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We are proud to announce that the following internationally
renowned speakers are prepared to deliver a keynote presentation at our TSD
(listed in alphabetical order
of their first names):
Hughes, Professor for Gothic Studies at Bath Spa University, immediate Past President of
The International Gothic Association and founder editor of the internationally refereed journal
Bill promised us to bring some amazing news about unpublished
correspondence between the author and one of his publishers.
Ruthner, Assistant Professor for German at Trinity College,
Dublin, and initiator of the Doctor van Helsing Society.
Clemens presentation is titled: BATSHIT! Common errors, misperceptions and
other drivel re: vampires.
Clive Bloom, Emeritus
Professor, Middlesex University, Adjunct Professor, University of Notre
Dame, and editor of the Palgrave Gothic academic book
series. His website: www.clivebloom.com/
Clive will talk about crime, terrorism and anarchism in Victorian London and their relationship with
Dracula, in the light of recent research about the Ripper-Dracula link.
Damian Byrne, a well-known Dublin artist and
Oracle Pictures. Damian has been creating props and set elements for modern horror
movie productions such as Penny Dreadful and
The Raven (after Edgar Ellen Poe).
Damian will give us some fascinating behind-the-scenes insights in the art
of visualising the uncanny.
Lecturer in English at The National University of Ireland, Maynooth
and author of American Women's Ghost Stories in the Gilded Age (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
Dara will speak about "The Evolving Material Culture of the Vampire
Narrative," discussing the way in which the vampire in various movies
and TV series has been associated with material objects such as the cross,
the Bible, Holy Water, the Wafer, coffins, stakes etc. - and what this
says about our perception of the monstruous.
Hans Corneel de Roos, Munich, Acting Editor of Letter
from Castle Dracula, the official news bulletin of the TSD, and author
of The Ultimate Dracula (Munich: Moonlake Editions, 2012).
Hans will talk about his upcoming book Powers
of Darkness - The Lost Version of Dracula -- the first
English translation of Makt Myrkranna (Reykjavík, 1900), with
contributions by Dacre Stoker and John Edgar Browning.
Paul Murray, Dublins, author of From the Shadow
of Dracula (London: Jonathan Cape, 2008).
Paul will speak about the books the young Bram Stoker read at the Marsh
Library in Dublin while studying at Trinity College - including books
about Romania. This will throw a new light about Bram's early interest in
this country, that later would play such an important role in Dracula.
Bogdan Popa, historian and
researcher at the "Nicolae Iorga" Institute of History at the Academiei
Române."How Dracula came to Romania - Revisited." This will be a talk about the history of the TSD, about what has been
accomplished over the last 25 years and what perspectives the TSD has for the
As we have 8 keynote speakers now (instead of 7, as
originally planned), each keynote speaker will have 30 minutes for his/her
presentation. There will be time for Questions & Answers after all keynote
speakers for the day have finished their presentation.