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Posts Tagged ‘Robert Eighteen-Bisang’

VINTAGE VAMPIRE STORIES Edited by HWA Member Robert Eighteen-Bisang

Posted by Dark Whisperer on May 6, 2011

Editors: Robert Eighteen-Bisang and Richard Dalby

Robert Eighteen-Bisang is an expert on vampire literature who is best–known as the owner of the world’s largest collection of rare vampire books. He received the Lord Ruthven Award for Bram Stoker’s Notes for Dracula. He lives in Vancouver, Canada.

Richard Dalby is a bestselling author and vampire expert. He lives in London, England.

Long lost to the public in out–of–print pulp magazines, dusty Victorian anthologies, and defunct newspapers, these vintage vampire stories have proved themselves immortal. Resurrected in 2011, this stunning collection of nineteenth-century vampire stories includes such heavy-weights such as Sabine Baring–Gould and Bram Stoker. The stories are arranged in chronological order from 1846 to 1913 and are compiled by two of the world’s leading vampire anthologists and experts.

Rare images of Bram Stoker’s handwritten notes for “Count Vampire” (1890) are included through the courtesy of the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia.

Table of Contents

    Pu Songling. “The Blood-Drinking Corpse” (1679)
    Ernst Raupach. “Let the Dead Rest: A Fairytale” (1822)
    Erkmann-Chatrian. “The Burgomaster in Bottle” (1849)
    William H. G. Kingston. “The Vampire; or, Pedro Pacheco and the Bruxa” (1863)
    Mary Fortune. “The White Maniac: A Doctor’s Tale” (1867)
    G. J. Whyte-Melville. “Madame de St. Croix” (1869)
    Sabine Baring-Gould. “Margery of Quether” (1884)
    Bram Stoker. “Count Wampyr” (1890)
    Julian Osgood Field. “A Kiss of Judas” (1893)
    Mary Elizabeth Braddon. “Herself” (1894)
    Prof. P. Jones. “The Priest and His Cook” (1895)
    William Beer. “The Ring of Knowledge” (1896)
    Dick Donovan. “The Woman with the ‘Oily Eyes’” (1899)
    James Edward Muddock. “The Story of Annette (from Official Records): Being the Sequel to the ‘Woman with the Oily Eyes’” (1899)
    Hugh McCrae. “The Vampire” (1901)
    Phil Robinson. “Medusa” (1902)
    R. Murray Gilchrist. “The Lover’s Ordeal” (1905)
    Lionel Sparrow. “The Vengeance of the Dead” (1907)
    Morley Roberts. “The Blood Fetish” (1909)
    Appendix: Charles Dickens, Jr. “Vampyres and Ghouls” (1871)

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Release Date: May 2011


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New Release – Bram Stoker’s Notes for Dracula: A Facsimile Edition

Posted by Dark Whisperer on January 28, 2009

2Bram Stoker’s Notes for Dracula: A Facsimile Edition

Authors: Robert Eighteen-Bisang and Elizabeth Miller

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Inc.

Release Date: August 8th, 2008

ISBN-10: 0786434104
ISBN-13: 978-0786434107

Author Website

Bram Stoker’s initial notes and outlines for his masterpiece were auctioned at Sotheby’s (London) in 1913. Eventually, they made their way to the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia, where they remain today. Until now, few of their 124 pages have been transcribed or analyzed.

This comprehensive work reproduces Bram Stoker’s handwritten notes in both facsimile and in annotated transcription. It includes his typewritten research notes and analyzes all of the materials – from his thoughts on the novel’s characters and settings to a nine-page calendar of events that includes most of the now-familiar story. The authors draw on their extensive knowledge of Dracula and vampires to guide readers through the construction of the novel, and the changes that were made to its structure, plot, setting and characters. Nine appendices provide insights into every aspect of the novel, while two detailed indexes help readers chart a course through Bram Stoker’s opus.

Whispers about Bram Stoker’s Notes for Dracula: A Facsimile Edition

“A brilliant, jaw-dropping piece of scholarship.” – David J. Skal, the author of Hollywood Gothic

“The authors, Miller and Eighteen-Bisang, have done a wonderful job in demystifying these mostly handwritten notes that my great-grand uncle Bram Stoker created as his notes for the book Dracula. I had access to the notes myself for research, but the form that Elizabeth and Robert have put them in, as well as the comments and perspective they have added, make this a must-have for anyone interested in Dracula.” – Dacre Stoker, great-grand nephew of Bram Stoker

“#1 in My Top Ten Books of 2008. The absolute must companion piece for Bram Stoker’s epic tale. A mind boggling journey through Bram Stoker’s handwritten notes. A must book to own if you own Dracula.” – Peter Schwotzer, Famous Monsters of Filmland

“Reading through this book brought back to me the wonder and feelings of mysterious otherness that I felt the first time I read Stoker’s novel as a child. It is so fascinating to see his creative processes at work, the way the novel developed from his first notes, etc. There is a familiarity to the process, of course. Any writer should recognize similar processes in their own work as it develops from an idea to a finished book. The authors have done a wonderful and invaluable service to scholars and fans of Dracula! Like Stoker’s novel itself, this is a book to read more than once. I read Stoker’s novel again when I finished this book, and then reread the notes again. Best of all, for me, it has inspired me to work further on my own creations involving Dracula, begun in the novel, Crimson Kisses, published in 1982, and revisited in I Am Dracula in 1993. So, thank you, Robert and Elizabeth, for this stupendous achievement! Anyone who has ever been touched by the mystery of Dracula’s power will read and treasure this book, throughout the nights of time!” – C. Dean Andersson, author of Crimson Kisses (aka I Am Dracula)

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