This week, I am headed to New Orleans for the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. I've wanted to go to New Orleans since I was 14.
Interview with the Vampire and Anne Rice's continued "Vampire Chronicles" have much to do with that. So does the work of Poppy Z. Brite (Lost Souls, Drawing Blood, Exquisite Corpse). New Orleans, even post-Katrina, is a mythic city. It is American but not. It is international but very Southern. Of course, this is only what I know from books, TV, and movies. I'm sure I'll get a different experience. I'm pretty sure I own't be accosted by 18th century vampire, although I will be going on a vampire tour.
My paper/presentation, however, is not on vampires (there are sections for general horror and vampires that I might check out). I will be presenting a paper on reading Stephen King as a complete text. All those Dark Tower connections people like to make go way deeper than the average reader realizes and touch on more works than even the best literature map on the internet can provide.
(A colleague of mine will be presenting a paper on contemporary fairy tale films, if you aren't into horror.)
If you are in New Orleans and attending the conference, check out the schedule. I'm on at 4:45 p.m. Visit often this Wednesday-Saturday for posts from the trip and follow us on Twitter @Warning_Signs31.