By Neil Storey
Since its e-book in 1897, there were feedback that the fictitious exploits of Dracula have been extra heavily linked to Jack the Ripper than a Transylvanian count number. Historian Neil Storey offers the 1st British-based research of the resources utilized by Stoker and paints an evocative portrait of Stoker, his impacts, neighbors and the London he knew within the overdue nineteenth century. between Stoker's team of associates, despite the fact that, have been darkish shadows. Storey explores how Stoker created Dracula out of the weather of worry that surrounded the Jack the Ripper murders in 1888. upload to this powerful mixture the idea that Stoker could have identified Jack the Ripper in my view and concealed the clues to this bad wisdom in his ebook. the basis is seductive and connects a number of the giants of degree and literature of overdue Victorian Britain. Having received unheard of entry to the original archive of 1 of Stoker's most precious pals and the dedicatee of Dracula, Storey sheds new gentle on...
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Furthermore, the cataloguing of the papers had only begun after their closure period expired on 1 January 2000 and remains, to some extent, ongoing. In 2011 my work as a historian brought me to the Isle of Man for a short project and I took the opportunity of enquiring about the availability of the Hall Caine papers at Manx National Heritage. I met their archivist, Wendy Thirkettle; the welcome was warm and the reply was that the papers were now available. My wait was over and I soon made a return journey to the archive where there were over fifty letters and telegrams from Tumblety to Hall Caine, and even more from Bram.
13 See Seán Ó Súilleabháin, A Handbook of Irish Folklore (Dublin: Educational Company of Ireland for the Folklore of Ireland Society, 1942), pp. 442–50. 14 Bob Curran, Celtic Vampire Legends (Fall River Press, 2002), p. 6. W. Joyce, The Origin and History of Irish Names of Places (Dublin: McGlashan & Gill, 1875), p. 331. 16 Bob Curran, Vampires: A Field Guide to the Creatures That Stalk the Night (Career Press, 2005), p. 65. 17 Montague Summers, The Vampire in Europe (1929), p. 117. 18 See Peter Haining and Peter Tremayne, The Un-Dead (London: Constable, 1997), p.
Such a one was an old soldier known as ‘long Sergeant Callen’: He took the cholera and was thought dead, and a coffin was brought. As the coffin maker had always a stack of coffins ready on hand, with burials following immediately on the deaths, they were much of a uniform size and, of course, too short for long Sergeant Callen. The men who were putting him in, when they found he would not fit, took a big hammer to break his legs to make him fit. 9 Charlotte records a red scarf being wound around a body as a folkloric talisman to banish sickness, while her recollections of the naive but determined attempts to cleanse houses and prevent the spread of infection on the streets based on old beliefs and lore have clear resonance in Dracula.