Peter Haining (ed.) – The Dracula Scrapbook (Nel, 1976)
Peter Haining – Introduction Christopher Lee – Foreword Charles Dickens jnr. – Vampires And Ghouls James Malcolm Rymer – Varney the Vampyre: Chapter 1 Madame Emily de Laszovoska Gerard – Transylvanian Superstitions Gabriel Ronay – Exploring The Bloody Myth Of Dracula & Vampires Dr. Franz Hartmaan – An Authentic Vampire Story Tim Stout – The Vampire In Films Montague Summers – The Dracu-Spirit That Bit Kingsley Amis – Dracula, Frankenstein, Sons & Co. Christopher Lee – Dracula And I Forrest J. Ackerman – Bela Lugosi: Public Enemy No. 1 Boris Karloff (Michael Avallone) – The Vampire Sleeps Denis Gifford – The Day The Comics Went Bats Manly Wade Wellman – The Vampire Of Shiloh Lee Coye – Weirdisms S. J. Saunders – The Velden Hunt Ivor J. Brown – The Unquiet Grave Of The Vampire Elliott O’Donnell – The Vampire Society Daniel Farson – The Cult Of Dracula Bernard Davies – The Dracula Society Dr. Donald A. Reed – The Count Dracula Society Les Heinman – Meet The Real Count Dracula
I say 'includes' because there's a whole lot more to Haining masterly over sized-paperback. The title says it all – this is a compilation of articles, newspaper clippings, movie reviews, short stories, stills, artwork and all manner of Dracu-titbits pertaining to the undead. Wildly entertaining from cover to cover, it’s easy to overlook the fact that there’s plenty of (then) new information contained in these hallowed pages, and the exhumation of long-forgotten writings is another definite point in its favour.
Way up there on the demonik shortlist of essential vampire reads (Paul Barber’s Vampires, Burial and Death occupying the top spot), Haining attempted to perform the same service for Mary Shelley’s immortal creation with The Frankenstein File, again for NEL, the following year, but to this reader at least, while interesting enough, it isn’t a patch on The Dracula Scrapbook.
NB: The NEL publication is not to be confused with his far later Souvenir Press offering of the same title which is actually the remaindered The Dracula Centenary Book given a hasty makeover and bunged back on the shelves.
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty. - Christine Campbell Thomson