MODA Entertainment’s licensing arm, New York based LicenseBox, is building a worldwide merchandising and licensing program inspired by the life and literature of Dracula author Bram Stoker.
LicenseBox plans to license the world renowned Dracula author in all categories worldwide. The program will look beyond Dracula into his fascinating life.
Abraham “Bram” Stoker (November 8, 1847 – April 20, 1912) the world renowned Irish novelist and short story writer is best known for his 1897 horror novel Dracula. Stoker wrote eighteen books before he died in 1912, including The Primrose Path, The Snake’s Pass, The Watter’s Mou’, The Jewel of the Seven Stars, The Man (AKA: The Gates of Life) and The Lady of the Shroud, among others. Bram Stoker was also known in life for his love of the theater. During his years as a student at Trinity College in Dublin, Bram was the literary critic, mostly unpaid, for the Dublin Daily Mail. In 1878, he married Florence Balcombe, the former fiancée of Oscar Wilde, and moved to London to become Secretary to the great Shakespearian actor Henry Irving and acting manager of Irving’s Lyceum Theater. Through his theatrical connections, Bram became acquainted with such notables as William Gladstone, Winston Churchill, and artist James Whistler. During his eight tours to America with the Lyceum, Bram forged friendships with such luminaries as Walt Whitman, Mark Twain and Theodore Roosevelt.
The Bram Stoker Estate is run by his great-grandnephew, Dacre Stoker, co-author of the sequel to Dracula entitled Dracula The-Undead, available in stores on October 13th, 2009 from Dutton Publishing, and his wife Jenne Stoker. Jenne & Dacre Stoker are also responsible for creating the Bram Stoker Trust, an organization which will help fund appropriate memorials for Bram Stoker’s contributions to literature, culture, sport and education.
“I am very proud, along with my family, to carry on the legacy of Bram Stoker to new generations. Bram did not invent vampires; through his research he masterfully merged international vampire traditions, folklore, and mythology available at the time into one character, Count Dracula. His Dracula began the vampire spin offs over the past century, leading to the present day pop culture frenzy.” says Dacre Stoker.
Jenne Stoker stated, “Bram was a gentleman of solid character and integrity, unassuming but never dull. We look forward to celebrating Bram Stoker, the author and the man.”
Richard Zampella, CEO of MODA Entertainment said, “We will unveil the exciting Bram Stoker merchandising and licensing program in November, in honor of the anniversary of the writer’s birth.”