Friday, October 15, 2010

Author Meet: Michael Sims, editor of Dracula's Guest: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Vampire Stories

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This week's lack in a Fragment Friday is brought to you by an Author Meet. Last night, I had the opportunity to meet Michael Sims, editor of Dracula's Guest: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Vampire Stories. What makes this anthology of vampire stories stand out from all the other vampire anthologies out there, you ask? Well, Michael Sims takes an interesting approach to the vampire as a whole, and actually presents a natural history of the vampire, presenting historical documents about suspected cases vampirism and accounts of how certain cultural influences also inspired certain elements of the vampire tale alongside the literary stories that he chose as what he saw as the best examples of the vampire in literature.

Now you're thinking that really doesn't sound all that interesting, aren't you? Well, you'd be wrong. Michael Sims is not only very intelligent, he is also extremely funny. The discussion ended up running almost 2 hours long, and a good time was had by all! If you ever discover that Michael Sims is coming around your area to discuss one of his books, I'd highly recommend going to see him.

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