Wednesday, October 14, 2009

DRACULA THE UN-DEAD: PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED
DRACULA
THE UN-DEAD

BY DACRE STOKER
AND IAN HOLT


ABOUT THE BOOK:

At lastthe sequel to Bram Stoker's classic novel Dracula.

Bram Stoker's Dracula is the prototypical horror novel, an inspiration for the world's seemingly limitless fascination with vampires. Though many have tried to replicate Stoker's horror classic-in books, television shows, and movies, only the 1931 Bela Lugosi film bore the Stoker family's support. Until now.

Dracula The Un-Dead is a bone-chilling sequel based on Bram Stoker's own handwritten notes for characters and plot threads excised from the original edition. Written with the blessing and cooperation of Stoker family members, Dracula The Un-Dead begins in 1912, twenty-five years after Dracula "crumbled into dust." Van Helsing's protégé, Dr. Jack Seward, is now a disgraced morphine addict obsessed with stamping out evil across Europe. Meanwhile, an unknowing Quincey Harker, the grown son of Jonathan and Mina, leaves law school for the London stage, only to stumble upon the troubled production of "Dracula," directed and produced by Bram Stoker himself.

The play plunges Quincey into the world of his parents' terrible secrets, but before he can confront them he experiences evil in a way he had never imagined. One by one, the band of heroes that defeated Dracula a quarter-century ago is being hunted down. Could it be that Dracula somehow survived their attack and is seeking revenge? Or is their another force at work whose relentless purpose is to destroy anything and anyone associated with Dracula?

Dracula The Un-Dead is deeply researched, rich in character, thrills and scares, and lovingly crafted as both an extension and celebration of one of the most classic popular novels in literature.

PRAISE FOR DRACULA THE UN-DEAD:

"The authors (Stoker is a descendant of Bram, and Holt is a noted Dracula historian) skillfully explore the nature of evil while weaving together several complex plotlines throughout this mesmerizing story. Readers who enjoy dark fantasy with fast-paced action will plow through this book, not wanting to stop."

Library Journal


"Energetically paced and packed with outrageously entertaining action, this supernatural thriller is a well-needed shot of fresh blood for the Dracula mythos."

Publishers Weekly



ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Dacre Stoker, a Canadian citizen and resident of the U.S., is the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker. He is also the godson of H.G. Dacre Stoker, the commander of the AE2 submarine, whose tactics were instrumental in Gallipoli in Word War I.

Dacre, who now calls Aiken, South Carolina home, was a member of the Canadian Men's Modern Pentathlon Team, Senior World Championships in 1979 and coach of the Canadian Men's Modern Pentathlon Olympic Team, Seoul, South Korea in 1988. Dacre is married to Jenne Stoker and is the father of two children. He is the Executive Director of the Aiken Land Conservancy.

Dracula: The Un-Dead is Dacre's first novel.

Ian Holt is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where Ian studied creative writing, dramatic arts and acting with intensive character development and script theory under the late great Stella Adler.

Seeking more creative control over his work, Ian left acting behind to pursue a career in screenwriting. A Dracula/Bela Lugosi fan since childhood, Ian acquired the rights to and developed a screenplay for the 1972 best-selling non-fiction book, "IN SEARCH OF DRACULA," by Fulbright Scholars Prof. Raymond McNally and Prof. Radu Florescu (Prince Dracula's descendant) that Francis Ford Coppola used to research his 1992 film, Bram Stoker's Dracula.

McNally and Florescu became mentors to Ian who toured the country with the professors giving lectures, appearing on news programs and writing scholarly papers on the life of the historic Prince Dracula and the cultural implications and influence of Bram Stoker's novel on western society.

Based on his travels with McNally and Florescu, Ian was asked to join The Transylvanian Society Of Dracula and attend their First World Dracula Congress in 1995 in Romania—a gathering of the top history and literature scholars from around the world to discuss the fantastic influence on the arts, specifically horror stories and films. While in Romania Ian spent the night in the ruins of Dracula's Castle in Poenari and traveled to his palace in Tirgoviste where he stood on the balcony of Dracula's Chindia tower. It was from this balcony that Dracula, the great Impaler himself, looked out upon his Forest Of The Impaled—forty-thousand impaled Turkish prisoners. Ian even visited Dracula's birthplace in Sighisoara and his "empty grave" at Snagov Island Monastery.

