Bram Stoker’s Great-Grandnephew to Write Official Prequel to Dracula

Bram Stoker’s Dracula has become a modern classic since it was first published over 100 years ago in 1897. The book has since inspired countless stage, film, and television adaptations and Dracula has become one of the most iconic monsters of all time. Fans of the original novel will be pleased to learn that Bram Stoker’s great-grand nephew, Dacre Stoker, is working on an official sequel to the book called Dracul.

As The Guardian reports, the prequel will be based upon research into the original, unedited version of Dracula, along with family tales from the Stoker family. Dacre Stoker will be aided by co-writer JD Barker and the story will apparently be set in 1868 and follows a young Bram Stoker encountering some of the creatures he would later go on to write about. Publishing rights were sold in North America for a six figure sum and Transworld has the UK rights.

Transworld editor Simon Taylor described it as “terrific fun – and suitably terrifying.” Film rights have already been sold to paramount and the director of the new adaptation of Stephen King’s It, Andy Muschietti, is attached.

Dacre has stated that there are 102 pages missing from the original draft of Dracula and only 17 of them were recovered. These were later published by Bram’s widow in 1914 as Dracula’s Guest. Dacre and Barker have been picking through Bram’s notes and the original draft in order to get an idea of what the remaining lost pages may have been like. They looked “for lines that were crossed out that may have referenced anything Bram had to take out of the 102 pages,” said Dacre. “These crossed-out lines gave us clues about what may have been on those missing pages. Since Dracul is a prequel … we wanted to have a really good idea what was included in Bram’s original and unedited version of Dracula.”

Dacre describes his prequel novel as “the story of the events in Bram’s life that led him to write Dracula … The story focuses on Bram and his family, as a young boy growing up in Clontarf, Artane and Dublin. These parts were based on Stoker family background stories [and] knowledge, all of the existing biographies, excerpts from The Lost Journal [Bram’s private notebook] and our speculation.”

Details on the plot are scarce but the book will see Bram encounter “an ungodly evil, which he traps in an ancient tower.” Transworld’s Taylor said: Dracul “speculates on what Bram Stoker’s early life – he was a sickly child, often bedridden – might have been like had the creatures he later created been real. The authors have very cleverly and convincingly resurrected the tone of the original but in a modernised voice,” said Taylor. “It includes some nicely handled nods to the original novel, and like Dracula often uses an epistolary narrative form. I think the novel works so well because it’s both a proper partner to the original Dracula – doesn’t mess with that story but honours it – while being a deliciously, blood-chillingly creepy horror novel in its own right.” Dracul is set to be released in 2018.

Nick Clark Windo’s The Feed to be Adapted for Television Drama

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It’s announced this week that The Feed, a brand new sci-fi novel by Nick Clark Windo, is to be adapted into a high-end drama by Amazon and Virgin Media, who have won the rights to the adaptation.

The Feed is Windo’s debut novel, and unusually it’s only just been released as a book. The post-apocalyptic novel was released in the UK on 25th January but isn’t due for USA release until March this year. Early reviews are positive, and positive enough for Amazon and Virgin Media to put their money where their proverbial mouths are, putting into production a 10-part drama set in London.

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Eight Authors Write Ghost Stories Inspired by Heritage Sites Across England

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If you’re planning to get away from it all this Summer, and fancy getting in some early spooks before October rolls around, then you’ll want to check out Eight Ghosts: The English Heritage Book of New Ghost Stories. The book contains eight spooky stories that have been written by eight different authors, each inspired by English Heritage sites.

The authors include the likes of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon, and author of The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry. Each author was given an historic site, and challenged with writing a ghost story set within the walls of said site. Locations include York Cold War Bunker, Dover Castle and Housesteads Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall. Read More

Helen Pankhurst Releases Deeds Not Words in Time for Suffragette Anniversary

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6th February 2018 marks one hundred years since women got the vote in the UK, a change that came about thanks to the suffragette movement. Possibly the most well known woman of the entire movement was Emmeline Pankhurst and her great granddaughter Helen Pankhurst has released a book in time for the anniversary charting the lives of women, and change over the last century. Read More

Gavin and Stacey’s Ruth Jones to Release Debut Novel

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Ruth Jones is already an accomplished writer and screenwriter and has seen much success with shows such as Gavin and Stacey, which she not only wrote with James Corden but starred in as Nessa too.

If you haven’t watched Gavin and Stacey, it’s comic brilliance, set in Barry in South Wales, and now one of Wales’ biggest exports is to release her debut novel. Never Greener is out in the UK on 5th April and will be the actress and screenwriter’s first novel. Read More

8 Novels That We Think Could be Award Winners in 2018

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We’re still early in the year and that means months and months of exciting new releases, and all the literary awards of 2018 are still ahead of us. With this in mind, today we thought we’d combine the two and see if we can pick out some novels coming in 2018 that we also think may be up for some of this year’s big literary awards, allowing you addicts to stay ahead of the game. Read More



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