Available at Amazon the prose poetry novella THE DEMETER DIARIES by Marge Simon & Bryan D. Dietrich.
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Synopsis: 'The Demeter Diaries' is a record of love and longing and the inevitable horror that arises between the minds of Mina Harker and Vlad Dracula as they court one another in waking dreams. The dialogue, written in both poetry and prose, imagines a psychic connection that develops between the two even before Dracula arrives in England. As Dracula makes his way from Transylvania to Whitby on the doomed ship Demeter, the two would-be lovers transmit their thoughts across the waves and lands that separate them, alternately wooing and terrifying one another with the idea of love eternal and all the dark delicacies necessary to ensure it.
Front cover art by Wendy Saber Core, interior illustrations by Luke Spooner
Praise for THE DEMETER DIARIES:
“A cool and very creative interpretation of Bram Stoker’s voyage of the Demeter.”
—Dacre Stoker, great grand nephew of Bram Stoker, co-author of Dracul.
"What a wonderful idea for a poetry collection! Bryan Dietrich and Marge Simon have collaborated on The Demeter Diaries, a conversation in poetry between Mina and Vlad from Bram Stoker's Dracula. Vlad's lines are suitably tight, classical, the use of enjambment tightly locking the lines together and emphasizing Vlad's considered choice of words—after all, he's had a few extra decades to think about them. Mina's lines are long and prose-like, evoking her enthusiastic romanticism with a kind of breathlessness. It's well-suited to her part in this dramatic dialogue, allowing her to show off her lady's education and quote from her reading (in this case segments of the poetry of Keats and Poe). Simon and Dietrich appropriately end the sequence with two poems in parallel, with short lines from each alternating down the page as the lovers call and respond. An impressive collaboration."
—Steve Rasnic Tem, Multiple Stoker and International Horror Guild Author
"The Demeter Diaries is an intriguing retelling of DRACULA in prose poetry form. Original, compelling, concise, and precise as one might suspect from two top notch poets. This is a must read for fans of the original novel. Highly recommended."
—Gene O’Neill, The White Plague Chronicles
"A wicked read: sensual, romantic, transgressive. Lovers dancing in a maelstrom of death and desire. This would be a great stage-play for the right two actors. They'd have to be very thin, the woman very young, the man brooding and handsome, both pale, with very red lips."
--Mary Turzillo, Nebula and Elgin winner, author of Bonsai Babies.
“Did you ever think that “Dracula” was a little biased against the vampires? And maybe if you heard the story from the other side, it might come out a little different? Well, Bryan Dietrich and Marge Simon show you the other side. And maybe it comes out a little different. I charge you: read this one, and find out."
—Geoffrey A. Landis, award-winning poet and science fiction writer
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