London, September 1888. Jack the Ripper roams the streets. A scream rings out from beneath the stage of the Lyceum Theatre…
A young ‘actress’ has been attacked, suffering peculiar bite wounds to her neck; an event that announces a series of strange, vampiric happenings, and thrusts an unwitting Bram Stoker – acting manager of the Lyceum and aspiring author – into the limelight, and the action.
Increasingly perplexed by the unsettling behaviour of his 'Guv’nor’, the brilliant but mercurial actor, Henry Irving, and Irving’s acclaimed leading lady, Ellen Terry, Stoker soon starts suspecting the worst. And then, another attack reveals a vicious Prussian baron, returned to London as a vampire seeking revenge…
Alive with Gothic intrigue, reversal and surprise, Mr Stoker will keep the reader enthralled and confounded until its final, shocking scene – indeed, until its very last word.
'This is a fully realised Gothic world, a stimulating mix of homely familiarity and lurking menace which will engage readers of all ages.' David Punter, author of The Literature of Terror
Matthew Gibson is a leading scholar on Bram Stoker and the Gothic. Currently an Associate Professor at the University of Macau, he previously worked at the universities of Surrey and Hull, as well as in Poland and Bulgaria. Author of Dracula and the Eastern Question, and contributor to The Cambridge Companion to Dracula, Matthew curates Stoker resources for Oxford Bibliographies. Mr Stoker is his first novel.
Michael L (Guest Review) - 25 May, 2023
This novel combines historical fiction, mystery, and horror. Using references to Bram Stoker's Dracula and the infamous Jack the Ripper case, Matthew Gibson beautifully recreates the Victorian era and its literary and cultural atmosphere. As manager of the Lyceum Theatre, Bram Stoker investigates mysterious attacks that seem to involve vampires. Along the way, he meets Oscar Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry Irving, Ellen Terry, and Count Dracula. Until the end, I was hooked on suspense, humor, and clever twists. I liked Gibson's use of Scottish dialect and attention to detail when describing the theater world and Gothic genre. Besides being a tribute to Bram Stoker, the book's original and fun. Fans of historical fiction, mystery, or horror should check this out. There's a lot of good writing in this book. While remaining true to the genre, it explores the differences between Gothic literature and modern horror. Until the end, the story keeps you hooked. This is a must-read for fans of horror and Gothic literature.