It was on May 26, 1897 that Dracula by Bram Stoker was first published.
The Rap Sheet did a nice write up to mark the anniversary here. Their post has tons of links and excerpts from some of the original reviews of this mother of all vampire novels.
Although Dracula was not the first vampire novel, it has endured as the most influential. Horror maven that I am marketed to be, I have to admit that I am less interested in today's vampire books, mostly because they tend to be more about romance and less about horror. That being said, Dracula is a great book that has stood the test of time.
Interestingly, Stoker's great-grand nephew will be coming out with Dracula the Un-Dead in time for Halloween 2009. (Thanks Rap Sheet for the heads up) This novel is being hailed as the first authorized Dracula story since the 1931 Bela Lugosi film.
I have a feeling this new novel will be very popular. Libraries, start ordering now.
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