Tag Archives: Byron

Before Bram: a timeline of vampire literature

More useful information from Roger Luckhurst on the origins of the vampire. This timeline illustrates the ethnographic and literary precursors of Stoker’s Dracula.

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CFP: ‘Summer of 1816: Creativity and Turmoil’, University of Sheffield, 24-27 June, 2016

I’m very much looking forward to this conference, ‘Summer of 1816: Creativity and Turmoil’, celebrating that moment of the Shelley-Byron circle when both Frankenstein and the literary vampire were born ‘The year without a summer’, as 1816 was known, was … Continue reading

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Spectral Visions: Interview with Bill Hughes

Stephanie Gallon, of the University of Sunderland’s Spectral Visions group, has interviewed me here about the Open Graves, Open Minds Project and paranormal romance. I enjoyed the interview very much; her questions were relevant and challenging and helped me clarify … Continue reading

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Frankenstein and the Vampyre: A Dark and Stormy Night

An account of that seminal moment when both Frankenstein and the literary vampire were born; part of BBC4’s season on Gothic. I’ve not watched this yet (not having a TV), but the very erudite Dr Angela Wright of the University … Continue reading

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Frankenstein and the Vampyre: A Dark and Stormy Night

This looks excellent, though I’ve not watched it yet! The inspiring Dr Angela Wright from the University of Sheffield contributes to this programme on the origins of the literary vampire and of Frankenstein, which will be on iPlayer for the … Continue reading

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My hero: Mary Shelley by Neil Gaiman

The fantasy writer Neil Gaiman discusses the wonder of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

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The Poet, the Physician and the Birth of the Modern Vampire

A very interesting article on the relationship between Byron and John Polidori, and the writing of the latter’s seminal vampire tale, The Vampyre.

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Chris Riddell (author of Goth Girl) on Ada Lovelace

Chris Riddell, the author of the hilariously witty (and knowingly intertextual) Goth Girl children’s series, talks here about how the life of Ada Lovelace, pioneering computer programmer and daughter of Lord Byron, has influenced his work.

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