Science fiction, double feature (feel free to sing along)
I am a science fiction/paranormal/horror/comic book geek girl.
Growing up I had a thing for Star Trek that was no secret. Other things I got into were a bit clandestine. Shhhh, some of it I am not talking about yet. I watched Dr. Who on PBS, saw every Star Wars film numerous times, I gobbled up old reruns of The Twilight Zone and Outer Limits. And yes, I am geek enough that I can talk in acronyms about all of the above. I can quote Han Solo, Yoda, Luke, Darth, Leia, C3P0, Spock, Kirk, Picard, Data, Jordy... well, you get the idea.
I also had a thing for horror. Not, slasher horror. But, classics like Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Black Cat, and all those B movies that Vincent Price starred in. Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney... you know the stuff. Growing up near Hollywood allowed me to visit MGM, Universal, and Paramount Studios and imagine what it was like back in the day. When movies were made on a sound-stage, everyone had a contract with a studio, and Lugosi was drinking sterno.
And then there was manga. I was obsessed with Japanese manga. We're talking the eighties here. Not the manga we see now. I was addicted to Robotech. Yep, I said it. Here it is in print for all to see. It was around 1985 that I secretly had a stash of Robotech comic books and I rushed home from school everyday to catch Robotech on KCOP channel 13. And while I am digging secrets out of the closet I also read all of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels. Oh, how I loved Pussy Galore. A few short years later I became completely obsessed with Anne Rice's vampires, but that is a post for another day. Vampires. That's a topic that will take a while.
Which leads me to...2011.
My science fiction loving, vampire obsessed nature is no secret. I regularly host True Blood and Vampire Diaries viewings. I have an entire wall in my office dedicated to a growing collection of fiction and non-fiction vampire books, Twilight action figures, vampire themed tchotchkies, and other things goth-like. Another bookshelf is dedicated to all things Harry Potter. I am not ashamed. Hey, I've got kids who grew up with this. And for those of you shaking your heads, I have several shelves full of academic books that would make your eyes cross.
Since taking a break from grad school I have really enjoyed getting back to reading for fun and entertainment. My kids and my friends indulge me with books and all sorts of wacky, wonderful toys to decorate my office. Some of my favorite things are my Neil Gaiman Sandman comic book collection, a signed copy (signed by Charles Vess not Neil not yet) of the graphic version of Stardust, a near dozen signed Caitlin Kiernan books, and my Edgar Allen Poe action figure.
That said, growing up with me as a mom was an adventure. My kids, who are no longer kids, tell the funniest stories of my parenting powers -- good and evil. Family Fun Night at our house was vastly different from other people's homes. One of our favorite nights was Rocky Horror Picture Show night. From a very young age my kids could sing along and act out the parts. And with that, I leave you this to enjoy!