Dacre Stoker

Dacre Calder Stoker (born August 23, 1958) is a Canadian-American author, sportsman and filmmaker.


Stoker was born in Montreal, Quebec.[1] He is the great-grand nephew of Irish author Bram Stoker, the author of the 1897 Gothic novel Dracula.[2] He lived in his childhood in Montreal, Quebec[3] and attended the Bishop's College School.[4] He taught for several years at Appleby College.

Stoker is a former member of the Canadian men's pentathlon team.[5] He coached the team at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.[6]

Because of the Stokers' frustrating history with Dracula's copyright, Dacre, with encouragement from screenwriter Ian Holt, decided to write "a sequel that bore the Stoker name" to "reestablish creative control over" the original novel. In 2009, Dracula: The Un-Dead was released, written by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt. Both writers claim to have "based [their work] on Bram Stoker's own handwritten notes for characters and plot threads excised from the original edition" along with their own research for the sequel, though the plot and characters often directly contradict the original novel. This also marked Dacre Stoker's writing debut.[7][8] Winnipeg Free Press reviewer Kenneth MacKendrick called it "tempting enough to read and bad enough to be controversial, striking a balance between sensationalism and mediocrity".[5]

Stoker contributed to Dracula in Visual Media: Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921-2010, along with Caroline Joan Picart, David J. Skal, J. Gordon Melton and John Edgar Browning.[9]

Stoker directed, produced and wrote the 2011 documentary film Dracula meets Stoker.

Stoker, with his colleague Hans C. De Roos, is currently working on a Bram Stoker Dracula travel guide which will identify real-life locations mentioned in Stoker's novel as well as highlight the places Bram grew up in. [10]

In 2018, he released Dracul, a prequel to Dracula which he wrote alongside J.D. Barker.[11][12]

His wife, Jenne Stoker, and their two children live in Aiken, South Carolina, where he is the Executive Director of the Aiken Land Conservancy.[3]


  1. ^ "Dacre Stoker". Phantastik-Couh.de. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  2. ^ "Dacre Stoker Writes Sequel to Bram's Classic". ABC News. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Dacre Stoker" Archived 2012-11-30 at the Wayback Machine. Dracula The Un-dead. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  4. ^ "Dacre Stoker - Authors - The Robson Press"
  5. ^ a b Kenneth MacKendrick (October 17, 2009). "Surprise, revisiting Dracula a marketing plan". Winnipeg Free Press.
  6. ^ "Dracula sequel goes back to source". CBC News. October 28, 2009.
  7. ^ Dracula: The Un-Dead by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt
  8. '^ Dracula: The Undeads overview
  9. ^ Browning, John Edgar (2010). Dracula in Visual Media: Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921-2010. McFarland. ISBN 978-0786433650.
  10. ^ "Dracula Lives Interview with Bram Stoker's Descendant : Haunted : Travel Channel". Travel Channel. Retrieved 2016-01-19.
  11. ^ Apostolides, Zoë (October 26, 2018). "Dracul by Dacre Stoker and JD Barker — encounter culture". Financial Times. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  12. ^ Spry, Jeff (October 2, 2018). "Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker Sink Their Pens Into New Dracula Prequel Novel, Dracul". Syfy Wire. Retrieved February 19, 2019.

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Abraham Van Helsing

Professor Abraham Van Helsing is a fictional character from the 1897 gothic horror novel Dracula. Van Helsing is an aged polymath Dutch doctor with a wide range of interests and accomplishments, partly attested by the string of letters that follows his name: "MD, D.Ph., D.Litt., etc.", indicating a wealth of experience, education and expertise. The character is best known throughout many adaptations of the story as a vampire hunter and the archenemy of Count Dracula.

Bram Stoker

Abraham "Bram" Stoker (8 November 1847 – 20 April 1912) was an Irish author, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula. During his lifetime, he was better known as the personal assistant of actor Sir Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned.

