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NECC Professor Provides Insight on Vampire Allure

Submitted by on September 25, 2014 – 4:24 pm
Assistant English Professor Tom Greene

Assistant English Professor Tom Greene

Two local libraries are getting into the Halloween spirit with presentations on the topic “Why are Vampires Sexy?”.

Tom Greene, assistant professor of English at Northern Essex Community College, will be presenting this topic at Ayer Library, 26 East Main Street, on Tuesday, October 7 at 7 p.m. and at Burlington Public Library, 22 Sears Street, on Thursday, October 16 at 7 p.m.

Vampires have long fascinated the English-speaking world, beginning with Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, published more than a hundred years ago, which spawned an entire genre of tales about night-walkers who drink the blood of the living.  What is it about vampires that has kept people so deeply enthralled? Greene will outline the evolution of the modern vampire legend and reveal how vampires captivate us by addressing not only our deepest fears, but also our most secret desires.

Dr. Greene, who received his Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and his doctorate in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, specializes in Victorian Literature and Cultural Studies. A Salem resident, Greene also works part time as a ghost tour guide.

This presentation is part of Northern Essex Community College’s Speaker’s Bureau.  For more information on topics or to request a speaker, visit the website or call Ernie Greenslade, Marketing Communications, at 978-556-3862.