Margaret L. Carter received a B.A. from the College of William and Mary, M.A. from the University of Hawaii, and Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine, all in English. She has taught literature and composition courses at various colleges. Until retirement, she worked for over twenty years as a contractual legislative editor for the Maryland General Assembly.

Her first two books were paperback anthologies, CURSE OF THE UNDEAD and DEMON LOVERS AND STRANGE SEDUCTIONS. She has published several works on vampirism in literature, including SHADOW OF A SHADE: A SURVEY OF VAMPIRISM IN LITERATURE, the anthology DRACULA: THE VAMPIRE AND THE CRITICS, THE VAMPIRE IN LITERATURE: A CRITICAL BIBLIOGRAPHY, and DIFFERENT BLOOD: THE VAMPIRE AS ALIEN. Her stories have appeared in several of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover anthologies, and her “Voice from the Void” appears in THE TIME OF THE VAMPIRES, edited by P. N. Elrod and Martin Greenberg. Her first novel, werewolf tale SHADOW OF THE BEAST, was published in 1998. Her first vampire novel, DARK CHANGELING, appeared in electronic form in June, 1999, from pioneering e-publisher Hard Shell Word Factory and won the 2000 Eppie Award in Horror.

She has written numerous vampire romances in the same universe, as well as other paranormal romances featuring creatures such as werewolves, ghosts, dragons, and Lovecraftian entities with tentacles. She and her husband, Leslie Roy Carter, have collaborated on a fantasy series beginning with WILD SORCERESS.


Each January (from 1990 on) Margaret produces a vampire fiction bibliography update. Contact for information.

For information on ordering DRACULA: THE VAMPIRE AND THE CRITICS and THE VAMPIRE IN LITERATURE: A CRITICAL BIBLIOGRAPHY from the publisher, UMI Research Press, call 1-800-521-3042 or consult UMI’s Books on Demand web site.

SPECTER OR DELUSION? THE SUPERNATURAL IN GOTHIC FICTION analyzes the impact of narrative technique on the “reality” of the supernatural in a variety of works, including FRANKENSTEIN, “Carmilla,” and DRACULA. For ordering information, contact the Edwin Mellen Press at 1-800-753-2788.