Dracula’s Bloodline

There’s something about vampires that we just can’t get enough of, but where did it all start?

The myth of supernatural beings that suck blood can be traced back as far as prehistoric times. But in 1897, it was Dublin born Bram Stoker’s Dracula that hailed the birth of the fanged and charismatically caped bloodsucker with a garlic issue.

Stoker’s Dracula invented the blueprint – a timeless story that enwrapped a generation by giving voice to its darkest desires in a tale of bloodlust, love and night. He made horror sexy.

A sample from Dracula's Bloodline by Matthew Griffin. View the full artwork here.

It’s a model that remains largely unchanged today - Dracula has continued to capture the imagination of readers in its original form, and as new writers reinterprete it, our love of fictional fangs has continued to grow.

From the romance of Anne Rice, the humour (and message of empowerment) of Buffy to the tween angst of Twilight, the genre has taken on a life of its own.

Amazing to think it can all be traced to one man pouring over the history of Eastern Europe in a dusty corner of Trinity College Dublin’s library that inspired it all.

A sample from Dracula's Bloodline by Matthew Griffin. View the full artwork here.

You can celebrate Stoker in Dublin this October with events all over the city and to mark the occasion we have teamed up with illustrator Mathew Griffin to create something we’ve called ‘Dracula’s Bloodline’.

A sample from Dracula's Bloodline by Matthew Griffin. View the full artwork here.

The question now is which one you’d invite across your threshold…

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