'Charlotte kept a journal of the cholera epidemic. She wrote how people in Sligo had heard of the march of the terrible disease from the East through Europe. She heard it was in France, then in Britain ‘and then, with wild affright: it was in Ireland’. It would soon be in Sligo, wreaking devastation. In the imagination of Charlotte's son, Bram, cholera became personified in the character he created, Count Dracula.'