The list author says: ""Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising" was written during the summer of 2009. The book features vampires, zombies, and a few strange literary mysteries. Here are the books I used while writing the first draft.
What pulls these together? You'll see a lot of themes pop up. First, Alex Van Helsing becomes a member of an organization called the Polidorium, named after the young doctor and writer John Polidori. Consequently a big part of the background of the book is the Haunted Summer, the party on Lake Geneva in 1816 when Lord Byron challenged guests-- including Polidori and Mary (soon-to-be) Shelley to write scary stories.
Meanwhile, vampires, the events of the Stoker novel Dracula, and a lot of other legends besides are all real in the world of Alex Van Helsing (his name is *Van Helsing,*, so Dracula is a history of events that are important to his family.) Consequently you'll see a lot of vampire research books and anthologies of old vampire stories, many of which will play a part in the first and later Alex Van Helsing books."
"This is the most footnoted Dracula ever. I opened the book and laughed because Chapter 1 had a footnote-- literally, a footnote after the words "Chapter 1." With an excellent introduction by Neil Gaiman."
"This is a wonderful recent book on the Diodati, with chapters on Mary Shelley, Byron, Polidori, and the rest. The Hooblers actually provided excellent feedback when I bugged them for obscure Mary Shelley data."
"If you want to dig into Dracula, read this book. Leonard Wolf's study goes into the plot of the book, the historical Dracula, and more. Florescu really despises it, though, which is strange given that this is essentially a literary study."
"One of the first books I ever got that reprinted Stoker's story "Dracula's Guest" and various contemporary (to then) vampire stories, such as the amazing Tomb of Sarah, The Transfer, The Horla, For the Blood is the Life, Good Lady Ducayne and more."
"Deep study of Dracula, who doesn't appear in Alex Van Helsing #1, but who is important to the background. Florescu is the author who put Vlad the Impaler on the map in the West, with In Search of Dracula in the 70s."