Dracula is one of the great literary classics of our time. A novel which defined the vampire and which has gone on to inspire countless films, television shows, comics, and other novels.
Dacre Stoker is the international bestselling author of Dracul, the official prequel to Dracula. He is also the great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker himself, so is perfectly placed to offer this selection of notes and observations on the writing and development of Dracula.
The book includes writing by Bram’s mother describing life when cholera hit their town, as well as several of Bram’s classic short stories which reveal hints of the writing which would later infuse Dracula itself.
This new edition has been extensively revised and updated with over 50 pages of new material.
161pp. 6×9 format paperback book.
Published 23 April 2022
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dacre Stoker is the great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker and the international best-selling co-author of Dracula the Un-Dead (2009), the Stoker family endorsed sequel to Dracula. Dacre is also the co-editor (with Elizabeth Miller) of The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker: The Dublin Years (2012). Released in October of 2018, Dracul, a prequel to Dracula, co-authored with JD Barker, was the UK’s # 1 Bestselling Hardcover Novel in Horror and Supernatural in 2018, and a top 5 finalist by the Horror Writers Association for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Novel. Film rights for Dracul have been optioned by Paramount Studios.
Dacre’s recent work includes Dracula’s Bedlam (2021) with Chris McAuley and John Peel and The Virgin’s Embrace (2021) with Chris McAuley. Additionally, short stories with Leverett Butts, ‘Last Days’, appeared in Weird Tales Magazine, ‘The Tired Captain’, featured in FX Sherlock Holmes Anthology, ‘Enter the Dragon’ in Classic Monsters Unleashed Anthology and ‘The Lost Warrior’, in the anthology Dracula UnFanged.
A native of Montreal, Canada, Dacre taught Physical Education and Sciences for twenty-two years, in both Canada and the US. He participated in the sport of Modern Pentathlon as an athlete and a coach at the international and Olympic levels for Canada for 12 years. He is also an avid player and coach of the unique game of Real Tennis. In May of 2016 an athlete he had been coaching for the past 4 years, Camden Riviere, won the World Championships of Court Tennis.
Dacre has consulted and appeared in recent film documentaries about vampires in literature and popular culture: The Real Vampire Files (2010 History Channel), The Tillinghast Nightmare, (2014 Historical Haunts), Secrets of the Dead (2015 PBS), Mysteries at the Museum, (2017 Travel Channel), and Legend Hunter (2019 Travel Channel). He currently hosts tours to Dublin, Whitby, and Cruden Bay, to visit places where Bram Stoker lived, was educated, worked, researched, and wrote Dracula. He also leads groups to Transylvania to explore both the life and times of the historic Vlad Dracula III and also the locations where Bram Stoker set his famous novel.