Peter Haining - The Dracula Centenary Book (Souvenir Press, 1987)
Dracula Lives! An Amazing Story of Resurrection The Birth of the Legend The Bloodthirsty Parents of Dracula Dracula by Day—and Other Misconceptions The Count Who Won't Lie Down Playing the Master of the Undead Tales of the Vampire Hunter 'The Bloofer Ladies' The Wurdalak Who Might Have Been Dracula
Emily de Laszowska Gerard - Transylvanian Superstitions A Checklist of Vampirism Bela Lugosi - I Like Playing Dracula The Dracula Films Dr David H. Dolphin - Vampires — The Mystery Diagnosed Dracula Societies
Trust Peter Haining to steal a march on his rivals by getting in his Dracula centenary celebrations ten years before everyone else! His reasoning; a manuscript of The Un-dead found in a trunk (other contents: several rat corpses) on a Pennsylvania farm proves that Stoker began work on his novel a decade before it was published, so therefore Dracula was invented in 1887 and not 1997 as all those pompous lit. bores would have us believe. Be that as it may, what follows is a competent if unspectacular history of the novel and it's several off-shoots (although sadly, no pulp) which hauls in all the usual suspects - Vlad the Impaler, Countess Bathory, Bela Lugosi, Sir C. Lee, etc., - the whole set off with numerous film-stills you've probably encountered once or twice in other books on the subject. It's an OK book, but in my humble, not in the same league as the mighty The Dracula Scrapbook (NEL, 1976), which makes it slightly irksome that ..... Centenary Book was reissued under that title (as an instant remainder?) by Bounty Books in 1992.
Impostor! The bogus The Dracula Scrapbook!
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.