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The Vampire Tapestry study guide
This is a rewarding text to teach: a modern predator who never was human, my protagonist is no common bloodsucker; his is a tale of dangerous self-discovery and an exploration of the concept of predation.

The book has been taught in classes in Gothic Literature; Horror Fiction; Vampire fiction; Popular Culture Studies; The Tragic Imagination; Science Fiction; Modern Fantasy Fiction; The Monster Protagonist; and writing speculative fiction (please email me about any area I've missed).


Walk to the End of the World study guide
This is a unique take on the post-apocalyptic quest story, in a stark future of perverse and authoritarian social rigidity and gender delusion, moving toward ultimate catastrophe around the small band of seekers fighting their way toward freedom -- a different freedom for each of them.

This novel is taught in classes on Dystopian/Utopian Futures, Gender Studies, Feminist Social Theory, Feminist Literature, Women in Science Fiction, Literature of the Subversive, Post-Apocalyptic fiction, Imaginary Revolutions, and Modern Epic Literature.