https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/sep/07/bram-stokers-nephew-dacre-writes-first-authorised-dracula-prequel-dracul-jd-barker?CMP=Share_iOSApp_OtherThe Guardian wrote:Bram Stoker's relative Dacre writes first authorised prequel to Dracula
The great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker is writing the first authorised prequel to Dracula, based on scholarly research into the original, unedited version of Stoker’s 1897 tale of the undead count, as well as Stoker family legends.
Dacre Stoker and co-writer JD Barker’s prequel Dracul is set in 1868, and sees a 21-year-old Bram encountering some of the creatures he would later write about. Due out next year, it has provoked great excitement in both the literary and film worlds. North American rights sold for a six-figure sum to Putnam, UK rights are with Transworld, where editor Simon Taylor called it “terrific fun – and suitably terrifying”, and film rights have gone to Paramount, where the director of the new adaptation of Stephen King’s It, Andy Muschietti, is attached to direct.
He describes the new book as “the story of the events in Bram’s life that led him to write Dracula … The story focuses on Bram and his family, as a young boy growing up in Clontarf, Artane and Dublin. These parts were based on Stoker family background stories [and] knowledge, all of the existing biographies, excerpts from The Lost Journal [Bram’s private notebook] and our speculation.”
But the story will centre on Bram’s encounter with “an ungodly evil, which he traps in an ancient tower”, according to the announcement of the deals for the novel in Publishers Marketplace.
My (literary) hopes aren't too high.