I will argue forever: Bram Stoker's Dracula is the best horror novel of all time. If you, like me, are a freak for all things vampire, you don't want to miss The New Annotated Dracula, edited by Leslie S. Klinger. It's Stoker's text with more than 1,500 footnotes by Klinger, who performed a similar miracle with The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes. If you've got a vampire nut in the family, he or she would love this as a holiday gift. I'd stake my reputation on it.
And, in the spirit of All Hallow's Eve, soon upon us, check out my interview with James Reese, author of the gothic novel The Dracula Dossier, who appears at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Florida Center for the Book in Fort Lauderdale and on Halloween night at 8 p.m. at Books & Books in the Gables. His novel has a great premise, one rooted in a small, "throw-away" fact he read in a Bram Stoker bio: One of Stoker's acquaintances, an American doctor named Francis Tumblety, was a suspect in the Jack the Ripper murders. The idea had St. Pete resident Reese (also author of The Book of Shadows, The Book of Spirits and The Witching) off and running. What if, he thought, Stoker found himself in London as the Ripper murders began...and the subsequent adventure inspired him to write Dracula?