Ian's life changed forever when he was invited by the world's premiere Bram Stoker and Dracula authority, Prof. Elizabeth Miller to speak at DRACULA'97 in Los Angeles—a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the release of Bram Stoker's 1897 novel, "Dracula." It was at this monster mash that Ian delivered his "legendary" paper among Dracula scholars, HOW DRACULA MAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DISCOVERY OF AMERICA. It was also at Dracula '97 that Ian dreamed up the idea of doing a screenplay sequel to Bram Stoker's immortal novel.

From connections made at Dracula '97, Ian, five years later, met Dacre Stoker —Bram's great-grandnephew. Dacre also had dreamed for many years of ideas for a new Dracula story. It was a match made in heaven. Dacre suggested the proper way to go about a sequel and honor Bram would be to not write a screenplay first, but a book. Ian agreed. After years of research and dedication, the result of Ian and Dacre's labors became their first novel, Dracula The Un-Dead.


GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO JAMIE AT THE
PENGUIN PUBLISHING GROUP,
I HAVE TWO BRAND NEW HARDBACK
COPIES OF THE JUST RELEASED
DRACULA, THE UN-DEAD
TO GIVE AWAY!

RULES:

--U.S. RESIDENT ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES, PLEASE
--EMAIL ADDRESS MUST BE IN YOUR
COMMENT SO I CAN SEE IT PLEASE
--ALL COMMENTS MUST BE
SEPARATE ENTRIES TO COUNT!
COUNT?
DID SOMEBODY SAY COUNT?
HOW TO ENTER:

+1 ENTRY: GO TO THE OFFICIAL DRACULA THE UN-DEAD WEBSITE HERE AND TAKE THE DRACULA I.Q. TEST AND COME BACK AND GIVE YOUR SCORE IN YOUR FIRST COMMENT

+1 MORE ENTRY: GO TO DRACULA'S TIMELINE HERE AT HIS WEBSITE AND FIND OUT WHAT YEAR BRAM STOKER WAS BORN IN AND COME BACK AND ENTER IT FOR THIS ENTRY

+1 MORE ENTRY: GO TO DRACULA THE UN-DEAD WEBSITE HERE ONE MORE TIME AND WATCH THE TRAILER. COME BACK HERE AND COMMENT ON SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

+1 MORE ENTRY: FOR THOSE LOYAL FOLLOWERS WHO DON'T WISH TO VISIT DRACULA'S WEBSITE, PLEASE TELL ME WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT VAMPIRES. JUST ONE THING EVEN FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD IS FINE!

THANK YOU FOR ENTERING
AND GOOD LUCK!
ALL ENTRIES ARE DUE BY
6 PM, EST,
OCTOBER 31...

SORRY ABOUT CHANGE OF END TIME,
UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES!

74 comments:

Morning Glow from Novel Addiction said...

Alright! Lots of entries here, let's make sure I remember them all..

+1 My score was 5.. how pathetic!

+1 November 8th 1847

+1 Trailer: You know, it's nice to finally know how to pronouce Dacre. And the guy's voice? Rather creepy.

+1 They sleep in coffins, with some soil from their homeland. (or something like that.)

Thank you! I hope I win, I loved Dracula when I read it.. I actually read it for a religion class, isn't that interesting..

~Morning Glow

donnas said...

+1 My Score was 3. I feel ashamed. Really.

+1 Nov 8, 1847

+1 family tree went by too fast, but the original notes/pages and inscription was cool

+1 they drink blood

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ladystorm said...

Well, its wierd but I have never actually read the original dracula but love the movie..lol. I did horrible on the quiz and only got a score of three.

Stormi
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ladystorm said...

1847 (Nov 8)

Bram Stoker is born in Clontarf outside Dublin Ireland.

Nicole said...

I so want to read this one!! I'm a bit obsessed as my score of 9 on the Dracula quiz shows.
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ladystorm said...

Watched the trailer all that read and black plays in real good with the theme of the book..lol. I think its cool that Holt is a Dracula Historian, never knew there was one..lol

Bethie said...

