As the news about Covid-19 continues to slowly improve, and lock down restrictions are being eased off in stages, many of us are starting to sigh a breath of relief. But we still need to take care. We must not rush this, because there is a strong chance that if we are not vigilant, there will be a second wave of the virus. History has proven this, and more than once. Plaques, fluxes, cholera outbreaks…we’ve had many.
Today, I thought I’d share a story I found online about Bram Stoker, and how a cholera outbreak in his mother’s home town of Sligo, Ireland may have been the inspiration for his famous novel, Dracula.
Stoker’s mother, Charlotte Thornley, had been 14 when the outbreak hit Sligo in 1832. Later in life, Stoker asked her to write down her experiences and memories. He was fascinated by her grisly account of the event, and even did his own extensive research into it. The horrific events that took place during that time are what they say fuelled Stoker’s imagination and brought about his famous book.
But, I’m not going to give away all the details. For those who are interested in a “darker” read today, here is the story… Stoker’s inspiration for Dracula
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