Sink your teeth into DRACULA this November

Dracula takes over the Rosenbach in November, which is not only appropriate because of our exhibition, Frankenstein & Dracula: Gothic Monsters, Modern Science, but also because November 8 is Bram Stoker’s birthday.

When you walk into our gallery, you’ll recognize this guy gazing down from the far wall.

Here’s what we have on tap:

November 9, join us as we celebrate the new issue of the Journal of Dracula Studies.  Editors Curt Herr and Anne DeLong of Kutztown University will be on hand for a presentation of what’s new in vampire studies. You don’t have to be a scholar or journal subscriber to attend; everyone who registers gets a copy of the new issue.

November 10, we have two programs.  In the afternoon, join Programs Manager Edward G. Pettit for a Hands-On Tour of Bram Stoker’s notes for Dracula.  Stoker compiled and wrote his novel over the course of seven years.  His notes are part of the Rosenbach collections.  And in the evening, our Bibliococktails series continues with a Dracula-themed cocktail party featuring a signature drink and some vampiric fun.

Quaker City Mercantile maestro Caroline Mills also concocted a transparent beverage for our exhibition opening, called “Dracula’s Reflection.” Photo by Steve Weinik.

November 11, our new Vampire Literature course begins, meeting on the second Saturdays for six months.  Journal of Dracula Studies editor, Curt Herr, will lead readers on a tour of someof the highlights of vampire fiction over the centuries.  Texts include: Varney the Vampire, Dracula, ‘Salem’s Lot, Interview with the Vampire, and Lost Souls.

Varney the Vampire; or, The Feast of Blood can be read at Project Gutenberg if you’d like to get a head start.

November 16, scholar Travis Lau joins us to discuss Dracula and the Victorian politics of blood, including the blood transfusions and theories of contagion that influence the novel’s plot.

Happy birthday, Bram!

Bram Stoker gazes down at his own notes, next to those of Mary Shelley