Local author and educator, Amy Williams Wilson, will read from her book, The Bite, The Breast, and the Blood: Why Modern Vampire Stories Suck Us In at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2 at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the campus of Fairmont State University. This event is free and open to the public.
Wilson is a “Bellview girl”, a domestic violence awareness advocate, and a mom. She has been lecturing on West Virginia college campuses for over 20 years, and is currently an adjunct at Fairmont State University and West Virginia University. Her research on vampires and meaningful attachment has been presented at various academic and popular culture conferences throughout the United States over the past five years. The Bite, The Breast and The Blood, the compilation of said research, was released by McFarland last September.
Central to every vampire story is the undead's need for human blood, but equally compelling is the human ingestion of vampire blood, which often creates a bond. Wilson’s analysis of vampire stories explores the benefits of the bonding experiences of breastfeeding and Christian and vampire narratives, arguing that modern readers and viewers are drawn to this genre because of our innate fascination with the relationship between human and maker.