DIARY: Korenchen says ’fangs for the memories’, then does a moonlight flit

Few PR men have been welcomed to these shores in a more frightening way than Miller Shandwick associate director James Korenchen.

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

says.



’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.



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