Take a Bite is a non-fictional text discussing female vampires in folklore and Anglo-American Literature and how their characteristics changed through the ages.

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Vampires: marginalised, blood-sucking, sexy … it’s hard to avoid these glamorous, dangerous creatures as they hold sway over the imagination. But, as the Twilight generation eagerly flocks to the cinema to watch film after film, do we understand how and why these mythical creatures have come to dominate popular culture? And, more importantly, how do women feature in this phenomenon – in our so-called ‘modern’ society does an empowered vampire queen exist, or are we all just lusting after Edward?

In this innovative analysis of folklore and Anglo-American literature, Nancy Schumann explores the representation of vampires and vampiresses from the Romantic era through to the Post-Modern. Tracing the development of blood-sucking figures from their origins through to Le Fanu’s Carmilla and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, before concluding with the Twilight and True Blood sagas, Take a Bite is a thorough and engaging analysis that puts women centre stage. Looking at both popular and less well-known texts, this engaging study tells the untold stories of vampiresses.

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Biscuits & Catatonia - short story - 

now available in NonBinary Review Issue #36: Heredity 

for a reasonable $5 on the Zoetic Press website

Hannah’s Bookshelf 

Radio show on North Manchester FM 106.6

22 June 2024 - Midsummer Special with seasonal flash fiction including New Beginnings by Nancy Schumann

04 May 2024 - Beltane Special with seasonal flash fiction including The Witch’s Birthday by Nancy Schumann

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Impossible Spaces

including The Hostel

by Nancy Schumann

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Nothing including 

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Spot. 

Hic Dragones

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Into the Woods


A Winter’s Tale by 

Nancy Schumann

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Dracula: An International Perspective

Palgrave Macmillan

including Emotions and Identity in Vampire Literature by Nancy Schumann

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Journal article: Sleeping with the Vampire in Gothic Studies 23.3 (2021): 316–331 

cover of The Universal Vampire, an academic publication with essays on various subjects around vampires in fiction

Women with Bite: Tracing Vampire Women from Lilith to Twilight in B. Brodman & J.E. Doan (Ed). The Universal Vampire: Origins and Evolution of a Legend; Fairleigh Dickinson UP.

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Books with Bite’s talk: Sleeping with the Vampire with Romancing the Gothic from 17 December 2022

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Motherhood, Murder, and Mayhem: Female Vampires in Recent Centuries 


Who is Lilith?