Bram Stoker Memorial Assn
The Bram Stoker Memorial Assn.
BRAM STOKER (1847-1912)
Photos (from left to right): (1) First Stoker Exhibition at the Dracula Museum Manhattan (1991). Note Frank Langella's Dracula cape to the left (2)Dr. Jeanne Keyes Youngson (center) with founding members Teresa (left) and Kjersten Thorsted (3) Bram Stoker's birthplace in Clontarf, Dublin (4) Remains of the church built in 1609 in which Bram Stoker was baptized (1847) (5) Entrance to Dublin castle (6) Stoker plaque in Dublin (7) Stoker plaque in London (8) The Bram Stoker Tavern in London (9) Inside the Bram Stoker Tavern.
Dr. Jeanne Keyes Youngson, president and founder of the BRAM STOKER MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION, first became aware of Stoker as an individual in his own right when she read Harry Ludlam's A Biography of Dracula:
The Life Story of Bram Stoker in 1964.
Indeed, until the publication of Ludlam's book in '62, little was known of Stoker except that he had worked at the Lyceum Theatre in London as Acting Manager for the renowned stage performer, Henry Irving.
Ludlam's biography surely set Youngson's subconscious working overtime. In 1965 while on a trip to Romania, she conceived the idea of starting a Dracula Fan Club in honor of Stoker's Count, Vlad Dracula the Impaler, and of course Stoker himself.
Now operating under the title THE VAMPIRE EMPIRE, (formerly and for over 35 years the Count Dracula Fan Club), the society is still very much alive and thriving.
And so is THE BRAM STOKER MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION which was established by Youngson in 1985. Frequent trips to Ireland to attend summer conferences at Trinity College brought her in contact with Leslie Shepard, founder of the Bram Stoker Society, and his associates, David Lass and Dr. Albert Power. Youngson's notion of starting a Stoker Society based in the United States was greeted with great enthusiasm by Shepard, and so, on June 25th, 1985, the BSMA was formally introduced to and for Stoker enthusiasts throughout the world.
Membership in the BRAM STOKER MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION is one of the privileges of belonging to the VAMPIRE EMPIRE and runs concurrently with the period of registration. News and announcements of Stoker events and relevant books appear in the club's Quarterly newsletter. Society members are invited to join one of Dr. Youngson's famous "Bram Stoker Walks" in Dublin, starting at Trinity College and ending at St. Michan's Church.
The BSMA has, through the years, continued to work in tandem with the Irish BRAM STOKER SOCIETY and in 1998, hosted a Sherry & Wine reception at Wynn's Hotel in Dublin in celebration of the society's First Gothic Literature Symposium. We strongly urge those interested in the author of Dracula to join the BSS. Information may be obtained by contacting David Lass, Hon. Secretary, The Bram Stoker Society, Regent House, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland. E-mail: email@example.com, Fax: Attention David Lass: 003531:671-9003.
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OFFICERS OF THE BSMA
President and Founder: Dr. Jeanne Keyes Youngson
European Vice President: Dr. Mark Benecke
US Vice President: Edward J. Connor
Associate Executive Director: Jennifer O'Casey
Associate Executive Director: Dr. Jerome Dillon
Dr. Elizabeth Miller, Dr. Stanley Krippner, Eric Held, John Moore (Ireland), Frank Dello Stritto, Barry Morse (England)
WEB FRIENDS OF THE BRAM STOKER MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION
- The Irving Society
- THE DRACULA SOCIETY (England)
- THE TRANSYLVANIAN SOCIETY OF DRACULA (TSD) (North American Chapter)
- The Transylvanian Society of Dracula
- VAMPIRE EMPIRE
- Dracula Musical
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