I have been through a vast range of emotions just lately...and still can't quite decide how I feel! Let me explain. One of my all time favourite books is Dracula by Bram Stoker, so you can imagine my delight when I discovered that a direct descendant of Stoker had written a sequel - Dracula: the Un-Dead. This sequel is based on notes that Bram himself had made. Unfortunately, the Irish writer died before he could pen this second book about the Prince of Darkness. Enter Dacre Stoker. He finished the job Bram had started, with a little help from historian Ian Holt.
Three days ago I bought the book.
I settled down in my comfy armchair, legs tucked up beneath me, to have a good read.
All was well for the first couple of chapters, but then who should enter the pages?
Someone I knew very, very well.
Erzsebet Bathory, the Countess Nadasdy.
Now, for those of you who don't already know, this is the evil villainess that I have been writing about for the past eighteen months(if not more!). I have researched her, and researched her, until I know the Countess better than she knows herself. I am on the fourth - and hopefully final - draft of my book. I am hoping to send my MS off to publishers at the beginning of the new year.
She is MY baby! Mine!!
Now I've been pipped at the post.
Obviously my story and Dacre Stoker's story are very different from each other, but some of the facts are the same. Some of the methods Bathory uses in both stories are the same; based as they are on real happenings.
First I was angry, frustrated. I felt like all the time I'd spent writing my book was wasted. I could only speak in words of one syllable (most of these words began with f and ended in k!).
Anger turned to irritation. Dacre has twisted many of the true facts surrounding the Countess, whereas I have stayed true to the truth!
Irritation gradually, reluctantly, turned to admiration. Dracula: The Un-Dead is a good read.
But now I think I have reached a better place.
Now I am thinking that readers who enjoy this novel by Dacre Stoker may want to read more about Erzsebet Bathory...and I can provide them with this.
So perhaps it's not too bad after all.......