About This Show
Welcome to the Strange Ireland Podcast! Sit down and have a glass while we regale you with tales of mystery and history. Forgotten explorers, ghost-hunters, Gothic writers, lost cities - all things Irish and strange are liable to turn up in our stories. There are things in Irish history that are best left forgotten - and we're about to uncover them all.
Most Recent Episode
Bram Stoker's Life, Inspirations, & The Dracula Reread Part 1
In 1897, a book written by a Dublin man introduced the world to perhaps the most famous, lasting and influential character in all of Gothic fiction: Dracula. In this first of a two-part concersation, Cian and Chris discuss their recent rereading (and re-listening) of Dracula. We delve into Stoker's own life to see how events in it might have contributed to the creation of such a macabre but memorable character. We reflect on memories of the various movie and audio versions, find out who Dracula's Guest was, puzzle over the mysteries of Renfield, hang bats from strings, and venture once again into the spooky neverland of Romania-as-imagined-by-Victorian-writers, all while enjoying a fine Dublin beverage. Main Sources: Dracula Agus Stoker, Dearcan Media, 2011 The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker, The Dublin Years, edited by Elizabeth Miller and Dacre Stoker, Biteback Publishing, 2013 Transylvania and Romania in Scholarly Editions of Bram Stoker's Dracula, Cristina Artenie, 2015 Music: Main Theme By Kevin Gill Dracula Theme by Wojciech Kilar Sound Effects: Pen sound: Free Stock Sounds