“He was in the shadows on the opposite side of the room in front of the paleography reference books, lounging against one of the graceful wooden pillars that held up the gallery.” (Chapter 2)

If there really were vampires, this is surely where we would spot them: the gothic confines of Duke Humfrey’s reading room on a crisp autumn evening.

A photo of “Matthew’s pillar” in the Selden End of Duke Humfrey’s reading room, the Bodleian Library, taken from Diana’s vantage point in the gallery above.

Photo: Early Modern/Medieval Histories Blog, https://levelt.wordpress.com/…/westonlibrary-opens-its-doo…/