Few PR men have been welcomed to these shores in a more frightening
way than Miller Shandwick associate director James Korenchen.
Korenchen recently moved from heading up Miller Shandwick’s New York
operations to become head of consumer technology in London. On the
flight over he got chatting to a fellow passenger who invited him to
meet up with her and a group of friends in London.
Korenchen says: ’She seemed quite normal. So I thought great, a good
chance to meet new people in a strange town.’
Arriving at the arranged venue, a back room at the Phoenix Theatre, he
was greeted by a woman wearing a revealing dress resembling a spider’s
web. On closer inspection several other people in the room were dressed
in all black and had fangs.
’I turned around and saw the woman I met on the plane,’ Korenchen
’She was also in black and explained that she and her friends liked to
dress up as vampires.’
Despite experiencing a little twinge of alarm at this revelation
Korenchen persevered with his new chums. However, the final straw came
when one of the vampires greeted him with the words: ’It’s good to have
some new blood in the group.’
Korenchen then made his excuses and left. He tells me that he hasn’t
been back since.