2012 has been a pretty great year for book lovers — and despite its bad reputation, even December is shaping up to be a pretty solid month for new releases. Click through for our… Read More
Don’t put all your Halloween decorations away yet — we have one more gothic hero to celebrate. Today would have been the 165th birthday of Bram Stoker, creator of the world’s most famous vampire (sorry, Angel) Count Dracula. To celebrate his birth, and the birth of his most enduring creation, we’ve put together a slideshow of some of our favorite Dracula covers, from the time of its original printing in 1897 to today. And hey, after you’re finished soaking in the vintage book cover art, why not delve into the many free editions of Stoker’s back list available online? It’s the best of both worlds. … Read More
As you probably know, here at Flavorpill, we’re fascinated by just about every aspect of the lives of our favorite authors — including what happened after them. This week saw the release of Tigers in Red Weather, a sultry, pitch-perfect literary thriller penned by Liza Klaussmann, the great-great-great-granddaughter of Herman Melville. Though her novel reminds us more of Fitzgerald’s gilded sneaking than Melville’s brutal sea voyage, we were inspired by her success to look up a few more of our favorite authors’ modern-day descendants. Just, you know, to check in. If you’re as addicted to prying as we are, see what they’re all up to after the jump. … Read More
Vampires have been having a pop-culture moment for the past half-decade, so of course there’s a new award honoring them. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Bram Stoker’s death, the Horror Writers Association is planning to hand out a Bram Stoker Vampire Novel of the Century Award. Any vampire novel published after Dracula (which came out in 1897) is fair game, and the list of nominees has already been whittled from 35 to six. But while there are a few famous finalists — Stephen King, Anne Rice — there are also some eyebrow-raising omissions: Stephenie Meyer’s ridiculously popular Twilight series is nowhere to be found, and Charlaine Harris, whose Southern Vampire series is the basis for True Blood, is also conspicuously absent. See the full list of nominees after the jump, and tell us if you agree with the award’s jury. … Read More
If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite literary characters might be listening to while they save the world/contemplate existence/get into trouble, or hallucinated a soundtrack to go along with your favorite novels, well, us too. But wonder no more! Here, we sneak a look at the hypothetical iPods of some of literature’s most interesting characters. What would be on the personal playlists of Holden Caulfield or Elizabeth Bennett, Huck Finn or Harry Potter, Tintin or Humbert Humbert? Something revealing, we bet. Or at least something danceable. Read on for a cozy reading soundtrack, character study, or yet another way to emulate your favorite literary hero. This week: Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula. … Read More
Over the past few days, we’ve taken you on a whirlwind tour of famous grave sites. Monday was devoted to fallen punk icons, and yesterday we explored the final resting place of our favorite cult film stars. For the final installment of this mini-series, we leave you with the graves of five legendary literary horror writers, from Edgar Allan Poe to Mary Shelley. … Read More
With Dracula the Un-Dead, Dacre Stoker (Bram’s great-grandnephew) and Ian Holt revive the original vampire king, just in time for Halloween.
This authorized sequel picks up 25 years after the classic Dracula, and is based largely on Bram Stoker’s handwritten notes for characters and plot threads. Taking a new generation into account, it features Van Helsing’s morphine-obsessed protégé; Mina and Jonathan Harker’s lawyer-turned-actor son; and even the elder Stoker himself as a London theater director. … Read More