Robert Eighteen-Bisang

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Robert Eighteen
Born Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Residence Vancouver, Canada[1]
Other names Robert Eighteen-Bisang
Alma mater University of British Columbia
Occupation Writer, scholar
Known for Writing, book collecting and bibliographic research, Transylvania Press
Notable work Bram Stoker's Notes for Dracula
Partner(s) Matilda Bisang (1972 - present)
Awards Lord Ruthven Award 2009

Robert Eighteen-Bisang is a Canadian author and scholar, who is one of the world's foremost authorities on vampire literature and mythology.[2]

His book Bram Stoker's Notes for Dracula: A Facsimile Edition, which was written with Elizabeth Miller, won the Lord Ruthven Award.[3] The "Ruthven," as it is often called, is awarded annually for the most outstanding work in vampire fiction or scholarship.

Other books by Eighteen-Bisang include Vampire Stories, which includes vampire stories by Arthur Conan Doyle: The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire, The Captain of the Polestar, John Barrrington Cowles, and The Parasite, along with The Adventure of the Illustrious Client – which Eighteen-Bisang claims is a rationalized version of Dracula – and four more stories with tenuous connections to vampires. Publishers Weekly called the book "a stretch" and something "only completionists are likely to add this to their collections."[4]

Personal life[edit]

Eighteen-Bisang grew up in Toronto, Ontario as the son of a profsessional poker player. In university, he was a backgammon player and won four championships. Eighteen-Bisang aspired to be a university professor, but was talked out of the position by his professors themselves, believing the position would be too restrictive for him. After a career in marketing, Eighteen-Bisang gained an interest in vampire literature and started his research, collecting and writing.[5] As an adult, Eighteen-Bisang still plays in backgammon tournaments and is a member of the Vancouver Backgammon Club.[6]

Eighteen-Bisang has amassed the largest collection of vampiric literature in the world, which he houses at his personal residence.[7][8] The collection includes about 2,500 books, 2,000 comic books, 1,000 magazines and over 100 films, including a first edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Academic involvement[edit]

Eighteen-Bisang is credited as proving that the novel Dracula is based on the infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper.[5][9] He has also discounted that Bram Stoker based his iconic character Dracula on Vlad the Impaler, as many people believe.[10]

Eighteen-Bisang is a member of the American chapter of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula, led by president J. Gordon Melton,[11] and is a member of the Canadian Academy of Independent Scholars.[5] He also founded Transylvania Press, a publishing company which "publishes high-quality vampiriana for collectors, libraries and fans."[12]

He has been invited to lecture on vampires in Dallas, London, Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria. In 1997, he was guest of honor at Dracula ’97 in Los Angeles.

Literature[edit]

As author[edit]

As editor[edit]

Referenced in[edit]

  • Best New Horror, Volume 6[16]
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula: a documentary volume by Elizabeth Miller[17]
  • Bram Stoker's Notes for Dracula: An Annotated Transcription and Comprehensive Analysis by Michael Barsanti, Eighteen-Bisang and Elizabeth Miller[18]
  • Dracula in Visual Media: Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921-2010 by John Edgar Browning and Caroline Joan (Kay) Picart[19]
  • The Complete Vampire Companion by Rosemary Guiley and J. B. Macabre[20]
  • The New Annotated Dracula by Bram Stoker[21]
  • Pulse of Darkness by Christopher Sequeira and Kurt Stone
  • The Soul of an Angel by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
  • University Affairs
  • Young Lusty Sluts by Michael Goss

References[edit]

  1. ^ Parker, Alan. "Interview With The Vampire Expert". Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Now, Surrey (31 Oct 2008). "Does this man think he’s a vampire?". Canada. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Robert Eighteen-Bisang". Science Fiction Awards Database. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Vampire Stories". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Zamprelli, Pascal (1 Dec 2008). "The Indie scene". Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Vancouver Backgammon Club". Vancouver Backgammon Club. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "VINTAGE VAMPIRE STORIES Edited by HWA Member Robert Eighteen-Bisang". Dark Whispers. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Vintage Vampire Stories". Abe Books. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Eighteen-Bisang, Robert. "Dracula, Jack the Ripper and A Thirst for Blood". Casebook. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Holte, Jim. "the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, vol 21". 
  11. ^ "An Unquenchable Thirst". Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Transylvania". Transylvania Press. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  13. ^ Stoker, Bram (2008). Bram Stoker's Notes for Dracula: A Facsimile Edition. McFarland. ISBN 9780786477302. 
  14. ^ Doyle, Arthur Conan (2013). Vampire Stories. Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. ISBN 9781628731453. 
  15. ^ Dalby, Richard (2013). Vintage Vampire Stories. Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. ISBN 9781626368804. 
  16. ^ Best New Horror, Volume 6. Carroll & Graf. 1994. p. 17. ISBN 9780786702770. 
  17. ^ Miller, Elizabeth (2005). Bram Stoker's Dracula: a documentary volume. Thomson Gale. ISBN 9780787668419. 
  18. ^ Barsanti, Michael (2008). Bram Stoker's Notes for Dracula: An Annotated Transcription and Comprehensive Analysis. McFarland & Company. ISBN 0786434104. 
  19. ^ Picart, Caroline Joan (Kay) (2010). Dracula in Visual Media: Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921-2010. McFarland. ISBN 9780786462018. 
  20. ^ Guiley, Rosemary (1994). The complete vampire companion. Macmillan. p. 198. ISBN 9780671850241. 
  21. ^ Stoker, Bram (2008). The New Annotated Dracula. W. W. Norton & Company. pp. xxiv, xlix, 7, 235. ISBN 9780393064506.