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Dracula: The Un-dead [Hardcover]

Ian Holt , Dacre Stoker
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Oct. 13 2009

Someone is stalking the brave band of heroes who defeated the vampire Dracula. Does the legendary monster thought to be destroyed yet remain the un-dead?

Dracula: The Un-Dead is set twenty-five years after the close of Bram Stoker's classic tale. Dark forces are closing in on London. Quincey—son of Jonathan Harker and Mina Murray—and his companions, many of them original characters, must join together to do everything in their power to stop them.

The only sequel endorsed by the Stoker family, Dracula: The Un-Dead is written by one of Stoker's direct descendants and an award-winning Dracula historian who had access to Bram Stoker's handwritten notes, which included characters and plot threads excised from the original printing. The result is an authentic thriller with all the hallmarks of a great historical novel.


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"Good, sexy, bloody, pulpy fun." - Time Magazine

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

"The entire combination works like a charm, propelled by a fast-paced narrative (airplanes! the Titanic!) that ramps up the sex and gore—this is a novel that makes passing reference to “the intoxicating aroma of seared human flesh”—to levels Bram’s sublimated Victorian prose couldn’t even hint at. ...All good, clean, bloody fun." - Maclean's

"And a good story it is. The action is swift and thrilling; the villain is not whom you'd expect but is evil and powerful nonetheless... Dracula: The Un-Dead is a fine book in its own right, one that pushes the story in unexpected directions while remaining true to the dark heart of the Transylvanian vampire-king " - Los Angeles Times

"Fast-paced, well-plotted, and gripping." - Independent (UK)

" Un-Dead is cinematically fast-paced, flying from London to Paris to Transylvania, and the historical texture is mostly convincing." - The Washington Post

"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

"Well Worth 112-Year Wait... A frighteningly good novel......Wonderfully scary....This daring sequel captures the essence and gothic glory of the original. Newcomers to Stoker’s Dracula as well as diehard fans will be stoked." - Jacksonville Observer

"Big, messy, lots of fun-and not Stephenie Meyer." - Kirkus Reviews

The result burns the candle at both ends: it is tempting enough to read and bad enough to be controversial, striking a balance between sensationalism and mediocrity." - Winnipeg Free Press

"You can't keep a good vampire down... Officially sanctioned by the Stoker family estate [Dracula: The Un-Dead ] is based on handwritten notes and plot threads cut from Bram's original story." - New York Post

"Maclean's magazine, Brian Bethune called it 'good, clean, bloody fun' and said it 'ramps up the sex and gore . . . to levels Bram's sublimated Victorian prose couldn't even hint at." - Vancouver Sun

"Eerie - and compelling...The writing is fresh and descriptive....Dacre Stoker's Dracula is darker and more elegant and vulnerable than the count depicted in films by Bela Lugosi, Yet his motives do not seem clear to those who would fear him the most....A richly told novel that begs for a sequel." - Tampa Tribune

About the Author

Ian Holt is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. In addition to contributing to In Search of Frankenstein, the latest book by renowned Fulbright scholar, Professor Radu Florescu, Ian is currently developing for production, with his partners, the Pope of Greenwich Village, Part 2, starring Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts. Ian is the co-writer of the screenplay with Luca Bercovici.



Dacre Stoker is the great grand nephew of Dracula author Bram Stoker. He is also the grandson of H.G. Dacre Stoker, whose legendary tactics in the battle of Gallipoli won him the Distinguished Service Order. Dacre was a member of the Canadian Men's Modern Pentathlon team and coached the Canadian Men's Modern Pentathlon team at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. He is married and is the father of two children and now lives in South Carolina.


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1.0 out of 5 stars Bloodless and bitter May 16 2010
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Out of all classic literary characters, the one that inspires the most sequels, adaptations, reimaginings and general bastardizations is Count Dracula.

