Dacre Stoker, a chat with the descendent of Bram Stoker

Dacre Stoker, descendent of the creator of Dracula, Bram Stoker took some time to answer a few of my questions. It’s always a pleasure to share his thoughts with other vampire fans. Dacre Stoker is the first of the Stoker family to pick up the Dracula legacy and add new literary creations to the genre. I am personally a huge fan of his work.

1.Do you think that you would have been fascinated by vampires even if Stoker would not be your last name?

Probably not, my fascination with vampires has been a result of my overwhelming desire to understand my famous relative Bram Stoker and to figure out what inspired him to write Dracula. 

2. What are your future book projects?

I am working on the continuation of Dracul. Turning some of Bram Stoker’s short stories into Graphic Novels. 

3. From all the versions of Dracula which one is your favorite?

1. BBC mini Series Dracula in 1977 with Louis Jourdan (most faithful adaptation) 

2. 1992 Bram Stoker’s Dracula Directed by Francis Ford Coppola 

4. Did you see VWars on Netflix? 

Absolutely, loved it. I actually wrote the introduction to the first book in the series back in 2012. I have been a fan of Jonathan Maberry ever since. He created a very original take on modern vampires. I love the way he integrated different world wide vampire myths into a story set in the US. 

What do you think about the adaptation of Jonathan Maberry’s idea? 

Very original concept to have the vampires activated based on their DNA backgrounds. 

5. Your 5 must read books. I am cheating a bit, as I mentioned some book series. 

Ken Follett Pillars of the Earth (Series)

JD Barker Fourth Monkey (Series)

Bram Stoker The Mystery of the Sea

John Irving The World According to Garp

Pat Conroy My Losing Season

6. You picked up the religious conflict in Northern Ireland in your novel Dracul, how “political” are vampires nowadays?

Vampires are not oblivious to the societies in which they are living in at the time. So to be successful predators they must be aware of political and cultural issues.  It is hard to escape political issues, vampires are no different. 

7.If you could live for a few days inside a TV show or book, what would it be and why?

“Game of Thrones”, riding, sword fighting, drinking and attractive women….what is not to love for a few days,  if one is lucky enough not to die! 

8.What is the last book that you read?

London Underground: A Thriller by Chris Angus. I like historical based fiction.  

9.Will the Stoker on Stoker be available for people online too?

Telos Publishing has recently released a Stoker on Stoker on  paperback companion book to my presentations. It is available on Amazon and on the Telos Publishing website . I am currently working on having my presentation filmed with locations visits and turned into a short documentary. 

Find Dacre Stoker on Facebook and his work on Amazon and bookstores.
Bio

Dacre Stoker is the great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker and the international best-selling co-author of Dracula the Un-Dead (Dutton, 2009), the official Stoker family endorsed sequel to Dracula. Dacre is also the co-editor (with Elizabeth Miller) of The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker: The Dublin Years (Robson Press, 2012). His latest novel, Dracul, a prequel to Dracula, released in October 2018 co-authored with JD Barker, has been sold in over 30 countries. It was the UK’s # 1 Bestselling Hardcover Novel in Horror and Supernatural in 2018 with film rights purchased by Paramount Studios.   

Talking VWars with Jonathan Maberry

I am very fortunate to present you with a end of the year gift! A Q&A with the creator of the VWars world,Jonathan Maberry!

The Netflix show was #1 in so many countries, I don’t think anyone missed it!!!

Check out the incredible work of Jonathan Maberry, available on Amazon and lots of bookstores!

QUESTION:  Do you think that the name of the new race, Bloods sounds more threatening than vampires?

JONATHAN MABERRY: The name comes from street slang in the VWars books and comics. Bloods is shorthand for blood-drinkers, and in the books non-vampires are known as Beats, which represents the classic view that humans are alive, and hence have a heartbeat. It’s a bit inaccurate because none of the vampires in the VWars universe are actually undead. But street slang isn’t known for being entirely accurate…merely cool.


QUESTION:  In VWars the book there are more races of vampires, based on the ethnic background, will there be more than 2 in the future of the show? 

JONATHAN MABERRY: If we get picked up for a second season we will definitely see more vampire species emerging. We didn’t want to crowd it too much in the first season, since we had to spend a good deal of time establishing the world of VWars, but for anyone who saw the last episode, it’s clear the plague is spreading.


QUESTION:  Being a Blood was transcending each blood’s personal race and background and becomes a them against us type deal…Is that a possibility? 

