Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn fish on the river Mississippi, near the childhood home  of Mark Twain in Hannibal, Missouri. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer has never been out of print since it was published in 1876. Photograph: George Pickow/Three Lions/Getty Images

The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678), John Bunyan “As I walk’d through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place, where was a Denn; A(...)

Farmaphobia at Causey Farm, Meath

Transylvanian terrors Fancy a free fright? Boo! Seriously though, Romanian Holidays is offering free excursions to super spooky Bran Castle in (...)

Luke Evans as Dracula in Dracula Untold

So, you think you’re British, bus-mates? Have a gawp at this. It is September 2013 (movies take a long time to finish) and we are trundling fro(...)

A collection of early 20th-century mugshots of Irish emigrants in America sold for €540

GAA medals are not just tokens of honour and glory. Some have significant financial value and are sought after by a growing band of Irish collectors a(...)

Far from resenting the vampire myth, people in Transylvania regard Bram Stoker as a hero. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The medieval town of Sighisoara in the heart of Transylvania is breathtakingly beautiful. Its narrow, cobbled streets, its brightly coloured houses, t(...)

Former minister for finance Ernest Blythe who, in a previous era of austerity, cut the old-age pension still found public funds to translate Dracula i(...)

Wayne Shorter: ‘If there’s a lot of praise, where are the record sales?’ Photograph: Keith Tsuji/Getty

For Wayne Shorter, the past is not just another country, it’s a distant galaxy. Only now matters. It’s what you would expect from an iconic jazz music(...)

Trinity College students Jennifer Gartland (left) and Angelina Cox who won a competition to name Dublin’s newest bridge after Rosie Hackett. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Today they opened the Rosie Hackett Bridge. A bridge to celebrate the life, achievements and fighting spirit of a young, working class Dublin woman. R(...)

When I finally get through to Gary Shteyngart’s London hotel room, after a Fawlty Towers -style mix-up, he’s in bed. Not because he overslept but b(...)

Simon Toal in Revenant: a fine comic actor who can seem at once commanding and crumpled
Revenant

Revenant New Theatre, Dublin***Exactly what kind of monster are we dealing with in Stuart Roche’s new play for Purpleheart, a contemporary horror stor(...)