Book - Dracula's Child

Silhouette of a boy made up of bat shapes

Looking for a Halloween book to get your teeth into? Out now from Titan Books is Dracula's Child by J S Barnes...


Press Release

It has been some years since Jonathan and Mina Harker survived their ordeal in Transylvania and, vanquishing Count Dracula, returned to England to try and live ordinary lives.

But shadows linger long in this world of blood feud and superstition - and, the older their son Quincey gets, the deeper the shadows that lengthen at the heart of the Harkers' marriage. Jonathan has turned back to drink; Mina finds herself isolated inside the confines of her own family; Quincey himself struggles to live up to a family of such high renown.

And when a gathering of old friends leads to unexpected tragedy, the very particular wounds in the heart of the Harkers' marriage are about to be exposed...

There is darkness both within the marriage and without - for new evil is arising on the Continent. A naturalist is bringing a new species of bat back to London; two English gentlemen, on their separate tours of the continent, find a strange quixotic love for each other, and stumble into a calamity far worse than either has imagined; and the vestiges of something forgotten long ago is finally beginning to stir...


J.S. Barnes dives straight to the dark heart of Bram Stoker’s legendary creation, capturing the voice, tone, style and characters of the original, whilst exploring pressing themes of modern life in this age of false facts and fake news. Much like his titular character, Stoker’s Dracula continues to live on with new adaptations from page to screen, including the recent BBC adaptation from Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and Dracula’s Child offers a wonderful and wholly original expansion to the story of the world’s most famous vampire. After all, evil never truly dies.

About the Author    

Jonathan Barnes is the author of three critically acclaimed novels: The Somnambulist, The Domino Men and Cannonbridge. He writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and the Literary Review and is the author of numerous adaptations of classic Victorian novels, including The Invisible Man (starring John Hurt) and Dracula (starring Mark Gatiss). He is married and lives on the fringes of London. Last year, he made a pilgrimage to Transylvania. He tweets @jbarneswriter.

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