THP to reveal Dracula's 'Ripper code'

The History Press is to publish a title which claims to offer new insights into the historical phenomenon of Jack the Ripper and the creation of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

The Dracula Secrets: Jack the Ripper and the Darkest Sources of Bram Stoker by historian Neil Storey has been acquired by commissioning editor Jay Slater and will be published in May, on the 125th anniversary of the original Dracula publication.

The book is said to draw on a cache of previously unpublished letters which explore Stoker's relationship with author Sir Thomas Hall Caine, the man to whom he dedicated his vampire story, and in turn Caine's relationship with Dr Francis Tumblety, a man suspected by Special Branch of being Jack the Ripper himself.

Storey will claim references to Jack the Ripper have been woven into the text of Dracula by an "ingenious code".