Dracula, Sweeney Todd, Frankenstein and vampires are some of the macabre heroes celebrated in Terror & Wonder, an exhibition dedicated to 'the Gothic Imagination' at the British Library (London).
It charts the history of British Gothic culture from its beginnings over 250 years ago, with the publication of The Castle of Otranto in 1764 right through to the Whitby Goth Weekend, a bi-annual gathering of goths in the North of England, photographed by Martin Parr.
It is a rich and hugely informative exhibition featuring some wonderfully macabre treasures such as a vampire slaying kit (!), Dracula's first edition, Frankenstein's manuscript in the hand of Mary Shelley, beautiful prints by John Buckland Wright illustrating some of Edgar Allan Poe's characters, a letter allegedly written by Jack the Ripper, Wallace's Were Rabbit (!) and the first draft of Hellraiser. And so much more! We enjoyed it hugely, and we highly recommend it to all fascinated by the dark side, whether Goth or not!
Terror & Wonder opens tomorrow and runs until 20th January 2015 at The British Library. Book your tickets here.