Well, not a real one. I was a member of a vampire appreciation society called the Velvet Vampire. Long before Twilightand True Blood,back in the day when The Vampire Lestatwas the coolest undead on the block, we'd go to film shows and Gothic weekends in Whitby dressed up in black velvet, lace and corsets.
I may no longer be able to fit into my corset, but I do still appreciate a good vampire-related event and this Saturday I'm planning to to go Seriously Staked - a vampire symposium at Goldsmiths College in London. Co-organised by ASSAP (the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena) and the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit, Seriously Staked brings together a huge variety of experts and academics to talk about vampires.
According to the Seriously Staked website, the topics of the day include:
- Can science explain vampires?
- Do real vampire hunting kits exist?
- How have vampires impacted western culture?
- What is the crossover between vampires and other anomalous phenomena?
- Was Transylvania vampirism a communist trick to attract tourists?
- What is the London vampire community today?
- Do real vampires exist?
Seriously Staked is on Saturday 8 March at Goldsmiths College, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW. Entry is free for students. Regular tickets are £25 on the door, but reduced price tickets are available before the event at £20 for one ticket and £30 for a pair of tickets. More details and ticket booking: http://www.assap.ac.uk/SeriouslyStaked/
Links and previous related posts
Interview With The Vampire: Number 1 in series (Vampire Chronicles)
Twilight (Twilight Saga)
True Blood Omnibus: Dead Until Dark, Living Dead in Dallas, Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse Vampire Myst)