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Something in the Blood

(2016)
The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula
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Bram Stoker, despite having a name nearly as famous as his legendary undead count, has remained a puzzling enigma. Now, in this 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 paralyzed 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 informs every page of Dracula. Stoker's ambiguous sexuality is explored through his lifelong acquaintance and romantic rival, Oscar Wilde, who emerges as Stoker's repressed shadow side - a doppelganger 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 splendidly Gothic detail.



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Hardback Editions

October 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula
Author(s): David J Skal
ISBN: 1-63149-010-9 / 978-1-63149-010-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Liveright
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Paperback Editions

October 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula
Author(s): David J Skal
ISBN: 1-63149-386-8 / 978-1-63149-386-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Liveright
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Audio Editions

October 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula
Author(s): David J Skal
ISBN: 1-68168-252-4 / 978-1-68168-252-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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October 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula
Author(s): David J Skal
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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October 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula
Author(s): David J Skal
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

October 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula
Author(s): David J Skal
Publisher: Liveright
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA