‘Listen to them – the children of the night. What music they make!’
Bram Stoker’s masterpiece, in which the instantly recognisable Count Dracula plans to sate his dreadful appetites in England only to be thwarted by an intrepid band of friends, remains an enthralling read. Exploring themes of sexuality, religion, technology and good versus evil, and told through journal entries, letters and telegrams, its cultural and literary significance is undisputed. This collector’s edition includes 15 darkly mesmerising illustrations by acclaimed British artist Angela Barrett, each decorated with an exquisite border. The illustrations accentuate the sense of foreboding and despair in Stoker’s narrative, while the metallic-blocked binding and blood-red marbling on the slipcase complete this sumptuous new edition of the classic 19th-century horror.
Bound in blocked cloth
Set in Clifford with Bernard as display
Frontispiece and 14 full-page colour illustrations with gold, black & white borders, 10 black and white tailpieces
10˝ x 6¾˝
‘The nineteenth is my favourite century and, as with Stoker, “London is my dream”, but also forests and snow and the dark corners. I couldn’t have liked it more.’
Handpicked for her ethereal interpretations of the darker fairy tales as the perfect artist to illustrate Dracula, Angela Barrett has created remarkable work which is interwoven through this lavishly illustrated edition. Originally created for our sell-out limited edition, the 15 atmospheric illustrations invite the reader to look deeper – from the delicate webbing of a bat’s wing to the arresting portrait of the Count. Barrett’s gothic theme continues to the metallic gold-and-red blocked binding motifs, while the swirl of the blood-red marbling on the slipcase is deliciously macabre. The edition is introduced by Irish novelist John Banville, who reflects on Stoker’s life and the circumstances and influences that led to Dracula becoming not only his most successful novel, but also revered as one of the greatest horror stories ever written.
Bram Stoker (1847–1912) was born in Dublin and graduated from Trinity College with BA and MA degrees. After working as a theatre critic, he escaped the monotony of a career in the Irish Civil Service by accepting the job of manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which he ran for 27 years. Through the actor Henry Irving (who owned the Lyceum), Stoker became acquainted with leading artistic figures of the day, including Arthur Conan Doyle, and he also travelled widely with Irving, for many years spending summer holidays on the Aberdeenshire coast, where he would concentrate on writing. Dracula was his fifth novel, and it was to have an impact and an enduring appeal its author could never have foreseen. Inspired by a visit to the Yorkshire coastal town of Whitby and Stoker’s research into Central European folklore, the novel reinvigorated the genre of horror literature and has inspired countless adaptations in film and other media. Bram Stoker died at his home in St George’s Square, Pimlico, in 1912.
Angela Barrett is a writer and illustrator – using watercolour, gouache, coloured pencils and ink – who studied at Maidstone College of Art and the Royal College of Art. She has illustrated a number of picture books and children’s novels, and is particularly well known for her work on fairy tales. One of Britain’s most respected illustrators of children’s books, she is the winner of a WH Smith Illustration Award and a Smarties Prize, and has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Barrett has taught illustration at Cambridge College of Technology and drawing at Chelsea College of Arts.
John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He joined The Irish Press as a sub-editor in 1969 and continued to work in journalism for over 30 years. He won the Man Booker Prize for The Sea in 2005, the Franz Kafka Prize in 2011 and the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Achievement in Irish Literature in 2013. He has also published numerous crime novels under the pseudonym Benjamin Black.
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