Just in time for Halloween, we spoke to author Vivian Shaw about everyone’s favourite “monster” – the vampire! Immortal vampires have occupied the human imagination for centuries. Whether you prefer the Twilight, Buffy or Bram Stoker type, don’t expect them to turn to dust any time soon.

We talked to Vivian about her Greta Helsing trilogy, reclaiming monsters from the monstrous, competence p0rn, vampire watermelons and much much more! Come find us on social and tell us who your favourite vampire is…

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Nosferatu
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  • Shadow of the Vampire
  • What We Do in the Shadows
  • Mr. Vampire
  • Buffy
  • Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  • Varney the Vampire by James Malcolm Rymer & Thomas Peckett Prest
  • The Vampyre by John William Polidori
  • Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett
  • M. R. James

Vivian Shaw wears way too many earrings and likes edged weapons and expensive ink. She was born in Kenya and has lived in Cardiff, Oxford, and Baltimore. She has a BA in art history, an MFA in creative writing and publishing arts, has worked in academic publishing and development, and is looking forward to expanding her freelance editing portfolio.

She writes about monsters, machines, disasters, and found family; her short sci-fi/horror fiction has appeared in Uncanny and Pseudopod, and she is the author of the Dr. Greta Helsing trilogy (STRANGE PRACTICE, DREADFUL COMPANY, and GRAVE IMPORTANCE). In her spare time she collects vintage cookbooks and fountain pens, and writes fanfiction (pen name: Coldhope). She lives in Santa Fe with her wife, the author Arkady Martine.