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Happy Anniversary to BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA

Permit me to wax nostalgic for a moment. The date was November 13, 1992, a Friday the 13th, just like the one we just celebrated this year. 28 years ago. That’s hard to believe. I was a young wet-behind-the-ears whippersnapper with a mullet and a Members Only jacket, and I went to the theater at…

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A Look Back at BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA

Any literary purist will tell you that Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 masterpiece (forget THE GODFATHER; it is *this* movie that truly represents the director’s finest work) is not accurately named, in that it includes lots of material that is not in Stoker’s novel. Even so, it is arguably the closest depiction of the book ever…

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-Still More On Bram Stoker and Vlad Dracula

I initially reported on the discovery made by Dacre Stoker concerning the confirmation that his great-grand uncle Bram consulted, while writing DRACULA, a book called ROUMANIA PAST AND PRESENT by James Samuelson, a book that talks about the historical Dracula (Vlad III, aka “The Impaler”) and a book that we know Stoker read at least…

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More On That Book Proving Bram Stoker Knew About The Historical Dracula

Revealed by author Dacre Stoker, great-grand-nephew of Bram Stoker and a gifted storyteller in his own right, Bram Stoker consulted a book entitled ROUMANIA PAST AND PRESENT at the London Library when he was writing his novel DRACULA. This former book makes detailed mention of the historical Dracula, thus proving that Bram *did* know about…

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My Director’s Swag: The Bram Stoker Model Kit and a neato NOSFERATU Print

The production just wrapped on my original play, DRACULA: LORD OF THE VAMPIRES, and I can safely declare it a success. Good audience turnout, and the response was overwhelmingly positive. My krewe worked hard, put in the time and the labor, and delivered a worthy effort that made little old me look good. I wrote,…

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Happy 25th, BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA

I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around this one, friends. BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA was released to theaters 25 years ago. TWENTY. FIVE. YEARS. How is that even possible? How could time have flown by so fast? Twenty years I might–might–be able to buy. But a whole quarter-century? Please time, please, slow down. Like…

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Revisiting the (Literary) Classics: Bram Stoker’s THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM

There was a rumor, circulating for years, that Harper Lee didn’t write TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Rather her childhood friend, Truman Capote, did. The fact that Lee never wrote anything else served to feed this rumor. What killed it was the publication of Lee’s SECOND book, GO SET A WATCHMAN. Harper Lee never intended for…

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Revisiting the (Literary) Classics: Bram Stoker’s THE COMING OF ABEL BEHENNA

Here’s the skinny: You’ve got two best friends who are also lifelong rivals, always trying to outdo one another. This rivalry has always been of the peaceful sort, and even remains so after both guys decide they want to marry the prettiest girl in the village. Instead of a duel or even trying to undermine…

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Revisiting the Literary Classics: Bram Stoker’s A DREAM OF RED HANDS

After the LAST story I read from Stoker, THE CHAIN OF DESTINY, which I reviewed (unfavorably) in a separate article this week, I needed to read something from the master to reaffirm my faith in him. Something good. Something other than DRACULA, as my goal in reading and/or rereading Stoker’s other, lesser known works was…

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Revisiting the (Literary) Classics: Bram Stoker’s THE CHAIN OF DESTINY

I’m continuing my heroic quest to read all the works of Bram Stoker that are *not* DRACULA, and I can read the thoughts of some of you on the matter. “The guy’s a complete Stoker mark,” you are saying to yourselves. “He’s not gonna say anything negative about anything Stoker wrote, so why bother with…

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Revisiting the (Literary) Classics: Bram Stoker’s THE JUDGE’S HOUSE

I have to remember that the order in which I am writing and submitting these articles are not necessarily the order in which you out there, whoever you all are, will be reading them. It is thus necessary to offer a word of explanation as introduction. Those of you who HAVE been reading these in…

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Revisiting the (Literary) Classics: Bram Stoker’s DRACULA’S GUEST

I’m going to take the risk of making an ass out of you and umption, to borrow from a quote by Samuel L. Jackson’s character in THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT, by assuming that all have read the short story DRACULA’S GUEST. (How could you call yourself a fan if you haven’t?) Instead of just encapsulating…