"Historical details and supernatural monsters abound, but it is the odd couple of Wilde and Stoker, with their diametrically opposed personalities and interesting quirks, that drives this story. Pass this volume on to readers who are hungry for more historical stories with a supernatural frame." - Booklist
Longlisted for The Guardian's Not the Booker Prize 2019.
Years before either becomes a literary legend, Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde must overcome their disdain for one another to battle the Black Bishop, a mysterious madman wielding supernatural forces to bend the British Empire to his will. With the help of a European vampire expert, a spirited actress and an American businessman, our heroes fight werewolves, vampires and the chains of Victorian morality. The fight will take them through dark forests in Ireland, the upper-class London theater world and Stonehenge, where Bram and Oscar must stop a vampire cult from opening the gates of Hell.
FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
Steven Hopstaken was both born and raised in Michigan and currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Together with his wife and writing partner Melissa Prusi, he is the co-author of the Stoker’s Wilde series, featuring Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde as vampire hunters.
Melissa Prusi was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She’s been a video editor, a semi-professional film reviewer, a three-time champion on the quiz show Jeopardy!, and a Guinness world record holder (1990 edition, for directing the longest live television show).
"Hopstaken and Prusi have done their homework and produced a pleasing period penny dreadful."
– Publishers Weekly
"Stoker's Wilde is immensely entertaining and engrossing...this novel was an utter delight."
– The Haunted Reading Room
"Stoker's Wilde is a brilliant book, its clear the authors really know their subject matter."
– S.J Budd
"Historical details and supernatural monsters abound, but it is the odd couple of Wilde and Stoker, with their diametrically opposed personalities and interesting quirks, that drives this story. Pass this volume on to readers who are hungry for more historical stories with a supernatural frame."
“A fun throwback to classic horror, playing off of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, this tale stars fictionalized versions of both Stoker and Wilde, brought together through circumstance to hunt the undead throughout England [...] This husband-and-wife writing team offer a solid choice for fans of vampire lore and atmospheric, historical horror.”
– Library Journal
“A piece of work that is more original and creative than any novel I have read in years.”
– High fever Books
“I absolutely loved it, it's thrilling, exciting and funny as hell-it's a rollercoaster ride through Victorian values, secret societies and deep, dark secrets…there is nothing that I did not love about it! Roll on book 2!”
– Rachel Read It
“This story provides horror, adventure and humour throughout, the need to protect the human race against the evil plans that threaten them.”