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Author Spotlight: C. Dean Anderson


I started reading horror stories when I was still a kid. While I was well versed in all things vampire and Dracula, C. Dean Andersson put forth a new take on the old story with his novel “I am Dracula.” In a way, it’s done in the same way as “Interview with a Vampire.”

The story is told from the perspective of Dracula in the present day, which was the late 80’s or early 90’s by my recollection. Andersson weaved a story that begins with the young Vlad Tepes being captured and given to a Turkish prison by his father and older brother.

We find out how Dracula became what he was as well as his one true love, which wasn’t Mina Harker. Andersson wasn’t on the scene for very long and after the success of “I am Dracula” created "I am Frankenstein", but his works faded after that.

“I am Dracula” is one of only a few books that I have read over and over again through the years. My copy is old and weathered after years of use. Andersson is one of the few authors that is able to craft a unique and thrilling story from beginning to end. I don’t know what happened to him after “I am Frankenstein,” but I wish he would have continued writing.

You won’t find any of his books still in print, but you can still find used version online for only a few dollars. Try him out and you’ll wish he would not have stopped writing either.