Introduction: A Bloody Beginning
Episode 8 opens inside a butcher shop. A. Jones & Co. Butchers to be precise. It is late at night and we see a man paying an employee for his purchases. The man leaves the shop with his bag and begins to walk down the street. He suddenly feels or hears something behind him and turns to see a dark figure walking out of the fog. He is scared and starts to walk faster. He bangs into another person on the street and drops his bag. Inside a glass jar breaks and blood pours out of it, unto the ground. The man only stops momentarily before running up stairs in a narrow alley. Sometime later, down the street, he comes to a door and begins to knock. Doyle answers the door and he refers to the man as Bram. Yup, the Bram Stoker.
Inside they are having tea and Doyle asks if Bram is certain the man is following him. Bram confirms that he was and Doyle asks if he confronted him about it. He says no, and that any heroics has been confined to his fiction. Bram complains that there is no whiskey. Doyle says he has Scotch but he knows better than to offer Scotch to an Irishman. Bram says he will choke it down. Bram seems nervous rubbing his hands and says he is certain the man meant him harm. Doyle questions is it like the cab driver or the fishmonger, hinting that Bram has had past episodes of paranoia. Doyle says he knows Bram has been anxious as of late and with good reason, his book is about to be released. Doyle asks when and Bram confirms Monda. Doyle goes on to explain that book releases come with lectures, diner parties and he knows (sarcastically) Bram Stoker loves public appearances. Doyle says he knows that anxiety well. Bram calls him out and says Doyle loves speaking in public. Doyle tells him a few more sips of whiskey and he’ll be at ease. Doyle goes on to say he will take him home and all well be well in the morning. Bram says he never tires of his platitudes.
Stoker is seen entering this house, staggering with Doyle helping him in. They enter the living area to find a housemaid with a stake through her heart. Cue opening title!
The camera pans over a desk and we see a copy of Dracula and other office supplies on the desk. Stratton, Doyle and Stoker (wearing sunglasses) are waiting in the office, and Houdini enters. Doyle introduces Stoker and Houdini, and Houdini says he is a fan, he has read Dracula, and even his theatre reviews from Dublin. Houdini tries to shake his hand but Stoker doesn’t budge. Houdini didn’t know Stoker and Doyle were friends and Doyle says that they have been friends since childhood and perhaps even distant cousins. Stratton interrupts and asks when Bram last saw his maid alive. He tells her yesterday morning. He says the maid (Glynis) was in fine spirits when he left for the day. Stratton asks where he went and he says to a meeting with his publisher then a few errands. Stratton says what errands to which there is no reply. Our trio look at each other, puzzled. She tells him that she needs to know his whereabouts for the entire day. Bram tells her that if she needs a subject, start by finding the man that was following him. He also says that last night wasn’t the first night he had encountered the man. We flashback to Bram entering his office. A man appears from behind the open door, and Bram asks how he got in there. He asks who he is in which the man replies he is the protector of the innocent. Bram tells him to get out of the house. The unknown man tells Bram that his book has glorified evil. It has soiled the pure with violence and obscenity. Bram apologizes for the man feeling soiled and the man tells him he will stop the plague from spreading, meaning stop the book from being published or there will be retribution. Back in the present, Doyle tells Bram to keep his backdoor locked and Bram said he thought he had because its not unusual for obsessed fans to come by. Bram says he has dealt with self-professed vampires seeking autographs, and vampire hunters. Houdini says he liked that his book rattled a lot of people. Stoker says that he had underestimated the appeal of his books on evil doers, saying he never thought one would enter his house or threaten him. Stratton wonders why he hadn’t called the police. He explains if you engage with them it only makes them stronger. He says that Glynis is dead because of him.
