In the final part of the discussion of the impact of vampire literature and lore on society, the panelists talk about racism in vampire literature, the apocalypse, and the prospects of getting Will Smith involved in a Vampire Huntress Legend movie.
Solomon Jones: Dr. Logan, as we move forward and the storyline becomes more diverse, how do you think history is going to see this in terms of vampire lore and literature? When historians look back and say, “Leslie Banks! She wrote a black woman!” how would that be viewed in terms of where the vampire literature came from?
Dr. Logan: A lot of the vampire literature from two hundred years ago was about race. But, not in a good way. For instance, the movie version of Dracula with Bela Lugosi, he had the heavy accent, etc. and that’s significant. It was one of the few things that were true to the book, but he was someone who came from the furthest fringes of Europe where it borders on Asia and in Britain those people were considered a completely different race. And not a good race, either; a particularly low brow race. The British were into hierarchies like nobody’s business; to them the Irish were dirty, the Italians were worse than dirt. But if you went to Serbia and Transylvania, and to them, you got a completely different category of dirt. It’s important because it means that Dracula represents a minority figure who is a threat to civilization. That’s important because the British Empire is collapsing at that point in time and there’s a fear that there would be a revenge, that the colonized people would come back and overwhelm wonderful old England. So, it was a lot of racial variety in there and it was always bad. Now, it’s nice to see that it’s used in a positive way.– Ashton Jack
SJ: Dr. Gaffney, what role do vampires or demons or people from this realm play in the apocalypse? At what point does the story we’re telling become something that we should take seriously from a spiritual standpoint?
Dr. Gaffney: Those are two different questions, and I’ll start with the second. Should we take them seriously? Absolutely. There are people who talk to me about how they see the world, how they understand it, what they’re afraid of, and what they’re looking for in terms of comfort and rescue. So those are important stories. Who figures in the apocalypse? I’ll use the Biblical genre, and that’s human beings.