The deluxe Scholomance Edition is a limited edition of only 50 numbered copies. Draped in red, richly textured fabric, featuring glow-in-the-dark covers and illustrations. It comes in a luxurious wooden box which contains real Transylvanian soil from Bran Castle in Romania. Also, the title page features a title written in real blood of the creatives that worked on this edition, as one final tribute to the bloodthirsty Dracula (don’t worry, it was sealed after drying!).
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The Scholomance Edition of Dracula, aptly named after the supposed place of Dracula’s education, is the ultimate collector’s item. The idea behind it was to create something truly unique, without taking anything away from its counterpart, Dracula – Transylvania Edition. The number of copies – 50 numbered editions – was inspired by the number of boxes of Transylvanian soil that Dracula has shipped to London, because he can only rest on the soil of his homeland.
That is why the book comes in a sleek wooden box, beautifully carved and numbered, hiding one of the design Easter Eggs and a big surprise – a piece of real Transylvanian soil behind the small plexiglass window. This is because, as the story goes, Dracula can only rest on the soil of his homeland, so we made sure that even our Dracula can get the same “rest”. This soil was shipped to us by our dear friends at Bran Castle in Transylvania and we’ve also included the soil’s certificate of authenticity, signed by both Amaranthine Books and Bran Castle representatives.
Once you open the box, you are met with the covers of the book, draped in red, richly textured fabric that is a joy to touch which aims to underline Dracula’s opulence, his seemingly unlimited funds. It is a common misconception that Dracula was killed by the sunlight, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth – he is merely sensitive to it, it makes him weaker. Therefore, we decided to make our book sensitive to light as well, so the cover features Dracula’s portrait that absorbs the light and then glows in the dark. The only difference from the Transylvania Edition is that his eye is red – this is another nod to the story, because his eyes turn from blue to red when he is angered.
When you open the book you’ll be greeted by beautiful black, bat-themed endpapers. But the real treat is on the title page, you’ll notice the title is a bit different – this is because it is written in real blood; the blood of the creatives that worked on this book. The blood was carefully extracted and used for all 50 copies, then it was sealed with a fixative spray so the reader wouldn’t be in direct contact with it. Inside the book you’ll also find sixteen gorgeous illustrations that cover the key plot points in the book, also featuring glow-in-the-dark effect. The page edges were painted in black, but in a way that it would interact with the capillarity of the paper, making the paint flutter on the edge of each page differently, like some kind of darkness is seething into the book. Occasionally, we even let a few tiny droplets escape on the margins, just to emphasise the effect Once you reach the end, you should notice another design Easter Egg and you can read the Afterword which explains the thought process and the creative concept behind this edition. Also, with each book you’ll receive a bookmark in the shape of a wooden stake, a precautionary method that ensures that you and Dracula remain on the same page, so to speak.
As previously mentioned, the whole run has only 50 numbered copies, of which two are going to the artists that worked on this project and one is going into the archive of Amaranthine Books, making this an extremely rare edition.
You can see more pictures of the book and the illustrations in our gallery.
Only the finest quality materials and superior production techniques have been used in production of this book. Also, many elements had to be handmade to guarantee maximum attention to detail. To ensure the best reading experience we used the beautiful and versatile Brioni typeface.
Scholomance Edition comes in a luxurious wooden box that contains real Transylvanian soil, which was sterilised before it was placed behind a small plexiglass window on the bottom of the box. The box itself is assembled out of real wood, with its shifts in colour and slight imperfections, as it is meant to simulate the rough wooden boxes in which Dracula sent Transylvanian soil to London. After assembly it was treated with several layers of varnish on the outside to provide for better durability and to give it a sleek look, while the inside was merely painted, so the rough texture of wood could be left exposed.
The book is draped in a red, lush fabric and it has a rich, velvety texture. Despite its delicate looks, the material is very durable and water-repellant. The glow-in-the-dark effect was achieved with the use of phosphorescent ink on both the covers and all sixteen illustrations. The ink we used is of high quality and it provides the best results if strong light was directed straight at the illustration, but will react even to medium lightning. The glow-in-the-dark effect dissipates over time and will stop glowing completely in around 30 to 60 seconds, depending on the lightning. New exposure to light resets the effect.
The black bats on the endpapers are made with UV coating to achieve the desired glossy effect and to make them stand out on the black paper.
The bookmark is made out of a special paper that has a texture of wood across its surface. This, combined with a special printing process that leaves parts of this texture exposed, allows for each bookmark to have a unique combination of pattern and colour.
All of the above and numerous other details make this truly an ultimate edition of Dracula.
Since we put a lot of effort into creation of our books, we like to see them delivered safe and sound (and fast!) straight into your hands. That is why we ship with DHL Express, which means the books will be trackable at all times and they’ll arrive straight into your hands (unless you state otherwise). This also means they should arrive within 3-5 business days at the latest, but they’ll usually arrive within two business days, depending at what time of the day you made your order.
Please be aware that although books are not subject to customs fee in many countries, they might be in yours. This may mean they’ll be held at customs for inspection, delaying the delivery time, and you may be charged a customs fee or import tax or similar. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about customs clearance – customs rules of each country make the importer (the buyer – you!) responsible for these fees.
|Dimensions||26 × 19 × 8.5 cm|
I was bit on the fence initially about the book initially. It is a old story book after all and there has been a few editions I have owned throughout the years from my childhood never though a limited edition I'll admit. In the recent years the only other version I still have is from Folio society which is also somewhat in demand in the market. At any rate, once I saw pictures of it and those short youtube videos, I thought it might a be gorgeous production, a one of a kind book which I personally have not seen the likes of before.
