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Monday, October 6, 2008

Dracula Is the new Dune

posted by on October 6 at 16:00 PM

Oh, man. Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew, who has the admittedly awesome name of Dacre Stoker, is going to co-author a sequel to Dracula with a Dracula historian. It’s apparently “the only Stoker-family authorized Dracula project” since the Lugosi movie. I can’t imagine this will do a lot of businessóDracula is in the public domain, after all, and has appeared everywhere from kiddie cartoons to Buffy in the time since the movie. Still and all, way to cash in on a long-dead relative.

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In the interest of cashing in...I just turned in a Dune parody HUMP submission this morning... buwahahaha

Posted by zephsright | October 6, 2008 4:13 PM
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Nothing will ever top "Count Duckula"

Posted by Jude Fawley | October 6, 2008 4:30 PM
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Kevin J. Anderson is a fucking fanboy who got lucky. He's fucked up Dune and both he and Brian Herbert should be fucked with knives for destroying a beautiful legacy.

As for this guy, and Dracula, eh. I barely enjoyed the book in high school. If I want vampires, I go to Anne Rice. I'm not proud of it, but hey, at least there's implied homosexuality.

Posted by Gitai | October 6, 2008 5:26 PM
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At least he won't just be raping the original, like Simon Wells did with his grandpa's book The Time Machine. It started off so good and then... arrgh!

Posted by Greg | October 6, 2008 5:32 PM
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This is exactly why we need a reform of copyright/trademark law. Why should copyrights pass to the estate of an author's family? The purpose of a copyright/trademark/patent is to protect ingenuity, original work, and innovation. Instead, we use copyrights to secure future licensing rights for heirs ad infinitum.

Posted by Simac | October 6, 2008 5:37 PM
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I've been vaiting so long for thees . . .

Posted by bela lugosi's dead | October 6, 2008 5:52 PM
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@5: Like the post says, Dracula is in the pubic domain. But I do agree with your point that IP law is pretty messed up. It's like people think copyright is some natural law of the universe. No, we as a society deem it beneficial in order to spur creativity and innovation. But after a resonable period of time (current terms are far from reasonable), we should be able to copy stuff at will instead of enriching idle assholes. And what pisses me off the most is when shit does out of print and you still can't (legally) copy it.

Posted by Luke | October 6, 2008 8:44 PM
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I was reading Dracula on the subway in the 80s and the subway magician doing his thing through my car told me, after his show, that I really really really needed to go get the book "the Dracula Tape" by Fred Saberhagen. He was right! It's great! I'm glad I gave you money, subway magician!

Posted by Phoebe | October 7, 2008 2:07 AM

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