Hallowe’en in Transylvania

The ghouls and spectres will soon be gathering… here in Transylvania must be the beating heart of Hallowe’en, and here are the images to prove it. Whaaahaahaahaa… Wrap up warm tonight, against the deadly touch of the freezing wind whips up your trouser legs and makes every hair bristle in terror. Is that the wind howling, or the eldritch shriek of the dead, screeching to be let out of purgatory?

But not all of us will be outside watching witches whizz overhead in the black night sky….

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Some of us don’t give a rat’s right knacker about the Undead, enjoying a dreamless snooze in front of the fire

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Dracula was an alien… proof at last

Can’t resist showing how daft the British press can be. Get this.

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Bram, Bran and film stars

Around the world, Transylvania has one name associated with it above all others. I’ll admit to coming here in the first place for a week’s holiday partly because of the toothy aristocrat, but it was more to do with 1960s nostalgia and my big sister than any Gothic tendencies. My sister Ginny liked the hoary old Hammer Horror films with imposing figure of Christopher Lee as Dracula, menacing nice English girls in leafy London suburbs…  read more

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The stage show I worked on in 1978: spooky, elegant nonsense