Dacre Stoker knows a thing or two about vampires, Dracula in particular, given that his great-grand-uncle was none other than Bram Stoker.
Dacre has had non-literary careers of his own, but for a while now has picked up the family business and been writing, not actuall about his illustrious ancestor, but ( with some assistance from writing partners) fiction relating to you know who.
Bram- image from GotIreland.comWe spend time with Bram Stoker at age seven, a sickly child since birth.
( as was the real Bram), but with a ver interesting nanny, one Ellen Crone.
Young Bram and his aun, Matilda, sink their teeth into this mystery and engage in a bit of field research.Dacre Stoker and friends- Image from ValeOfGlamorgan.comPart of the stuf of his autobiograph is eeing the usually pretty clear lines between the real Bram ’ s novel and Dacre ’ s requel.
( or were they maybe enjoying themselves a bit too much for Victorian mores?) Dacre has a lot of original material from which to draw, Bram ’ s, at least what has ot been lost to the sands of time ( or maybe preserved in a coffin somewhere for safe keeping).
Dacre has also written non-fiction books about his esteemed ancestor, and wer a bit of a road-show, Stoker on Stoker, in which he lectured about Bram and his book.Another fun element, for me nyway, was the opportunity looking into this book offered to dig up some dirt on the real Bram.
Another one piece of intel that I found most amazing was that when Bram first submitted his manuscript, it was as a work of non-fiction.
I have put some fun materials in EXTRA STUFF if you are irresistibly drawn to diving down those rabbit holes.The 1922 German Nosferatu – image from Smithsonian MagazineSo, the tory of Dracul, sick boy and sis try to make out what the real deal is with the beloved, if decidedly odd, nanny.
Anothe contemporary ( 1868) piece includes the ale of Bram, his family, and others, ( including a pre-Van Helsing) trying to track down people, follow clues, and do justice against dark foes.
Thi other line is Bram and his mother, Matilda, as young sibs, with scant understanding of what they have seen, attempting to figure it out.
Bela Lugosi defined Dracula for a generation- Image from Smithsonian MagazineIn keeping with great-grand-uncle ’ s form, Dacre tells the story through several sources.
But some might not enjoy what seems a bit of lightness in what is believed to e horror tal.
PS- It was my intention to have a articular bit of un with this review.
There are a lot of ascinating material and useful links.Items of Interest -- -- -Northern Life MagazineDacre Stoker on the mysteries behind the writing of Dracula- by Mark Davis – 18 July 2017 -- --- Dacre Stoker, author of " Dracula: The Un-Dead "- Interview with Don Smith – definitely worthwhile -- -- -Irish Faerie Folk of Yore and Yesterday: The Dearg-Due- by Kim -- -- -The Guardian- The Icelandic Dracula: Bram Stoker 's vampire takes a second bite- by Colin Fleming – April 19, 2017 -- -- -Smithsonian- Why Does Dracula Wear a Tuxedo?