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Thirty Years A-Going

A History of the Bram Stoker Society

By Albert Power

“It was on a raw January evening in 1980, at a public meeting held in the darkling pile of Trinity College Dublin’s graduates memorial building, with its ample expanse of grey frontage, high windows and maw-like entrance led up to by a flight of stone steps, that the sturdy first steps to set up the Bram Stoker Society were taken. The date was January 10th and the event had been organised by the college Philosophical Society, of which Bram Stoker had been President in 1869-1870.”

Albert Power was present at the January 1980 inaugural meeting of the Bram Stoker Society in Trinity College as a rapt undergraduate. Now, at the dawn of an exciting new chapter in the society’s history, he paints a personal picture of its uneven, sometimes unsettled growth—from the heady days of the early 1980s when a plaque was installed on premises lived in by Bram Stoker on Dublin’s Kildare Street; through the short fraught association with Trinity College’s Philosophical Society; the thirteen years of the journal; the Bram Stoker Club; fraternal links with the Clontarf-centred annual Bram Stoker Summer School; to the death of the society’s founder and chairman, Leslie Shepard, in August 2004. The narrative concludes with a putative pencil sketch for the future.


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Bram Stoker Series #0

Cover design by Brian J. Showers

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