Dracula (Dracula 1979 film zine)

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Title: Dracula
Publisher: T'Kuhtian Press
Editor(s): Lori Chapek-Carleton
Date(s): February 1980
Medium: print
Fandom: Dracula
Language: English
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cover by Gordon Carleton

Dracula is a gen Dracula 124-page anthology focusing on the movie that stars Frank Langella. The cover is by Gordon Carleton.

inside art by Susan Perry-Lewis, nominated for a 1981 Fan Q

More "Draculas?"

Despite that the editorial notes that "issues are slated to appear annually at Halloween," only one issue was ever published.

From Warped Space #43 (February 1980):
My DRACULA 'zine will be in print shortly after WS and OB 4. While originally conceived as a one-shot, interest has been so high that I'll try making DRACULA a once-a-year publication. In 1980, how ever, DRACULA will appear twice, since I want to get the 'zine out every Halloween. I'm now accepting contributions for DRACULA II — the theme is vampirism in general, and Dracula stories are not restricted to the Langella version.


  • The Shadows are Many by Jani Hicks (56)
  • The Born-Again Vampire by Jani Hicks (58)
  • Do Not Think Me Dead by Franny Moore-Kyle (60)
  • Untitled, three poems by Kathy Esselman (63)
  • Requiem by Robin Cloward (65)
  • Night Vision by Tracy Taylor
  • Nightspirit by Linda Stoops (68)
  • Who's There by Maggie S. Hart (70)
  • Foreplay by Susan Matthews (72)
  • Nosferatu by Jane Firmstone (73) (reprinted from Warped Space #39)
  • Initiation Night by Shirley Emerson (77)
  • Ode to a Bat by Amia Twytte (85)
  • So Long, Blood Sucker by Nan Helsing (86)
  • Dracula Meets a New Woman by Jean Lorrah
  • St. Michael's Mount by Barb Gompf and Desiree Bell (90)
  • On Location by Valerie Piacentini (91)
  • Waiting on the Wings by Linda Stoops
  • I Never Drink... Wine by Laurie Haldeman (94)
  • It Die, to Sleep by Mary Lee Casico (96)
  • A Word of Explanation/Coming Attractions by Lori Chapek-Carleton (121)

Reactions and Reviews

[Life-Line]: This short review of a two-year-old zine (1980) is being presented as a public service to those who were put off by its editor's flip dismissal of Anne Elizabeth Zeek's "Life-Line" as 'Han Solo Meets Dracula?.' This conjures up visions of a mixed universe and is totally misleading. However, Han Solo does meet a Zeek's story is the longest piece in Lori Chapek-Carleton's Dracula and it is the lead-off story as well. Inside a framing story of Han and Leia attempting to rescue Luke Skywalker from the impenetrable Imperial prison Rurlizar, Zeek tells the pre-ANH tale of Han Solo's first meeting with Count Alain Durlac, the mysterious adventurer whom Han believes can save Luke's life. "Life-Line" is an intelligent and subtle addition to the vampire mystique, one that does not lose the vampire his creature-of-the-night glamour while at the same time avoiding the overtones of Christian evil that would be inappropriate to a SW story. The plotting is tight and plausible, and the supernatural element is handled in a non-intrusive fashion. The characterizations indicate that the author has done her homework: not only is Leia Organa the sharp and canny sophisticate that one would expect a senator and princess of Alderaan to be, but Zeek also shows the constant war in Leia's mind, between the aristocrat and the freedom fighter. Zeek's Han Solo is a believable outlaw and space pilot, who in the course of the story pokes fun at many of the fan-created traditions concerning the life-style of an interstellar smuggler without turning "Life-Line" into a labored soapbox for the author's beliefs. The psychological tension that forms one of the major attractions of Zeek's corpus of work is present in full measure in this story. And then there is Alain Durlac. Alain is sensual, frightening, empathic, and incredibly his reactions to Han and Leia, and their reactions to him, do much to illuminate all of their characters. Alain is the most haunting creation to appear in fanfic since Black Andrej signed aboard the Ragnaroh, and I look forward eagerly to his next appearance. Dracula should still be available, and a second issue is planned, which will contain the sequel to 'Life-Line.' [1]
[zine]: Talk about yer specialty zines... A hundred analysts more competent and long-winded than I have discoursed on the appeal of the Demon Lover, so lets get to the specifics herein offered. Dracula Meets Star Wars: Anne Elizabeth Zeen recounts a curious and disturbing alliance that deepened to friendship between Han Solo and his curious and disturbing passenger, Count Alain Durlac. Solo literally risked his neck to keep Alain alive; and now for the Rebel Allinance he calls in the favor. But this time, Leia succumbs to Durlac's power, and Han is left wondering why he feels jealous. The writing is uneven, with the best work appearing in the flashbacks, but there is thruout a power in this novelette that draws the reader on: 'Life-Line.' Dracula Meets Justice: There is equal strength and better literary ability shown in 'To Die, to Sleep.' Excepting the three toughs in the second part, all the characters are real, human even when vampiric, and mostly sympathetic. It gives a sufficiently credible biological origin for vampirism, as well as a possible biological out for the Count someday. "Dracula Meets the New Woman" is Jean Lorrah's analysis of the Bram Stoker novel, which she interprets according to a feminist point of view, with some justification, for Stoker, like H.G. Wells, G.B. Shaw, and others of the period, was in favor of women's freedom. These three stories constitute more than half the zine, which is fortunate, as the rest is several dozen rather forgettable poems of the Rod McKuen out-of-e.e. cummings school, and a few short shorts. But the artwork is unexceptionable -- in fact, uniformly gorgeous. Sue Perry's, Signe Landon's and Martynn's in particular. Rather a stiff cover price, but it is a pretty zine and probably worth it if you dig vampires. It's the only graveyard in town. [2]


  1. from Jundland Wastes #8
  2. by Paula Smith, printed in both Datazine #7 and Universal Translator #3