Set 15 years after the original, “Dracula: The Un-Dead” shares many of the same characters — including Mina and Jonathan Harker, and Lucy’s suitors, John Seward and Arthur Holmwood — and unveils them to be, well, in a state of post-traumatic stress after slaying Dracula. Their lives have lost all sense of purpose since the band scattered soon after killing the vamp. Some of them are convinced that Dracula is still alive, while others try to repress the thought altogether. But that’s difficult, as it becomes blatantly apparent that there is some form of evil lurking in the shadows.


Dacre Stoker hopes “Twilight” hysteria sparks interest in its vampire- source material — and by extension, his sequel. “You know all of these mainstream things? These attributes of vampires that we live with today, with minor quirks and little isms? They all started with Bram,” Dacre insists. “And I’m hoping readers will say, ‘Well, let me buy this book and see where it all comes from.’”


As for his own bloodsucker book, Dacre says it’s not as hard to, well, sink your teeth into as the original. “Hopefully
[readers] will realize that even though Bram’s story is in that journalistic format and a tough read … ours is not.”