The Dracula Dossier is an intricately layered novel of literary suspense that imagines a dramatic clash between Jack the Ripper and Bram Stoker, one that would inspire the classic horror novel Dracula.
Stalled in his writing career and overwhelmed by his charismatic, successful boss—the renowned actor, Sir Henry Irving—Bram Stoker returns to London in the summer of 1888 determined to turn his life around.
Late one night, Stoker decides to take a stroll through the streets of Whitechapel, an impoverished district known for its many “bang-tails,” or prostitutes, as well as the citizenry crowding its dark alleys. There, amid the shadows, he spies a familiar figure: a man very much resembling a quack American “doctor” of his acquaintance. But before Stoker can be certain, the man disappears.
Little does the writer know that just a few steps away, the crime spree of the century has begun. When Stoker finds himself under suspicion, he enlists some of his illustrious friends—including Walt Whitman, Lady Jane Wilde (mother of Oscar), and the famed novelist Thomas Henry Hall Caine—in clearing his name. Stoker and friends must prove that the elusive American, Francis Tumblety, is the same man terrorizing London as Jack the Ripper. Or, failing that, they must somehow stop Tumblety themselves.