Here’s what Dacre Stoker, who knows whereof he writes, wrote for Publishers Weekly about Royce Prouty’s novel, Stoker’s Manuscript: “Prouty’s debut, a riveting novel of supernatural suspense, deftly mixes fact and fiction involving the manuscript of Bram Stoker’s great vampire novel, Dracula (1897). In present-day Chicago, rare book dealer Joseph Barkeley receives a phone call from a gentleman with an Eastern European accent who wants him to authenticate Stoker’s original Dracula manuscript, which is due to be sold at auction by Christie’s... During his research, Barkeley learns the circumstances of Dracula’s publication were not without controversy. Stoker planned to publish a prologue and epilogue with Dracula, but for some reason did not. The content of Stoker’s missing text remains unknown. The many parallels between Stoker’s Manuscript and Dracula range from subtle to overt.”
Sharing more information on the fact side of the origin of Stoker’s tale, Jim Steinmeyer offers Who Was Dracula?: Bram Stoker’s Trail of Blood, examining the authors and actors who influenced the writer as he was creating his novel, including Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, and (maybe) Jack the Ripper.
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