Ghosties and Ghoulies

Stoker Festival image 2013

It is that time of year again – Hallowe’en – and once again the city of Dublin’s Bram Stoker Festival will celebrate all things macabre, strange and paranormal inspired by the legacy of Bram Stoker and his world-famous gothic novel.

As part of the festival a ‘vampire hunt’ has been organised and, in recognition of Trinity’s part in Stoker’s history, the Long Room of the Old Library is one of the destinations for the vampire fanciers.

A small exhibition has been installed in the Long Room for the occasion consisting of a photograph of a serious-looking Stoker along with fellow officers of the Hist; a copy of Charlotte Stoker’s recollections of a cholera epidemic in 1832 (which are thought to have fed her son’s imaginings of the ‘undead’); a first edition of Dracula and a copy of the work translated into Irish.

Thanks to the Early Printed Books and Special Collections department for allowing us to display these last two items. Stoker and his infamous creation were the subjects of one of EPB’s own blogs not too long ago.

Finally, here is a link to the descriptive list of the Stoker family papers which are held in the Manuscripts & Archives Research Library

Jane Maxwell