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Bram Stoker relative sells rights to new Dracula book

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Bram Stoker is credited with writing the definitive novel about a master vampire in his classic, “Dracula” (1897). The 1931 movie, “Dracula,” starring Bela Lugosi was the last work to be authorized by the Stoker family until now. There’s a new project coming that is being written by Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew, Dacre Stoker, and historian/documentarian, Ian Holt, according to Publishers Weekly.

Penguin’s Dutton imprint has beaten out several other bidders for the U.S. rights to “Dracula: the Un-dead.” The writers will have access to Bram Stoker’s handwritten notes and will include some characters and plot lines left out of the original book. In 1847, Bram Stoker was born in Ireland and he died in 1912.

Dutton plans to publish “Dracula: the Un-dead” next October. Also, a film based on this new novel is scheduled to begin shooting in June of 2009.

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