Saturday, February 10, 2024

Dracula's Forgotten Brides

Withnail Books of Penrith have just announced the latest in their series of well-designed chapbooks devoted to literary rarities and other arcana. This time the booklet is devoted to a film theme. 

Dracula’s Forgotten Brides: Dorothy Tree, Geraldine Dvorak, CorneliaThaw is a celebration of three elusive characters in Tod Browning’s celebrated 1931 Universal Pictures film starring Bela Lugosi.

Adam Newell, the author of this original study, notes: ‘Their combined time on screen is barely more than a minute. They remain entirely silent. Their names do not appear in the credits. And yet, for any viewer of Tod Browning’s classic 1931 film it is impossible to deny the impact of Dorothy Tree, Geraldine Dvorak and Cornelia Thaw as the brides of Dracula.’

The study includes ‘rediscovered interview quotes, more than 60 rare photos and illustrations, and new research’ and reveals surprising aspects of the actresses’ lives and careers. 

The 40pp chapbook is in a limited edition of 250 copies, with a specially commissioned frontispiece by World Fantasy Award-winning artist Les Edwards. Each copy also comes with a signed and numbered print by Sharon Gosling.


  1. Thanks Mark! Your timely announcements of Withnail’s publications is always appreciated.

  2. Ordered! An interesting adjunct to David J. Skal's signed and expanded reissue of Dark Carnival, his book on Tod Browning. Tragically, he was killed in a car crash recently when a drunk hit the vehicle he was in just as the book was shipping.