As Now We Enter the Month of November. . . .

Depicted, courtesy of Victorian Vampire Society UK via The Bram Stoker Estate on Facebook (though ultimately, I believe, the Brooklyn Museum) is a woodblock print by Biho Takashi, 1890-1930,  titled “Bat Before the Moon.”  It is dated circa 1910 and is 23.5 x 24.3 cm (roughly 9 x 9.5 inches) in size.  As some have said, this pre-dates Batman but, more to the point here, is only thirteen years after the publication of DRACULA.

Which brings us to the month of November and, four days from now, November 8th, the 165th birthday anniversary of Bram Stoker, born in Clontarf, a coastal suburb on the northside of Dublin, Ireland on November 8 1847.  Fifty years later, in 1897, his most famous novel was published and, in the years that have followed, DRACULA has grown to be one of the major icons of horror in the Western and probably the entire world.  So a tip of the hat to Abraham Stoker, who died at the age of 64 in 1912 (cf. April 2, January 20, et al., for the Horror Writers Association’s commemorative selection of the best vampire novel of the first 100 years following Stoker’s death) but has left a legacy which may endure for many centuries after.


  1. Loved reading this historic reminder, Jim. Many thanks! Also I enjoyed the bat illustration — more wicked in appearance (subtle) than most, it is.
    But actually, bats are our friends. They have nothing to do with The Count or Batman. 🙂
    I didn’t know that Bram’s real name was Abraham. Thanks so much for this reminder.

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