John talks Dracula on H. P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast #250

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This month the H. P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast has been covering Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Knowing I still have a brain stuffed with far too much information on the book thanks to the work Leah and I did on The Complete Dracula, Chris and Chad were kind enough to invite me on to talk about the dramatic climax of the book when the tables turn and the Count goes from hunter to hunted.

The episode is available to subscribers only but if you’re interested in Lovecraft and Weird Fiction it is well worth signing up.

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Bookmarks for 7th March 2015

38075.pngElectricomplexity – the latest on Electricomics

38075.pngH. P. Podcraft are covering Dracula this month (and I’m already annoying them by tweeting my own notes at them, because I know a bit about the book).

38075.png1930s Jiu Jitsu with May Whitley – this brilliant video has evidently been online for a while now (although the version linked to is a pretty recent upload) but Greg Taylor brought it to my attention this week. It reminded him of my article from SteamPunk Magazine #6 entitled Baritsu, Bartitsu, and the Ju-Jutsuffragettes.

Contemporary Reviews of “Dracula” – a new pamphlet from Swan River Press (introduction by Moore & Reppion)

The Bram Stoker Series is a subscription only series from The Swan River Press. For €25.00 (including postage and packing), subscribers will receive each new title shortly after its publication date.

The first of three brand new titles (following on from 2010’s Four Romances by Mr. Bram StokerBram Stoker’s Other Gothics–Contemporary Reviews, and Extracts from Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving by Bram Stoker) is coming in January 2011.

Contemporary Reviews of “Dracula”

Introduced by Leah Moore and John Reppion
Bram Stoker Series #4
Printings: January 2011 (125)
Style: A5, hand-sewn pamphlet
Length: 36 pages

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“Over the decades, as with so many other iconic stories, Dracula has fallen prey to numerous popularly held misconceptions. Until recently we had ourselves laboured under one such misconception: that Dracula was not well received by the reading public when it was first published. We believed it to have been something of a disappointment where sales where concerned; an overlooked treasure, ahead of its time, destined to be rediscovered at a later date… we also assumed that some of the subtler aspects of the novel, which give the post-modern reader satisfaction, might have gone over the heads of the nineteenth century audience. How could a stuffy Victorian possibly get pleasure from this book in the same way a twenty-first century reader might? Needless to say — as this volume of reviews demonstrates — we grossly underestimated not only the horror reader of 1897, but also, to some degree, Mr. Stoker himself.”

Contemporary Reviews of “Dracula” collects together a selection of reviews of Stoker’s seminal work shortly after it was published in England in 1897 and in America in 1899. These reviews — both complimentary and critical — give insight into Dracula’s initial public reception, unmarred by decades of misconceptions, academic scrutiny and literary legendary. Assembled from the list provided by Richard Dalby and William Hughes in their Bram Stoker: A Bibliography, these reviews appeared in many of the leading publications of their day, including The Spectator, Punch, Vanity Fair, and The Athenaeum. The booklet includes an insightful introduction by Leah Moore and John Reppion, who faithfully adapted Dracula as a graphic novel; and also reproduces first edition US and UK covers, as well as two short reviews of Dracula’s Guest and Other Weird Stories (1914).

Contemporary Reviews of “Dracula” will be followed by To My Dear Friend Hommy-Beg: The Great Friendship of Bram Stoker and Hall Caine, introduced by Richard Dalby, and The Definitive Judge’s House, with an introduction and frontpiece by Mike Mignola and endnotes and afterword by Jack G. Voller.

The Complete Dracula paperback out this week (with preview pages)

The paperback edition of The Complete Dracula, our massive comic book adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Gothic classic, is out worldwide later this week.

Dynamite Entertainment presents an unprecedented comic book series that tells the complete story of the Lord of the Undead – Dracula! For the first time in 112 years, the tale that Bram Stoker intended to tell is told (including “Dracula’s Guest”).

Writers Leah Moore and John Reppion are joined by painter Colton Worley for a fully painted series, reprinted here in this softcover collected edition. All of the stunning covers by John Cassaday are included, along with script pages, annotations by Leah Moore and John Reppion and samplings of the original text by Bram Stoker!

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And here’s a 16 page preview for you:

If you’re a fan of old Mr. Stoker’s work  and still hungry for more then you could certainly do worse than check out The Swan River Press’ Bram Stoker Series of pamphlets

The Complete Dracula nominated for BFS award

We’re honored to have made it onto the long-list for the 2010 British Fantasy Society Awards with our Dynamite Entertainment adaptation The Complete Dracula. We’re up against some ridiculously strong competition so we really, really do need your help to get onto the short-list.

You can find info on how to cast your vote at