Dracula the evidence

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Bram Stoker made a radical choice in the writing of his classic novel Dracula. He presented it as a collection of found documents – correspondence, newspaper articles, journal entries – painstakingly transcribed and compiled into the published book by his characters themselves. His experimental approach brings you directly into the story, and refracts it through countless points of view.

Last year, we Kickstarted an experimental version of Dracula. DRACULA: The Evidence is an entirely new way to experience Stoker’s masterpiece: through an actual physical research dossier full of ephemera, correspondence, clues and artifacts. It’s the entire original text of Dracula, presented as a gorgeously designed and curated briefcase full of maps, letters, diaries, newspaper clippings, telegrams, and phonograph records. We teamed up with Dracula expert and the author’s great-grand nephew Dacre Stoker to bring you the most immersive way imaginable to experience this masterpiece of Gothic horror.

The reaction to the project was wild. It was viewed and shared millions of times, and praised effusively by folks like Guillermo Del Toro, Neil Gaiman and Adam Savage. So, by popular demand, we’re back with a more accessible version: a hardcover art-book presentation of Dracula. In this book presentation of the project, we are photographing the handwritten letters, maps, typescripts, telegrams, manifests and  other ephemera created for the briefcase editions, and using them to illustrate the original text of the novel in a brand new way.

This Halloween, let’s all invite Dracula into our homes…

In our edition, you are not merely a reader – you are an explorer making your way through this archive of first-hand evidence, retracing this nightmarish story through the remnants it left behind: correspondence, charts and diagrams, memoranda, artifacts, photographs, and much more. In our various editions, these either illustrate an oversized hardcover, or come housed in a custom designed briefcase or an elegant wooden box reminiscent of a coffin.

In a thrillingly immersive literary experience, Beehive Books invites its readers to become supernatural archaeologists. Explore maps & blueprints and find clues. Climb inside our unique edition and discovers its secrets.

We have two entirely different versions of DRACULA: The Evidence available through this Kickstarter. THE ARCHIVE EDITION and the IMMORTAL EDITION come with all of the various artifact replicas mentioned, housed in either a briefcase or a casket-like wooden box. THE HARDBOUND EDITION is a 9×11″ 352 pg cloth-bound volume that uses the handwritten documents, illustrations, maps, typography and photographs to illustrate the story. It also a translucent acetate book jacket, as well as ten brand new photo-illustrations created by designer Paul Kepple to accompany the project.

Each version comes in several editions of varying cost and rarity, which are listed below.

The hardbound edition of DRACULA: THE EVIDENCE is an art book that uses the various documents, ephemera, and artifacts from the box set to illustrate Bram Stoker’s original text. It is a 9×11″ 352-page cloth-bound hardcover featuring high end production and design, wrapped in a translucent red acetate book jacket.

It comes in three different editions: 

  •  The HARDBOUND EDITION, which is the standard edition of the book
  •  The HARDBOUND EDITION: Signed & Numbered, which is signed by Dacre Stoker, Paul Kepple and Josh O’Neill and limited to an edition of 250
  •  The IMMORTAL HARDBOUND edition, which is signed, lettered in an edition of 26, and includes an IMMORTAL EDITION of the DRACULA: THE EVIDENCE box set.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are have already reserved an IMMORTAL EDITION, you will be receiving a copy of the HARDBOUND EDITION free of charge. If you’ve reserved an ARCHIVE EDITION, you’ll be invited to add on a HARDBOUND EDITION at a reduced price via BackerKit at the end of the campaign.

The standard hardbound edition is a cloth-bound hardcover, presented in an acetate book jacket.

The HARDBOUND EDITION: Signed & Numbered is presented in a clothbound clamshell case, numbered in an edition of two hundred and fifty, and signed by the project creators, including Bram’s descendant Dacre Stoker. It also includes THE MAP, and other bonus features not included in the standard HARDBOUND EDITION.

This IMMORTAL HARDBOUND edition is presented in a leatherbound clamshell case with an engraved plate, lettered in an edition of 26, and signed by the project creators, including Bram’s descendant Dacre Stoker. It comes with a copy of the IMMORTAL EDITION box set, and everything contained therein. Also includes the special edition double disc PHONOGRAPH RECORD, THE MAP, and other bonus features not included in the standard HARDBOUND EDITION.

This is the original version of DRACULA: THE EVIDENCE which we Kickstarted last year. It comes in two editions: THE ARCHIVE EDITION and THE IMMORTAL EDITION, the latter of which is signed by project creators Dacre Stoker, Josh O’Neill and Paul Kepple, and numbered in an edition of 250.

THE ARCHIVE EDITION includes all of the evidence, presented in a vintage suitcase with metal clasps. Includes the following artifacts, among many more items:

  • DR. SEWARD’S AUDIO JOURNAL (playable record)

THE IMMORTAL EDITION is a special edition box set presented in an archival solid wooden box, each numbered in an edition of two hundred and fifty and signed by Dacre Stoker, Paul Kepple and Josh O’Neill. Hundreds of documents, including everything contained in THE ARCHIVE EDITION, as well as the following premium artifacts:

  • THE HARDBOUND EDITION hardcover book
  • …and much more.

A special limited edition gatefold record set, including two colored vinyl discs containing Doctor Seward’s audio notes detailing his care for the mysterious patient Renfield, exclusive to this set. Each record will be numbered in an edition of one thousand and signed by Dacre Stoker, Paul Kepple and Josh O’Neill. THE PHONOGRAPH will also include ten illustrative prints on high quality art paper, and a number of ephemeral documents exclusive to this limited edition set.

 A 40×28” map of London, with locations marked and charted by the heroes of DRACULA. Offset printed on fine archival uncoated paper.

