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Halloween lecture focuses on monsters

October 29, 2012 12:00AM

Jamie McDaniel doesn’t need Halloween to talk about zombies, vampires and other things that go bump in the night, but he couldn’t pass up an invitation to talk about monsters on Halloween.

McDaniel, an assistant professor of English at Pittsburg State University, will deliver a lecture, “Let’s Talk Monsters,” at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, in 307 Grubbs Hall. The informal discussion is free and open to the public.

In his presentation, McDaniel will trace the origins of today’s monster culture, from Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” and voodoo zombie rites through the “Twilight” series and “The Walking Dead.” The lecture is the inaugural event of the Let’s Talk Lecture Series and is sponsored by the English Department, the English Club and Sigma Tau Delta English honor society.

Monsters, scary stories and frightening films are McDaniel’s specialties.

"Like many people, I enjoy being scared," McDaniel said in an interview in 2011.

McDaniel said his interest in horror films and literature began at an early age.

"In elementary and middle school, I read a lot of R.L. Stine in addition to the classics," McDaniel said.

One event, however, was formative. When an older cousin helped him sneak into a theater to see “Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2,” McDaniel knew he was hooked. Today he happily shares his passion for scary, creepy film and writing with a new generation of fans and thankfully, he said, the body of work included in the horror genre is massive.

©2012 Pittsburg State University