The Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which should be a sort of Mecca to every Dracula mark in the world, as it is home to the original handwritten notes of Bram Stoker when he was preparing to write DRACULA. (Not to gloat, but yep, I’ve been there, and yep, I’ve seen those notes. Bram had a tidy penmanship but he wrote with really small letters.) Given the museum’s status, and given that Bram’s notes helped to inspire the plot for the new prequel novel DRACUL by Dacre Stoker and JD Barker, it is only fitting that the latter will have its official launch at the Rosenbach. By the time you read this, said launch will have already taken place. (Sadly I wasn’t able to attend.) Some of you will already be in the midst of reading DRACUL, which I reviewed elsewhere on this site this week and gave my enthusiastic seal of approval.
What is DRACUL about, then? It is not, as I erroneously first believed, a novel featuring Dracula’s FATHER, whose name was “Dracul.” Rather it features…well, howzabout I just let Dacre and JD tell you. The officially-sanctioned (by the Stoker family) prequel is “a supernatural thriller that reveals not only Dracula’s true origins but Bram Stoker’s–and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them. It is 1868, and a twenty-one-year-old Bram Stoker waits in a desolate tower to face an indescribable evil. Armed only with crucifixes, holy water, and a rifle, he prays to survive a single night, the longest of his life. Desperate to record what he has witnessed, Bram scribbles down the events that led him here…” Those scribblings are mighty entertaining.