Dacre Stoker Writing Dracula Sequel

Posted on October 6, 2008

Dracula The Un-Dead

Bram Stoker's great grand nephew is bringing Dracula back to life in a new book. Dacre Stoker studied Bram Stoker's handwritten notes on the original novel to help him write the sequel. The new novel will be called Dracula: The Un-Dead, which was Bram Stoker's original title before his editor nixed it.

The Guardian reports that this will be the first Dracula story the Stoker family has authorized since the 1931 movie, Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula. The novel is written by Dacre Stoker and screenwriter Ian Holt. The Guardian says rights to the script sold for over $1 million. There are also plans for a movie.

The novel is set to be published in October 2010. The is set in 1912 London and follows Jonathan Harker, the son of of Quincey Harker from Bram Stoker's famous novel. Harker leaves law school to pursue a stage career but winds up involved in the production of a Dracula play and suddenly immersed in his the same dangerous world as a his parents.

Stoker tells The Guardian, "I had seen so many film versions of Dracula and was terribly surprised that very few of the films had any resemblance to Bram's original novel. Because the novel was so good and had stood up so well over the years, I found it exceedingly sad that all of the trash Hollywood had put out monumentally sullied Bram's and my family's literary legacy."

Update: We have added the book cover for Dracula: The Un-Dead. It is available for purchase on Amazon.com. There is an IMDB page for the possible motion picture but there isn't much happening with it. IMDB says the project is categorized as "in development."