How about a good ol’ competition in time for Halloween, eh? Well, the fine folk at Liveright and W. W. Norton have handed over two copies of their new book “Something in the Blood – The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula” to give away to a couple of lucky readers.
Their release reads:
A groundbreaking biography reveals the haunted origins of the man who created Dracula and traces the psychosexual contours of late Victorian society.
Bram Stoker, despite having a name nearly as famous as his legendary Count Dracula, has remained a puzzling enigma. Now, in a psychological and cultural portrait, David J. Skal exhumes the inner world and strange genius of the writer who conjured an undying cultural icon.
Stoker was inexplicably paralysed as a boy and his story unfolds against a backdrop of Victorian medical mysteries and horrors: cholera and famine fever, childhood opium abuse, frantic bloodletting, mesmeric quack cures and the gnawing obsession with “bad blood” that inform every page of Dracula. Stoker’s ambiguous sexuality is also explored through his lifelong acquaintance with Oscar Wilde, who emerges as Stoker’s repressed shadow self—a doppelgänger worthy of a Gothic novel. The psychosexual dimensions of Stoker’s passionate youthful correspondence with Walt Whitman, his punishing work ethic and his slavish adoration of the actor Sir Henry Irving are examined in scholarly detail.
To get your claws into one of our copies, just answer this simple question:
Which of these was Bram Stoker’s final novel?
- The Night Land
- In A Glass Darkly
- The Lair of the White Worm
Email your answer to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line of SOMETHING IN THE BLOOD COMPETITION. Closing date is November 4th. Winners will be drawn at random from all correct entries and notified by November 8th. Competition is open to UK residents only.
Not in the mood for a competition? Well, don’t miss out: To order this title at a special discount of 25% off + free delivery please click here and add the code WN371 when prompted at the checkout.