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Title:
Stoker's Wilde
ISBN:
9781787581739
Physical Description:
374 pages ; 24 cm

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Summary

Summary

"Historical details and supernatural monsters abound, but it is the odd couple of Wilde and Stoker, with their diametrically opposed personalities and interesting quirks, that drives this story. Pass this volume on to readers who are hungry for more historical stories with a supernatural frame." - Booklist
Longlisted for The Guardian's Not the Booker Prize 2019.
Years before either becomes a literary legend, Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde must overcome their disdain for one another to battle the Black Bishop, a mysterious madman wielding supernatural forces to bend the British Empire to his will. With the help of a European vampire expert, a spirited actress and an American businessman, our heroes fight werewolves, vampires and the chains of Victorian morality. The fight will take them through dark forests in Ireland, the upper-class London theater world and Stonehenge, where Bram and Oscar must stop a vampire cult from opening the gates of Hell.
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Author Notes

Steven Hopstaken was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he spent his formative years watching and reading science fiction and horror. He has a degree in journalism from Northern Michigan University and spends his free time traveling; writing screenplays, short stories and novels; and practicing photography. Melissa Prusi was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (often mistaken for Canada), and studied video and film production at Northern Michigan University and the University of Michigan. She's been a video editor, a semi-professional film reviewer, a three-time champion on the quiz show Jeopardy!, and a Guinness world record holder (1990 edition, for directing the longest live television show). They met in a college screenwriting class and married three years later. They spent a brief time in Los Angeles, where they both worked for Warner Bros. television. They eventually ended up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where they love the arts scene but dread the winters. While they both currently make a living as website content managers, they have sold two screenplays, which have been lost to development hell. They've indulged their fascination with Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde through trips to Dublin and London to research their lives and visit sites mentioned in Stoker's Wilde . They live in St. Louis Park, Minnesota with their two cats. If they're not writing, you can usually find them at a movie, local theater production, improv show or pub quiz. This is their first novel.
Awards:
Longlisted for The Guardian's Not the Booker Prize 2019


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

"Morbid and fascinating" is how a character aptly sums up the events of this entertaining supernatural mash-up. Employing the entwined lives of Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker as a springboard, Hopstaken and Prusi weave their weird tale from imagined occult experiences that might have influenced the 19th-century authors to write, respectively, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Dracula. This includes their efforts to thwart a decadent splinter sect of the Order of the Golden Dawn, obsessed with achieving immortality, that has been transformed into a horde of vampires infiltrating London under the guidance of the nefarious Black Bishop. The novel is briskly paced, owing in part to its fast-cutting epistolary format, and the authors enliven the plot by introducing characters who clearly anticipate those who will appear in Stoker and Wilde's tales, as well as real-life celebrities including Ellen Terry, Lillie Langtry, and Sir Richard Burton. Hopstaken and Prusi have done their homework and produced a pleasing period penny dreadful. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

This new historical supernatural adventure series uses the real-life complicated relationship between Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker as inspiration. The ominous yet playful tone is set right away as Wilde and Stoker are enlisted by legendary British explorer Richard Burton (and the Queen) to rid an Irish seaport of a murderous werewolf, and that's just the beginning. Written in the epistolary style of Dracula and exploring many of the themes and ideas from The Picture of Dorian Gray, the book immerses the reader in an alternate Victorian London. The fun, action-driven plot features vampires, secret societies, portals to other realms, and the theater world. Historical details and supernatural monsters abound, but it is the odd couple of Wilde and Stoker, with their diametrically opposed personalities and interesting quirks, that drives this story. Pass this volume on to readers who are hungry for more historical stories with a supernatural frame, like James Lovegrove's Cthhulu Casebooks series, The Quick by Lauren Owen (2014), Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer (2017), and Dacre Stoker's Dracul (2018).--Becky Spratford Copyright 2019 Booklist