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A Curious Invitation: Bram Stoker and Dracula in London with Roger Luckhurst at Carlyle's House

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Time 18:30
Date 04/07/19
Price £15

Join science British writer and academic, Roger Luckhurst as he explores Stoker's time in London and the capital's appearance in his fiction, most famously in Dracula and The Jewel of Seven Stars.

In the late Victorian era, Stoker walked to work for nearly 20 years along the Thames from Chelsea to the Lyceum Theatre on the Strand. At home, his wife, the society beauty Florence Balcombe (who had turned down Oscar Wilde, perhaps wisely), held salons and captivated artists and writers. At work, after long days managing Henry Irving and Ellen Terry, Bram dined with the rich and famous at the Beefsteak Club. We know much about this social world, but little about his inner life.

Roger Luckhurst
Roger Luckhurst has written lots of books on science fiction, horror and the Gothic. His previous publications include The Mummy's Curse: The True Story of a Dark Fantasy and critical studies of the films The Shining and Alien. He has also co-editied books including The Fin de Siècle: A Reader in Cultural History c.1880-1900 and Transactions and Encounters: Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century. He has edited numerous Gothic classics, including Stevenson's Strange Case of Jekyll and Hyde, H. G. Wells' The Time Machine and Bram Stoker's Dracula.