Vampire-Con the world's first convention devoted to everything vampire has officially teamed up with Dracula author Bram Stoker's Family. Dracula is arguably one of the most popular characters in fiction, the first vampire horror novel and the inspiration for the current pop-culture phenomenon. For the first time since the film adaptation starring Bela Lugosi in 1931, the Stoker family has officially sanctioned a soon-to-be-released sequel to the epic novel: Dracula The Un-dead (draculatheundead.com) written by Bram's great grand-nephew Dacre Stoker and Dracula historian/screenwriter Ian Holt. Both authors will be joining the "Why We Love Vampires: A Brief History of the Undead" panel discussion, scheduled for 11:00 AM on Sunday, August 16th at The Music Box Theatre @ Fonda, Hollywood, CA. (vampirecon.com)The book has spawned a major merchandising and licensing program represented by LicenseBox, A MODA Entertainment Company. Richard Zampella, CEO of Moda Entertainment states that "We see no limit to the opportunities available for Dracula The un-Dead merchandising and licensing program. We are very excited to represent the exclusive worldwide right for this exciting franchise."Dracula The Un-Dead is the bone-chilling sequel based on Bram Stoker's own handwritten notes for characters and plot threads excised from the original edition. The story begins in 1912, twenty-five years after Dracula "crumbled into dust." Van Helsing's protege, Dr. Jack Seward, is now a disgraced morphine addict obsessed with stamping out evil across Europe. Meanwhile, an unknowing Quincey Harker, the grown son of Jonathan and Mina, leaves law school for the London stage, only to stumble upon the troubled production of "Dracula," directed and produced by Bram Stoker himself. Dracula The Un-Dead is deeply researched by historical researcher, Alexander Galant, rich in character, thrills and scares, and lovingly crafted as both an extension and celebration of one of the most classic popular novels in literature. The novel will be released on October 13, 2009 by Dutton.About MODA Entertainment, Inc.MODA Entertainment (modaentertainment.com), headquartered in New York City, is a multi-media entertainment company. MODA Entertainment has a particularly strong presence in the Classic Hollywood and Golden Age of Hollywood sectors of the entertainment market. Key clients in this category include Abbott & Costello, Eartha Kitt, Duke Ellington, Marlene Dietrich, William Holden, Ida Lupino, George Raft, Loretta Young, amongst others. MODA's fully owned subsidiaries include MODA Productions, MODA Publishing, LICENSEBOX, PUBLICITYBOX and ICONS.