Speakers and their Papers

Dr Stacey Abbott, Reader in Film Studies, Roehampton University. Author of Celluloid Vampires (Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2007), presenting on ‘Dracula on TV’ from her forthcoming book on TV horror (I.B. Tauris).
‘”So who’s got a case of Dark Prince envy?”: The Televisual Dracula’

Sir Christopher Frayling, educationalist and writer. Sir Christopher was awarded a knighthood for ‘Services to Art and Design Education’ in 2001. He was Rector in charge of the Royal College of Art from 1996 to 2009 and Chairman of the Arts Council in England from 2005 to 2009. He has a wide output as a writer and critic on subjects ranging from vampires to westerns; his seminal work, Vampyres: Lord Byron to Count Dracula, has inspired us all. He will be talking about visual representations of the Gothic.
‘From Literature to myth: the visualisation of the Gothic’

Dr Sam George, Senior Lecturer in Literature, University of Hertfordshire. Convenor of the Open Graves, Open Minds: Vampires and the Undead in Modern Culture research project (including the ‘Reading the Vampire’ module in the Modern Literary Cultures MA programme) and co-editor of the forthcoming book.
‘Undead aesthetics: nineteenth-century vampire narratives and beyond’ (introducing the Open Graves, Open Minds project)

Prof. William Hughes, Professor of Gothic Studies, Bath Spa University. Founding member of the IGA and editor of the Journal of Gothic Studies; his books include Beyond Dracula: Bram Stoker’s Fiction and its Cultural Context (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2000); Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Readers’ Guides Series (London: Continuum, 2009); and The Victorian Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion, edited by William Hughes and Andrew Smith (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012).
‘A quiet act of plagiarism: Bram Stoker, Wallis Budge and The Jewel of Seven Stars

Dr Bill Hughes. Has written on the eighteenth-century dialogue, the early novel, and Richard Hoggart. Co-editor of and contributor to the forthcoming book, Open Graves, Open Minds: Representations of Vampires and the Undead from the Enlightenment to the Present (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012),
‘”I, too, can love”: Genre, Knowledge, and Dracula’s Romantic Progeny’ (Open Graves, Open Minds continued)

Prof. Peter Hutchings, Professor in Film Studies, University of Northumbria. Author of Hammer and Beyond: The British Horror Film (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1993) and Dracula: British Film Guide (London: I.B. Tauris, 2003).
‘In Search of the 1970s Dracula

Kevin Jackson, writer, critic, and broadcaster. Author of Bite: A Vampire Handbook (London: Portobello Books, 2010).
Kevin Jackson and Marcus Sedgwick in Conversation: ‘From Necrophilia to Technophilia’

Paul Magrs, novelist (in conversation with Catherine Spooner). Magrs’s comic novels, beginning with Never the Bride (London: Headline, 2006), about the Bride of Frankenstein’s B&B in Whitby, feature Dracula as a prominent character.
Paul Magrs, ‘The Brenda novels and 666 Charing Cross Road  

Prof. Elizabeth Miller, Professor Emerita at Memorial University of Newfoundland). Prof. Miller maintains the Dracula Research Centre, edits the Journal of Dracula Studies, and has edited (with Robert Eighteen-Bisang) Bram Stoker’s Notes for Dracula (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2008), and The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker: The Dublin Years (London: Robson Press, 2012).
‘Bram Stoker’s Dublin Journal’

Kim Newman, novelist and film critic. Author of Anno Dracula (London: Simon & Schuster, 1992), first of a series of novels set in an alternative history where Dracula rules Britain as consort of Queen Victoria.
In Conversation: Dracula and Anno Dracula

Dr Ivan Phillips, Writer and Senior Lecturer in Digital Culture, University of Hertfordshire. Contributor to the Open Graves, Open Minds book (‘The Vampire in the Machine: Exploring the Undead Interface’) and author of plays for stage and radio.
‘The Vampire in the Machine: Exploring the Undead Interface’

Marcus Sedgwick, writer of young adult fiction, talking about the folkloric vampire and his novel, My Swordhand is Singing (London: Orion, 2006). His new novel, Midwinterblood (London: Indigo, 2011), features Viking vampires.
Kevin Jackson and Marcus Sedgwick in Conversation: ‘From Necrophilia to Technophilia’

Dr Catherine Spooner
, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, University of Lancaster. Author of
Contemporary Gothic (London: Reaktion 2006); and Post-Millennial Gothic: Comedy, Romance and the Rise of Happy Gothic (London: Continuum, forthcoming). She will be discussing comic vampires with Paul Magrs.
Catherine Spooner, ‘”I never drink – wine”: comic vampires from Dracula to Alucard’

Dacre Stoker, writer and great-grand-nephew of Bram. Author of Dracula: the Un-Dead (London: Harper, 3009). Presenting on the recently unearthed Lost Dublin Journal of Bram Stoker with Prof Elizabeth Miller.
‘Bram Stoker’s Dublin Journal’

Dr Catherine Wynne, Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century English Literature, University of Hull. Author of Bram Stoker and the Stage: Reviews, Reminiscences, Essays and Fiction (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2012).
‘Bram Stoker and the Dublin Theatres in the 1870s’