Fic­tion: Haunt­ing Pre­quel

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The first au­tho­rized pre­quel to the novel Drac­ula, writ­ten by Bram Stoker’s great-grand­nephew Dacre Stoker and coau­thor J. D. Barker, will be pub­lished in Oc­to­ber by G. P. Put­nam’s Sons. Ti­tled Dracul, the book is based on an ear­lier, unedited draft of the Drac­ula man­u­script, as well as on fam­ily leg­ends and Bram Stoker’s jour­nals, and fo­cuses on events in the au­thor’s youth that may have led him to write Drac­ula. Choose a clas­sic hor­ror story and write a short story that acts as a pre­quel to the main events in the orig­i­nal work. You may con­sider an el­e­ment of struc­ture or style to carry over, such as the use of the epis­to­lary form in the pre­quel Dracul that is also preva­lent in the orig­i­nal Drac­ula. Aside from set­ting the ac­tion of your story ear­lier than that of the orig­i­nal, how else might you cre­ate a sense of an­tic­i­pa­tion or homage?

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