Category: Ireland

The Scottish writer who inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Emily Gerard’s brothers are buried in St Joseph’s cemetery in Airdrie

David Allison writes:

When Bram Stoker was researching his world-famous novel Dracula one of his biggest influences was a woman who was born into a wealthy family in the Lanarkshire town of Airdrie.

One of the UK’s leading literary institutions has establish how Stoker had a copy of Emily Gerard’s book on Transylvanian folklore and took notes while researching his own novel.

Gerard’s The Land Beyond the Forest is credited with introducing Stoker to the concept of “nosferatu”, a vampire-like creature who sucks the blood of innocent victims.

She wrote her book after spending two years in the mid-1880s in Romania with her husband, who was posted there as an officer in the Austro-Hungarian army.

In her book, she wrote: “More decidedly evil is the nosferatu, or vampire, in which every Romanian peasant believes as firmly as he does in heaven or hell.

“Every person killed by a nosferatu becomes likewise a vampire after death, and will continue to suck the blood of other innocent persons till the spirit has been exorcised by opening the grave of the suspected person, and either driving a stake through the corpse or in very obstinate cases of vampirism it is recommended to cut off the head, and replace it in the coffin with the mouth filled with garlic.”

Interlitq to publish Neil Langdon Inglis’s review of Brian Inglis’s book, “Abdication”

Neil Langdon Inglis

In his review of his father Brian Inglis‘s account of King Edward VIII’s withdrawal from the throne (“Abdication,” pubs. Macmillan, 1966), Neil Langdon Inglis, Interlitq‘s U.S. Editor, must confront a crucial question regarding his father’s motivations as a historian. How did such a keen critic of the British Empire come to write such an objective, fair, and joyfully entertaining treatment of the doomed monarch and his chequered married life? Neil Langdon Inglis‘s inquiries begin at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, England, which he visited ten years ago in order to view the two episodes of Brian Inglis‘s 1960s television show “All Our Yesterdays” which the museum had in its vaults. Join us as Neil Langdon Inglis solves this literary puzzle in an Interlitq exclusive. And watch out for the forthcoming electronic edition of Abdication, soon to be released by Endeavour Media.

About Brian Inglis

About Neil Langdon Inglis

The exit polls say Ireland has voted to legalize abortion with a large majority

An Aer Lingus flight attendant walks past a new mural of Savita Halappanavar in Dublin on Friday, the day of a referendum on liberalizing Ireland’s abortion laws. Halappanavar’s death after a miscarriage helped spur the referendum. (Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters)

Henry Farrell writes:
An Irish Times exit poll says Ireland has voted to repeal the constitutional provision banning abortion with a crushing majority. The poll says that 68 percent voted yes and 32 percent voted against. People on both sides had expected a yes vote over the past couple of days; few had expected that the margin would be so decisive. Of course, the exit poll may be wrong, but it is hard to imagine that it could be wrong enough to call the final result into question.