For the past three years Dacre has been working with Hans de Roos creating a specialized travel guide, focusing on Bram Stoker’s life and the locations mentioned in his most famous novel, Dracula. Dacre and Hans have focused on Bram’s life in Dublin and London, as well as his holidays in Whitby and Cruden Bay, Scotland, and also on the actual locations of the novel in Romania and England and backgrounds of the characters. What is new and different from Dacre’s past presentations is that he offers up compelling new theories pieced together from Bram’s notes, Austrian war maps and Romanian history. These theories involve the actual site of Castle Dracula, and the identity of another historical character that Bram modeled his Count after.
In the process, and much to the delight of the Romanian Tourist Authorities, Dacre and Hans demystified the connections between Bram’s Count Dracula and the real historical Vlad Dracula lll. This Travel Guide will direct tourists to visit the sites associated with both the novel and to sites associated with the life and times of Vlad the Impaler.
Dacre’s one-hour PowerPoint presentation includes stunning photos of sites associated with Bram’s life in Dublin, his holidays in Whitby, Cruden Bay Scotland, Count Dracula and Vlad Dracula sites in Romania.
Dacre Stoker is the great-grand nephew of Bram Stoker; together with his wife Jenne he represents the interests of the Bram Stoker Estate and is actively engaged in research, writing and publishing on topics related to his great-granduncle. Dacre has appeared in numerous TV shows and documentaries in Ireland, England, Canada, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and Germany; he has lectured at numerous locations worldwide: in 2008, Vampire-Con (Hollywood, CA), The Dracula Festival, Rosenbach Museum (Philadelphia, PA), Ottawa International Writers Festival, (Ottawa, ON, Canada), Scrittorincitta, the Literary Festival (Cuneo, Italy), Comic-Con International, (San Diego, CA), National Library of Ireland (Dublin, Ireland); in 2009, Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club (New Orleans, LA), San Paulo International Book Fair, (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Rotary District Conference, (Greenville, SC), Spoleto Festival USA, (Charleston, SC); in 2011, Comic-Con New York, MENSA Regional Gathering (Greenville, SC), Horror Writers Association, Stoker Weekends in Long Island, NY and Salt Lake City in 2012.
Together with Prof. Elizabeth Miller, he has edited The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker – The Dublin Years, (The Robson Press 2012) and has contributed to John Edgar Browning’s Bram Stoker’s Forgotten Writings (Palgrave MacMillan 2012). He co-authored a sequel to the novel Dracula, named Dracula The Un-dead (Dutton 2010), which was translated into 22 languages and sold approximately a million copies worldwide. Next to his activities as an author, he works as a teacher of CPR and First Aid and a Court Tennis teaching professional; he was coach of the Canadian Olympic Team in Modern Pentathlon for the 1988 Seoul Olympics.