The back story for Quincey Morris began in
the early 90's when I was asked to write a short story for a Dracula anthology.
I had the idea that Quincey, who bled to death at the end of Stokerís
novel, might well have become a vampire himselfóif he dated the right
For this I linked him to the character of Nora Jones, a vampire who
was in the Barrett series. When Quincey dies, then wakes himself as a
vampire he does have a major freak out, but pulls through.
The first chapter of originally appeared
as the short story, The Wind Breathes Cold in the anthology, Dracula, Prince of Darkness.
Iím rather pleased with that one.
When it came to writing the full novel I didn't
have an easy time of it. I was putting a voice to another writer's
characters, after all, and had to reread Dracula several times to try
to catch the flavor of their dialogue. It is a subtle thing that
Stoker understood VERY well: each of his characters has a "voice"
distinct from all the others. I not only had to capture that, but
sustain it for Quincey--who had the fewest pages of all.
What was there of him impressed me. Obviously he was a highly intelligent, well-respected,
likeable fellow, a
natural leader, and always in the forefront of any battle. He must have
been modest, too, for he is the only one in the book with no real diary in
which to speak his mind. Most of what is said about him are the
observations of the other characters.
My original contribution was adding a sister to
Arthur, Lord Godalming's, family tree, along with a pack of relatives to liven
things up. Lady Bertrice is quite the firecracker in that barrel!
Also included is Richard
Dun! He makes a cameo appearance at a fancy-dress ball, costumed
as a Medieval knight. He IS referred to as "Lord Richard d'Orleans,"
so evidently he feels confident enough in the 19th century to revert to his
original name. Mentioned in passing: The Lady Sabra du Lac, who posed
for a portrait commissioned by Richard, and painted by Bertrice. (If I
got everything right in the descriptions about painting, it's due to Jamie
Murray's technical advice!)
Worthy of a mention: Sabra is the star of
her own short story, Wolf and Hound, that Nigel
Bennett and I wrote for my
anthology Dracula in London. The
prince of the Un-Dead comes to England and starts making trouble. He soon
finds that Sabra has more than a charming smile at her command when it comes
to defending the realm from invasion!
The next novel: Quincey Morris and the West
End Ripper (in progress)