Readers may recall Ferguson from the previous entry—he is the Curator of the Royal Armouries in Leeds. He also wrote a brilliant article for Fortean Times (no. 288, 2012) called, 'To kill a vampire', which concerns itself with the glut of supposedly antique vampire killing kits that've been appearing in museums and auction houses within the last two decades. I think it's fair to say that Ferguson is an expert on the topic.
Unfortunately, I can't see the talk or the kit up close—as much as I've love to—because I'm on the other side of the world.
However, if you're in the UK, near there or even planning a visit, Ferguson will be giving his lecture on 30 October 2012, 6.30pm at the Royal Armouries' Bury Theatre, Leeds. His talk concerns
the various means of slaying vampires in both folklore and fiction, including the real story behind the mysterious vampire killing kits.
The lecture goes for an hour and a half and you get to see one of these fabled kits up close. Cheaper than a movie.
Lumley's also provided me with a stack of promotional pics to share2—the ones that line this blog entry. I pass them onto you, dear reader.
So, what do you think guys? Are you up for it? If you're able, do it. It's a fantastic opportunity and Ferguson certainly knows his stuff. Don't miss out!
1. J Lumley, email, Friday, 12 October 2012 2:04:25 AM.↩
2. ibid.; J Lumley, email, Monday, 15 October 2012 8:03:00 PM.↩