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Vampires on Paper

The Enduring Appeal of Vampires in Literature

Elda Rotor of Penguin Classics interviews Twilight expert Donna Freitas about the appeal of Stephenie Meyer's blockbuster vampire series…

Elda Rotor of Penguin Classics interviews Twilight expert Donna Freitas about the appeal of Stephenie Meyer's blockbuster vampire series and how it compares to Emily Brontë's enduring classic Wuthering Heights. Elda then speaks with Dacre Stoker, a direct descendant of Bram Stoker, and Ian Holt, authors of Dracula: The Un-Dead, who talk about Bram Stoker's masterpiece, why Dracula wears evening clothes, and how vampires pick up chicks even when they smell like the grave.

Alan Walker, head of academic marketing, introduces listeners to a book that has "The Wickedest Man In the World," aka Aleister Crowley turning over in his grave, The Magician by W. Somerset Maugham on "Reading the Classics from A to Z."

And Stephen Morrison, associate publisher and editor in chief of Penguin Books offers up the paprika-spiced opening to Bram Stoker's Dracula in his segment, "First Pages."

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