Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to crack open a spooky read. But W. Scott Poole, author of Monsters in America, brings us no mere piece of werewolf or zombie fiction. His new work, Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror is a biography. It examines the story of actress, artist and burlesque dancer Maila Nurmi, aka Vampira. “Much of the book centers around her life in Los Angeles, her relationships with Hollywood icons like James Dean and Elvis Presley, and her lasting impact on women like Elvira, Morticia Addams and Lady Gaga,” says a press release. Vampira “is also the story of sexuality in 1950s America.” Poole will read and sign copies at Malaprop’s on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. Free. malaprops.com. Author photo by Leslie McKellar
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