Celebrating the Dublin-born author of Dracula, the annual Bram Stoker Festival brings a gothically inspired programme of events to the capital for the October Bank Holiday weekend. It's a howl...

Below, we've picked a quintet of horrifying highlights for your demented delectation...

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NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century

The Irish premiere of the stunning NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century, directed by Andrea Mastrovito, an animated interpretation of the classic 1922 horror film Nosferatu, features a live score specially commissioned for Bram Stoker Festival by Matthew Nolan.

Set in present day New York City, NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century turns the original film on its head, positioning the vampire character as that most contemporary of "outsiders" – an emigrant escaping war at home only to face economic exploitation and xenophobia in their new country. Rich with symbolism and political commentary, the film retells the story of the vampire through the lens of modern-day fears about Islam, immigration, and refugees.

The rotoscoped film, comprised of 35,000 hand-drawn images, will be accompanied by a specially commissioned live score by internationally renowned composer Nolan, with similarly celebrated international musicians Erik Friedlander (U.S.A), Sean MacErlaine (Ireland) and Jan Bang (Norway) at St. Anne’s Church, Dawson St - where Bram Stoker married Florence Balcombe in 1878.

Where and when? St. Ann’s Church, Dawson St, Dublin 2, Fri 26 Oct , 7pm & 9pm.

SLICE: The Gothic Graphic Novel Live

Stray Lines Comics Collective finely slice the dark side with the precision of lab scientists, and serve it on a plate – a feast of deadly thrills.

Featuring the comic artists Debbie Jenkinson, Paddy Lynch, Katherine Foyle, Philip Barrett and Elida Maiques, this immersive storytelling event combines music, sound design, projected illustration and live performance in what feels like a combination of theatre, cinema and animation.

Where and when? Belvedere House, 6 Great Denmark St, Dublin 1, Sat 27 Oct 

The Horrors In the Black Church

Enter the gothic Chapel Royal in Dublin Castle, take your final resting place on the pews within - and witness three of Irish theatre’s darkest minds coming together to create a terrifying theatrical treat.

Produced by festival favourites MORB, The Horrors In the Black Church comprises three short horror plays within one show. Spirits of the ancient dead mingle with more modern horrors as demons, ghosts and unknown beasts surround the dark altar in a trio of terrifying stories made to stop your heart. Expect a night of deliciously dark frights.

Where and when? The Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle, Dame St, Dublin 2, 26-29 Oct  

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Creature Features

Afraid of spiders? How about body snatchers? Or are flesh-eating plants your worst nightmare? The Stoker Festival welcomes movie fans to the National Botanic Gardens for 3 nights of adults-only horror-comedy screenings within the garden walls. With the stunning Victorian glasshouses of the Botanic Gardens as a suitably spooky backdrop. The films screening are the 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the horror-comedy Arachnophobia, and the cult musical Little Shop Of Horrors - a perfectly creepy fit, considering you're going to be surrounded by exotic flora and fauna...

Find out more about the Bram Stoker Festival programme here.