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Bram Stoker's descendant has written a Dracula prequel based on family legends

Bram Stoker's great-grandnephew Dacre Stoker (real name) has written a prequel to Dracula based on extensive research of his ancestor's private journals as well as Stoker family lore, The Guardian reports. Dracul, which Stoker co-authored with novelist J.D. Barker, will be out in 2018.

Dracul "focuses on Bram and his family, as a young boy growing up in Clontarf, Artane, and Dublin," said Dacre Stoker. "These parts were based on Stoker family background stories [and] knowledge, all of the existing biographies, excerpts from The Lost Journal [Bram's private notebook], and our speculation."

The film rights to Dracul have already sold, with It director Andy Muschietti set to helm the adaptation.

Dracul could offer closure for lingering questions fans might have. What inspired Bram Stoker's classic, chilling tale of the vampire? What "ungodly evil" did Bram lock away? Why is this book called Dracul and not Racula? All that and more to be answered soon.