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Dracula Society

The Dracula Society
Named after Dracula
Motto Credo Quia Impossibile
(Latin: "I believe because it is impossible")
Formation 1973
Founders Bernard Davies
Bruce Wightman
  • London, England
Main organ
Voices from the Vaults
Website The Dracula Society

The Dracula Society is a London-based literature and travel group with an interest in supernatural and macabre works of fiction, as exemplified by Bram Stoker's Dracula.

The Society

The society was founded in October 1973 by two actors, Bernard Davies (1924–2010)[1] and Bruce Wightman (1923-2005)[2] to organize Dracula-themed tours of [4]


The Society presents two awards at its annual dinner, which is held in early November to mark Bram Stoker's birthday.

  • The "Children of the Night Award" is presented for the best piece of literature published in the Gothic (including horror or supernatural) genre - novel, short story, or biography - during the previous year. Recent winners include: Anna Taborska (2013) for her short story collection For Those Who Dream Monsters, Tim Powers (2012) for his novel Hide Me Among the Graves, and Reggie Oliver (2011) for his collection Mrs. Midnight, and Other Stories.[6]

A third award, the Bernard Davies Award, was inaugurated in 2012, and is presented only occasionally, for achievement in scholarship. The first recipient was Dr. Elizabeth Miller, Professor (Emerita) of English of the Memorial University of Newfoundland,[4] and president of the Canadian Chapter of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula.[7]


The society also publishes a quarterly journal Voices from the Vaults which contains reviews and articles of direct or related interest to members.[8]


As well as its regular membership the society also presents Honorary Life Memberships; current holders include Richard Dalby, Christopher Frayling, Jonathan Rigby, Janina Faye and Caroline Munro, and former holders include Michael Carreras, Radu Florescu, Raymond T. McNally and Vincent Price.[9]


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