Dracula TiMes, part of the Dracula Film Festival, will open on Wednesday 29 November at 5pm at Faber with a press conference featuring Dacre Stoker, Bram Stoker's great-great-nephew.
Dacre Stoker is the great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker and the international best-selling co-author of Dracula the Un-Dead (Dutton, 2009), the official Stoker family endorsed sequel to Dracula. Dacre is also the co-editor (with Elizabeth Miller) of The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker: The Dublin Years (Robson Press, 2012). Released in October of 2018, Dracul, a prequel to Dracula, co-authored with JD Barker, was the UK’s # 1 Bestselling Hardcover Novel in Horror and Supernatural in 2018, and a top 5 finalist by the Horror Writers Association for the Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in a Novel. Film rights for Dracul have been optioned by Paramount Studios.
Dacre’s recent work includes Dracula, Annotated for the 125th Anniversary with Robert Eighteen-Bisang, (2022) Dracula’s Bedlam (2021) with Chris McAuley and John Peel and The Virgins Embrace (2021) with Chris McAuley, a graphic novel adaptation of Bram Stoker’s short story The Squaw (1893), an original graphic novel Dracula The Return, Cult of the White Worm, (2022) with Chris McAuley. Additionally, short stories with Leverett Butts, Last Days, appeared in Weird Tales Magazine January 2021, The Tired Captain, featured in FX Sherlock Holmes Anthology, and Enter the Dragon in Classic Monsters Unleashed Anthology January 2022 and The Lost Warrior, in Dracula UnFanged Anthology.
Dacre has consulted and appeared in recent film documentaries about vampires in literature and popular culture. The Real Vampire Files (2010 History Channel), The Tillinghast Nightmare, (2014 Historical Haunts), Secrets of the Dead (2015 PBS), Mysteries at the Museum, (2017 Travel Channel) Legend Hunter (2019 Travel Channel) American Vampires (2022 Fox Nation).
He currently hosts tours to Dublin Ireland, Whitby England, and Cruden Bay Scotland, to visit places where Bram Stoker lived, was educated, worked, researched, and wrote Dracula. He also leads groups to Transylvania to explore both the life and times of the historic Vlad Dracula lll and also the locations where Bram Stoker set his famous novel.
The conference will be followed by the multi media presentation Stoker on Stoker by Dacre Stoker.
Stoker on Stoker Multi Media Presentation (75 mins)
Dacre Stoker’s compelling and informative Keynote presentation, Stoker on Stoker, the Mysteries Behind the Writing of Dracula, weaves together the details of Dracula’s history with Stoker family lore, and Bram Stoker’s life in Dublin and London, then separates fact from popular fiction, revealing the truth about all things Stoker and Dracula. Stoker on Stoker has fascinated audiences around the world, exploring the issues behind the mysteries that have baffled Dracula scholars and fans since the book’s publication in 1897. Illustrated with Dacre’s collection of never before published, and seldom-seen historic images, Stoker on Stoker is a glimpse behind the scenes of the life and the writing of one of the least known authors and one of the worlds most famous books..
Including these topics:
Bram Stokers notes for the writing of Dracula
Books Bram used for his research from the London Library
The Dracula Typescript
Real locations Bram chose to include in Dracula
The location of Bram’s fictional Castle Dracula and other sites mentioned in Transylvania
Bram’s summer holiday in Whitby in 1890 how he incorporated real sites in chapters 6, 7, 8 of Dracula.
Bram in Cruden Bay Scotland, where he wrote parts of Dracula
Dr William Thornley Stoker functioned as Bram’s medical advisor to insure accuracy in his writing of Dracula.
The presentation Stoker on Stoker s part of the special section under the motto "Dracula: Myth and reality" which exploits the myth of Count Dracula, a universal character, known all over the world, and which will give us the opportunity to talk about the myth of Dracula and present the historical truth of Dracula.