Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Profile - "Dracula: The Un-Dead" by Dacre Stoker & Ian Holt

Next month will be a somewhat historical occaision for fans of vampire fiction. October 13 sees the release of Dracula: The Un-Dead by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt.  This is the first book in a planned trilogy and is the only sequel endorsed by the Stoker family. Dracula: The Un-Dead is written by one of Stoker's direct descendants and an award-winning Dracula historian who had access to Bram Stoker's handwritten notes, which included characters and plot threads excised from the original printing. Visit the special website setup for the book for more information about the book and the authors.

DACRE STOKER is the great-grandnephew of author Bram Stoker. He was a member of the Canadian men's modern pentathlon team and coached the team at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. He lives in South Carolim with his wife and two children.

IAN HOLT has lectured extensively on the impact of Dracula on popular culture. Recently, he was a contributor to In Search of Frankenstein by Professor Radi Florescu and has written the screenplay for Dracula: The Un-Dead.

At lastthe sequel to Bram Stoker's classic novel Dracula. 

Bram Stoker's Dracula is the prototypical horror novel, an inspiration for the world's seemingly limitless fascination with vampires.  Though many have tried to replicate Stoker's horror classic-in books, television shows, and movies, only the 1931 Bela Lugosi film bore the Stoker family's support. Until now.

Dracula The Un-Dead is a bone-chilling sequel based on Bram Stoker's own handwritten notes for characters and plot threads excised from the original edition. Written with the blessing and cooperation of Stoker family members, Dracula The Un-Dead begins in 1912, twenty-five years after Dracula "crumbled into dust." Van Helsing's protégé, Dr. Jack Seward, is now a disgraced morphine addict obsessed with stamping out evil across Europe. Meanwhile, an unknowing Quincey Harker, the grown son of Jonathan and Mina, leaves law school for the London stage, only to stumble upon the troubled production of "Dracula," directed and produced by Bram Stoker himself.

The play plunges Quincey into the world of his parents' terrible secrets, but before he can confront them he experiences evil in a way he had never imagined.  One by one, the band of heroes that defeated Dracula a quarter-century ago is being hunted down.  Could it be that Dracula somehow survived their attack and is seeking revenge? Or is their another force at work whose relentless purpose is to destroy anything and anyone associated with Dracula?

Dracula The Un-Dead is deeply researched, rich in character, thrills and scares, and lovingly crafted as both an extension and celebration of one of the most classic popular novels in literature.

13 comments:

  1. Oh wow! I will definitely be picking this one up. This looks awesome.

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  2. OMZ, a sequel to Dracula (i loved that book. I'm definitely gonna have to get it. :)

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  3. Hi Doug

    I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book. It is terrific. I highly recommend it.

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  4. This sounds really good, I wonder what sorts of things will be included from the original notes.

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  5. I-can't-wait-for-this-book! (note the emphasis!) Would it not be cool to be Stoker's great-grandnephew?!

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  6. It looks SO COOL. :)

    And there *is* another endorsed sequel. This one a graphic novel which also looks fab:

    http://www.newsarama.com/comics/090908-Dracula.html

    I had the pleasure of meeting Tony Lee the other night (after the Mike Carey signing at Forbidden Planet in London), and he has worked very hard on this project.

    Cheers,
    Kaz

    p.s. I might be able to hook you up with an ARC, though it'll be a PDF I think.

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  7. I'm ashamed to say I've never read Dracula (though I have more copies of it than any other book) but this is SO neat!

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  8. Bella I think most serious vamp fiction readers will want to pick this up.

    Orchid I must honestly admit I have never read the original Dracula. It's on my list of books to read before I die.

    Hi Patricia well you are certainly the right person for it to go to being our fav vamp expert :) Caught your review today, wish I could have linked to it, but I'll put it here anyway.

    Patricia's Vampire Notes Review of Dracula The Un-Dead.

    Book Addict I think that makes him some sort of horror fiction royalty :)

    Karen yeah a great cover that really captures the flavour of early 20th century London. I heard about the graphic novel in my perusal of some Comic*Con coverage. It's great that you have Forbidden Planet at your doorstep :) Thanks for the PDF ARC offer, but I'm ereader challenged. LOL. Now if you would like to read and review it I would love to have you do a GUEST REVIEW :)

    Me too Ladytink :( The packaging is lovely and the early buzz I have come across says it is pretty good too which is nice to know it takes its roots seriously and isn't just trading on the name.

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  9. Doug... Hmm... Guest review, eh? *g*

    I'll check with Tony that it's cool for me to do that and you know, I might be dropping you an email soon to schedule it!

    Cheers,
    Kaz :)

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  10. I'm hesitant about this one, but it's on my wish list anyway.

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  11. Karen would love to have you anytime. Congrats on the big sale! You must be over the moon :)

    Rabid Fox - Kids vs Zombies. LOL whst's not to love.

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  12. The book is an abomination that spits all over the original. Tripped out in forced, pointless subplots, mind-numbingly cliched "twists," stunningly bad dialogue, torture porn and homophobia, the "sequel" takes the events, characters and tone of Stoker's (the real one) Dracula and "improves" them by turning it all into formulaic trash that blatantly contradicts the very events and tenets that made the book and it's characters classic. Obviously designed to appeal to the Anne Rice/ Twilight crowd rather than fans of the original, as nearly all the events of the original are tossed out as "inaccurate." That's right, the classic that hasn't been out of print in over a century is completely wrong, Dacre Stoker was obviously recruited for name recognition only as I doubt this garbage would've been published otherwise.

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  13. Anonymous a pretty harsh review but I will have to take your word for it as I have not read either the original or the sequel.

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