Upon receiving the book, the coolest thing I saw was the Transylvanian soil compartment with dirt from Bran Castle. Even though Vlad III Dracula is said to have never set foot there, I think it is still significant historically and having that in the book makes me actually want to visit someday. The glow in the dark artwork in the book are outstanding. I have to say once i actually saw them in the dark, it was sheer scary. It is brilliant. I have honestly never seen that in a book and I really loved it. I keep looking at them in the dark after light exposure and I think anybody who owns the book will be quite happy with the effect.
I'll be honest about the last part, which i think was done to make the book stand out but I was also slightly grossed, having the title being written in human blood and all that. That to me was the only least coolest thing about the book. To some it might be of significance since it's vampire story after all, but I wasn't just into it.
Overall, this might be a little pricey to some but every other publisher makes limited editions of stephen king and newer authors, sometimes even out of their terrible stories, but this is an actual classic, Dracula has held the minds and imaginations of people for almost 150 years now with so many stories inspired from that, so this definitely it is worthy of getting a treatment of this magnitude and for owning it in my mind is totally justified.
My Thoughts On The Book: I'm the proud new owner of a copy of Amaranthine Books’ Scholomance edition of Dracula, and it’s a beauty! If you’ve seen pictures of it, you know that it’s a gorgeous production. However, this is more than simply another well-made edition of Dracula. What separates it from other versions are all the little story-relevant “surprises” embedded within it; be it the glow in the dark ink used on the cover and in the interior illustrations, the Transylvanian soil compartment, the title of the book being written in real human blood, etc. Combine that with its aesthetically pleasing nature, and this book is both unique and well worth every penny.
My Thoughts On Amaranthine Books’ Customer Service: As soon as I came across pictures and descriptions of this production, my interest was piqued; but I was on the fence about purchasing a copy because I was concerned about the company being located outside of the the U.S., and about their ability to properly pack the book for shipment. So I contacted Amaranthine Books (on a Saturday), and the founder and creative director, Marko Matijasevic, got back to me almost immediately that day. What ensued was what I can only describe as the best customer service experience I’ve ever had, bar none. (This is not an exaggeration.) Marko and I spent a couple of hours emailing back and forth, the end result of which was that he readily agreed to ship my copy per my packing requests, at no extra cost to me. He also informed me that Amaranthine Books fully insure their books with DHL, on the off-chance that something should go awry during shipment. So, I bought a copy that day, and felt completely comfortable making my purchase. My copy arrived safely here, in the United States, a few days later, and I’m extremely pleased with it!
Disclaimer: I’m not associated with Amaranthine Books in any way, manner or form. I purchased my copy at full price. I decided to do this review simply because I’m thrille...
When I saw the announcement of Dracula in Amaranthine's newsletter, I knew I had to have it! I can only think of one other fine press that is this ingenious when it comes to incorporating elements of the book into the design. From the bloody calligraphy to the dirt inside the wooden box and the little illustrations at the top of each section, it seems Marko and his crew thought of everything.
If all you care about is the story of Dracula itself, there are plenty of other ways to get your hands on that. The fact that you're here - looking at the product description and the images and reading user reviews - means that you are probably a lover of finely made, unique books. If that is true, I would wholeheartedly recommend this edition (or the Transylvania Edition, which is also lovely).
They managed to put the book in my hands less than forty hours after I ordered it, which is impressive to say the least. Since then, I've had a lot of contact with Marko and he is very quick to respond to questions and suggestions. My first experience with Amaranthine Books has been utterly positive and I cannot wait to see what they'll do next. If this is the standard they're going for, the future is bright ahead!
As an avid Stephen King collector I have bought many books from smaller press’s like Suntup Press (definitely worth checking out), Cemetery Dance, PS Publishing and various other one of productions. This book is my first experience of Amaranthine Books but from the description this was one not to be missed in fitted in perfectly my my favourite genre of horror. I love it when small press’s do something different and have clearly thought through every element of the book and the theme they are trying to create.
So. It wasn’t a Stephen King book but it is a classic horror book and from reading the description on the website I felt I just had to have it. Was I pleased? You bet I was. The quality is superb and there is so much thought gone into the book. The class on the wooden box is great, there is an inscription inside the box which you could easily miss but is a classic quote from the book, the cover has a velveteen feel and mixed with the day glo face of Dracula it really captures the quality of the production.
The interior art is ok - not the detail of some of the artists that work on the King books but again, the addition of day glo ink all adds to the quality.
Would I recommend this book to my other King collectors? I already have.
Can’t rate the book highly enough and the company is always very responsive to question. No doubt for me 5 stars!
A beautiful book, uniquely designed and conceived. As a horror collector, this limited edition appealed to me from the start, and I was not disappointed. I also purchased the Transylvania Edition, both of which I consider as keepsakes. There are plenty of special editions of Dracula available for purchase, bound in leather and stored in elaborate slipcases. I appreciate the fact that Amaranthine decided to go with an entirely different design and concept for both editions. Kudos!
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