IT is not often that An Post looks to Hammer horror films for gothic themes and inspiration.
But the studio responsible for so many grisly masterpieces has inspired two blood-curdling stamps to commemorate the centenary of the death of 'Dracula' writer Bram Stoker.
Created by illustrator David Rooney, the two 55c designs feature 'dripping blood' typography.
One stamp is a head-and-shoulders portrayal of Dublin author Bram Stoker -- who died on April 20, 1912.
On the other stamp, Count Dracula gets up close and personal with his victim's neck.
"I tried to make the stamps as scary as those old Hammer horror films," the Galway-born artist told the Irish Independent.
"I borrowed a device from those Dracula movies where the shadow behind the figure is someone else.
"That's Dracula's outline behind Bram Stoker on the 55c (stamp)," he said.
Mr Rooney said An Post approved his designs without changes. "They even let me use lettering on the stamps based on the old posters for Hammer films which drip blood."
A spokeswoman for An Post said: "We're really sticking our necks out with these quirky designs.
"They're stamps to get your teeth into," she added.