VAMPIRE-CON 2009 has finalized its schedule of panels for Sunday, August 16 - including one moderated by yours truly, titled "Why We Love Vampires: A Brief History of the Undead." David J. Skal and Del Howison will be among the panelists; both of them appeared with me on a similar panel after a performance of Courting Vampires a couple months ago, so this will be a mini-reunion of sorts. I promise to try to make the new panel as fresh as possible, not just a rehash of what we said before, so don't be afraid to come again if you already saw us do our shtick.
The convention kicks off with two days of vampire movie screenings at the New Beverly Cinema on Friday and Saturday, before moving to the Music Box at the Henry Fonda Theatre on Sunday. The panels will be held during the morning and afternoon, followed by the Vampirella's Ball that evening. Doors will be open for the daytime portion of the convention from 10:30am until 4:30pm. Vampirella's Ball (which is 18-and-over) runs from 8:30pm to 1:00am.
11:00AM - Why We Love Vampires: A Brief History Of The Undead
- Moderator: Steve Biodrowski, editor of HollywoodGothique.com
- Angela Aleiss, PhD, film historian, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion and Film at UCLA, and former correspondent for Religion News Service
- Del Howison, co-owner of Dark Delicacies - America's Home of Horror, Bram Stoker Award-winning editor, and the only actor to have played Renfield on screen more than once
- Leslie S. Klinger, editor of The New Annotated Dracula
- J. Gordon Melton, author of The Vampire Book: An Encyclopedia Of The Undead and The Vampire Gallery; head of the American chapter of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula
- David J. Skal, author of Hollywood Gothic and V Is For Vampire: The A-Z Guide Of Everything Undead
- Dacre Stoker & Ian Holt, authors of Dracula The Un-Dead. Dacre is the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker, and Ian is a Dracula documentarian, historian, and screenwriter.
1:00PM - Hot Blooded: Vampires & Sexuality
- Moderator: David J. Skal, author of Hollywood Gothic and V Is For Vampire: The A-Z Guide Of Everything Undead
- Hal Bodner, author of Bite Club: A West Hollywood Vampire Tale
- Pam Keesey, author of Dark Angels: Lesbian Vampire Erotica and Daughters Of Darkness: Lesbian Vampire Tales
- Fred Olen Ray, writer/director of The Lair on Here! TV. Joined by Lair cast members: David Moretti, Brian Nolan, Peter Stickles and Dylan Vox
- Celeste Yarnall, star of The Velvet Vampire and also known for her work in The Beast Of Blood, Star Trek and Live A Little, Love A Little opposite Elvis Presley
3:00PM - Inked In Blood: 40 Years Of Vampirella (followed immediately by crowning of the new Vampirella spokesmodel)
- Moderator: J. Gordon Melton, author of The Vampire Book: An Encyclopedia Of The Undead, who has worked with the Vampirella fan club publication
- Sean Fernald, Vampirella historian, writer, and producer of the horror film RED VELVET
- Donald F. Glut, freelance writer for Vampirella magazine and director of cult film The Vampire Hunters Club
Location: The Music Box at the Henry Fonda Theatre - 6126 Hollywood Blvd at Gower in Hollywood, CA (323) 464-0808
Theatre Website: Click here
Dates: Sunday, August 16