Blood is Life: The Immortal Lessons in Dracula

One of the most adapted literary characters of all time is Count Dracula. Played as a romantic anti-hero, a demented monster, and an empathetic but misguided devil, audiences cannot get enough of Bram Stoker’s creation. It is not difficult to fathom the reason why, for beneath the interesting tale of heroism pitted against an ancient …

The Doctor’s Dark Secret: The Story of Frankenstein

It was a dark and stormy night and a group of authors sat around a table discussing ghost stories. Among them was the notorious poet Lord Byron and Mary Shelley, whose novel Frankenstein would become a literary classic. It began that night, inspired by a moral discussion and a nightmare. This novel is often misrepresented, …

Austen Week

My friend and fellow author/writer/blogger Rachel is hosting an Austen Week (Feb. 11-18th) on her blog. I encourage all my readers to follow along! I'll be participating with an article on Emma (1996), my favorite Austen film / adaptation. I can't wait to read what everyone comes up with! =)

Victorian Monsters

Last Halloween, I cracked open a book of Victorian vampire stories. I found it interesting how similar the lore was for each story, even though the setting and cultural backdrop was individualistic to the nation that created it. The German vampires, for example, were more predatory-with-a-purpose than the English vampires, inclined to surround a single …