The trio gather themselves in a lobby outside of Bram’s office. Stratton says she will forward the description of the subject to Scotland Yard but there is not much to go on without a name. Doyle begs her to use discretion and keep Bram’s name out of the papers. Houdini complains that he wouldn’t shake his hand but Doyle assures him its just a quirk as he hates any form of touching. Stratton says like wearing make up and that up close she could tell. Houdini also says he could tell. Doyle says its none of their business. Stratton asks if Doyle believes his story. Doyle says yes, and Houdini does as well. Houdini says he knows what it is like to have obsessive fans hound you. He says there has been plenty of times in which he’s went back to his hotel room and found a girl waiting for him. Doyle says they’re called housekeepers. Houdini says it’s got to be hard for Stoker, having created the most famous character in all of fiction. Doyle gives a smile knowing it was a dig towards him. Stratton says she isn’t ruling out anyone as a subject, not even Stoker. Doyle says Bram isn’t capable of committing the crime. Doyle admits he is social awkward but a loyal friend. He goes on to say he gave him great encouragement when he decided to stop practicing medicine and write full time. Houdini tells him good luck with that. Doyle wonders if they should ask Bram’s publisher to hold off on the book. Stratton says that it wouldn’t be a good solution, to give the killer what he wants. Doyle says it is their responsibility to keep Bram safe, and Stratton agrees, but says there should be other ways. Houdini thinks for a moment and then tells Bram he is coming with him.
Doyle, Houdini and Stoker are seen in a hotel room. Bram is setting up his desk as a replica of the one in his own house. Doyle asks if he is settling in and he says he is not settling in. Houdini tells him his suite is just down the hall if he needs him. Bram says duly noted, almost putting Houdini off. Houdini says the dining room there is amazing and that he will love it, but Stoker says he will take his meals in his room. Doyle tells him not to worry and he will be safe there. Stoker says he will leave it to the large man in the hallway to which Doyle explains was hired for Bram’s protection. He tells him the man is under strict instructions not to engage in conversation and to enter only if invited. Bram says that will be never. When Bram leaves to go to another room, Houdini says Doyle was right, he is quirky.
In Houdini’s suite, Houdini enters and his mother approaches him, asking if it was Bram Stoker that checked in down the hall. Houdini hopes she is the only one that realized that and his mother asks why he is there. Houdini tells her he is taking a vacation and asks if his mother is worried or if there is something wrong. His mother tells him that when she read Dracula, it stirred memories of her childhood in Hungary. People on the edge of her village saw Strigoi, the undead. She said they changed into wolves, bats or mists. Houdini laughs it off and his mother says its only old world superstitions. Houdini jokingly offers to buy some garlic while he is out and both laugh. They kiss and she tells him to go. He says he has to get back to Stoker’s house and when he leaves, her face changes to a look of concern.
At Stoker’s house we hear Stratton call for the boys in the maid’s room. They enter and she asks them what’s wrong. They say they wanted to ask her the same thing because she seemed curt earlier and wondered if something was troubling her. She hands them a piece of newspaper with “Body Found in Thames” and a threaten written on it that says “Drop this or die”. This was the same paper as in the last episode. Doyle says he assumes that she must think it is from the anarchist group her husband was involved with. She corrects him saying, may have associated with. Houdini says they are well organized and Doyle thinks she shouldn’t be left alone. Stratton says she doesn’t need a bodyguard and continues with the investigation. She says there is no fingerprints were on the stake, and the neighbors hadn’t seen anyone coming or going, but did hear arguments lately. She also says she found a letter that the maid was writing to a friend. It says “Bram’s changed. He’s grown hostile. Our relationship is at best difficult.” Houdini is surprised the maid is on a first name basis, and that he may have dropped his “no touch” rule. Doyle says it is unlikely and Stratton continues reading “He revolts me now. Bloodless freak of a man, nagging at every turn.” Houdini says it sounds like a motive for murder and Stratton adds he uses Doyle as an alibi. She says he conveniently showed up at his house so the two could find the body together. Doyle says that’s ridiculous and he isn’t spending any more time on it. He turns to leave and Houdini asks where he is going. He said Bram had referred him to a professor (Professor Havensglin) and an expert in the vampire cult. He says if the man that threatened Bram is a vampire hunter then the expert might help find him. Doyle leaves and Houdini turns to Stratton quipping sarcastically that there is nothing ridiculous about a vampire expert.
