Cover to Cover #242: Vampire Powerhouse

This week, we present a World Fantasy Convention 2006 panel on vampire fiction.

Paula Guran, editor of Juno Books, is the moderator, and the panelists are Dean Anderson, P. N. Elrod, Charlaine Harris, Suzy McKee Charnas, and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. They talk about the longevity and continuing popularity of a character type that was thought to be "overdone" 25 years ago, about the evolution and metamorphosis of the vampire as lead and romantic foil in recent years, and much more.

This was one of the "do not miss" panels Summer had on her list, and she wasn't disappointed. We hope you feel the same way after hearing this discussion.

Links to other participant books:
Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris
My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding, collection edited by P. N. Elrod
Roman Dusk by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (Dragon Page Library link)

Voicemail: Scott from Tucson on our talking about "I Was a Teenage Dumpeal" in an earlier show's Library segment, since it was written by a good friend of his.

The Library: Michael and Summer will likely have more books to add to The Library after the holidays, but until then, enjoy the new book reviews posted on the website.

Submitting Listener comments: If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know!


  1. Thanks for the vampire podcast, Summer! It was a treat hearing some of my favorite authors talking about their works.

  2. Awesome sound quality! Were you plugged in directly to the system? Though I have little interest in the genre myself, I enjoyed listening to it a lot.

  3. I'm glad you guys liked it!

    As for recording equipment, it didn't seem as if the hotel had a sound system I could plug into (one of those older systems where everything's hidden behind secret wall panels). So I just used my trusty iRiver, and plunked it down on the table in front of Paula Guran, and then went to find a seat. That was done with the internal audio, not even with a microphone.

    I love my iRiver. I wish they hadn't "updated" the newer ones so that you can't plug an external mic into them. I still have to obtain one of those neat little Giant Squid mics, though. That'll make recording stuff at next year's WFC even better!

  4. Rita in Hood River says

    I thought this was hilarious (catching up on my holiday -missed podcsts).