August 4th, 1792 – Happy Birthday Shelley

Born on August 4th, 1792, Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the major English Romantic poets, and is regarded by some as among the finest lyric, as well as epic, poets in the English language. A radical in his poetry as well as in his political and social views, Shelley did not see fame during […]

June 16th, 1816 – Horror Stories from Byron

On the night of June 16th, 1816, Lord Byron read Fantasmagoriana to his four house guests at the Villa Diodati: Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Claire Clairmont, and John Polidori. The reading inspired his challenge that each guest write a ghost story, which culminated in Mary Shelley writing the novel Frankenstein, John Polidori writing the short story The Vampyre, and […]

May 26th, 1897 – Beware of Vampires!

Famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula, the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so he may find new blood and spread the undead curse, and the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van […]

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