Vampire Magazine Search
Recently I was doing a search for Vampire Magazines in the United States. I am already a subscriber to Gothic Beauty Magazine but it wasn’t what I was looking for. I wanted an actual magazine dedicated to vampires. But, all that I found was a website that said “Vampire Magazine” but it isn’t an actual print magazine. I then did a world wide search and found a vampire magazine entitled, ” Bite Me” that is published in England. Funny- I was just there this summer and could have shot myself for not doing this before I left. But, enough about that. I then ordered a copy of the magazine and was so excited when I got it. I LOVED it and immediately contacted the Editor and Owner of Bite Me Magazine. She was thrilled to do an interview with me and share news about her new book. So on with the interview.
Interview with Arlene Russo
Question: Please tell us a little about yourself like how did you get started?
Answer: After attending the world’s biggest Dracula convention in the USA to celebrate the centenary of Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1997 in LA, I decided my mission was to return to Scotland and establish a magazine, uniting fans of the book from around the world. Bite me was launched in 1999 with a special showing of Blade. Little did I know at this stage how hard it would be entering the publishing world!
Questions: Why did you choose vampires as your topic to write about?
Answer: As a child, I was fascinated by horror movies and the paranormal (the film star Christopher Lee was my main inspiration). I have to thank my mother for letting me stay up late to watch the Hammer horror double bills when I was 10.
Question: It looks as if you are the ONLY exclusive vampire magazine..is this correct?
Answer: At one point there were several vampire fanzines but these operated mainly as extensions to existing vampire societies. But at one point Bite Me was – as far as I am aware- the only exclusive vampire magazine.
Question: What have been your biggest obstacles in doing the magazine?
Answer: There are many obstacles! Turning a hobby into a business is hard work. What starts out as a hobby becomes a 24/7 thing. The hardest thing though is publishing a magazine without a team. I have to do the job of many people which as you can imagine is hard work. As well as all the editorial duties, I choose every single article in each issue, decide the layout, sub edit and proof read every article, decide all the illustrations for every article, and locate every picture etc. There are also the publishing duties- the business side: sales enquirers, subscription renewals, promotion, stockist enquiries, as well as doing my own book keeping. Another challenge is launching a glossy magazine in the competitive marketplace on a shoestring.
Question: What are some of your other projects that you are currently working on?
Answer: At the moment I am writing my memoirs about being an editor. I also hope to do a Best of Bite me compilation. Also, I have been studying creative writing for a few years at University and have been writing fiction, mainly for children. One of course is a vampire series..
Question: That sounds very interesting so where else can fans here in Lexington and the United States find out more about you and your magazine and books?
Answer: I have a website www.bitememagazine.com which has a forum that people are welcome to join.There is also the official Bite me magazine Facebook page.
Arlene, I would like to thank you for joining us today. I wish you the best of luck with the magazine and I highly recommend it to all the Vampire fans out there.
Join me in my next article as well will explore her first book, Vampire Nation and discuss her newest book, The Real Twilight: True Stories of Modern Day Vampires.