I haz Borgo pass?

By Shawn Robare

I found this book a few months ago in a used book store and I found myself immediately drawn to it. First of all, I don’t tend to find any of Stoker’s non-Dracula works in used shops all that often, and second, they never have covers this cool. For some odd reason I think I own at least four separate copies of Dracula and all of them have very boring covers (with like blurry impressionist paintings or some generic graveyard.)

What’s funny is that book (published in 1968 by Tower Publications) is obviously being marketed by the Dracula’s Curse story which is only twelve pages long, while the bulk of the book is actually The Jewel of Seven Stars novel. Heck, Dracula’s Curse isn’t even really about the titular character for that matter. Either way, it’s an awesome piece of work, so I felt it was well worth sharing here for the Halloween countdown.
Unfortunately the artist isn’t given credit so I have no idea who painted this or if it was even originally for this book or some other bit of merchandising.

  • Jay

    that is a fantastic likeness…

  • John Rozum

    If it’s the same story that’s published as “”Dracula’s Guest”” then, if memory serves me, it’s actually a chapter that was removed from “”Dracula.”” Penguin just reprinted it as “”Dracula’s Guest and Other Weird Stories,”” even though more than half of the book is made up of “”Lair of the White Worm”” so the Dracula marketing is still there.

  • Damon Blalock

    This has long been a favourite edition of mine. The cover painting is indeed a painted version of a classic still from the film Dracula (1931). As you say, it’s unfortunate those old Tower books didn’t ever credit the artist! I’ve always wanted to compare the ending of this book to the ending of a more authorised edition of Jewel of the Seven Stars, because I’ve always been suspicious this one is missing a bit of resolution at the end.