On May 25-26, Dracula scholars from Texas and beyond will be speaking at North Central Texas College’s Flower Mound campus for the “World Dracula Day Symposium 2017.” The symposium will celebrate the 120th Anniversary of the publication of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

The conference will begin on the evening of May 25 at 7:30 p.m. with a public lecture titled "Stoker on Stoker: The Mysteries Behind the Writing of Dracula,” given by Dacre Stoker, great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker. Stoker is the author of “Dracula: the Undead,” the official sequel to the original novel, endorsed by the Stoker family. A small reception and book signing will follow this talk.

Stoker will also be opening the main symposium on Friday morning, with a talk on Romanian travel, titled "Responsible Vampire Tourism: The Inseparable Connection Between Vlad Dracula and Count Dracula.”

Other speakers on Friday include J. Gordon Melton of Baylor University, author of the essential reference works The Vampire Book: the Encyclopedia of the Undead and The Vampire in Folklore, History, Literature, Film and Television: A Comprehensive Bibliography. Dr. Melton will be presenting on “How Dracula Made the Protestant Reformation Possible.”

Next will be John Edgar Browning, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and author/editor of several books on Dracula, including the forthcoming Dracula – An Anthology: Critical Reviews and Reactions (1897-1920), with his talk “From Villain to Vaudevillian: Dracula’s Untold Years (1897-1920).”

Moving into other realms of Dracula studies, Nancy Rosenberg England, from the University of Texas at Arlington, will discuss comedic film adaptations, in a talk titled “Dracula Film Spoofs: Funny and Loving It.”

From the University of Texas in Austin, Elizabeth Richmond-Garza and Thomas Garza, editor of The Vampire in Slavic Cultures, will present on “Slavic Realities and Irish Fantasies: Bram Stoker’s Dracula @ 120."

Finally, the symposium will end with “The Comic Lives of Dracula: How Bram Stoker Helped Create the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” presented by symposium organizer Dax Stokes, librarian at North Central Texas College and host of The Vampire Historian podcast.

In addition to the lectures, there will also be a time to meet the speakers, as well as some local authors, purchase their books and get them autographed. On Friday, the conference will run from about 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Flower Mound campus of North Central Texas College.

This conference is in association with the Whitby Dracula Society 1897 and World Dracula Day; North Central Texas College; The Vampire Historian Podcast; and Vamped.org.

Registration is $55 by Friday ($65 after April 1) and includes lunch. (NCTC faculty, staff and students receive a discount). Seating is limited, so register early at nctc.edu/dracula.

Contact Dax Stokes at dstokes@nctc.edu or 972-899-8332 with any questions.

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