Experts Available to Discuss Halloween Topics

Are vampires or zombies the hottest monsters this year? When did vampires get to be so sexy, anyway? And why do we spend so much money dressing up like them?

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Are vampires or zombies the hottest monsters this year? When did vampires get to be so sexy, anyway? And why do we spend so much money dressing up like them?

 

Expert: Zombies and Horror Movies

Rob Weiner, pop-culture guru and subject librarian for Texas Tech University Libraries, (806) 742-2238 ext. 282, rob.weiner@ttu.edu.

 

Talking Points

  • Horror in movies, literature and comics
  • History of horror in cinema

 

Expert: Shopping Frenzy

Debbie Laverie, Jerry S. Rawls and Minnie Stevens Piper Professor in marketing,

(806) 742-3953, debbie.laverie@ttu.edu.

 

Talking Points

  • Despite a sluggish economy, consumers in the U.S. will spend $6.9 billion on Halloween in 2011.
  • The outlook for Halloween is not looking scary for retailers.

 

Expert: Vampires

Erin Collopy, associate chair of classical and modern languages, (806) 742-3286, erin.collopy@ttu.edu.

 

Talking Points

  • The sexy vampires of today’s movies are very different from the monsters of eastern European folklore.
  • Vampires’ origins and their changing image in pop culture

 

Expert: Ghosts

Genaro J. Perez, professor of Hispanic literature, (806) 742-3145, genaro.perez@ttu.edu.

 

Talking Points

  • Ghosts, legends and the devil in Mexican literature