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Revisiting the (Literary) Classics: Bram Stoker’s THE SQUAW

I told you last week how I’d determined to go back and read all Bram Stoker’s OTHER works. Other than what, you ask? Surely you jest! Stoker’s prose is always getting lost in the huge, all-engulfing, bat-winged shadow cast by his greatest creation, and that’s unfortunate because it has legs to stand on its own.…

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Back the Bram Stoker Bronze Bust Project!

Just a couple’a three weeks back I brought you all word of sculptor Bryan Moore’s plan to fashion a bust of the man who gifted the world with the most famous vampire of them all, Count Dracula. The man behind the Count is, of course, Irish author Bram Stoker. Moore intends to place the bust,…

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Why Bother Reading Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’?

“The date-line is 2014. An outbreak of a deadly disease in a remote region, beyond the borders of a complacent Europe. Local deaths multiply.” Roger Luckhurst, the author of this short piece of genius literary review, explains the lure of Bram Stoker’s Dracula in a way many of us have probably never considered the story, dubbed “the…

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From the Pages of Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Harker

No, I am not speaking of the actual novel by the legendary Bram Stoker, but rather, about a comic. “From the Pages of Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Harker” is a comic that came out a while back and was endorsed by an actual descendant of Stoker himself. I recently gave Issue #1 a read, and well,…

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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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Did Anonymously Written Story Inspire Bram Stoker’s Dracula?

Long before Bram Stoker’s legendary novel Dracula (1897) there was The Mysterious Stranger, a short story penned by an anonymous author. This vampire tale was translated from German to English and published in Odd and Ends magazine in 1860 – over thirty years before the famed Dracula. Why is this worth noting? Because the two…

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Bram Stoker Bronze Bust Project entering the home stretch

If you cruise on over the to the Gofundme page for this project, you will see that it is about halfway to the finish line. However, certain generous donors have pledged to match any amounts donated, which should get the project to its goal—if they can just raise a wee bit more. Love Stoker? Love…

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DID Bram Stoker base the physical description of Count Dracula on Vlad the Impaler?

Okay, first off, it’s a pet peeve of mine that people refer to him as “Vlad the Impaler.” His name was DRACULA. That’s what he would have referred to himself as, and been referred to as. Tepes, or “Impaler,” was just a nickname, and may have been intended as pejorative. Secondarily, yes, I am aware…

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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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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 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 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…