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Bertena Varney, Vampire Professor

Posted by Liz Strange on July 17, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Bertena Varney, Vampire Professor, is here to visit!

Hi Liz. Thanks for having me today. I am glad that you invited me to come to talk to you about my new book, Lure of the Vampire.

First, Lure of the Vampire is a pop culture reference bookon vampires. The book provides lists, websites and essays dealing with thehistory, mythology, literature, movies, television, games, education and more.There is also a section that provides resources for vampire books and shows that are appropriate for children. And the book ends with very telling and intimate interviews with real life vampires and their vampire council.

The lists are for fun and for reference. For example, everyone complains that until only recently vampires can walk in the sun butactually the first vampire to walk in the sun was Dracula. There are also websites that tell where you can go to take college classes on vampire literature, history and more. This book began as part of my master’s paper and while researching I found that there are lots of colleges out there that offerspecial classes on vampire literature and more. I have provided lists of the professors and academics and their websites for the readers to access.

I am hoping that Lure of the vampire will be used by vampirefans for both fun and reference.

Here is an excerpt from the essay, Lure of the Dead Boyfriend:

In the beginning was a bald monster with a long face, pointed ears and chin, elongatedfingers and sharp talon claws that lost its humanity and control over its monstrous side. It was lured to a young maiden’s window. All of a sudden, with a sudden rush that could not be foreseen and with a strange howling cry that was enough to awaken the terror in any beast, the figure seized the long tresses of hair. He held her to the bed…she screams…shrieks...and he seizes herneck in his fang like teeth… a gush of blood and a hideous sucking noisefollow.

This picture of rape and torture is the bedroom scene of the 1847 penny dreadful, Varney the Vampire: Feast of Blood. The author Thomas Prest painted pictures of the vampire being a sexual monster wanting to devour women, women who wereportrayed as being very passive and weak. In these stories the vampire bite wasa metaphor for rape and the monster wanted his victim aware of every agonizing violation. This is the vampire that was created when men ruled the horror world: a creature cursed to walk the earth for eternity searching not for lovebut for food.

Now today, the story reads more like this, “He met my eyeswith his penetrating gaze. Suddenly it was hard to breathe. ..My heart poundedin my chest… my knees threatened to buckle. I had never seen such a gorgeous man…something about him felt dark and dangerous and desirable. I lifted my chinto give him better access to my neck. He smiled, showing a hint of fangs.” This excerpt is from Lynda Hilburn’s The Vampire Shrink.  

As you see there are lots of hot discussions included inthis book.

Thanks for having me today and if anyone would like to know more about Lure or me please feel free to contact me at the following links:

Buy my book here

Sign up for my newsletter here

 

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Lure of the Vampire:

A Pop Culture Reference Book of Lists, Websites and VeryPersonal Essays 

By Bertena Varney,M.A.


Paperback: 176pages

Also available as an ebook

Publisher: Searchfor the Lure

Published: June 22, 2011

ISBN-10: 0615501567

ISBN-13: 978-0615501567

 

Lure of the Vampire is a pop culture reference book that begins with history and mythology and ends with modern living vampires. The author has provided "fun" lists like the Powersof Dracula, Real Live Vampire Murders, Television Shows and African Americans who have Played Vampires. There are also websites in each section that show the most popular vampire books and even children's shows and books. But, there is a personal twist when it comes to Lure of the Vampire. The author has provided personal essays from national and international vampire authors as well as her own. They range from a personal look at vampires in mythology to the romanticlust filled vampire. There are also interviews with various groups andindividuals involved in the vampire community. Lure of the Vampire: A Pop Culture Refence Book of Lists, Websites, and "Very Telling" Personal Essays is a perfect quick to grab reference book for the vampire fan or author. It is concise enough to assist you in finding links to what you are looking for without our being too cumbersome and confusing.

Lure of the Vampire contains essays from authors: DeniseVerrico - David MacDowell Blue - Charles E. Butler - C.J. Ellisson –BittenTwice – Elizabeth Loraine

Interviews with: Vampiric Council of New England, Vlad the Gothic Vampire Magician , Audrey Koogler, Vampire Priestess , and Hugo Pecos,creator of The Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency

 

Lure of the Vampire is great for any writer who would like to find fun facts to give their vampires in their story. For example, what powers have vampires in mythology possessed or the first literary vampires? There’s a section forthat. 

What if you are a vampire fan who is looking for new YA oradult authors-  there is a section withtitles, authors and their websites.

What about vampire games? There’s a section for that too.

Sections include: Mythology, History, Literature, Movies,Television, Recreation, Children’s Vampires, On the Web, Education, and RealLife Vampires. There are lists, websites, essays, and interviews included inthroughout the book.

Lure of the Vampire: A Pop Culture Reference Book of Lists,Websites, and "Very Telling" Personal Essays is a perfect quick to grab reference book for the vampire fan or author. It's concise enough to assist you in finding links to what you are looking for without our being too cumbersome and confusing.

You can buy Lure of the Vampire at Amazon.com in print here- http://amzn.to/nwifDw.

Ebooks will be coming to Kindle, Nook and Smashwords soon.

 About the Author

Bertena Varney was born in Pikeville,KY. She moved to Winchester, KY where she attended George Rogers Clark High School. When she graduated in 1989 she began her studies at Morehead State University. Her studies included the following:

- B.A. in Social Science and Education

- M.A. in Social Science and Education

- M.A. in Sociology and Criminology

- Rank 2 Secondary Education

Certification

 

She used all of her extra essays, projects and independent study classes to study vampires in pop culture. Thus the creation of Lure of the Vampire.

 

She has worked in education as both a middle and high school teacher and college professor. She has also been a deparment director in a business college, and...more Bertena Varney is from Winchester, KY and currently resides in Bowling Green, KY. She attended Morehead State University where she received the following degrees:

- B.A. in Social Science and Education - M.A. in Social Science and Education

- M.A. in Sociology and Criminology - Rank 2 Secondary Education Certification

 

While in college she used all of her extra essays, projects and independentstudy classes to study vampires in pop culture….thus the creation of Lure of the Vampire.

She has been employed as a middle and high school as well ascollege instructor. Here past employers include Morehead State University Shehas been employed Morehead State University, Eastern Kentucky University andNational College and will be lecturing at Bowling Green Community College inthe fall.

Currently she is planning her lecture tour schedule. In thepast she has presented papers at conference such as Sirens in Vail, Coloradoand The Harry Potter Witching Hour in Salem, Mass. Currently she is scheduledfor ScareFest, Dance on the Dark Side and A Day of Mystical Blood Lust.

She is also planning to begin a vampirology course basedupon her studies of vampires in pop culture.

FindBertena on the web:

Facebook- http://on.fb.me/g8C0Zr

Her writing website is www.bertenavarney.com

Her vampire research website http://searchforthelure.webs.com

Twitter @tenavarney

Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4837666.Bertena_Varney

To sign up for her newsletter go here. http://eepurl.com/exZYQ

Book Trailer- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPMyiYjS6Y0

 





 

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Reply Bertena Varney
11:14 PM on July 17, 2011 
Thanks for having me today. If you are interested in winning and ecopy of of my book please follow the contest guidelines.. tweet this article, post it on facebook. like and join my pages above. you can eithe comment on my book trailer and sign up for my newsletter. The more you do the more chances that you have in winning!
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