Bram Stoker

Why I’m Following In The Footsteps Of Dracula

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  Bram Stoker’s novel has somewhat paradoxically become one of the most influential novels of the last century, considering it was written as a melodrama and went head-to-head with Richard Marsh’s ‘The Beetle’. ‘The Beetle’ was a bizarre hybrid novel of supernatural romantic mystery published in 1897, the same year as ‘Dracula’, and initially it […]

Born To Be Vlad

He married Oscar Wilde’s old bird, he never went to Eastern Europe, he was the author of ‘Miss Betty’, he managed the Lyceum Theatre and he wrote ‘Dracula’ (which I always couple with ‘Frankenstein’ as the readable half of the pair). In 10 days’ time it’s the anniversary of Bram Stoker’s death, and in that […]

Wish You Were Here, Love Dracula

Artist Graham Humphries has been staying in Dracula’s holiday town of Whitby, North Yorkshire, where he has been casting a painterly eye about the Abbey – this is what he came back with. Sometimes I wonder if Yorkshire isn’t more sinister than Transylvania. For me, Bram Stoker’s Dracula remains the only big gothic novel that’s […]