This article offers a historical account of the “vampire panic” that swept through nineteenth-century New England, motivating numerous exhumations of corpses suspected to be vampires. It describes several historical cases of suspected vampires, and reflects on possible reasons for the panic during this period in America.
This 35-minute podcast offers perspectives on Dracula’s legacy in literature and popular culture, 100 years after the death of Bram Stoker. The speakers are a varied group of scholars, writers, and vampire experts, including Stoker’s great-grandnephew Dacre Stoker.
This collection of poster images shows how Dracula has been reimagined in the twentieth century, on both the stage and in film adaptations of the novel. The caption for each poster offers a brief description of its source.
In this brief podcast interview, Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew, Dacre Stoker, speaks about his discovery of the author’s long-lost journal (published in 2013 as The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker). He speaks about the contents of the journal, as well as the process of discovering and editing it for publication with scholar Elizabeth Miller.
This brief article contextualizes Stoker’s Dracula with regard to historical belief in vampires, and charts the development of vampire fiction from the Romantic period to present day. It also traces the evolution of scholarship on vampires, and on Dracula specifically. Finally, the article suggests possible reasons for Dracula’s enduring power, including its narrative structure and its psychological perceptiveness.
This article offers a window into the geography and history of Whitby, England, where Stoker began writing Dracula and where he set some of the novel’s action. It discusses Stoker’s month-long visit to Whitby, and includes photographs of relevant local sights like Whitby Abbey and the harbor.
This infographic introduces the genre of the Gothic novel, by listing some of its hallmark characteristics and describing how they appear in several major Gothic novels from the eighteenth- and nineteenth-centuries (including Dracula).
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