A Vampire Expert
At a library, Doyle talks with Professor Havensglin while walking through. The man says that the legends date back at least 4,000 years to the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians. He says most legends arise from fears of moral degradation. Doyle says that Bram had said the superstitions died away with the Industrial Revolution. Havensglin confirms they did until Bram made them rise again with Dracula. Doyle says Bram had to deal with tragic repercussions and the expert says he tried to warn him. He also wonders if he is alright and somewhere safe. Doyle says he is very safe. Doyle says Bram never gave a name for the man that tried to attack him but all the man said is that he was a protector of the innocent. The expert says he has heard of the title and it was people by the name of Vanatori that often referred to themselves by that name. They are also known as vampire hunters. Havensglin goes on to explain that there is a cult of opposing forces and that sometimes mentally ill people claim to be vampires and the other side are the zealots who hunt them. Doyle says his own fans put on deerstalker hats and smoke pipes while Bram’s fans drink blood. The expert says he has encountered people from both groups. He says they have been known to kill cattle and drink their blood, or vandalize cemeteries. He tells Doyle to try Southwood cemetery as a couple of people have taken to sleeping in coffins, and discarding the bones of the deceased who were resting in them. Havensglin says that the people who is responsible won’t hesitate to kill again.
At Stoker’s house Houdini is looking through papers. Stratton asks him what it is and he says hundreds of cricket score sheets but only matches that Doyle has played in. Stoker went to every one of them and took notes from start to finish. He wonders if those matches take days to play to which Stratton responds he is a loyal friend. He also shows her a picture of both Doyle and Stoker smoking a pipe with a castle in the background. He says they are an advertisement for tweed. Stratton says that the picture is taken in Italy. She stares into the photograph and Houdini notices. He asks is it a happy memory. She says her husband took her there before they were married and Houdini makes a joke about being unchaperoned. She says they told her they were sick and snuck off. She says they rowed into Lake Como because he wanted to teach her how to fish. He tied on his prized fishing hook and guaranteed her they would have a boat full. However, there wasn’t even a hint of a bite. She stops to stare again. Houdini says that can’t be the end. She tells him the weather turned and they were soaked. She says her aunt would have killed her. Before they rowed in, Benjamin surprised her by proposing to her. Houdini says he sounds like a hell of a guy but Stratton looks worried. He asks her what’s wrong and she says nothing and continues with the investigation. She says she found something interesting and shows Houdini and book. It shows payments Stoker made to his maid. Houdini says she worked for him though but Stratton says she is the highest paid maid in history, showing her payouts of $40.00. The phone starts to ring and both look at each other. Stratton picks up the phone and answers, saying “hello”.
At the cemetery we see the trio walking through a pathway between headstones. Doyle questions if it were blackmail over an affair. He says neither was married so its not scandalous. Stratton says perhaps she discovered something incriminating but Doyle says there is nothing incriminating and calls it a wild goose chase. Houdini makes a joke that they called him to the cemetery to look for vampires. Stratton questions whether the expert Doyle met really believes vampire. Doyle says no but says he is willing to consider all scientific possibilities. Houdini agrees but says his problem is that he thinks there is no end to scientific possibilities. Doyle says according to Darwin, species continually adapt to higher forms in order to survive and that the ultimate form is immortality. Stratton says nothing lives forever and Houdini agrees. Houdini says the only path to immortality is fame and people will be talking about him for hundreds of years. He goes on to say they will be talking about Doyle for at least a dozen. Continuing the walk on the path they are approached by three individuals coming from the opposite direction. One of them says they are trespassing on their home but Houdini says their home is the basement of your mother’s house, where they spend 20 hours a day reading fantasy. He continues to say the graveyard is where they come to act them out. Doyle says they mean them no harm and Stratton introduces herself as a constable from Scotland Yard. She goes on to say they are investigating the murder of Bram Stoker’s maid, Glynis Conway. Doyle says they have a suspect which is a man in his late twenties, tall, dark hair, athletic and a scar below his left eye. The three cemetery people look at each other and the leader says they know nothing of him. Houdini says their face says otherwise. One of them asks where Stoker is now and Doyle says he is well protected. The leader says its impossible and only they know how to protect their own. They leave the trio and Stratton yells to them that if they have any knowledge, they must come forward. Houdini and Stratton chase them a few steps but they disappear into thin air. Doyle questions what they meant by “our own.”
