Bram Stoker's immortal and influential novel was published on this day, 26 May, 1897. Since its publication, the novel has inspired thousands of artists to create films, music, fiction, theater, and art about its title character, Dracula, and it's themes and ideas.
Poe Forevermore Radio Theater will debut a new audio series entitled THE GREAT STORYTELLERS in a couple of weeks. The first program, we are very excited to announce, is THE GREAT STORYTELLERS: BRAM STOKER. This original biography, written and hosted by Mark Redfield, features commentary by Stoker biographer David J. Skal ("Something in the blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker" and "Hollywood Gothic") and filmmaker Ted Newsom ("Flesh and Blood: the Hammer Horror Story" and "100 Years of Horror"), and the voice talents of Brinke Stevens, Mary Anne Perry, and others.
Look for THE GREAT STORYTELLERS: BRAM STOKER to debut in the coming weeks, and don't forget--you'll be able to download it and listen to it anytime, for free!
May 26th, the publication date of DRACULA, also marks the birthday of the great actor, and a favorite actor to play the vampire hunter Van Helsing)-- Peter Cushing!
Peter Cushing was born 26 May, 1913. The actor played heroes and villains in man Hammer Film productions in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, and appeared in STAR WARS in 1977. He is greatly missed, but his fine performance live on for new generations.
Here is the thrilling climax of Hammer's 1958 production DRACULA starring Cushing as Van Helsing and Christopher Lee as Dracula.