Dracula is one of the most influential books in English Literature, and it has spawned numerous big screen adaptations. Bram Stoker’s Gothic horror tale introduced vampirism to Victorian readers from 1897 and has thrilled generations of readers ever since. Tourists still flock to the Yorkshire town of Whitby to visit the ruins of the Abbey and the harbour where, in the form of a dog, Dracula first set foot in England…
Dracula was Stoker’s fifth novel, but by far his best-known and remembered. It was to have an impact and an immortality its author could never have foreseen. Like the Count, Dracula is deathless and ever-changing, reinvigorating the genre of horror literature from the early pages detailing Jonathan Harker’s diary entries as he records his time in the sinister castle in Transylvania whilst his fiancé Mina waits at home. The text of the first edition, scrupulously reproduced here, remains powerful, haunting, and deliciously ambiguous. Moments such as Dracula climbing out of the window and scuttling down the vertical walls of the castle by his finger tips send thrills and chills through every reader.
Handpicked for her ethereal interpretations of the darker fairy tales as the perfect artist to illustrate Dracula, Angela Barrett’s remarkable work is intertwined throughout this lavish limited edition. From the delicate webbing of a bat’s wing to the arresting portrait of the Count that forms the frontispiece, every detail invites the reader to look deeper. She has produced 15 intensely atmospheric colour plates, a set of elaborate hand-drawn borders, nine black-and-white tailpieces, and a pair of striking designs on the venous red leather binding and black cloth-covered slipcase.
Each of the 750 hand-numbered copies has been signed by the artist.
The Folio Society limited edition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, introduced by John Banville and illustrated by Angela Barrett is available exclusively from The Folio Society.