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From 26th – 28th October, Dublin City will celebrate the life, work and legacy of Dublin horror novelist Bram Stoker and his gothic novel ‘Dracula’.

The three-day festival will peel back the layers of the city to reveal Stoker’s Dublin. The streets will come alive with free pop-up performances of spine-chilling street theatre and sinister sounds, a city-wide Vampire Hunt for families and friends, spooky movies in the open-air, blood curdling literary happenings, terrifying theatre, haunted walking tours and a very special event will take place in the spectacular surrounds of Dublin Castle.

Whether you’re a resident vampire or visiting from further afield, the Bram Stoker Festival 2013 has something for everyone in its spooktacular programme of events!

Check out the website for details:

Bram Stokers' Dracula

Bram Stokers' Dracula

My revenge is just begun! I spread it over centuries, and time is on my side.
— Dracula
Dracula. Chapter 23. Dr. Seward’s Diary

Dracula by Bram Stoker is the chosen book for 2009’s One City, One Book, an initiative established by Dublin City Libraries to encourage reading.

Abraham “Bram” Stoker was an Irish novelist, best known for his horror novel about the vampire Dracula written in 1897. He was born in Clontarf and attended Trinity College Dublin and graduated with honours in mathematics. He worked for many years as a civil servant based in Dublin castle before moving to London.  There have been many film adaptations of the novel.

You can experience the Bram Stoker Dracula Experience in Clontarf:

As part of this initiative, there have been various themed events around the city including:

An Exhibition of Bram Stokers’ Dracula in the National Library of Ireland, Kildare St [1-30 April]

The IFI held a Gothic Film Weekend screening various Dracula movies over the weekend [18/19th April]

An evening of gothic readings and music by candlelight was held in St.Patricks Cathedral. [16th April]

In December 1878,  Bram Stoker stole the girlfriend of Oscar Wilde, married her and whisked her out of the country. A re-enactment of the Bram Stoker amd Florence Balcombe wedding took place in St. Ann’s Church, Dawson St. [2nd/4th April]

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