Stoker Descendant Writes ‘Dracula’ Sequel
Dracula lives again, this time authorized by Bram Stoker’s family. His great-grandnephew, 50-year old Dacre Stoker has teamed with author Ian Holt to write Dracula: The Undead which has been sold to Harper UK for August 2009 publication.
The story, set 25 years after the original book, sees the vampire arrive in London, seeking Mina in 1912. Told from the point of view of Quincey Harker, son of Mina and Jonathan Harker, it goes into more detail about the original characters from Bram Stoker’s 1897 book.
Stoker grew up in Canada and now lives in South Carolina and always knew of his literary ancestor, who died in 1912 and the legacy he left behind. He never thought about continuing the Dracula tale until he received an e-mail from Holt."I got in touch with Dacre and he thought I was this nut job. But after listening to me and discussing my vision of what I had in mind, he got very interested," Holt told the Globe and Mail. The movie pithc evolved into a 568-page novel.
Holt, an actor, may get his original vision fulfilled as Hollywood studios have already begun talking optioning the book.
"I’ve got a fascination with the body, having been a coach and athlete … the role of getting your blood in really good condition to compete. And here I am with this other side of me," Stoker told the paper.
"Yeah, I’ve got a lot to live up to."