Born in Ireland in 1847, ABRAHAM “BRAM” STOKER studied mathematics at Dublin’s Trinity College and embarked on his longtime role as an assistant to actor Sir Henry Irving in the 1870s. He also began carving out a second career as a writer, publishing his  first novel, The Primrose Path, in 1875. During this period, Stoker was part of the literary staff of The Daily Telegraph in London, and he wrote other fiction as well.

Stoker visited the English coastal town of Whitby in 1890, and that visit was said to be part of the inspiration for Dracula. Before writing Dracula, Stoker met Ármin Vámbéry, a Hungarian writer and traveler. Dracula likely emerged from Vámbéry’s dark stories of the Carpathian mountains. Stoker then spent several years researching European folklore and mythological stories of vampires.

In 1897, Stoker published his masterpiece, Dracula. While the book garnered critical success after its release, it didn’t achieve peak popularity until well after its author’s death.

DACRE STOKER is the great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker and the international best-selling co-author of Dracula the Un-Dead (2009), the official Stoker family endorsed sequel to Dracula. Dacre is also the co-editor (with Elizabeth Miller) of The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker: The Dublin Years (2012). His latest novel, Dracul, a prequel to Dracula, released in October 2018, was co-authored with JD Barker and has been sold to Putnam in North America, Penguin Random House in the UK, and  additional publishers in France, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Brazil, Serbia, Taiwan, Turkey, Vietnam, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Portugal, and Poland with film rights purchased by Paramount Studios.

A native of Montreal, Canada, Dacre taught Physical Education and Sciences for twenty-two years, in both Canada and the U.S. He has participated in the sport of Modern Pentathlon as an athlete and a coach at the international and Olympic levels for Canada for 12 years. He is also an avid player and coach of the unique game of Real Tennis. In May of 2016, an athlete he has been coaching for the past 4 years, Camden Riviere, won the World Championships of Court Tennis. He currently lives in Aiken, SC, and together with his wife Jenne they manage the Bram Stoker Estate.

HEADCASE DESIGN is an award-winning graphic design and illustration studio located in Philadelphia that specializes in publishing. Paul Kepple is its founder, owner, creative director, and lead designer. Paul and his team at Headcase have created ambitious and richly elaborate designs that immerse readers in the diverse worlds of Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, Twin Peaks, The Sopranos, and J.J. Abrams’s and Doug Dorst’s meta-novel S. They’ve designed behind-the-scenes books for the hit Broadway shows Hamilton, Wicked, and Dear Evan Hansen, cinematic properties like Harry Potter and Star Wars, and art-centric biographies for music legends Geddy Lee of Rush, Courtney Love, and Eminem. In 2012, Headcase co-authored and illustrated the darkly humorous Zombie Tarot, which put Paul’s vast knowledge of b-movies to good use and has sold over 40,000 copies. Their lavish touch is obvious in the artist monographs The Temple of Silence: Forgotten Works & Worlds of Herbert Crowley and Madness In Crowds: The Teeming Mind of Harrison Cady, both designed for Beehive Books. Their work has been recognized by AIGA, American Illustration, the Art Director’s Club of New York,  Communication Arts, Graphis, How, and Print, and was nominated for an Eisner Award.

Paul is a life-long horror movie fanatic and Dracula enthusiast, and has spent many a childhood afternoon obsessively seeking out every Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee incarnation in existence. He is very much looking forward to his biggest challenge yet — bringing new blood and a fresh take to Bram Stoker’s immortal classic.

S: Produced by Melcher Media, published by Hachette Book Group, product photos by Sam Fritch
Stranger Things: Produced by Melcher Media, published by Del Rey, product photos by Oskar Kalinowski
Zombie Tarot: Published by Quirk Books

BEEHIVE BOOKS is a Philadelphia-based boutique press founded by the artist and designer Maëlle Doliveux and author and editor Josh O’Neill. They create book art editions of great prose & pictorial works with a special emphasis on graphic art, design, and comics. Their line of books currently includes monographs on Harrison Cady and Herbert Crowley, illustrated novels with art by Yuko Shimizu, Bill Sienkiewicz, Dave McKean and Paul Pope, and the ongoing experimental periodical LAAB Magazine, curated and created by Ronald Wimberly.

In addition to being a five-time Eisner nominee, Beehive Books has won two Bronze Cubes from the Art Director’s Club and had two winners in the Communication Arts design competition. Their Illuminated Editions line has recently been exhibited at the Society of Illustrators in New York City.

We build paper worlds. Learn more at www.beehivebooks.com, or find us on Instagram @beehivebooks.

Risks and challenges

As the veterans of a dozen fully funded and fulfilled Kickstarter campaigns, Beehive Books founders Josh O’Neill and Maëlle Doliveux know well the challenges associated with funding, printing, and distributing beautiful and unique publishing projects. Between our various ventures, we have raised over a million dollars on Kickstarter, and rewarded thousands of customers with books and other productions. We’ve carefully priced out expenses for domestic and overseas shipping, as well as printing costs for all rewards. We’ve arranged for the logistics of reward fulfillment. We know exactly how much money and how much work are required to get this project across the finish line. All we need is the funding necessary to finish the job. To be honest, our biggest risk is that in these turbulent times people won’t have the funds to spend on art projects like these. Still, there are more risks and challenges involved in production, printing and fulfillment than I can realistically list here. Don’t believe anybody who tells you this stuff is easy. Problems can and will pop up in ways we can’t predict. (For instance, despite our considerable epidemiological expertise, we didn’t see this global pandemic coming.) But our team has the knowledge, experience and commitment to persevere through difficulties and deliver a product that meets and exceeds the exacting expectations of our audience of discerning readers and collectors.

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