have more people experiencing the same factors that gave rise to the story, in the same place and at the same time, and with more opportunities for discussion.”
If you are, like me, intrigued by the undead and excited to experience Readers’ Theatre, don’t miss "Vampires: Friend or Foe?" Register here.
In the meantime, if you’d like something vampiric to whet your appetite, try one of these:
Evolve: Vampire stories of the new undead edited by Nancy Kilpatrick
Fledgling by Octavia Butler
Guilty pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
Oscar Wilde and the vampire murders by Gyles Daubeney Brandreth
Dead until dark by Charlaine Harris
True Blood DVD (based on Charlaine Harris’s series)
And keep your eyes open for another anthology soon to be released:
Rigor Amortis edited by Erika Holt.