My First LitReactor Column: Vampires in Wuthering Heights

Hi guys,

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve joined LitReactor! I’ve been following this blog for readers and writers for years now, so it’s really cool to be hired as a columnist. I’m truly honored. (And big thanks to now-fellow columnist Christopher Shultz for recommending me to the team!) Here’s my brand-spanking-new team member profile.

I’ll be talking horror and books, of course, but I may also branch out into grammar and craft lessons, reviews, social media for writers, interviews, and more. Who knows? I’m excited to see where this road will take me, and I hope you’ll join me there. 🙂

“Wuthering Heights” by Robert McGinnis; image by Tom Simpson

My very first column, based on my senior thesis in college, is called “Vampires in Wuthering Heights.” Here’s a snippet:

Vampires in Wuthering Heights. Seriously? Yes, seriously. This is no movie adaptation taking liberties; this is a valid interpretation with textual evidence to support it. Whether you choose to push that interpretation to metaphorical or literal levels is up to you.

But first, a spoiler warning: in the process of explaining my interpretation, I will spoil the hell out of this novel. And yeah, it came out over 150 years ago, but if you’ve had it on your to-read list, go ahead and bookmark this post and come back once you’ve read it. (And go read it now, because it’s awesome.)

Okay, let’s cut right to the chase. Within Wuthering Heights there’s plenty of evidence to read this plot: Cathy becomes a vampire, haunting Heathcliff for years before finally turning him into one as well, so they – joined at last – can roam the moors eternally as the undead.

Think I’m smoking something? Let’s break it down.

Brontë structured the novel unchronologically, but if we take the events of the book in order, the vampiric motifs begin with Cathy’s illness….

I’d love for you to go read the rest at LitReactor. Comments are closed here, but you’re welcome to comment there! Thanks all, and have a great week!

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