And while most of the sequels focusing on the legendary count are bad, "Dracula the Un-Dead" is in a class of putrid wretchedness all its own. You would think that the great-nephew of a classic author would try to produce a suitable sequel that reflected some of the original's glory, but Dacre Stoker -- with the help of screenwriter Ian Holt -- seems more interested in raining contempt and mockery down on the original "Dracula."

Twenty-five years after the events of "Dracula," Quincey Harker is an aspiring young actor who is taken under the wing of the Romanian actor Basarab (you get three guesses who this is, and the first two don't count). Unfortunately, around this time John Seward is brutally killed while trying to kill the depraved vampire Elizabeth Bathory -- and other people who once fought Dracula also start dying at the same time. And during all this, Jack the Ripper shows signs of reappearing, which Inspector Cotswold thinks may be connected to Van Helsing.

Upon learning of his mother's past -- how she slept with Dracula and is still obsessed with him -- Quincey vows to take revenge on the vampire for his attacks on the Harker family. But it turns out that all the remaining survivors of that group are... pathetically decrepit in their own particular ways. Bathory is planning to take her ultimate revenge on Dracula... or the people who tried to kill him. I'm not quite sure. Anyway, Quincey Harker may be the only thing that can save the world... and since he's a blithering idiot, God help the world.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Putrid! March 23 2011
By Marcia
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There is an abomination out there, masquerading as a book and I am taking this opportunity to tell you about it in the hope that I can discourage anyone else from buying it. The "book" is called Dracula, the Undead and it is purported to be a sequel to the classic. (And can I try to redeem myself here by saying that I didn't believe it? But I thought at worst it would be trashy but entertaining; the kind of book that is a great read at the beach). I am embarrassed that I bought it. I'm embarrassed that the women at the book store saw me buy it and may be able to identify me later. I'm livid that I paid $13.99 + tax, which in this province comes out to $16.09. But because I'm somewhat cheap, I read it right through. Hoping and praying that I would somehow be redeemed and the story would pick up. Or become cohesive. Or at least interesting. Nope. Nada. Nothin'. I was trying to think of a reason to keep it around and the only thing I could come up with was in the bathroom in case I ever run out of toilet paper. But the book is so bad I've decided against it. I'd probably just get a rash.

If you've never enjoyed the original please read it. Dracula is a great book. The language is beautiful and for a gothic horror novel it's not gory or disgusting. It actually leaves something to the imagination and has a romantic quality to it. Or if you read it years ago and liked it go back and re-read it. Much like Dracula himself it does hold up quite nicely over centuries. But please, PLEASE do not buy this book. It is putrescent. In fact the best thing I can say about it is that it has a magical quality - if you hold it up to your ear you can actually hear Bram Stoker SPINNING in his early grave. But take my advice and try this in the book store. It'll only take a minute and you won't even have to buy it.
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By Moran
Format:Hardcover
**** SPOILERS AHEAD ****

I saw this out in paperback and thought that I would give it a chance seeing as how it was written by another Stoker. I was thirteen years old when I was given the original novel by my aunt, and never really wanted to read it because I had seen the 30's and 90's films. Also the Victorian English, and small font, not to mention the thought of reading journal entries kind of deterred me from the desire to read it... however eighteen years later, I picked up Dracula and thoroughly enjoyed the book.

So coming into this, I thought what the heck?

The beginning started out great, with Seward tracking down Bathory and trying to warn Basarab (no surprises here by the way, as I saw through his character right away). I was intrigued that Dracula had taken on a young actor role to go into hiding, but I didn't buy the whole sympathetic character that Coppola's Dracula portrayed (which I think this book is really the sequel to). Then we have the torment which has wrecked havoc upon our original characters, and have turned them into either madmen, or raging alcoholics.

What really started to irritate me about the book was the inclusion of Bram Stoker and how it talked about the whole book within a book meta crap. This was where the story took a nosedive for me... Dracula was not really set in 1897??? Come on Dacre... how horrible for you to change the history of such a fine novel just to suit your own MacGuffin!!!

Then the deaths start happening... I could accept the deaths of Seward and Harker... but where I was ready to throw this book into the flames, was the total change of character of Van Helsing!
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