The Essential Dracula

By Bram Stoker; annotations by Leonard Wolf
484 pages | 6″ x 9 ” | $15.00
ISBN: 0-452-26943-1

The complete text (including the “missing” first chapter, “Dracula’s Guest”) of Bram Stoker’s original novel, fully annotated with thousands of fascinating facts and legends about Dracula, Transylvania, and vampires . . . everything you ever wanted to know about literature’s most infamous count.


The Essential Dracula also includes:

A major new introductory essay by Leonard Wolf that provides background on Stoker’s classic, examines the cultural history of the Dracula myth, and traces the literary history of the vampire novel from John Polidori’s The Vampyre (1819) to Anne Rice’s The Vampire Lestat (1985)…

A selected filmography of major vampire films, from F. W. Murnau’s silent classic Nosferatu (1922) to Francis Ford Coppola’s blockbuster Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)…

Commentary by leading contemporary horror writers, including Harlan Ellison, Robert Bloch, and many more…

Over 35 illustrations, including stunning new Dracula illustrations by Christopher Bing…

The Essential Dracula is the most complete and comprehensive edition of the world’s greatest horror story.


This was the first annotated book I edited (I’ve since done a bunch more), as well as the first book I ever worked on with Leonard Wolf (a cult figure as a horror scholar in the 1970s whose fame was later eclipsed by that of his daughter, Naomi Wolf). I also met Windhaven Press’s Nancy Hanger while working on this project, as well as Christopher Bing, who went on to win a Caldecott Honor for his artwork, and to illustrate a bunch of other books I edited. This was a logistical disaster for a number of reasons, and I’m very proud that it came out as the terrific book it did. But I want it on record that I had nothing to do with the hideous cover.