2020 Honorable Mention in the Paris Book Festival
2018 Winner of the Gival Press Novel Award
Miss Lucy named a Best Indie Book of 2019 by Kirkus Reviews.
A novel which provides a glimpse into the life of Dracula author Bram Stoker.
Listen to the author William Orem read from this award-winning novel.
"Orem (Killer of Crying Deer, 2010, etc.) delivers a fictionalized account of the life of Dracula author Bram Stoker and the incidents that led him to create one of literature’s greatest monsters.
. . . A brilliant and imaginative tale of love, death, and literature."
--KIRKUS REVIEWS, July 21, 2019, starred review
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“Miss Lucy is essential reading for anyone interested in Bram Stoker or his best known work Dracula. Orem, who is obviously knowledgeable about Stoker’s life, and especially his work with the Lyceum Theatre, has created a haunting novel that explores possible origins. Anyone interested in Bram Stoker or Dracula must read Miss Lucy.”—Carol Senf
"[Miss Lucy] is a satisfying work of Neo-Victorian fiction that feels quite timely ... [Miss Lucy is a] very moving affair. Its characters are under threat from no supernatural force, but from the real violence of precarious socio-economic conditions."
--Ruth Doherty, Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies 18 (2020)
William Orem’s first collection of stories, Zombi, You My Love, won the GLCA New Writers Award, formerly given to Louise Erdrich, Sherman Alexie, Richard Ford and Alice Munro. His second collection, Across the River, won the Texas Review Novella Prize. His first novel, Killer of Crying Deer, won the Eric Hoffer Award for Excellence in the Small Presses, and has been optioned for film. His first collection of poems, Our Purpose in Speaking, won the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize, and he has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Meanwhile, his short plays have been performed around the country, winning both the Critics’ Prize and Audience Favorite Award at Durango Theatre Fest, and thrice being nominated for the prestigious Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville. A native of Washington, D.C., he currently is a Senior Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College, where he teaches, among other things, classes on gothic literature.