By Marty Mulrooney
Alternative Magazine Online’s latest interview is a very special one indeed! I recently had the unique opportunity to speak to Dacre Stoker, co-author of new book Dracula: The Un-Dead (along with Stoker historian Ian Holt), published by our friends at HarperCollins here in the UK, and E. P. Dutton in the US.
For those unaware Dacre Stoker, a Canadian citizen and resident of the U.S., is the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker. Yes that’s right, the Bram Stoker who wrote classic horror novel Dracula in 1897, changing our perceptions of the mythological vampire forever!
Dracula: The Un-Dead is Dacre’s first novel. In a very relaxed, friendly chat over the phone, I managed to ask Dacre some very interesting questions about this new book. A book that, might I add, has been getting overwhelmingly positive reviews since its publication earlier this month.
“Energetically paced and packed with outrageously entertaining action, this supernatural thriller is a well-needed shot of fresh blood for the Dracula mythos.” – Publishers Weekly
But what would he say to any critics who see this sequel as a mere cash-in? Furthermore, just why has Dracula remained popular for over 100 years? Are there more sequels to come? And are the rumours of a movie adaptation being in the works correct..? Listen to our latest audio interview to find out all of the above, and more!
You can also download the audio to listen to on your MP3 player etc here. (Right click and ‘Save Link As…’ to download)
We shall be posting a full review soon, but in the meantime, here is some information from the official press release to whet your appetites!
The official sequel to Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula, written by his direct descendent and endorsed by the Stoker family. The story begins in 1912, twenty-five years after the events described in the original novel. Dr. Jack Seward, now a disgraced morphine addict, hunts vampires across Europe with the help of a mysterious benefactor. Meanwhile, Quincey Harker, the grown son of Jonathan and Mina, leaves law school to pursue a career in stage at London’s famous Lyceum Theatre.
The production of Dracula at the Lyceum, directed and produced by Bram Stoker, has recently lost its star. Luckily, Quincey knows how to contact the famed Hungarian actor Basarab, who agrees to take the lead role.
Quincey soon discovers that the play features his parents and their former friends as characters, and seems to reveal much about the terrible secrets he’s always suspected them of harbouring. But, before he can confront them, Jonathan Harker is found murdered. The writers were able to access Bram Stoker’s hand-written notes and have included in their story characters and plot threads that had been excised by the publisher from the original printing over a century ago.
Dracula is one of the most recognized fictional characters in the world, having spawned dozens of multi-media spin-offs. The Un-Dead is the first Dracula story to enjoy the full support of the Stoker estate since the original 1931 movie starring Bela Lugosi.
About the Author
Dacre Stoker is the great grand nephew of Dracula author, Bram Stoker. He lives with his wife, Jenne, in South Carolina. The Un-Dead is his first novel. Ian Holt studied at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts before becoming a renowned screen writer.
Finally, Alternative Magazine Online (and myself, Martin Mulrooney) would like to offer a special thank you to both Dacre and his publicist Elizabeth Dawson, who not only made this interview possible, but were some of the most pleasant individuals one could hope to meet! Thank you!
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