'Terror and Wonder' is a new exhibition at the British Library in London that traces 250 years of the Gothic tradition, exploring our enduring fascination with the mysterious, the terrifying and the macabre.
Some 200 objects are on show including a copy of Horace Walpole's 'The Castle of Otranto' published in 1764, generally regarded as the first Gothic novel. Many have since followed, including Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’, which is probably the best known.
“One of the key pieces in the exhibition is a manuscript of ‘Dracula’ in Stoker’s own hand. It’s a dramatised version that he produced to protect the copyright of his story. And he had it read through on stage a few weeks before the novel was released. It just goes to show that Stoker already knew that his story might well be popular,” says Tim Pye, lead curator of the exhibition.