As part of the Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin (27-30 Oct), I’ll be taking part in the Slayers and their Vampires panel from 1 pm – 2.30 pm on 28 October, in the Albert Lecture Theatre, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 123 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.
I’ll be joining Bruce McClelland, (Slayers and Their Vampires: A Cultural History of Killing the Dead) and David Skal (Something In the Blood: a Biography of Bram Stoker) in discussing the modern cultural significance of vampire legends.
As some know, my first M.A. thesis investigated themes in 19th century supernatural Irish fiction, which included a detailed look at Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I’ve been reading vampire fiction since I was a teen, and my story ‘Bone Mother’ (currently being adapted into a stop-motion animated short film) features a rather well-known vampire. As well as this I’ve written an Irish vampire hunter, and investigated our indigenous vampire myth, for the Róisín Dubh comic book series.
I’m looking forward to getting my teeth back into this old fascination of mine.