"The Tillinghast Nightmare" & Bram Stoker's great-grandnephew

The event is SOLD OUT!  If you do not have a ticket, you will not be able to buy one at the door.



NOTE:  I am setting this meetup but I have final dress rehearsal before "Les Miserables" opens on Friday, so I will not be able to attend.  Feel free to get your tickets - which are $15.00 and are available by calling (860)[masked] - and attend the event without me.  If someone would like to volunteer to be host for the evening, let me know and I'll set you up.



Featuring "The Tillinghast Nightmare" documentary  and Bram Stoker's great-grandnephew Dacre Stoker

The Mark Twain House & Museum and Historic Haunts present VAMPIRES!, a spooky, fun-filled evening starting with The Tillinghast Nightmare, a documentary chronicling the transformation of the blood-thirsty vampire from vile, menacing neighbor in rural Eastern Europe to the beguiling, aristocratic stranger known as Dracula. The documentary also explores the Tillinghast family's decision to exhume the body of their beloved daughter Sarah and burn her heart in 1799 Exeter, Rhode Island. 

This thrilling documentary screening takes place on Wednesday, October 30th at 7:00 p.m. in the Mark Twain House Visitor's Center.

The film will be followed by a conversation with author Dacre Stoker, the great grandnephew of Twain friend and Dracula author Bram Stoker.  Mr. Stoker will be discussing his research on vampires, as well as his book Dracula - The Un-Dead.


According to legend, in 18th century Exeter, RI, Stutely Tillinghast dreamed that half his orchard was destroyed. Soon after, his daughter Sarah became sick and died. One by one, his children took ill and followed Sarah to the grave. To save the lives of those remaining, Tillinghast dug up the body of his beloved daughter Sarah, cut out her heart and burned it.

The Tillinghast Nightmare documentary explores the facts and folklore of vampire exorcism in New England in an effort to shed light on this gruesome practice. The documentary also explores the transformation of the vampire from diseased kin to the aristocratic Count Dracula.

Award-winning Director Alec Asten is from Westerly, Rhode Island. The Tillinghast Nightmare Documentary is his second in the Historical Haunts series. The documentary was filmed at various locations in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.   www.histhaunts.com    The Tillinghast Nightmare Documentary is made possible in part by grants from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.


Dacre Stoker, great grandnephew of Dracula author, Bram Stoker will share the Stoker family perspective on mysteries behind the writing of Dracula, including the intriguing connection between Samuel Clemens and Bram Stoker, who were for a time, neighbors in London. Born worlds apart, Clemens and Stoker, shared a rapport built on humor, their similar life outlooks and common interests - spiritualism, as well as science and technology. The two borrowed material - one gentleman complimenting the other: a line from Following the Equator inserted into Dracula and for years, Bram's story about a priest who jumped to conclusions was a part of Mark Twain's lectures.  Samuel Clemens and Abraham Stoker, writers who each made his indelible mark, interesting individuals and a fascinating friendship.   www.bramstokerestate.com


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  • Bill

    Both an interesting talk about Bram Stoker and great documenntary about vampires in RI and CT.

    October 30, 2013

  • Bill

    Got tickets thank god

    October 30, 2013

  • Margo L.

    The event is now officially SOLD OUT. If you do not have a ticket, you will not be able to buy one at the door.

    October 30, 2013

  • Bill

    This just in from the Mark Twain House:

    The Mark Twain House & Museum
    The Mark Twain House & Museum 7:32pm Oct 28
    We only have 30 seats left for the TILLINGHAST NIGHTMARE & DACRE STOKER. If you were waiting to get your tickets...DON'T!

    October 28, 2013

  • Christine

    I'm sorry I have to cancel. My cousin just passed away and I will be with family .

    October 27, 2013

  • Bill

    I will be waiting in the lobby outside the auditorium. I'm 6' tall, look like my picture, but I won't be wearing my tuxedo.

    October 26, 2013

    • Christine

      So I guess I will be the only one wearing a tux?

      October 27, 2013

  • Christine

    Is there a place that we are meeting that we are sitting together?

    October 26, 2013

  • Bill

    I've got my ticket. You can also purchase online through the marktwainhouse.org website.

    October 21, 2013

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