|Photographer: Keith Penner|
I was born in London Ontario and received a BA and MA at the University of Toronto. I taught secondary-school history and social sciences for the Durham and Peel Boards of Education, and at Branksome Hall, a Toronto independent girl's school. It was my love of teaching a single course, a multidisciplinary Western Civilization programme, combined with a passion for international travel, wide reading and conversation that inspired the two volumes of that That Line of Darkness: The Shadow of Dracula and the Great War and The Gothic from Lenin to bin Laden. Writing became a compliment to teaching that enabled me to reach a larger audience. Currently, I'm writing regularly for Critics at Large, an online publication based in Toronto.
In addition to my professional responsibilities, I enjoy swimming, cycling and walking, particularly the cities of New York, London and on the continent. I will always find a way to ferret out interesting second hand bookstores, stimulating theatre and art galleries that will be the subject of wonderful conversation over good food and wine. For twenty-five years, I and my wife, Gayle have hosted monthly soirees to explore a diverse range of political-social and artistic topics.
- Robert A. Douglas