How I Spent October 2019

DorisOct2019I spent the Halloween season surrounding myself with all things ghoulish and macabre. Well, okay, I do that all year around, but October is the one time of the year when I don’t stand out so much. Sometimes it feels good to fit in.

I’m happy to say that the month has been good for my publishing endeavours. The draft of my TV tie-in novel is nearly ready — just as well, as the deadline is at the start of December — and just yesterday I got word that my Devil’s Advocates book on The Mummy has been printed, with copies currently stored in the publisher’s warehouse, and soon to be en route to a shop (hopefully) near you.

Articles of mine posted elsewhere this month:

Article topics for November and beyond:


The Vampyre’s Legacy: Halloween Edition


Just in time for Halloween, WWAC has the latest instalment in my decade-by-decade history of vampire fiction. This time, I’m looking back at the sixties and seventies, where I find not only Interview with the Vampire but an earlier, rather less successful attempt to give vampires a makeover — courtesy of the TV tie-in market. Read on…

If you haven’t yet read the earlier posts in the series (which now have a combined wordcount of 28,500) here is where you can catch up:

Part 1: Two Centuries of Blood — John Polidori’s “The Vampyre” (1818); Cyprien Bérard’s Lord Ruthwen ou les Vampires (1820)

Part 2: The Feminine Touch — Théophile Gautier’s “La morte amoureuse” (1836); Elizabeth F. Ellet’s “The Vampyre” (1849)

Part 3: Deconstructing the Vampire — Charles Wilkins Webber’s Spiritual Vampirism (1853);  Paul Féval’s Le Chevalier Ténèbre (1860)

Part 4: Carmilla and Company — J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla (1871-2); Anne Crawford’s “A Mystery of the Campagna” (1886)

Part 5: Enter Count Dracula — Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897)

Part 6: An Occult Dawn — M. R. James’ “Count Magnus” (1904); Sax Rohmer’s Brood of the Witch-Queen (1918)

Part 7: Dion Fortune’s Demon Lover — Dion Fortune’s The Demon Lover (1927)

Part 8: In the Shadow of Hollywood — Henry Kuttner’s “I, the Vampire” (1937); Irina Karlova’s Dreadful Hollow (1942)

Part 9: Atom-Age Vampires — Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend (1954)