Introduction

It is an added joy to Mina and to me that our boy’s birthday is the same day… on which Quincey Morris died. His mother holds… the secret belief… some of our brave friend’s spirit has passed into him. His bundle of names links all our little band of men together. But we call him Quincey.

– Jonathan Harker, Dracula

You’ve reached The Heritage, my follow-up to Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

This isn’t to dismiss the work that has gone before (there have been some fine vampires and victims to follow in Stoker’s footsteps), but this is the book I wanted to read… so I’m writing it.

In October 2011, I started posting the rough draft of this book in “real time” through May 2012. During that time, more than 77,000 words worth of material were posted. I was on a roll… and as I was preparing to get the second draft going, my wife and I learned she was pregnant with our second child. I also took a new position around the time of his birth that turned out to eat up more of my time than I had expected.

Now four years have passed since my original draft started. Both of our boys are older and I’ve left that other job in the dust. I’m sorry I’ve kept waiting those who are interested. I think we’re past the point of waiting… I have my outlines and my plans and the second draft will commence this month.

And I’m posting it again. It will not be real time this time around – the book now starts in August 1938, with the end on New Year’s Eve of that same year. I hope to catch up with the dates some time in November. Let’s see what happens.

As this is a work in progress, I want your feedback (just tweet me or email me). Let me know what you think, what needs work, what really didn’t work for you, etc. I will definitely respond and already appreciate your interest.

Thanks for stopping by.