Imagine sifting through archives while doing years of research on horror writing to finally discover never-before-seen works by one of the genre’s most famous novelists. That’s just what happened to author John Edgar Browning, who tracked down Bram Stoker’s lost short stories, poetry and journalism.
His collection of these resurrected finds, The Forgotten Writings of Bram Stoker will be available this month through Palgrave Macmillan. The Observer spoke to Browning who said these works laid the groundwork for what would later become Stoker’s most famous story: Dracula.
“These stories offer some of the proto-primordial writings and ideas from [which] Dracula would be fashioned. Much of what we love about Stoker's vampire novel … had to be experimented with first, and in these writings Stoker does just that.”
The Guardian notes some other interesting parallels between the stories in this new book and Stoker’s great work including quite a few from Old Hoggen: A Mystery. In this story, “Augustus, is searching for crabs along the English coast one morning when he spots a drowned corpse floating – that of a disreputable character, Old Hoggen.” The corpse and love interest in Old Hoggen will seem familiar to readers familiar with Stoker’s later work.
“Stoker was busy researching Dracula at the time he published this story … The once clear demarcation in Dracula between heroine and villainess is made uncomfortably fluid by Stoker's parallel descriptions in these love stories," Browning said.
via The Guardian