Dacre Calder Stoker
Born (1958-08-23) August 23, 1958 (age 65)
NationalityCanadian-US
Occupation(s)author, sportsman, filmmaker.

Dacre Calder Stoker (born August 23, 1958) is a Canadian-US author, sportsman and filmmaker.

Biography

Stoker was born in Montreal, Quebec to Desmond Neil Stoker and E.G. Calder.[1] He is the great-grandnephew of Irish author Bram Stoker, the author of the 1897 Gothic novel Dracula.[2] He lived in his childhood in Montreal, Quebec[3] and attended the Bishop's College School.[dead link][4] He taught for several years at Appleby College.

Stoker is a former member of the Canadian men's pentathlon team.[5] He coached the team at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.[6]

Because of the Stokers' frustrating history with Dracula's copyright, Dacre, with encouragement from screenwriter Ian Holt, decided to write "a sequel that bore the Stoker name" to "reestablish creative control over" the original novel with the Stoker Estate. In 2009, Dracula the Un-dead was released, written by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt. Both writers claim to have "based [their work] on Bram Stoker's own handwritten notes for characters and plot threads excised from the original edition" along with their own research for the sequel, though the plot and characters often directly contradict the original novel. This also marked Dacre Stoker's writing debut.[7][8] Winnipeg Free Press reviewer Kenneth MacKendrick called it "tempting enough to read and bad enough to be controversial, striking a balance between sensationalism and mediocrity".[5]

Stoker contributed to Dracula in Visual Media: Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921–2010, along with Caroline Joan Picart, David J. Skal, J. Gordon Melton and John Edgar Browning.[9]

Stoker directed, produced and wrote the 2011 documentary film Dracula Meets Stoker.

In 2016, Stoker, with his colleague Hans C. De Roos, was working on a Bram Stoker/Dracula travel guide which will identify real-life locations mentioned in Stoker's novel as well as highlight the places Bram grew up in.[10]

In 2018, he released Dracul, a prequel to Dracula which he wrote alongside J. D. Barker.[11][12][13] Paramount has purchased the rights for the movie. Director Andy Muschietti, It producers Barbara Muschietti and Roy Lee have been hired to work on it.[14]

Personal life

Stoker lives with his wife, Jenne Stoker, and their two children in Aiken, South Carolina, where he is the executive director of the Aiken Land Conservancy.[3]

Bibliography

References

  1. ^ "Dacre Stoker" Archived 2012-10-14 at the Wayback Machine. Phantastik-Couh.de. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  2. ^ "Dacre Stoker Writes Sequel to Bram's Classic". ABC News. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Dacre Stoker" Archived 2012-11-30 at the Wayback Machine. Dracula The Un-dead. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  4. ^ "Dacre Stoker - Authors - The Robson Press"[dead link]
  5. ^ a b Kenneth MacKendrick (17 October 2009). "Surprise, revisiting Dracula a marketing plan". Winnipeg Free Press.
  6. ^ "Dracula sequel goes back to source". CBC News. 28 October 2009.
  7. ^ Dracula: The Un-Dead by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt
  8. '^ Dracula: The Undeads overview
  9. ^ Browning, John Edgar (2010). Dracula in Visual Media: Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921-2010. McFarland. ISBN 978-0786433650.
  10. ^ "Dracula Lives Interview with Bram Stoker's Descendant : Haunted : Travel Channel". Travel Channel. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  11. ^ Apostolides, Zoë (26 October 2018). "Dracul by Dacre Stoker and JD Barker — encounter culture". Financial Times. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  12. ^ Spry, Jeff (2 October 2018). "Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker Sink Their Pens Into New Dracula Prequel Novel, Dracul". Syfy Wire. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  13. ^ Shapiro, Lila (3 October 2018). "Dracul Sets Out to Prove That Count Dracula Really Lived". Vulture. Retrieved 21 January 2022.
  14. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (5 September 2017). "Paramount Bites Into 'Dracul': 'It' Director Andy Muschietti In Mix". Deadline. Retrieved 21 January 2022.