Sunday, 30 October 2011

In the Spirit of Halloween,...

Should you wish to visit the grave of horror writer Bram Stoker, his ashes share an urn with his son Noel’s, at Golders Green Crematorium in London, where an employee will escort them to the room where it is kept. (Fear of vandalism prevents the crematorium from placing it in the open.) Stoker, who in 1897 wrote Dracula,  may indirectly be responsible for America’s current vampire obsession. But he wasn’t terribly well known in his own time and died of either a series of strokes or syphilis in 1912.

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