YALSA panel at the ALA Conference, New Orleans, June 26, 2011
Tucson Festival of Books, March 12-13, 2011
- Author dinner. Friday, March 11, 5:30 U of A bookstore
- Blood and Guts panel. Saturday, March 12, 2:30
- Sisters in Crime signing, Booth 209, Saturday, March 12, 4:30
- Women in the Shadow of War panel. Sunday, March 13, 11:30
- Clues Unlimited Signing. Sunday, March 13, 3
- LMBO Tech Talk panel. Sunday, March 13, 4
Half Hollow Hills Library, Long Island, NY, February 3, 2011
Just in time for Halloween season. Drak’s favorite time of year. He can move about without being noticed. And the streets are teeming with she-vampires. Or potential she-vampires…
I’ll be doing an event at Kona Stories here in Kona Hawaii on October 30 from 5-7 as part of the Kona Halloween Parade! Stop by and I’ll sign your book or your iPhone. I hear there may be even candy…
I’ll be launching iDrakula in person at Books, Inc in Laurel Heights, San Francisco on October 17, 2010 at 5 pm. I can sign your book, and Sourcebooks has some new technology that lets me sign your phone too!
Also, I’ll be on FOX 13 TV on October 20th (Wednesday) on the Martino show at 9 talking about IDRAKULA. Tune in!
Here’s a timeline of cool events in Dracula’s history:
May 25, 1897 Bram Stoker publishes a little yellow book that introduces the world to a bloodthirsty count from Transylania. A copy of an original first edition sells for $63,337 on his birthday in 2010. What a great 113th birthday present! Wouldn’t it be nice if iDrakula had that kind of markup in 113 years? Hang on to those first editions. A writer can dream…
|March 4, 1922 Dracula makes his film debut in a silent film called Noseferatu. Count Orlock is not different enough from Count Dracula to convince the judge that the director didn’t lift the story straight from Bram Stoker. Bram Stoker’s widow, Florence, gets all known copies of the movie destroyed. Somebody pirates copies, though, as it’s still around. Turns out people fought over copyright before the Internet. You can watch a bit on YouTube here. If you watch it alone in the house at night, it’s still creepy.|
February 12, 1931 Bela Lugosi stars as a talking Count Dracula in the classic Hollywood version. To keep from offending religious groups, censors remove an epilogue in 1934 where a narrator tells audiences that vampires really exist. Plus Dracula’s dying groans get cut. The groans are later found and restored, but the epilogue is lost to history. I guess controversy follows the Count. Gorgeous black and white film. It doesn’t scare me anymore, but I still watch the shadows and light and marvel. Parts of the film are on YouTube here too, but it’s better to watch a higher quality copy.
In 1958 Hammer Films starts their series of nine Dracula films, most starring Christopher Lee long before his days as Saruman. These are cheesy, cheesy, cheesy. But fun. Watch some here.
In 1992 Francis Ford Coppola makes Bram Stoker’s Dracula starring Winona Ryder. I really like it. You can mock me for it if you want. The film script is worth reading too. Horrorlair has a copy.
|Drac’s career has been astounding. I read that IMDB has 624 films with a Dracula reference. More movies, musicals, plays, ballets, and even cell phone novel versions get made every year. No one’s putting the stake into him any time soon.|