Testimonials and Press

Set in the stunning Oak Room of the Mansion House in Dublin, Sean’s lecture in front of a capacity crowd as part of the Bram Stoker Festival was captivating, entertaining and informative.Ed Mooney

Sean Hillen Bram Stoker Festival, Digging for Dracula

( l to r) Sean with Vanessa O’Loughlin, organiser of Dublin’s annual Bram Stoker Festival, and guests.

Sean Hillen author speaking in Dublin, Bram Stoker Festival

A capacity audience at the ornate Lord Mayor’s residence, the Mansion House in Dublin, learn about Sean’s adventures during his research for ‘Digging for Dracula.’


Sean Hillen speaking at Waterstone’s in downtown Dublin


 “It took one Irishman Bram Stoker to create the Dracula legend and now another, Sean Hillen, exposes the Count’s Celtic roots, and bloody ones at that. Hillen’s rip-roaring tale, inspired by his time as journalist in Transylvania, traces the origin back to the Gaelic droch fhola (pronounced druc ula) which means bad blood and the pre-Christian times when the Celts roamed through Europe. Off beat, tongue in cheek, Hillen shows great affection for the myth and those spellbound by it. A must read for all fans – or fangs – of Dracula.” Simon Pia


“This is no trashy cash-in, in the wake of the world’s renewed fascination with the king of those mythical murderers of the night. Digging For Dracula is written by one of the UK and USA’s most respected journalists. And, as you would expect of a man with such a distinctive journalistic track record, DFD is an elegant, but wonderfully entertaining tome. Dig it!” John McGurk


Dublin Deputy Mayor and Sean Hillen, author reading Digging for Dracula

Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin congratulates Sean at the downtown Waterstone’s Bookstore on his search to uncover the origins of the vampire stories.

Deputy Mayor Dublin with Sean Hillen author

No vampires in sight – smiles all round.


Expert calls for Dracula conference – Derry Journal

The Hillen Kind – Interview in Sunday World

Belfast writer who dug up Dracula’s Irish roots – Belfast Telegraph

A Belfast man is lifting the lid on the macabre myth of Dracula and its Irish creator. For Northern Ireland’s journalist and author, Sean Hillen, has got his teeth into the world of vampires and ghostly goings on in his new book.” – Sunday Life

Digging for Dracula moves and entertains with a mixture of humour, travalogue and history from the ancient haunts of Vlad the Impaler, to the time-defying mummies of Dublin, to the glitter of Hollywood, USA. It is incisive, witty and always informative and is packed with revelations galore.” – Antrim Times

Book with a real bite…the ultimate Halloween present.” – Andersonstowntown News

Sean Hillen on BBC radio, author speaking in Ireland

Ready to go on air – inside the studios of the BBC.

Author Sean Hillen signing books, Digging for Dracula book

Vampire lovers wait in line to have Sean sign copies of ‘Digging for Dracula’ at the annual Féile an Phobail, the Community’s Festival in west Belfast (though not in his own blood).

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