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Paul Murray is a writer and former diplomat.

His first biography, A Fantastic Journey: The Life and Literature of Lafcadio Hearn (UK: Japan Library,1993) won the 1995 Koizumi Yakumo Literary Prize in Japan and was awarded the Lord Mayor of Dublin’s Prize in the same year. The biography also published in the USA by the University of Michigan Press (1997) and in Japanese translation by Kobunsha (2000).

His second major biography, From the Shadow of Dracula: A Life of Bram Stoker, was published by Jonathan Cape (London) in 2004 and in paperback by Pimlico (London) in 2005.

His most recent book, Nightmare-Touch, is a selection of the horror writings of Lafcadio Hearn (UK: Tartarus Press, 2010). He is the author, under the pseudonym, Aidan McNamara of A Simple Guide to Ireland: Customs and Etiquette, (UK: Global Books, 1996), revised and expanded as The Simple Guide to Customs and Etiquette in Ireland, (UK: Global Books, 1996).

Paul Murray has contributed chapters to the following books:

  • Britain and Japan: Biographical Portraits Vol II (UK: Japan Library, 1997);

  • Irish Writing on Lafcadio Hearn and Japan (3 chapters) (UK: Global Oriental, 1997);

  • Rediscovering Lafcadio Hearn (UK: Global Oriental, 1997);

  • That Other World, the Supernatural and the Fantastic in Irish Literature and its Contexts, Vol II (UK: Colin Smythe, 1998);

  • Bram Stoker, Centenary Essays, (Dublin: Four Cours Press,2014)

Mr Murray’s career as an Irish diplomat spanned 1972-2012. His postings included London (twice, 1974-5 and 1989-97), Tokyo (Deputy Head of Mission, 1978-80), Ottawa (Deputy Head of Mission, 1980-85), New York, Seoul and Paris.

He was Ambassador of Ireland to the Republic of Korea (South Korea) from 1999 to 2004, when he was also concurrently accredited as the first Irish Ambassador to the DPRK (North Korea).

Mr Murray was Irish Ambassador to the OECD and UNESCO in Paris from 2006 to 2012, when he retired from the diplomatic service.

He was awarded the Gold Medal of the Ireland Japan Association in 1999 for his contribution to Ireland-Japan relations.

Mr Murray lectures widely and continues to publish on both Lafcadio Hearn and Bram Stoker. His appearances on radio and television include participation in a number of documentaries. An article on Bram Stoker, “From the Primrose Path to Dracula,” appeared in the May/June 2012 issue (number 10) of Diabolique magazine. He contributed an essay to Bram Stoker, Centenary Essays, (2014). He is currently working on a novel.

A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he is married to the graphic designer, Elizabeth Fitz-Simon. They have two sons.

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