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Fantasy is no longer just for geeks and dorks. But what's behind our endless appetitite for vampires and zombies? We'll talk with some of the biggest names in mythic fiction, from Neil Gaiman to Anne Rice, and meet Icelandic trickster Sjon.
Neil Gaiman creates mythic fictional worlds. He tells Anne Strainchamps how our lives are shaped and scarred by childhood experiences.
What's behind our fascination with vampires and zombies? Cultural critic Victoria Nelson says we now look to pop culture to satisfy our spiritual hunger.
Anne Rice, queen of the vampire novel, talks about her obsession with good and evil and the search for meaning. She says the Eucharist looms behind behind her vampire stories.
Sjon is the Icelandic trickster, drawing on Icelandic sagas and surrealism to write his mythic stories. He tells Steve Paulson why we need to re-enchant the world.