The British Library invites you to attend your own funeral this Halloween...

An appointment at the funeral parlour awaits. Discover your final fate - will you be saint or sinner? Angel or devil?

Join the British Library and award-winning theatre company Les Enfants Terribles for a macabre Halloween party like no other. We invite you to be the guest of honour at an extraordinary funeral: your own! Dare you go on?

With other travelling souls, negotiate your way through the afterlife in this immersive experience. Enjoy installations, music, food and a bar, plus the wild and dark tones of live band Tankus the Henge.

With special late night opening to our major exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination, delight in 250 years of Gothic horror, from Frankenstein and Dracula in their authors' own hand to a Victorian vampire slaying kit.

Tickets are £15 and include entry to the launch of The Art of Gothic with a talk by author Natasha Scharf at 18.30.

Also for Halloween...

Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell with Brian May

Sun 26 Oct 2014, 14.30-16.00, Conference Centre
£10, (£8 Over 60s) and £7

Prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience, surrounded by a fantastical 3D underworld of devils, satyrs and skeletons! Another opportunity to see the extraordinary series of ghoulish 19th-century stereo images known as 'diableries', presented on the big screen and introduced by collector and celebrated musician Brian May with photographic history experts Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming. Special 3D glasses will be supplied.

Anne Rice's Prince Lestat: Midnight Book Launch

Wed 29 Oct 2014, 22.00-00.30, Entrance Hall and exhibition
Price: £28

Come to the British Library to be one of the select group that gets a copy before anyone else personally hand-signed by Anne Rice herself. At 10pm, the British Library doors will open and you will have a unique after-dark opportunity to explore the extraordinary treasures gathered in the Library’s new exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination, before receiving your copy of Prince Lestat and hearing a reading from acclaimed actor Matthew Macfadyen.



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Late at the Library: The Sorting takes place on Friday 31 October, 19.30 - 22.30 in the British Library entrance hall and exhibition, Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination. Tickets are £15.

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