Powers of Darkness: The Lost Version of Dracula
In 1901, an Icelandic edition of Dracula was translated and published by Valdimar Ásmundsson, which he titled as Makt Myrkranna, or Powers of Darkness, for the Icelandic readers. It included an original preface by one Bram Stoker but remained unknown for a long time. In 1986 this Icelandic edition was discovered, and Bram Stoker’s preface was translated and studied, while the rest of the book was largely ignored.
In 2014, independent researcher Hans de Roos took a look at the rest of the Icelandic text and discovered something unique: a whole new, never-before-seen story of a vampire named Dracula. Apparently, when Valdimar Ásmundsson translated Stoker’s bestseller, he made some character and plot changes. The result is a shorter novel that runs a lot faster and is a little more erotic and more suspenseful. Makt Myrkranna focuses more on Jonathan Harkness’s stay at Castle Dracula and the strange and terrifying things that go on there.
This edition of this new and unique text features and introduction and margin annotations by Hans de Roos, as well as a foreword by Dacre Stoker and an afterword by John Edgar Browning. Powers of Darkness is a completely new look at this classic text that fans of the book and genre won’t want to miss.
The Overlook Press
Bram Stoker • Valdimar Ásmundsson • Hans De Roos, Translator • John Edgar Browning, Afterword • Dacre Stoker, Foreword