Halloween history presentation 'Morbid Meditations upon the Kiss of the Vampire'

Looking for a cultured, aristocratic gentleman to bring home to the parents? What if this man had no reflection or was suddenly destroyed by sunlight? Dr. Robert Luehrs, teaching excellence coordinator at Fort Hays State University, points out that the average vampire, while a gentleman, is actually something much more horrific and repulsive.

The public is invited to Dr. Luehrs's lecture, "Morbid Meditations upon the Kiss of the Vampire," to be held at 7 p.m Monday, Oct. 29, in the Fort Hays Ballroom located on the second floor of the Memorial Union on the FHSU campus. The presentation is sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta, the FHSU History Honor Society.

"For the past eight years, Phi Alpha Theta has somehow convinced me to give a public Halloween presentation, in suitable garb. This year's version involves my arcane observations about vampire legend and lore," Luehrs said. He will offer some disquieting observations about traditional vampire lore to university students and adults. Young children might find the subject matter a bit too intense, though, he said. The presentation should last about 40 minutes.

Admission is free, and appropriate refreshments will be served. Donations for Phi Alpha Theta will be accepted.

Dr. Luehrs and his wife, Christiane, instructor of English at FHSU, have showcased dramatic Halloween displays in the FHSU Forsyth Library for the past 34 years. This year's exhibit is titled "The Nightmare and the Bride" and will feature two animated films by Tim Burton, "Corpse Bride" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas." The display may be viewed until Friday, Nov. 2.

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