|Bram Stoker Centenary Symposium at Keats House|
The romantic, period setting of Keats House, in Hampstead, was a fitting venue for the symposium. Keats himself explored forbidden pleasures in his poem “Lamia” (1819), becoming synonymous with the female vampire. Hampstead too has its links to Stoker and vampirism, featuring a number of times in the novel “Dracula”.
|Dacre Stoker (great-grand-nephew)|
with Bram Stoker's ashes
The weather added to the eeriness of the occasion. A sudden bolt of lightning flashed across the sky and a deep roll of thunder made the windows and curtains quiver before the skies opened with torrents of rain –an auspicious omen before setting out for the crematorium to view the urn containing ashes of Dracula’s creator, Bram Stoker.
At the crematorium, the many tributes to Bram and his world-wide legacy of Dracula were led by Dacre Stoker, Bram’s great-grand-nephew, who wrote “Dracula the undead” (the sequel to the original novel).
More information can be found on the Open Graves, Open Minds website.