When it was first published in 1897 – 120 years ago – Irish author Bram Stoker’s Dracula was ranked above work by Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe, as well as Wuthering Heights. Yet it never made Stoker any money. Since 1931’s film Nosferatu the Vampire, however, it has never been out of print and is legendary among fans of the dark, macabre and mysterious …

Critic John Sutherland, a Dracula fan since childhood – and author of the literary puzzle classics Is Heathcliff a Murderer? … More

Out now. “Connecting pop culture and philosophy, the personal and the political, k-punk generously created a map to make sense of the world we live in, and a guide to help us invent a new world that makes sense for everyone. I can’t think of a more important person to read than Mark Fisher.”

Edited by Darren Ambrose and with a foreword by Simon Reynolds, this comprehensive collection brings together the very best work … More

Born OTD in 1960, Neil Gaiman, author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre, and films. “When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead.”

But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him – after all, he is … More

Born OTD in 1939, Australian journalist & documentary filmmaker, John Pilger. Pilger is a strong critic of American, Australian and British foreign policy, which he considers to be driven by an imperialist agenda. Pilger has also criticised his native country’s treatment of Indigenous Australians.

Tell Me No Lies is a celebration of the very best investigative journalism, and includes writing by some of the … More

A blistering character study & an examination of the American melting pot & the judicial system that keeps it in check, Twelve Angry Men holds at its core a deeply patriotic faith in the U.S. legal system. The play centers on Juror Eight, who is at first the sole holdout in an 11-1 guilty vote. Eight sets his sights not on proving the other jurors wrong but rather on getting them to look at the situation in a clear-eyed way not affected by their personal prejudices or biases.

Reginald Rose deliberately and carefully peels away the layers of artifice from the men and allows a fuller picture to … More

Born OTD in 1977, Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. “At the gates, Biafran soldiers were waving cars through. They looked distinguished in their khaki uniforms, boots shining, half of a yellow sun sewn on their sleeves.” This story tracks a family as they transition from a position of influence and privilege with large, comfortable homes in Nigeria, to become citizens of the newly formed republic of Biafra.

In 1960s Nigeria, Ugwu, a boy from a poor village, goes to work for Odenigbo, a radical university professor. Soon … More

Born OTD in 1942, Bernard MacLaverty. Set in Northern Ireland, it tells the story of Cal, a young, unemployed Catholic man living on a Protestant housing estate at the height of The Troubles. Each night he waits to be fire-bombed out of the home he shares with his father and each morning he gets up to find everything is okay.

But there’s a dark, pervasive atmosphere, one that seem only conducive to fear and violence, and for much of this … More