AT FIRST I COULD NOT BELIEVE MY EYES My husband has disappeared for a couple of weeks to finish his new record, so in order to console myself I have spent Saturday afternoon doing what all Vampire’s Wives do – I moped around drinking cups of tea and reading excerpts from Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Dracula is a wild read, by the way, and I am forever haunted by his description of the first sighting of the vampire! Wonderful stuff! Love Susie. x

“I saw the whole man slowly emerge from the window and begin to crawl down the castle wall over the dreadful abyss, face down with his cloak spreading out around him like great wings. At first I could not believe my eyes. I thought it was some trick of the moonlight, some weird effect of shadow, but I kept looking, and it could be no delusion. I saw the fingers and toes grasp the corners of the stones, worn clear of the mortar by the stress of years, and by thus using every projection and inequality move downwards with considerable speed, just as a lizard moves along a wall.”

Bram Stoker, Dracula