Caroline Joan S. Picart

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Dacre may refer to:

Dacre, Cumbria, England

Dacre, North Yorkshire, England

Dacre, New Zealand, in the Southland Region

Dacre, Ontario, CanadaPeople with the name Dacre:

Baron Dacre, an English hereditary title

Charlotte Dacre (1782–1841), English author

Henry Hugh Gordon Stoker (1885–1966), an Irish navy officer and actor (and cousin to Irish author Bram Stoker) who took Dacre Stoker as his stage name

Hugh Trevor-Roper (1914–2003), historian who chose Baron Dacre as his title

Paul Dacre (born 1948), editor of British newspaper the Daily Mail

Dacre Stoker (born 1958), Canadian-American author, sportsman, and filmmaker (and great-grand nephew of Irish author Bram Stoker)

Dacre Montgomery (born 1994), an Australian actor known for Stranger Things


Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker. It introduced the character of Count Dracula, and established many conventions of subsequent vampire fantasy. The novel tells the story of Dracula's attempt to move from Transylvania to England so that he may find new blood and spread the undead curse, and of the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and a woman led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing.

Dracula has been assigned to many literary genres including vampire literature, horror fiction, the gothic novel, and invasion literature. The novel has spawned numerous theatrical, film, and television interpretations.

Dracula in popular culture

The character of Count Dracula from the 1897 novel Dracula by Bram Stoker, has remained popular over the years, and many films have used the Count as a villain, while others have named him in their titles, such as Dracula's Daughter, The Brides of Dracula, and Dracula's Dog. Dracula has enjoyed enormous popularity since its publication and has spawned an extraordinary vampire subculture in the second half of the 20th century. More than 200 films have been made that feature Count Dracula, a number second only to Sherlock Holmes. At the center of this subculture is the legend of Transylvania, which has become almost synonymous with vampires.

Most adaptations do not include all the major characters from the novel. The Count is usually present, and Jonathan and Mina Harker, Dr. Seward, Professor Van Helsing, and Renfield usually appear as well. The characters of Mina Harker and Lucy Westenra are occasionally combined into a single female role. Jonathan Harker and Renfield are also sometimes reversed or combined. Quincey Morris and Arthur Holmwood are often omitted or, occasionally, combined into one character.

Dracula the Un-dead

For the novel by Freda Warrington, see Dracula the Undead (novel)Dracula the Un-dead is a sequel to Bram Stoker's classic novel Dracula. The book was written by Bram Stoker's great grand-nephew Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt. Previously, Holt had been a direct-to-DVD horror screenwriter, and Stoker a track and field coach.In the novel's afterword, the authors discuss the many alterations made to the original novel's events, due to the many inconsistencies in the original and the desire for the Stoker family to reassert control over Dracula fiction.

Dracula the Undead

Dracula the Undead may refer to:

Dracula the Un-dead, a 2009 novel written by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt

Dracula the Undead (novel), a 1997 novel written by Freda Warrington

Dracula the Undead (video game), a video game released in 1991 for the Atari Lynx handheld system

Elizabeth Báthory in popular culture

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Elizabeth Miller (academic)

Elizabeth Russell Miller (born February 26, 1939) is Professor Emerita at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She currently resides in Toronto. In her early academic career, she focused on Newfoundland literature, primarily the life and work of her father, well-known Newfoundland author and humorist Ted Russell. Since 1990, her major field of research has been Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, its author, sources and influence. She has published several books on the subject, including Reflections on Dracula, Dracula: Sense & Nonsense, a volume on Dracula for the Dictionary of Literary Biography and, most recently, Bram Stoker's Notes for Dracula: A Facsimile Edition with Robert Eighteen-Bisang. She founded the Dracula Research Centre (now offline) and was the founding editor of the Journal of Dracula Studies now at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.

Henry Hugh Gordon Stoker

Commander Henry Hugh Gordon Dacre Stoker, DSO (2 February 1885 – 2 February 1966), commonly credited in films as H. G. Stoker or Dacre Stoker, was a Royal Navy officer of the First and Second World Wars, and a stage and screen actor. He was also a sportsman, active in polo, croquet, hurling and tennis, competing at Wimbledon and becoming the croquet champion of Ireland in 1962, aged 77. He was a cousin to the author Bram Stoker.

J. D. Barker

J.D. Barker (Jonathan Dylan Barker) is an international bestselling American author of suspense thrillers, often incorporating elements of horror, crime, mystery, science fiction, and the supernatural. His debut novel, Forsaken, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker Award in 2014.

