Stoker's Wilde - by Steven Hopstaken & Melissa Prusi
Coming in 2019 from Flame Tree Press!
Years before either becomes a literary legend, Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde must overcome their disdain for each other to battle the Black Bishop, a mysterious madman wielding supernatural forces to bend the British Empire to his will.
Like Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula,Stoker’s Wildeis told from multiple characters’ points of view through letters, journal entries, news clippings and audio transcripts. These documents are gathered together by a shadowy organization known as The White Worm Society.
As the story progresses, and our heroes battle werewolves, vampires, and the chains of Victorian morals, each author gets his inspiration for their future works: Bram for Draculaand Lair of the White Wormand Oscar for The Picture of Dorian Gray.
The action starts in a dark forest in Ireland, moves through the upper-class London theater world and culminates in an exciting showdown at Stonehenge, where Bram and Oscar must stop a vampire cult from opening the gates of Hell.
Oscar and Bram first reluctantly team up to defeat a werewolf on a hunting party with the famous explorer Richard Burton. The hunt awakens Bram’s inexplicable ability to sense the supernatural, a power he has suppressed since childhood and that he feels may be demonic. He definitely wishes the likes of Oscar Wilde had not discovered his secret.
Putting monster hunting behind him and settling back down to a quiet life in Dublin, Bram finds himself attracted to Oscar's fiancee, Florence Balcombe. After the great actor Henry Irving offers Bram a job managing his theatre in London, the young couple elope and run off together to start their new lives in England.
Still feeling the sting of Bram and Florence's betrayal, Oscar also moves to London to pursue his artistic career. However, he and Bram are drawn together again after they each find their lives torn apart by a vampire cult led by a villain known only as “The Black Bishop.”
Florence's friend Lucy has taken ill and Bram suspects a vampire may be feeding off her.
Oscar’s new friend Derrick longs to join a shadowy cult known as “The Order of the Golden Dawn,” that promises ever-lasting youth – but at what cost?
As they investigate these mysteries, it becomes clear that there is far more at stake than their friends’ lives. Despite their disdain for one another, Bram and Oscar must come together to stop the Black Bishop’s plan to unseat the Queen and take control of the Empire.