Book of the Vampire by Nigel Suckling
By Nigel Suckling
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Oh, oh! life; oh, the torture of life! . . O Gabriel my beloved! My life, yes, life – oh, my life? I am sure this is but a little I demand of thee. ’ This recrimination however does the boy little good and upon his expiry Count Vardalek mysteriously vanishes. BRAM STOKER It was against this broad literary background that Dracula was conceived and written. Bram Stoker at the time was almost fifty years old, having been born in November 1847 at 15 The Crescent in Clontarf on the north side of Dublin Bay.
But her mother cannot wait for her to recover because, she says, she is on a mission of life or death and cannot afford even an hour’s delay. So our heroine’s kindly father offers to take in the girl and, after a show of reluctance, her regal mother accepts, promising to return for her in three months. The carriage is righted and off she thunders with her escort into the night. The injured girl, Carmilla, is carried into the Schloss, where she makes a rapid recovery. But Laura gets a shock when they are introduced.
Tw o i n t e re s t i n g f e a t u re s o f his masterpiece. The first is that his family had a private vault in St Michan’s Church nearby, which was and still is famous for the preservative properties of its vaults. Bodies are naturally mummified there and to this day one can view many of them through bars in the vault, the jumbled coffins lying open to show their leather-skinned occupants like so many sleeping vampires. St Michan’s Church is one of Dublin’s oldest, being built on the site of an early Danish chapel dating from 1095 that was built to serve the Viking community expelled from within the walled city.