July, 1897. The Russian schooner, Demeter, sets sail from Varna carrying fifty oblong boxes partially filled with earth. A month later, in the midst of a raging storm, the derelict Demeter runs aground in Whitby, England, her crew missing save for her captain, tied to the wheel with a crucifix in his lifeless hands. The only living thing aboard, a huge dog, escapes into the night.
In his classic ‘Dracula’, Bram Stoker, with a few cryptic entries in an unnamed captain’s journal, offered scant hints about the terrifying voyage that brought the vampire king from his home to a blood-rich London. Now, the whole mind-rending tale is told. The story of Trevor Harrington, a British scholar and fugitive. Of Swales, the old Scot cook, who deceives their commander, but knows a good deal “aboon grims and boh-ghosts”. Of Ekaterina Gabor, a beautiful Romanian who follows her lover by stowing away. Of Captain Nikilov, fighting for his ship and crew while something evil, more virulent than the black plague, decimates their number. Of Demeter herself, named for the Greek goddess of renewal, lost and tossed on an unforgiving sea. And of Count Dracula, at rest in Demeter’s dark hold until the unintended actions of her crew resurrect the vampire and his unquenchable bloodlust.
Targeted Age Group:: 16 and over
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
A love of the original novel, Dracula, and a sincere desire to know what happened on that fateful sea voyage. How much romance and adventure would there be aboard an old sailing vessel, on a month-long cruise, with a vampire – the king of all vampires – hidden in the hold?
Who are your favorite authors?
Bram Stoker, Rex Stout, Robert Louis Stevenson, Colin Dexter, Ruth Rendell, young Stephen King, and Hugo, and Dickens, Shelley, Tolkien.
I can’t put any books down, unless I throw them down. And I don’t stay up late reading because I get up early (3:00 am every morning) to write. When I’m not writing, I read.