This workshop will focus on the vampire of the Late 20th to the 21st century. The goal of this panel will be to explore the modern vampire in its various forms, examining not only how the vampire has changed over time, but also what it has come to represent in the the 21st century and what it may yet represent in those to come.


Possible topics for this panel include, but are not limited to:


  • Evolution of the Vampire
  • Representations of the Vampire in the 21st century: Vegetarian Vampires, Christian Vampires, Depressive Vampires, Steampunk Vampires, etc.
  • Romantic Vampires and heroic Vampires
  • Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles
  • Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot
  • Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series
  • John Lindqvist’s Let the Right One In
  • Trisha Baker’s Crimson trilogy
  • Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga
  • Becket Ghioto’s Steampunk Vampire Series 
  • Independent Vampire Films - for example, Only Lovers Left Alive or Byzantium, etc.
  • Vampires on TV - True Blood Series, Vampire Diaries, Moonlight, Dark Shadows, etc.
  • The child vampire - Claudia, Eli, Renesmee, etc.
  • The young adult vampire novel
  • Teenage vampires
  • New Adult vampire novels
  • Evolution of the bite/Transformations from human to vampire
  • The immigration of vampire characters into modern society
  • The first person narration of the vampiric tale
  • Region and the 21st century vampire
  • The vampire’s transition from rural landscapes to occupying urban cities
  • From outsider to mainstream vampires
  • Half-vampires - Blade, dhampirs, Mortimer Drake, ect.
  • Anime vampires - Vampire Knight, Vampire Hunter D, ect.
  • The future of the vampire - 21st century and beyond! 
  • Additional idea and unique perspectives welcome