PVCC adjunct professor Joseph Laycock isn't as interested in vampires portrayed in Twilight, the media and crime reports as he is in vampire communities and understanding them on a philosophical and sociological level.
Join Jennifer for a talk with Laycock on his studies and his book "Vampires Today: The Truth about Modern Vampirism" at Baja Bean! Laycock is a PhD in religion and society, and has a master's in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School.
As he explains in an interview with the Vampire Film Festival: "There are several types of self-identified vampires addressed in the book. 'Lifestyle vampires' admire the aesthetic of the vampire. Lifestylers may have fangs made, they may even sleep in coffins, but other than their commitments to their lifestyle they are no different from everyone else. Most importantly, they can 'quit' being a lifestyle vampire if they choose. 'Real vampires; either consume blood or believe that they absorb the life energy (psi) of those around them. Most real vampires see this as condition innate from birth and believe that their physical, mental, and emotional health will deteriorate if they go without feeding. It is, of course, possible to be both a 'real vampire' and a 'life-styler' simultaneously." Read the whole interview here.
Beforehand, try some of Baja Bean's tasty Mexican food! Baja Bean has a variety of Mexican entrees, including a build-your-own burger and quesadilla menu. Or for lighter fare, try a specialty taco, soup, salad, or sandwich. Check out the full menu here. We encourage guests to eat before the talk to minimize distractions.
The talk is FREE for all guests.