Opera music is playing and Bram Stoker is writing at his desk. Suddenly he checks to see if anyone is around and grabs a tool from the desk. He runs it along the side of his nose and we see a layer of skin peel back. He takes out a chest of make up and starts to fix his nose. Suddenly a breeze is felt in the room and the nearby candle blows out. From Houdini’s suite, Mrs. Houdini looks out the window, seeing Stoker walk down the road. He turns back and looks up at her from a distance. She hides behind a curtain but when she looks again, he is gone.
A Worried Mother
Houdini arrives home and his mother looks worried. He asks what is wrong and she says Stoker has left. Houdini leaves to check Stoker’s room. Along the way he asks the bodyguard where he went and he replies nowhere. Houdini tells him to open the door. Inside Stoker is sat at his desk. He rises and asks what they are doing. Houdini asks if he went out tonight, and Stoker asks why would he do that. The bodyguard says he would have seen him leave and that he was there all night. Houdini’s mother says he could have gone out the window by lowering himself on a rope or down the drain pipe. Stoker says he could have crawled down the wall and excuses himself to do more work. Houdini encourages his mother to leave the room.
We see Stratton analyzing a map with newspaper articles over it. It seems she is keeping track of the Polish anarchist group. She looks up a date in a diary and matches it with the title Milan/Lake Como, 1894. She looks back at the newspaper article and map and it matches up with an anarchist group event. She looks shocked.
Back at Houdini’s suite his mother tells him she is certain it was him. He turned to go down the street and then he was gone. Houdini seems compassionate and tells her she looks tired. She turns away from him and he asks her what’s wrong. She says she is grateful for bringing her there but sometimes its quiet and empty. She finds herself thinking about salt water taffy. Houdini smiles and says Coney Island, the Steeplechase Horse Race. Houdini’s mother says it was his favourite and Houdini and Theo would ride all day if she had let them. Houdini says she is homesick and its selfish for him to keep her there. He suggests she go back to New York and see the family. She says she wants to stay there.
Doyle is seen researching at a desk. The candle blows out and he lights a match. A female is seen on the other side of the room. He is scared and grabs a fire poker. She says that wont be necessary and he questions how she got in there. She says she doesn’t have much time and the others would be angry if they knew she was there. She says her name is Liliana and she knows of the man he is looking for. He questions if it’s the man who killed Mr. Stoker’s maid. She says he is a vampire hunter by the name of Lachlan McBride. She doesn’t know where to find him but the police need to find him before the others. She says she must go but Doyle wonders why she is telling him this. She says the maid was not part of their world and McBride brought dishonor by killing her. She says her death should be dealt with by Doyle’s authorities, not theirs. A gust of wind blows out Doyle’s match but when he lights another, the woman is gone.
Stratton is interrogating Stoker, and she wants to know if Glynnis was having any financial difficulties? Stoker says no. Stratton wonders if she mentioned any debts she owed or if she was having difficulty making ends meet on her salary? Stoker said no, he paid her well. Doyle wants to know how well and Stoker is angry he searched his private records. Doyle enters and Stoker wonders how Doyle could allow invasion of his privacy. Stratton says Doyle has no say in it. Houdini wonders if she was blackmailing him. Stratton tells him his silence enhances suspicion. Doyle encourages him. He says Glynis discovered something about him and it was private. She threatened to reveal it but he paid her to remain silent. Stratton wonders what it was but he wont answer. Doyle asks if he will tell him in private. Stoker apologizes saying it has nothing to do with the crime and he has his word as his friend.
Walking down the hotel stairs Houdini is frustrated that Doyle believes Stoker’s word “as a friend”. Stratton says it doesn’t matter what the maid discovered and it’s still motive. Doyle says they need to be pursuing other leads as well. He goes on to say one of the vampires from the cemetery came to see him last night. Houdini sarcastically wonders if the crazy people are actual vampires now. Doyle tells them about Lachlan McBride and Stratton says she will track down his address. Houdini looks up and notices his mother staring.
