Margaret L. Carter read Dracula at the age of twelve, and it changed her life. The resulting fascination with horror, fantasy, and science fiction led her to become a writer, meet her future husband, and pursue degrees in English literature. A lifelong vampire fan, she earned a Ph. D. from the University of California, Irvine, with a dissertation that included a chapter on Dracula. She edited Dracula: The Vampire and the Critics, the first anthology of essays on Stoker's novel, and compiled The Vampire in Literature: A Critical Bibliography. More recently, she discusses the vampire as a naturally evolved species (like her own fictional vampires) in Different Blood: The Vampire as Alien. She has also edited a fiction zine, The Vampire's Crypt. Her stories have appeared in various fanzines and anthologies, including several of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover volumes. Margaret's first novel, Shadow of the Beast, a werewolf tale (set in Annapolis, like her Hard Shell vampire novels), appeared in 1998. Her fiction ranges over horror, fantasy, and paranormal romance.
She and her husband, a retired Navy Captain, have four sons, several grandchildren, two cats, and a St. Bernard named Frodo. Visit her website, Carter's Crypt, at:http://www.margaretlcarter.com.