Ignite the flame that will help you guide your way through the darkness and return with a story to tell.

Abraham Stoker

A while ago I read a great book titled The Sherlockian, which is a story about the missing journal of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In that story there are two sections, one in the present day and one in the past, which follows Doyle and his good friend Bram Stoker. I mention this because just recently a friend of mine sent me a link to an article regarding the missing journal of Bram Stoker.

It turns out that Stoker and Doyle have a lot in common. In real life they were distantly related cousins, they both wrote stories about vampires, and are both overshadowed by a single character of their creation. I ask you to name, off of the top of your head and fingers, another book or piece of work by either of these two authors that has noting to do with Sherlock Holmes and Count Dracula.

What they also have in common is they both have had missing journals suddenly appeared recently in the last few years. The disappearance of Doyle’s journals is much more interesting, partly due to the fact that he has written some of the most famous mysteries. As you can read in this article, Stoker’s missing journal was hidden in plain sight, on the bookshelf of one of his descendants. Not as interesting, and a little humorous.

I tell you this because there will be a book, which is to be titled The Lost Journal, to be published early 2012 to commemorate the 100 anniversary of the creator of Dracula’s death.

Happy Reading,



3 responses

  1. Exciting news! I’ll be sure to look for it next year. Should be an interesting read.

    As it so happens, I CAN actually name another Stoker novel. I stumbled across Mystery of the Sea a couple years ago in a library used book sale. It was good! Not as exciting as Dracula, but I did enjoy it. Same eerie atmosphere, with hints of the paranormal at play.

    I love the comparison you make here between Stoker and Doyle! Interesting similarities. Coincidence?

    November 2, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    • That is more than I knew about Stoker’s other work. I did however come across the mention of a short story that inspired H.P. Lovecraft titled, The Shadow Builder. Love that title.

      I’ll keep an eye out for the book you mentioned at a certain book sale that is going on this weekend.

      November 3, 2011 at 2:02 pm

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