I have read so many Vampire books in the past year or so and I have never read Bram Stoker's Dracula.

+1 I scored a 3! Yikes.

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Bethie said...

+1 1847 (Nov 8)Bram Stoker is born

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Bethie said...

+1 I watched the trailer. I never thought about how influential the orginal book was.

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Bethie said...

+1 I know Vampires are always attractive.

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Mandy said...

I scored a 7 on the quiz.

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Mandy said...

Bram was born Nov. 8, 1847

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Mandy said...

Something I noticed in the trailer was that they advertise Dracula as being a villain. I suppose in the strictest definition he is/was...but I've never though of him as villainous.

Mandy said...

One other thing I know about vampires....vampirism is spread through blood transmission. So basically vampires are walking STDs. ;)


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Brooke Reviews said...

Wow! I got a 3. I really don't know Dracula/Bram lol.

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Brooke Reviews said...

November 8th 1847!

That's a great time-line btw. :)

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Ryan G said...

My Score was 9. Not sure if that says I'm smart or just a nerd :-)

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Ryan G said...

Bram Stoker was born on Nov. 8, 1847


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Ryan G said...

I'm impressed that they used some of Bram Stoker's notes in writing this book rather than just going willy nilly about it.

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Ryan G said...

I know that vampires drink blood in order to survive and that some of the earliest vampires in literature are Carmilla Karkenstein and Sir Francis Varney.

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Miss Eliza said...

+1 2! How the hell did I get a 2! My master has deceived me, let me go put on my manservant breaches.

+1 1847

+1 MORE ENTRY: FOR THOSE LOYAL FOLLOWERS: Eddie Izzard refers to the walking around in daylight vampires as "low powered vamps," other than that, blood, stakes, native soil yadda yadda. Love how Drew Goddard writes Dracula in the Buffy comics.

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thetruebookaddict said...

Scored a sad 6...Dracula Student. Thought I knew more than that!

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thetruebookaddict said...

Bram Stoker was born November 8, 1847.

miller4plusmore(at)bellsouth(dot)net

thetruebookaddict said...

+1 I did not know that they had used the actual notes of Bram Stoker. This makes it all the more intriguing! (from trailer)

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thetruebookaddict said...

+1 All the stories are different...some can be out in daylight, others are killed by the sun. On some crosses, garlic, holy water work, others...not! One universal truth seems to hold true though. Separate the head from the body. They may be able to heal, but they can't grow a new head! At least not in any stories I've read or movies I've seen!

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L. Diane Wolfe said...

I've been hearing about this book - I think it sounds fascinating!

Nicole said...

Went back and watched the trailer (I love that they make trailers for books now!). I think the visuals of the Stoker family tree and the handwritten notes are what made it great.

Nicole said...

B. Stoker was born in 1847 according to the timeline.
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GMR said...

Here come my whirlwind of entries!

My Dracula I.Q. Test score was 9 (okay, okay, it was 5 the first time around, then a 9) =0)

+1 - quiz score!

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GMR said...

Bram Stoker was born in 1847. (Nov. 8th if you must know, but then again, you only asked what year!) =0)

+1 - answer entry

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GMR said...

Well, besides the creepy color scheme that goes wonderfully with the book cover, the narrator provides that extra touch of mystery (perfect voice for is type of tale).

+1 - comment on trailer!

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GMR said...

Whew! All those entries and one more to boot! (but so worth it! I would really love to win this one!) What I know about vampires...that's a toughie. Well, it would depend on which medium you pull the information. TV and some movies tell us they can't go out in direct sunlight, freak out at the sight of a cross, and are repelled by garlic. Others reverse much of the info and add on that they can even eat normal food, as a diet supplement. Who's to say what one knows on this type of fictional being? It all depends on the "world" you "created".

+1 - vampire knowledge!

Thanks for the GREAT contest!

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Debbie said...

My score was 5.
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Meljprincess said...

My score was a 5.

November 8, 1847

Announcing a sequel to the book DRACULA after all these years made me so excited! Learning how to pronounce 'Dacre' was cool too.

I know they exist. They are not immortal though. They have underground clubs where sharing blood is the norm.

