Just got back a few days ago from Orlando where I attended the annual International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts. This year I was invited as guest scholar by the Lord Ruthven Assembly (a group within IAFA with specific interest in vampires and/or revenants) to mark the centenary of Bram Stoker's death.
My presentation (PowerPoint) was well attended and well received. I spent the first half of the allotted one hour showing photos of the Stoker family (including all of Bram's siblings), many of which have never been published. That, of course, is now changing with the release of the new book "The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker" (which I co-edited with Dacre Stoker). Also included were family mementos such as a bible given to Bram on his 11th birthday and various sports trophies that he won while a student at Trinity College.
The second half of the session was devoted to the newly discovered Journal that Bram kept during the 1870s. Most of the 310 entries (all transcribed and included in our book) were written while he was a young man still living in Dublin. They reveal much about the man as well as the writer.
The book will be officially launched in London on April 19. Next week Dacre and I will begin a hectic two weeks of talks and book signings throughout the U.K. I hope to post updates here as we go along - though photos may have to wait until I get home in early May.
LEGEND (The legend of Vlad Tepes and Juztina)
Juztina: Listen my love… Can you not hear them wailing?
Do you not see their tortured souls walking the halls?
The cries of the dead creep into my chambers and haunt my dreams,
There an endless valley of rotting corpses,
Our land is soaked with blood, our wells swell with misery,
And I, am tangled in your lies,
An impenetrable veil of deceit,
Vlad: You can see the hatred blackening my eyes,
The evil within seeps into all around me,
The blackness consumes all,
But my vengeance is justified,
This land reeks of blood but alas it is free,
When the blood drips from their flesh into my glass,
Those who watch shudder and draw back,
Appalled as I dance on their graves and laugh,
Juztina: Songs are sung in the marketplace where the slaughtered hang for all to see,
Blood chilling moans are carried on the wind,
The agony of the damned, still screaming,
They will tell tales of the legend of our love,
The mystery of out ghastly legacy,
Juztina: I hear them walk the halls at night,
Their voices as hollow as the sound of their steps,
Their screams of torment are maddening!
The macabre songs of the Dead,
Vlad: I fear you have drifted from me, my love…
You have such a strange look in your eyes,
There is no trace of you,
With bitterness in my heart and blood upon my lips,
I now kiss you good night,
I dream up hither she more undiluted than construction year
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