John Edgar Browning

John Edgar Browning (born October 14, 1980) is an American author, editor, and scholar recognized internationally for his nonfiction works about the horror genre and vampires in film, literature, and culture. He is a visiting lecturer at the Georgia Institute of Technology and teaches in the graduate program in Gothic Studies at National University (California).

Browning is considered an "expert on vampires specializing in the Dracula figure in film, literature, television, and popular culture." His works expound upon Dracula, horror, vampires, the supernatural, the un-dead, Bram Stoker, and gothic and cultural theory. Browning has appeared as a vampire scholar in three documentary television series: The National Geographic Channel's Taboo USA, formerly Taboo (2002 TV series), Discovery Channel's William Shatner's Weird or What?, and the seven-part AMC documentary series Eli Roth's History of Horror.

For his book Dracula in Visual Media, Browning documented over 700 "domestic and international Dracula films, television programs, documentaries, adult features, animations, and video games . . . [as well as] nearly 1000 domestic and international comic book titles and stage adaptations." For the book, Browning won the Lord Ruthven Award, an award for deserving work in vampire fiction or scholarship. The book was also nominated for a Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award (a.k.a. a "Rondo Award") for Book of the Year in 2011.

John Solomon (croquet player)

John Solomon (22 November 1931 - 20 October 2014) was a croquet player from England.

Solomon dominated English croquet in the 1950s and 1960s winning the President’s Cup nine times (1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1968 and 1971), the Open Championship ten times (1953, 1956, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967 and 1968) and the Men's Championship ten times (1951, 1953, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1971 and 1972).Solomon also won the New Zealand Open Championship in 1951 and 1963.Solomon represented England and latterly Great Britain in five MacRobertson Shield tournaments, winning on four occasions.As an administrator Solomon served on the Council of the Croquet Association between 1952 and 2004, serving as Chairman (1962 to 1964), Vice President (1976 to 1982) and President (1982 to 2004).In 2006 Solomon was inducted into the World Croquet Federation Hall of Fame.

Mina Harker

Wilhelmina "Mina" Harker (née Murray) is a fictional character in Bram Stoker's 1897 Gothic horror novel Dracula.

Stoker (surname)

Stoker is a surname.

Those bearing it include:

Austin Stoker (born 1943), West Indian-born, African-American actor

Bob Stoker, Northern Ireland politician, Lord Mayor of Belfast (1999-2000)

Bram Stoker (1847–1912), Irish writer

Don Stoker (1922–1985), English football player and manager

Donald Stoker (historian), American military historian

Frank Stoker (1867–1939), Irish tennis and rugby union player

Gareth Stoker (born 1973), English footballer

Gerry Stoker (born 1955), British political scientist

Gordon Stoker, pianist and singer with The Jordanaires

Hendrik G. Stoker (1899–1993), South African Calvinist philosopher

Henry Hugh Gordon Stoker (1885–1966), Irish Royal Navy officer and actor also known as Dacre Stoker

James J. Stoker (1905–1992), American mathematician

Joanne Stoker (born 1983/84), British footwear designer

Joscelyn Eve Stoker (born 1987, stage name Joss Stone, English singer, songwriter and actress

Lewis Stoker (1910–1979), English footballer

Mary Stoker Smith (born 1969), reporter and anchor for KYW-TV in Philadelphia

Michael Stoker (1918–2013), British physician and researcher

Mike Stoker (born 1941), American actor

Richard Stoker (born 1938), British composer and writer

Robert Burdon Stoker (1859–1919), British shipping magnate and politician

Thornley Stoker, 1st Baronet (1845–1912), Irish surgeon, brother of Bram Stoker

Will Stoker, singer and musician with Will Stoker and the Embers

University Philosophical Society

The University Philosophical Society (UPS; Irish: Cumann Fealsúnachta Choláiste na Trionóide), commonly known as The Phil, is a student paper-reading and debating society in Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Founded in 1683 it is often referred to as the oldest student, collegial and paper-reading society in the world.The society is based within the Graduates Memorial Building of Trinity College. Throughout its long history it has welcomed many prominent guests and some of its most notable members include Ernest Walton, John Butler Yeats, Samuel Beckett, Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde.

World Horror Convention

The World Horror Convention was an annual professional gathering of the World Horror Society and other interested parties.

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