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Dacre Calder Stoker

Arms of Stoker of Dublin

   Dacre Stoker, a Canadian citizen and resident of the United States is the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker. He is also the godson of H.H.G. Dacre Stoker, the Irish commander of the AE2 submarine, whose tactics were instrumental at Gallipoli in World War I.

    Dacre, who now calls Aiken, South Carolina home, grew up in Montreal, Quebec and attended Selwyn House and Bishops College School. After graduating from St. Lawrence University in 1981 he took a teaching position at Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario, followed between 1993 and 2003 by teaching and administrative positions at Aiken Preparatory School in South Carolina. During his college and teaching years in Canada, he was a member of the Canadian Men's Modern Pentathlon Team, and then became coach of the Canadian Men's Modern Pentathlon team for the Olympics in Seoul, South Korea in 1988.

    Dacre is married to Jenne Stoker, a native of South Carolina, and is the father of two children. He currently teaches Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation and First Aid, and is co-owner of the Aiken Tennis Ball Company, which manufactures and sells balls internationally for the game of Court Tennis, or Jeu de Paume.  He serves on the Board of the Hitchcock Woods Foundation; as Vice-President and Tennis Chairman of the Aiken Tennis Club; and the Membership Chairman of the United States Court Tennis Association, and is also a member of the Transylvania Society of Dracula and the Horror Writers Association.

    Dacre is an avid fly-fisherman, and court tennis player, having been introduced to both sports by his late father, Desmond Stoker, and subsequently passing the love of both sports on to his son, Parker.

    Although Dacre Stoker has always enjoyed reading - mostly action, adventure, and horror, he did not first read Dracula until he was at university. His interest in Dracula resurfaced in 2003, when a mutual friend introduced him to Ian Holt, a screenwriter.  Dacre decided to collaborate with Ian on a sequel to Dracula, and with the help of researcher, Alexander Galant, they set out to bring Bram Stoker’s original themes and characters from Dracula back to life.

    Researching Bram’s one hundred and twenty-five hand-written notes for Dracula at the Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia, was both inspirational and informational for Dacre.  In addition to the notes for Dracula, the Museum holds a 1448 Nurnberg Edition of Dracula stories, illustrated with the well-known “Forest of the Impaled”scene. The stories behind these two pieces of Dracula history, and their both ending up in the same museum, are fascinating in themselves.

    Dracula the Un-Dead was released in October of 2009, sold to 26 publishers and will be available in 50 countries by the Fall of 2011. Dracula the Un-Dead appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, USA Today’s 2009 Fall Preview, and Time Magazines “Quick Picks”. The Thriller Writers Association chose the novel as a 2009 finalist in the category of Best First Novel .

    Dacre has also collaborated with Dr. Elizabeth Miller on a non-fiction book, published in 2012, the centenary of Bram Stoker’s death. Featuring previously unpublished Stoker Estate papers, which have been in the possession of the family for the last century, the book combines Dr. Miller’s unparalleled background as a Dracula scholar, and Dacre’s knowledge and perspective of Stoker history. Bram Stoker's Lost Journal: The Dublin Years, published by Robson Press, London for UK and US sales, and published by J'ai Lu in France.


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