Diabolique Magazine celebrates the Bram Stoker Centenary!
Professor Van Helsing’s kit contained a crucifix, a wooden stake and a pocket-sized guide to vampire-hunting. The most essential item in the Diabolique team’s kit — at least as we work around the clock to get each issue ready for printing — is a ready supply of strong coffee.
Designer Dima Ballin, editor Robert J.E. Simpson and I have come to the end of a caffeine-fuelled (okay, I may be projecting onto my colleagues) few weeks and are proud to have submitted Issue #10 of Diabolique to the printers. In this larger-than-usual edition, we have paid tribute to Dracula creator Bram Stoker, who died 100 years ago, in 1912.
As a connoisseur of Gothic horror, you will doubtless be itching to get your rodentine claws into the Stoker issue, which comes out in early May.
Inside this issue:
- Casting Shadows: Stoker’s Dracula on Screen, by Charles E Butler, a personal journey through the Count’s career on film and TV.
- The Primrose Path to Dracula, by Paul Murray, in which Stoker’s biographer examines the curious connections between fantasy and reality in the author’s life and fiction.
- Unearthing Stoker’s Lost Journal, by the world’s foremost Stoker scholar Elizabeth Miller.
- Beyond Dracula: Stoker’s Other Horror Novels, by David L Rattigan, in which he explores The Jewel of Seven Stars and The Lair of the White Worm, and their film adaptations (including the riotously funny 1988 Ken Russell film version of the latter).
- Icons of Horror: Dracula (1958), by Robert J.E. Simpson – a commentary on the impact of a famous Hammer Films poster design.
Plus some gorgeously reproduced archive material, courtesy of the Bram Stoker Estate.
And that’s just the Stoker content. There’s also:
- The Last Horror Icon: Christopher Lee at 90, by Jonathan Rigby, a lavish, eight-page colour tribute to the distinguished actor by his biographer and friend.
- Lina Romay: Flesh for Fantasy, by Nigel Wingrove, a reflection on the life and career of the late exploitation star.
- Reviews of Edgar Allan Poe and James McTeigue’s The Raven, and Christopher R Witherspoon’s Rage.
- Stephen Slaughter Head on Stiletto Film Festival & Women in Horror Month.