JONATHAN MABERRY: Sure, especially since there isn’t such a thing as ‘pure’ blood, especially in North America, where the story begins. They call America the ‘melting pot’. And looking at the results of companies like 23andMe or Ancestry.com show that all around the world people have blended DNA. Even in my own family, when two of my sisters and I had our ancestry checked there were subtle differences. Genetics is a bit of a roulette wheel.


QUESTION:  The VWars bloods can’t turn humans, does that make the gap between them and humans bigger?

JONATHAN MABERRY: Because the vampirism in VWars isn’t a supernatural curse but something medical, it requires the right co-factor for infection to spread. As we’re discovering, however, a lot of people have that co-factor. In the books it was between 5 and 10 percent; but it’s proving to be quite a lot higher in the show. And that opens the door to new problems. Since not all (or even most) of the vampires in VWars are predatory or murderous, the rest will want to fit into society as best they can. However there will be issues of immigration, healthcare, legal rights, neighborhood zoning, and so on. Some humans and Bloods will want to be separate but equal; others will want to merge. There will be conflicts on all levels.


QUESTION:  The evolution of the two main character is fascinating, I honestly started rooting for Michael Fayne. Would you be with the humans or the bloods? 

JONATHAN MABERRY: Fayne is a sympathetic character. He is not evil. His DNA has changed, which means his biology and chemistry has changed. Mood, emotions, and impulses are greatly driven by the chemicals produced by our brains. When he began to hunt shortly after his transformation he was acting in strict accordance with this new nature. Even before he realized it, Fayne was no longer human, and no longer driven by the same bio-chemical triggers. Only later, when he realized that it wasn’t just him, and that there were consequences to his actions, he forced himself to stop feeding—and therefore stop killing humans. This was critical, because it shows that a strong will can rise above enough our basest and most compelling natures. It makes Fayne heroic from a certain viewpoint. Also, actor Adrian Holmes really sells the human, inhumanity, and conflict of his charac


QUESTION:  Fear is in our DNA .. I don’t think that there’s a deeper fear than of a predator that feeds on the human life essence, would a real cohabitation of two human type species be possible?

JONATHAN MABERRY: There’s no fundamental difference between two different vampire species cohabitating than, say, a vegan in a relationship with someone who loves a good steak. Or someone with different political views, religious views, or even cultural identity. The vampire species’ in VWars don’t eradicate the basic personalities, likes, or dislikes of that person; though there are changes, and that will be explore if we go to second season.


QUESTION:  Ill will make a parallel to True Blood.. The synthetic blood would have worked but would there not be vampires that would prefer to live the predatory life?

JONATHAN MABERRY: Yes, there would be vampires who choose to opt out of the blood substitute and live more according to their nature. This creates a lot of dramatic potential in the show, because any hunting/killing would result in more fear, hatred, and pushback on the part of the humans. They would likely want all vampires stopped, controlled, or exterminated just out of fear of being hunted by them. It’s not an unreasonable fear, either, but it will likely lead to a dangerous overreaction. 


QUESTION:  How does it feel to have your book turned into a TV show? 

JONATHAN MABERRY: It’s deeply surreal. When I first created this premise and began the book project back in 2011, I had no idea it would ever become a TV show. It was shopped for years but without success, so I figured that it would be the same outcome that happens to most writers: we get a whiff of Hollywood but no bite. And then about two years ago I got a call saying that it had sold to Netflix. That absolutely stunned me. Netflix is the perfect home for it. They are risk-takers and they have a serious eye toward both content and quality.

When I went to the first table-read –where the actors, director, producers, and some other crew gather for the reading of the first couple of scripts—it was crazy. Here were all of these actors from shows I’ve watched and enjoyed (Smallville, Vampire Diaries, The Expanse, Battlestar Galactica, Orphan Black, The 100, Arrow, and others) embodying characters I created and reading lines of dialogue from my books and comics. There is nothing in a writers’ career that prepares him for that.

It was even crazier when I was on the set to watch the first few days shooting. Watching the actors becomethe characters. So wild.

And, of course, the day it premiered, seeing the final polished cuts of each episode was amazing. And seeing my name in the credits (twice!) was beyond anything I could have imagined!


QUESTION:  For the future (let’s hope there will be many more seasons) do you have a actor that you would love to cast, and would he/she be a Blood or human? 

JONATHAN MABERRY: That’s tough. I’d love to see my friend, Ray Porter, in V-Wars. He’s the narrator of my Joe Ledger novels, but is also an actor with a lot of chops. He’s been in Monk, Sons of Anarchy, Justified, Argo, Almost Famous, Modern Family, CSI, and so many other shows. He’s one of those actors who has enormous range, and tends to submerge so deeply into a character you almost can’t recognize him.