I am a follower. I'd sell my soul to win this book!!

Mel K.
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Mel K.
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bekki1820cb said...

I got a 2! Haah...I guess I really need to read the book considering I do not know much about Dracula! Thanks for the chance! bekki1820cb@gmail.com

bekki1820cb said...

1847! bekki1820cb@gmail.com

bekki1820cb said...

Dacre is a direct descendant of Bram. bekki1820cb@gmail.com

Misty said...

I got a 9; I swear one of those was a trick question...

~Misty
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Misty said...

Bram Stoker was born 11/8/1847

~Misty
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Misty said...

I love that they based it off of his handwritten notes. I just have this great mental image of them pouring over these crumbly, yellowed papers with flowing script.

~Misty
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holdenj said...

Well, I got a 7, so at least I'm a dracula student!

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holdenj said...

Bran Stoker was born on November 8, 1847.

Thanks.

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holdenj said...

The trailer was good, I liked the voice and the info about it. I've never read the original!
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holdenj said...

As a kid, I only knew that vampires wanted to suck your blood! And then was confused, because George Hamilton, the king of tanning, played one in a movie from the late 70's or early 80's! Guess he had no problems with the sunlight!
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Morning Glow from Novel Addiction said...

Oops, I didn't put all my entries in a separate comment, so I will count the first comment as the first (score) entry.. and do the rest now. Sorry!

+1 November 8, 1847

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Morning Glow from Novel Addiction said...

+1 It's nice to know how to pronouce Dacre.. seems I've been doing it wrong. And the narrators voice was creepy!

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Morning Glow from Novel Addiction said...

+1 They sleep in coffins, and in the coffins is the soil from their homeland (or something)

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Jasmyn said...

I did alright on the quiz

7/10

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Jasmyn said...

Born on Nov 8, 1847

Commchick said...

I am ashamed to admit that I made a three on the test.

Sharon
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Commchick said...

Bram Stoker was born in 1847

Sharon
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Commchick said...

I'm sorry but I found the trailer very boring.

Sharon
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Donna said...

+1 My score was 5 ... some of the questions I do not recall having to do with the original Dracula but then my memory is not what it should be.

+1 Nov. 8, 1847 same day not year as my mother how neat is that

+1 They drink blood, some are allergic to sun or silver
can communicate with nature whether animal or elements

Since I started reading books dealing all sorts of vampires, I went back and read the classic vampire -- Dracula by Bram Stoker and Tom Holland's books dealing with Lord Byron as a vampire. Looking for Lord Byron's vampyre's book.
Donna W

Anonymous said...

This is pathetic. I got a 3. Guess I'll have to read more.

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Anonymous said...

November 8, 1847.

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Anonymous said...

I love the color combo and the eerie voices.

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Anonymous said...

They sleep in coffins during the day.

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g.g. said...

How sad! I only made a 3! I guess I better start reading up on my vampire books!

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g.g. said...

Born Nov. 8, 1847

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g.g. said...

in the video it tells how much of Bran Stoker's info is used which I am not sure most people know is a basis of vampires, I guess.

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g.g. said...

I think if you throw holy water on a vampire they will stay away and also remember about wearing garlic cloves to keep them away

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pixie13 said...

+1 I got a 4. I suck.
+1 1847(11/8)
+1 I learned that the release date was Oct.13, which happens to also be my dad's & sister's birthday!

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lag123 said...

My score was 4...I guess I need to do some learnin...

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lag123 said...

Bram Stoker was born Nov. 8, 1947

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lag123 said...

The trailer had purple lightening.

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lag123 said...

A vampires image cannot be seen in a mirror.

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Anonymous said...

Oh, no, I got a 4.

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Anonymous said...

Bram Stoker was born November 8,1847

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Anonymous said...

I listened to the trailer and I found out that Dracula the Un-dead is the sequel to the original classic Dracula.

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Anonymous said...

When I was a kid, I knew not to invite a vampire into my home.

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catss99 said...

my score was a 3..not so hot
amanda
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catss99 said...

born in 1847
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catss99 said...

I like the coloring of the trailer--the pinks and reds
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catss99 said...

they dont like sunlight or garlic
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