AuthorJohn Marks
CountryUnited States
PublisherPenguin Press / Penguin Putnam
Publication date
January 15, 2007
Media typePrint (hardback)
Pages388 pp
813/.54 22
LC ClassPS3563.A66655 F36 2007

Fangland is a 2007 novel written by John Marks, a former producer for 60 Minutes. It is a reimagined version of Dracula by Bram Stoker, set in a post-9/11 New York. Like Dracula, Fangland is written in parts as an epistolary novel through e-mails, diary entries and letters. It received a World Fantasy Award nomination.[1]

Plot summary

The story begins with Evangeline Harker, an associate producer of the television news program, The Hour, and the daughter of a rich Texan magnate. Harker is tasked with investigating the notorious Eastern European crime lord Ion Torgu in Romania, to see if there is a story for The Hour there. She reluctantly accepts and travels to Transylvania where she meets Clementine Spence, a fellow American who tries to warn her about things beyond natural comprehension.

After meeting with Torgu, Evangeline is convinced to accompany him to a remote hotel. While Evangeline encounters horrors at the hotel, she goes missing in the eyes of the world. Meanwhile, mysterious tapes are delivered to the offices of The Hours, infecting the entire audio system with a strange noise.


Film adaptation

A film adaptation was announced in 2007, with Hilary Swank[4] involved. Mark Wheaton wrote the first draft of the adaptation before the Writers Guild of America strike, and the global economic crisis.[5] Sriram Das and Jason Blum produced the film for Blumhouse Prods.[6] However, Swank is not involved.[7] Before his death it was announced that Wes Craven had been hired to direct the adaptation, replacing Carpenter. The film has since been abandoned.


  1. ^ World Fantasy Convention (2010). "Award Winners and Nominees". Archived from the original on 2010-12-01. Retrieved 4 Feb 2011.
  2. ^ "Notes from the Labyrinth - John Marks, Fangland". 2008-06-27. Archived from the original on 2011-08-31. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
  3. ^ Brown, Jessica (2009-07-06). "New Reads and Old Standbys: #15 of 2009: Fangland by John Marks". Retrieved 2010-10-18.
  4. ^ "Entertainment Weekly". 2007-12-06. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
  5. ^ John Carpenter Signs on to Direct Vamp Tale Fangland. Retrieved June 5, 2010.
  6. ^ John Carpenter To Direct 'Fangland'. Retrieved June 5, 2010.
  7. ^ Hilary Swank Says No to Fangland