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Vampire Conference held at University of Hertfordshire
Skeleton in a Coffin
The conference all about vampires was entitled Open Graves, Open Minds.

A conference all about vampires in British and US culture has been held in Hertfordshire.

The day which aimed to promote British vampire fiction featured talks by writers and vampire experts from all over the world.

The portrayal of vampires in traditional and modern culture was discussed and food was even served in coffins.

Lecturer, Dr Sam George said the vampire myth has become Americanised.

Sam who works at the University of Hertfordshire said the aim of the conference was to "put the British vampire back on the map".

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

The event held on 16 and 17 April was entitle Open Graves, Open Minds.

Twilight

Vampires are very en vogue at the moment thanks to popular films like Twilight and TV programmes like Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

"All my students were interested in was vampires, not 18th century literature, so I've been wanting to do this [conference] for a very long time.

"Each decade we have our very own vampire. We had Lost Boys in the 80s, in the 90s we had Buffy and this decade we have Stephanie Meyer [Twilight author]," Sam explained.




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