About the author

In 1994, vampire aficionado Brad Middleton created “Vampyres Only,” the first vampire pop culture website on the Internet. It remains the largest, longest-running and most extensive source of related information available online. Since then, “VO” has been profiled across all media, and Brad’s expertise on the subject has led to consultations with such authors as Katherine Ramsland, who tapped him as a source for her ground-breaking book Piercing the Darkness: Undercover with Vampires in America Today (HarperCollins, 1998).

In 2009, Brad wrote about television vampires for the third edition of J. Gordon Melton’s The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead (Visible Ink Press, 2010). He realized that the subject demanded further study; three years of additional research—and watching over 1300 hours of television—culminated in his first book: Un-Dead TV: The Ultimate Guide to Vampire Television. This 500+ page tome catalogs over one thousand unique vampire appearances on television, worldwide, from 1949-2012—and is the first book to focus specifically on this medium.

Having once called both Vancouver and Los Angeles home, Brad now resides in Toronto, where he works in broadcast media. He’s a member of the Horror Writers Association, and is currently writing his second book, The Great Fright North, which is a survey of Canadian horror pop culture. He will also have a research paper published in a forthcoming book that is tentatively titled Laugh Until You Bleed: Vampires and Humor in Popular Culture. Brad’s paper, “Bloodsucking Triple Threats: Vampires in Variety Programming,” takes a look at the bloodsucking undead found in television variety shows, beginning with the Texaco Star Theatre in 1949. He explores how vampires in these types of productions were often products of their time, influenced by politics and societal trends, and how they in turn influenced other avenues of popular culture. He also shines a spotlight on the two undead archetypes that influenced the vast majority of TV vampires that followed: Bela Lugosi‘s Dracula, and Maila Nurmi’s Vampira. The book will be published by McFarland in late 2015/early 2016.



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Friday, September 18, 2015