Since the 19th century vampires have vampires have become major figures in popular culture,
from Bram Stoker’s Dracula to Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series. The vampire that exists in
literature and other media is a far cry from the vampire of folklore. How did these blood drinking
monsters transform into muppets, rock stars, and the boy next door? This October Patrick
Clapham will expound on the vampires of popular culture, and their roots in Eastern European
folklore and Colonial Ideology.
Patrick Clapham is an assistant librarian with a keen interest in folklore and popular culture.
He has a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and
M.A. in English Literature from Salem State University.