Happy birthday, Bram!

Break out your garlic necklaces and wooden stakes! Today marks Irish writer Bram Stoker’s 171st birthday. Author of Dracula—the inspiration for many a nightmare and pop-culture meme over the past two centuries—Stoker compiled and wrote his iconic novel over the course of seven years. His handwritten notes, including character and chapter outlines, chronologies, and more, …

Chicken Paprikash and Dracula at The Rosenbach

On the first page of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, unsuspecting young solicitor Jonathan Harker, on his way to meet his new client, stops by the Hotel Royale in Klausenburgh—now Cluj-Napoca—and has a satisfying chicken dinner. Bram Stoker somehow thought it would be fine to send Dracula into the world without any more description of Harker’s dinner …

Have a Spooktacular Halloween at The Rosenbach

We at The Rosenbach have some seriously spine-tingling tales in our collection, from Bram Stoker’s notes for Dracula to first editions of Polidori’s The Vampyre and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. What better place to celebrate the spookiest time of year than at the home of these and other horrific — and horrifically inspiring — literary treasures? …

Course: Dark and Bloody Nights: A Literary History of Vampires-SOLD OUT!

Date / Time

  • November 14, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • December 12, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • January 16, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • February 13, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • March 13, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • April 10, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

In this course, we will read some of the seminal texts of vampire fiction and see how the legend grew and developed since the nineteenth century. We’ll also look at some accounts of the vampire in folklore and compare myths of the past with myths of the present (can there be such a thing as a present-day myth?). We’ll see how the texts of vampires highlight the fears and anxieties of the cultures that produce them and discover that vampire stories (like all monster stories) are just as much about themes of difference and otherness, race and ethnicity, sexuality and gender, as they are about thrilling horror.

Halloween Party at the Rosenbach featuring Charming Disaster

Date / Time

  • October 27, 2018
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Rosenbach is home to Bram Stoker’s notes for Dracula, as well as a first editions of Polidori’s The Vampyre and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. So, join us in your costumed finest to celebrate Halloween as we welcome musical duo Charming Disaster and their eclectic repertoire of song. Charming Disaster will play short sets throughout the evening, as we also engage in some gothic fun.

Hands-On Tour: Dracula

Date / Time

  • March 9, 2018
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Get up close and personal with Bram Stoker’s handwritten notes (character and chapter outlines, chronologies, and more!) for Dracula as Rosenbach staff explore what it takes to create an enduring monster.