Stoker's Wilde by Steven Hopstaken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
How I adore this novel! Couched in journal entries, transcripts of recordings, and letters from various and sundry individuals as collected by the Royally-appointed "White Worm Society" (named I assume for Bram Stoker's delightful LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM, this Society was instituted by Queen Victoria to protect the realm from supernatural incursions and other monsters), STOKER'S WILDE is immensely entertaining and engrossing, whether you are an aficionado of literary fiction and authors, the supernatural and paranormal, or just great characterization and characters that spark flame just from their constant tension and friction, you're going to find something to admire here. Co-authors Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi bring this late-Victorian era, in Dublin, London, and Salisbury, briskly and beautifully alive. I learned so much about Bram Stoker, his wife Florence, and Oscar Wilde (and his brother and widowed mother), as well as Captain Richard Burton. The Victorian Era is one of my favourites (and it goes without saying that Stoker is a favoured author), so this novel was an utter delight. I thoroughly resonated with the characters, and marveled at the revelations and denouements of the twisting plot lines.
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