A Vampire Event—in Melbourne

I was sitting at one of my local bakeries on Tuesday, idly leafing through a program for Melbourne Rare Book Week, when a certain event was brought to my attention:


Vampires and Victorian Eroticism, a presentation to be given by Chris Browne at City Library, Melbourne, July 3, 2018, 6–7:30pm. Picture: Anthony Hogg.

“I’m going!” I said, probably too loudly, and booked my ticket shortly afterwards. I didn’t even have to pay anything—it’s a free talk.

If you want to attend too, click on this link. But I should give you a heads up: when I booked in, I was (briefly) put on a wait list because they “are fully booked.” I didn’t expect that, as traces of vampire fandom in Melbourne are few and far between.

For instance, one of its mainstays, Dracula’s—a cabaret restaurant—shut its doors after 37 years on December 23, 2017. The building was recently sold and will probably become student accommodation or an apartment block. Not the most fitting end to the count.

In the meantime, if you’re a fellow Melburnian, consider joining my Melbourne Vampire Fans Facebook group and page. Make your voices heard!


  1. click on this link: City of Melbourne, “Vampires and Victorian Eroticism,” What’s On, accessed June 14, 2018, https://whatson.melbourne.vic.gov.au/Whatson/LearnandSee/LecturesandForums/Pages/c22aaebd-d8f8-4138-912f-93086b74db8c.aspx. [Wayback Machine link].
  2. shut its doors after 37 years: Gemima Cody, “Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant in Melbourne to Close After 37 Years,” Good Food, October 4, 2017, accessed June 14, 2018, https://www.goodfood.com.au/eat-out/news/draculas-cabaret-restaurant-in-melbourne-to-close-after-37-years-of-spooky-theatre-20171004-gyu30b. [Wayback Machine link].
  3. The building was recently sold: Larry Schlesinger, “Melbourne’s Dracula’s Restaurant Sold for More Than $10m,” Financial Review, May 29, 2018, accessed June 14, 2018, https://www.afr.com/real-estate/commercial/investment/melbournes-draculas-restaurant-sold-for-more-than-10m-20180529-h10ovo. [Wayback Machine link].

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