Written in the same house party as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Polidori's creature was based on the "mad, bad and dangerous to know" Lord Byron.
New research is uncovering medieval legends about the undead in Britain.
Gothic fiction has become the ideal genre for exploring the grotesque, frightening aspects of coming of age. And disruptive girls with supernatural powers have replaced the passive heroines of old.
Other than church, the pipe organ is often perceived as belonging in horror movies. But there's more to the instrument that spans most musical genres.