The following persons from our initial mailing group have (within one week!!) positively reacted to our conference initiative and agree with the preferred date in October 2016:

  • Noel Dobbs and/or Robin MacCaw, Bram Stoker's great-grandsons

  • Prof. em. Elizabeth Miller, Toronto - President of the Canadian/US Chapter of the TSD, Baroness of the House of Dracula, Queen of Dracula Studies

  • Prof Sabina Ispas, Ethnographical Institute, Bucharest, Senior member of the TSD.

  • Ekaterina Buley, Russia - President of the Russian Chapter of the TSD and publisher of Russsian vampire fiction.

  • Bogdan Popa, PhD, Historian at the Nicolae Iorga Institute of History, Bucharest, Director of the Company of Mysterious Journeys, announcing a paper related to Dracula in Romania

  • Douglas Appleyard, Dublin, a member of the Stoker clan with extensive knowledge about his family's history

  • Prof. Bill Hughes, Bath Spa University, immediate Past President of the International Gothic Association, Editor of the Gothic Journal -- announcing some new, groundbreaking piece of research on Stoker/Dracula

  • David Skal, New York, author of Hollywood Gothic (2004), who in October 2016 will be able to present his new biography of Bram Stoker

  • Prof. em. Clive Bloom, Middlesex University, Gothic specialist and keynote speaker at the Stoker Centennial Conference in Hull, 2012

  • Prof. Carol Senf, School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Georgia Tech - a highly renowned expert on Dracula and other Stoker works.

  • Ass. Prof. Marius Crisan, organisator of the BBEC Conference in Timisoara, June 2015 and author of several acclaimed books on Dracula.

  • Prof. em. Donatella Badin, University of Turin, who offered to speak on female vampires in Carmilla

  • Dr Duncan Light, Department of Tourism and Hospitality, Bournemouth University, Poole - specialist for Dracula tourism and the image of Romania abroad

  • Dr Sam George, Senior Lecturer in Literature and MA Programme Tutor in Humanities, University of Hertfordshire - organised the 2012 Stoker conference in Keats House; Open Graves Open Minds; Company of Wolves

  • Kaja Franck, University of Hertfordshire - International Gothic Association, Company of Wolves - subject to submitting her thesis in time

  • Leslie Klinger, Los Angeles, author of The New Annotated Dracula (2008) and 40 other books; specialist for Sherlock Holmes and the Victorian Age

  • John Edgar Browning, Marion L. Britain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology and author/editor of many Dracula-related books, such as Vampires in Visual Media and The Forgotten Writings of Bram Stoker

  • Dr hab. Dorota Babilas, Dept. of English Studies, University of Warsaw (spoke on "Vampires & Family Values" in Timisoara)

  • Nancy Schumann, MA, London, independent scholar/author, London Vampyre Group, "Emotion and Identity in Vampire Literature"

  • Andy Struthers, private researcher, UK, specialist for Stoker's stay in Whitby and the first proper theatre performance of Dracula

  • Damian Byrne, artist, Dublin, painter & movie maker; stylist and prop-maker for Penny Dreadful and other Gothic movies

  • Mathew Burr, USA, who photographed all historical places related to Vlad III Dracula and published a photo book about it

  • Victoria Amador, Assistant Professor, Department of English, College of Arts and Science, American University of Sharjah (AUS), United Arab Emirates


To be added: the members of the organising committee:

  • Daniela Diaconescu, Bucharest, Co-founder and Vice-President of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula

  • Hans de Roos, MA, Munich - Author of The Ultimate Dracula (2012), Dracula Travel Guide, Powers of Darkness/Makt Myrkranna (upcoming)

  • Dr Magdalena Grabias, Ass. Prof. at the Department of Cultural Studies at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland; specialises in Film Studies and Vampires in Visual Media, stage performer, fan of alternative Rock Music

  • Kristin Bone, MA, USA, author of Gothic Fiction, studied English Literature at the University of Hertfordshire and at Trinity College, Dublin