Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Why Do Women Write Bloody Good Vampire Fiction? From Rice, Meyer to Harris- Do Women ‘Get’ Vampires?

Why Do Women Write Bloody Good Vampire Fiction? From Rice, Meyer to Harris- Do Women ‘Get’ Vampires?

Oct 30, 3pm at The Shadowbox Theatre

Meet the Authors Mixer & Book Signing Immediately Follows
The Vampire Film Festival (Vampire Fest) and Reel Energy Entertainment are pleased to announce the members of our 2010 Writers’ Panel.  Professor Dr. June Pulliam, who teaches horror, gender and popular culture at Louisiana State University and authored Hooked on Horror: A Guide to Reading Interests in the Genre will be moderating this panel. KAREN ESSEX

There is a great tradition of New Orleans vampire novels and Big Easy native, Karen Essex, author of Stealing Althena, Leonardo’s Swans, Kleopatra, Pharaoh and Bettie Page: Life of a Pin up Legend, joins their ranks with her newest novel, Dracula in Love.  Her first foray in the vampire genre, Dracula in Love, is a unique twist to the Bram Stoker classic.   Ms. Essex recently contacted us from London and is delighted to join us.
"I'm thrilled to be participating in Vampire Fest in my hometown. Though Dracula    in Love is set abroad, the inspiration to write it surely came from growing up in the haunted corridors and evocative atmosphere of New Orleans."
Ms. Essex will also host the Vampire Shorts series The Thirst for Blood, October 29 at 7pm at the Shadowbox Theatre.  Ms. Essex will introduce the films and do a book reading.
Our second panelist, acclaimed horror novelist, Gabrielle Faust, will also be treating film conference attendees to a dramatic reading from the latest installment of her post-apocalyptic vampire seriesEternal Vigilance, entitled Bound in Blood on October 30 at 5:30pm prior to the Gothic Short Films Series.  Gabrielle will also be on hand afterward for a brief Q&A and discussion of her work in the vampire genre." Gabrielle is the author of the dark fantasy vampire series Eternal Vigilance, two collections of poetry entitled Before Icarus, After Achilles and Crossroad and the recently released horror novella, Regret. Her short stories and editorial commentary has appeared in a variety of online and print publications such as SciFiWire, Blastr, Doorways Magazine and Fear Zone. She is currently at work on the fourth Eternal Vigilance novel, as well as the sequel to Regret.
Our third panelist, Sue Dent, is a Mississippi native and the author of Never Ceese and Forever Richard, the first two installments in her Thirsting for Blood Series. Her debut novel, Never Ceese, appeared on the 2007 preliminary ballot for a Bram Stoker Award and Forever Richard, the second book in her Thirsting for Blood Series, made the 2010 long-list at the British Fantasy Society. Both Never Ceese and Forever Richard made the 2009 Pluto Award long-list with Never Ceese moving onto the top three books short-listed. Sue is currently a member of HWA, Horror Writer's of America.
Our fourth panelist is Kristy Tallman, is based in Chester, Virginia.  Ms. Tallman is a poet and writer of internationally acclaimed psychological thrillers and horror fiction. Her storytelling is based on the traditional art of oral folklore found deep within the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky and flows forth into literary tales woven in a way that keeps her fans coming back for more.  She has authored the independent bookstore bestsellers, The All-Soul's Faire; Crows on the Cross and Dark Poetry. Her upcoming works are Widow's Blood and Hell's Hollow.
“I am very honored and excited about sharing this panel with the fine ladies of who have been chosen, The Vampire Film Festival is going to be an awesome event from beginning to end. I wouldn't miss it for the world!”  -Kristy Tallman
Vampire Fest will be held in the historic Faubourg Marigny which adjoins the French Quarter.  The venue is the Shadowbox Theatre, 2400 Saint Claude Avenue and the dates are from October 27th through October 31, 2010.  The panel will be held at the Shadowbox on October 30, 2010, at 3pm .  The panel will be followed by a networking mixer for filmmakers and writers to foster further endeavors of adaptions of vampire fiction to film.  Tickets are now available at www.vampirefest.com
Spend Halloween with Dacre Stoker.  Bram’s blood relative and join us for a presentation Retracing the Steps on the Creation of Dracula.  Hosted by LSU Professor and author, John Edgar Browning.  3pm Oct 31 at the Shadowbox Theatre.
For more information please visit us at www.vampirefilmfestival.comor call 504.298.VAMP