NBC’s ‘Dracula’ Defangs Sin

On Friday, October 24, NBC premiered its new series Dracula, starring British actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the title role. The show earned surprisingly solid ratings for a late-Friday time slot, suggesting that, like its eponymous vampire, it may possess some longevity. Loosely based on Bram Stoker's 1897 novel of the same name, Dracula follows the infamous Count to 1896 London, where he is posing as the nouveau riche American inventor Alexander Grayson and promising a new steampunk-style form … [Read more...]

The Vampire Defanged: An Interview with Susannah Clements

Carissa Smith recently conducted an email interview with Susannah Clements (Associate Professor of English, Regent University), author of The Vampire Defanged: How the Embodiment of Evil Became a Romantic Hero (Brazos Press, which kindly sent us a review copy). The book traces the vampire's evolution in pop culture, from its Christian roots in Bram Stoker's Dracula, through its postmodern iteration in Buffy, and finally to the sparkly undead of Twilight. Carissa: What, beyond the … [Read more...]