Dacre Stoker (born in Montreal) is the great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker. CBC has a article about this new book in their Arts section. Stoker co-authored the book with Ian Holt with the intention of creating a new Dracula based movie. Stoker had the the unique opportunity, not readily available to most fan fiction, of access to the original author’s handwritten notes. His intention was to re-create Stoker’s original Dracula, unattractive and unrefined.
Jane Austen and Joan Austen-Leigh are an example of another literary dynasty. Jane Austen is Joan Austen-Leigh’s three times great aunt and, like Stoker, was also born in Canada. Austen-Leigh wrote a continuation of Emma and, like Stoker, is very protective of her aunt’s legacy. (No zombies here!). Rather than tinker with Austen’s beloved characters, Austen-Leigh picks up a relatively minor character in Emma and tells the story through chatty letters between two sisters.