Houdini runs up the stairs to join her in this suite. As they enter the room, Houdini asks if she is alright and if she got sleep. She said she did, but had a terrible dream. She dreamed Houdini left her forever. Houdini says its crazy. She says she never give dreams much weight but this one seemed real. Houdini says she is spooked ever since the count moved in down the hall. He tells her she needs to go home but she says no she will never leave him. He says he will book them two tickets from Liverpool to New York to see the family and eat as much salt water taffy they can. He says he wants to and that he is not leaving her.
Its nighttime and at Stratton’s place she sees a shadow outside a window and then a rapid knocking comes on the door. Stratton grabs a weapon and asks who is there. From the other side Houdini says “your best pals in the whole wide world.” She opens the door and he sees her weapon. He tells her she is a good girl for being ready for action. She rolls her eyes and lets them in. Doyle says they have the address and Houdini says its interesting they got it instead of her. Houdini wonders why she is not at Scotland Yard. Doyle notices her research map. She tells them that the photo of Lake Como got her thinking. She says there was an anarchist group involved in assassinations all around the world such as England, America, Russia, Spain, Switzerland. She says there was also one in Milan, Italy, which occurred during the exact time of their (Stratton and her husband’s) trip to nearby Lake Como. She says her husband traveled a lot without her. Houdini finds a book. Tom Sawyer and says he loved Twain. Doyle looks shocked but Houdini replies he likes great literature. Houdini puts it in his pocket and Stratton says it was her husband’s favourite book. Houdini says he will return it. Stratton goes on to explain she had looked at her husband’s records and that on the exact date of all seven assassinations, he was within 50 miles of the event. She says Benjamin was trying to expose this group and thinks he may have been a government agent. Houdini says he was in all the locations but couldn’t stop any of them. She says he doesn’t know her like she did and Doyle agrees. Doyle goes on to say “only those we know us best, know what we’re truly capable of” and Houdini counters saying “only those who know us best, know the easiest way to deceive us.” Stratton says her husband would never deceive her and Houdini sarcastically says Stoker would never deceive Doyle. She is upset and asks Doyle for the address.
At McBride’s house, Houdini enters first while Doyle calls for him. Nobody answers and they begin to look around. Houdini finds a (sort of) holy water gun and Doyle finds a stake and hammer. They continue looking around, making their way into the bedroom/office. Here they find McBride, dead, with two holes in his neck.
The body of McBride is being taken out of the house and now Gudgett is on the scene with our trio. He asks if all the doors and windows were locked. Doyle says yes and there were no signs of forced entry. Houdini says vampires can shape shift. Gudgett asks if the murderer just slipped under the door. Stratton says its likely McBride knew the murderer and let him in. Doyle says they can be sure it wasn’t Stoker as he has been locked up and under guard for two days. He is interrupted with a man giving him a note. Doyle starts to look ticked off.
At Stoker’s room Doyle leads the trio and asks the bodyguard what happened. He says he heard a strange noise so he knocked but there was no answer. He entered the room to find Stoker gone. Stratton asks if he fashioned a way to climb down the wall. Doyle asks why and Stratton says they will ask him when they find him. Houdini says he knows where to start looking.
The trio are walking down a road. Doyle asks why this street and Houdini tells him its where his mother thought she saw Stoker walking after he left the hotel the night before. Stratton wonders if Stoker knows anyone around here and Doyle says no. Houdini tells him that he doesn’t know that. Doyle says he gets it. That he might not have known Bram as much as he had assumed. Houdini wonders if it upsets Doyle and Doyle says shouldn’t it. Houdini wonders if Bram knows Doyle, all of his secrets. Stratton says nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors, unless you live with someone. Houdini says even then its not the doors that keep secrets from getting out. Doyle notices something and tells them to look. Houdini shines a flashlight on a building and it’s a different butcher shop than before. They see a broken window and when they look inside, Bram is drinking a cup of blood.
In a jail cell, