In 1897 Abraham "Bram" Stoker (8 November 1847 – 20 April 1912) published what must be one of the most popular books of all time - Dracula. The book has inspired more than 1000 novels and 200 films featuring Dracula. Stoker himself is a bit of a mystery - an academic who managed a theatre and was the personal assistant of Sir Henry Irving (said to be the inspiration of the character) and died in poverty.


As a added bit of trivia he married a celebrated beauty who chose Stoker over her former suitor, Oscar Wilde.


Whilst Stoker didn’t create the ‘vampire’, as there were already various poems and stories dealing with vampires, but he certainly defined the characteristics of the ‘vampire' in it’s modern form.What is notable about ‘ Dracula' is that it is one of the most successful books written in epistolary form to date,  the novel being compiled entirely of letters, diary entries, newspaper clippings, telegrams, doctor's notes, ship's logs, and the like.  A must read if you are serious about the genre.


The American First Edition Replica:


Antiquarian Artist Vic Nadata (Gemini Artifacts) has recreated Bram Stoker's classic masterpiece with a hand-aged reproduction of the 1899 first US Edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula. The cover boasts an impressive three-colour process and is finished with hot foil stamping. Each copy goes through a hand-aged antiquing.

This is not a printed simulation, and because of this each individual copy is unique!. This special edition of Dracula is limited to a single print run of 200 copies. Each copy comes with a wax sealed envelope containing a photo of Bram Stoker, biography, and edition information. Each certificate of authenticity is signed by the artist

In addition to your printed C.O.A, each copy of Dracula includes an aged cross with your unique book number pressed into its metal.

Additionally there is a small wax sealed glass vial with soil from Bran Castle in Romania.

Bram Stoker:

Dracula

The 1965 Easton Press edition, the book  was designed by Charles Skaggs and the Eric Gill type has been printed on Warren’s Olde Style wove paper . The book is illustrated by Felix Hoffman by creating forty-eight hand-cut wood engravings. This is a large hefty tome.

In 2016 Easton released a Deluxe edition illustrated by Rick Berry, this must now surely be one of the most sumptuous editions to date:

First edition hardcover

First edition hardcover

First edition hardcover

In 1899-1900, a Swedish newspaper published a translation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. This version, titled Mörkrets makter (Powers of Darkness), is almost twice as long as the standard text of Dracula published in 1897. In addition, it contains numerous scenes not included in the 1897 text, along with a new ending and significant alterations of character names (Jonathan Harker becomes Thomas Harker; Dracula himself is referred to as Mavros Draculitz).


This edition of Powers of Darkness should not be confused with a book of the same title published in 2017, which was an English translation of a highly truncated Icelandic translation of Dracula that is about half the length of the 1897 text.


There is a strong possibility that the Swedish version of Dracula was founded on an early draft of the novel that found its way to Sweden in the 1890s. The translator may have added scenes and episodes to the text, especially passages where it is suggested that Dracula is conducting a fascist political conspiracy.


The Swedish text has been translated by Rickard Berghorn, a leading Swedish scholar and publisher of weird fiction, and edited by S. T. Joshi and Martin Andersson, who are both experts on the weird fiction of the turn of the 20th century, and this edition features an exclusive new foreword by Dacre Stoker. As John Edgar Browning has written: “Mörkrets makter (Powers of Darkness) is among the most important discoveries in Dracula’s long history.” Now, more than a century after its initial publication, it appears unabridged in English.


The Centipede Press edition of this book is a massive 824 pages with a comprehensive introduction and 11 full page and four double-page illustrations.