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Every person has an origin story—a past that shapes who they become in the future, and if you're one of the most notorious rulers in history like Vlad the Impaler was, the origin story can be just as vicious as the person they shape. We're excited to exclusively share the news that comiXology Originals will explore the early  years of Vlad the Impaler in the new digital graphic novel Dracula: Son of the Dragon. Arriving on October 23rd, Dracula: Son of the Dragon is written by Mark Sable and features artwork by Salgood Sam, and we've been provided with exclusive preview pages that take you into Castle Dracula... as well as Vlad's haunted past.

A blend of historical fiction and full-blown horror fantasy, Dracula: Son of the Dragon will be available to purchase on Kindle and comiXology beginning October 23rd, and it will also be available for free to members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited.

Dracula: Son of the Dragon will join Tremor Dose, Afterlift #1, and Josie and the Pussycats in Space #1 (as a collaboration with Archie Comics) as new comiXology Originals this October. To learn more, visit comiXology Originals online, check out official details (including comments from Sable and Sam) below, and read our exclusive set of preview pages:

"Dracula: Son of the Dragon – original graphic novel

● Written by Mark Sable with art by Salgood Sam

● Dracula: Son of the Dragon is part historical fiction, part horror fantasy and tells the blood-soaked epic of the real-life Vlad the Impaler’s transformation into the vampire Dracula.

● Mark Sable and Max Douglas, aka Salgood Sam, re-unite to tell the story of Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler, Vlad Drucul), the so-called “historical Dracula”. But how did this 15th century ruler become the world’s most notorious vampire? As an adolescent in Wallachia, young Prince Vlad learns hard lessons in politics and betrayal and is held prisoner of the Ottoman Turks after being introduced to the Dark Arts at the infamous Scholomance in Transylvania. To survive he believes he must kill in the name of God in order to serve the Holy Roman Order of The Dragon—a very secret – but very real – society both Vlad and his father were members of—but at what cost?

Part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content, these newly announced titles will be available upon release, at no additional cost, for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited, and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology."

From writer Mark Sable:

"Dracula: Son of the Dragon - the origin of how Vlad the Impaler became the vampire Count Dragon - is a story I've been dying to tell my whole life. Artist Salgood Sam, who I first worked with on the Tori Amos' Eisner Award winning Comic Book Tattoo anthology, has brought our blood-soaked tale to vivid life, not just meeting but exceeding my imagination. After The Dark debuted as the #1 new science-fiction graphic novel on Amazon, I'm excited to partner with Comixology Originals again. And with Halloween right around the corner, now is the perfect time to share our historically-based horror book with the world."

From artist Salgood Sam:

"I'm happy to have drawn for you a new chapter in the myth of Dracula, the dark tragedy of young Vlad Dracula’s childhood. Son of a Voivode who betrayed everyone, torn from his home, schooled in the dark arts, raised to manhood in the arms of enemies. This is the opening act in an epic arc Mark has planned. It was a Sisyphean task for me to get done, which somehow now feels all the more appropriate to the story. May it keep you up at night.”

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"Part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content, these newly announced titles will be available upon release, at no additional cost, for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited, and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology. Prime Reading offers all Amazon Prime members a rotating selection of over a thousand top Kindle books, magazines, short works, comic books, children’s books, and more – all at no additional cost. Kindle Unlimited offers over 1 million titles, thousands of audiobooks, and select current issues of popular magazines for just $9.99 a month with a 30-day free trial at amazon.com/kindleunlimited. ComiXology Unlimited now offers over 25,000 comics, graphic novels and manga for just $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial at comixology.com/unlimited.

For more updates on comiXology Originals, check out http://comixologyoriginals.com."

Derek Anderson
About the Author - Derek Anderson

Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

When he’s not writing about horror as the Senior News Reporter for Daily Dead, Derek can be found daydreaming about the Santa Carla Boardwalk from The Lost Boys or reading Stephen King and Brian Keene novels.

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