Bram Stoker’s Dracula is one of the most popular novels of all time, this ground-breaking and highly influential story has sold millions of copies and has been in print for over a hundred years, which means there are dozens, if not hundreds, of editions of this one book. Out of all of these editions nothing is really different except for the covers, yet on my last trip to the bookstore there was one that really caught my attention, an illustrated copy of Dracula with artwork by the incredible Ben Templesmith.
“When Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to meet with the mysterious Count Dracula, he ends up enslaved by the vampire who wants to learn about England. Leaving Harker for dead, Dracula travels to London where he begins to menace Harker’s fiancee, Mina, and her beautiful friend, Lucy. After escaping from Dracula’s castle, Harker returns to London where he meets Abraham Van Helsing who may have a way to destroy the blood-sucking monster! Ben Templesmith provides an all-new, full-color illustration for all 27 chapters of this classic horror novel.”
The second I saw this edition I had to sit down and have a look. As much as I love graphic novels, I was happy to discover that this is NOT a graphic novel as so many think, but the actual story accompanied by artwork. Ben Templesmith’s masterful artwork fits in with the story perfectly – it is dark and eerie, yet absolutely beautiful. The comic book fans here may recognize his name, for Ben Templesmith is the horror master that has earned multiple awards for his art. He is the man behind the artwork in 30 Days of Night, Silent Hill, Dark Days, Fell and so many more. Ben Templesmith and Dracula together is a glorious combination! I can’t think of a better illustrator for this story.
Even if you already own a copy of Dracula, I highly recommend getting your hands on Ben Templesmith’s edition of it – you won’t regret it.
Check out a few of the illustrations from the book below: