Bertena Varney is one of the local leading researchers of the supernatural specifically in the vampire realm. Her research and writing pulls together the mythology of the past with the pop culture of the present. She has traveled to Europe, New Orleans, and Salem to research various legends. She is from Lexington and currently resides in Bowling Green, KY.
She is an Amazon and a Kindle Best Seller in the pop culture and folklore/mythology categories.
Her love for vampires came at a young age when she was sneaking to watch Dark Shadows, the original show. As a teen of the 80's, the vampire movies of that time kept her pulled under their control with The Lost Boys, My Best Friend's a Vampire and many more. As she began college she concentrated her research on vampires and was amazed when she found that her last name was associated with an original vampire book, Varney the Vampire, Feast of Blood. She used her love for vampires and her multiple degrees to research vampires and write about them in her class assignments. These research papers and classes helped her mold her books, Lure of the Vampire: A Pop Culture Reference Book and Lure of the Vampire: Revamped.
She attended Morehead State University where she received the following degrees:
- B.A. in Social Science and Education
- M.Ed. in Social Science and Education
- M.A. in Sociology and Criminology
While in college, she used her extra essays, projects and independent study classes to study vampires in pop culture, thus the creation of Lure of the Vampire. She found her love for pop culture at an early age and applied her knowledge and love to the recent craze of vampires to create her book, Lure of the Vampire.
She has been employed for almost 20 years in the education field which began as her Teaching Assistant position at Morehead State University, and then progressed to teaching as Eastern Kentucky University and National College. Currently, she is the Assistant Professor of Sociology at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College in Bowling Green, KY. She has won the Student Nominated Mentor of the Year Award at the college as an Adjunct and Full Time Faculty in 2013 and 2015 and been nominated 2 other times. She has also been nominated for the Denver comic Con Pop Culture in the Classroom Award.
She has been the guest star and presenter at the following events: The Witching Hour in Salem, Mass., Sirens Conference in Vail, Co, ScareFest, Dead Winter Con, Fandom Fest, Fright Night Film Festival, Lexington Comic and Toy Con, Pokecon, Dance after Dark, Mystical Blood Lust, as well as local television and radio interviews. She has had book signings at Joseph Beth, Half Price Books, The Ghost Hunters Shop, National College, The Matrix, That Book Place, and more.
She was a journalist for True Blood and Vampires on Examiner.com before they closed this year.
Please read on to learn about the book as well as the programs that she prepared for all ages.
After her books were released she began touring local colleges, libraries and conventions while teaching college. This garnered her nickname - the Vampire Professor.
She was Named Woman in Horror on Blaze McRob's Tales of Terror visit here in 2014 and Top Women in Horror in 201 by Venom and Honey.
She is currently working on her research for multiple books on topics such as witches, fairies, djinn, and angels.
She always welcomes written, radio, and television interviews, blog reviews, and guest posts.
Master of Education in Social Science and Secondary Education with an emphasis in Vampire Studies, British Literature and Education 2009
Master of Art in Sociology and Criminology with an emphasis on Deviant Subcultures (vampire, goth, street gangs), drug addiction and serial killers 1999
Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and Secondary Education with an emphasis in sociology and history. 1995
While pursuing these degrees, she completed several papers and articles addressing the following topics: