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Vampire conference at University of Hertfordshire

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The conference will look at vampires in British and US culture

A conference aimed at promoting British vampire fiction and where food is served in coffins has been organised at the University of Hertfordshire.

Writers and vampire "experts" from around the world will speak at the event, discussing their portrayal in traditional and modern culture.

Dr Sam George, a lecturer at the university, says her aim is to "put the British vampire back on the map".

Dr George argues the vampire myth has become "Americanised" in recent years.

"The new breed of vampires are far from monstrous, they are glamorous and sexy and have an emotional side," she said.

The event will be held on 16 and 17 April.

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