Words cannot adequately describe how thrilled I am that the very first five copies of my book recently arrived! Nor quite how much I geeked out and was starstruck by myself when I got to physically hold a copy in my own fair hand! (I also shamelessly started re-reading it in the pub the other day!)
I’ve recently accepted an exciting offer to have my MA dissertation, Constructing Horror in Dracula: Novel, Stage & Screen, published as a printed book! I’m currently looking at buying a limited number of copies using my author discount, which I will be re-selling at reduced prices, and once this process is concluded I’ll post a link to where you can buy a copy. The ISBN is: 978-3-659-85442-2. Anyone who would like to buy a copy, please register your interest here! Thanks all!
I really enjoyed this absolutely fascinating masterpiece of a book. Its particular achievement is to highlight that the dark and sinister dualities of the late nineteenth-century city itself (London, as centre of the Empire) are thoroughly encoded in Gothic works of the period. It explores key contemporary scandals including the Ripper murders and child sexual exploitation by the upper classes, and elucidates their significant impact on the writing of Stevenson, Wilde and Wells, and many more. As a side note, I really love how on the cover of the edition I have (pictured, the image being from a 1962 edition of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde) ), the two sets of eyes mirror one another in their relative size and shape.
Currently reading this after discovering it during my MA dissertation research. Really enjoying it. The book masterfully keeps its reader unaware that it is in fact Dracula himself who narrates the opening chapters, paving the way effectively for the story’s descent into deeper darknesses. Perhaps most impressive thus far is that the text delivers brilliant and plausible scientific explanations for how vampires have lived for centuries, how they regenerate and why they need to feed!
I’m finally reading this seminal gothic text – long overdue for me. It seems to marry Henry VIII’s relentless pursuit of a male heir with ghosts & giants in suits of armour – I’m enjoying it very much already. This is a fine way to spend time laid up with a broken ankle…