Stanley Stepanic is an Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia. He received his MA and PhD from the same institution. To date he has published three textbooks that have been released in recent editions. These are "Dracula or the Timeless Path of the Vampire," a thorough overview of the vampire from original Slavic folklore and how it transformed in modern media; "Russian and East European Film," a historical look at the medium of film in Eastern Europe with an extensive film analysis list and interactive questions; and "Russian Folklore," the first thorough overview of the subject. In addition to such publications, Professor Stepanic has been very active in the public sphere, giving a variety of presentations and interviews with media outlets over the years, primarily concerning the vampire. He also runs an underground media site and small record label named Deaf Sparrow.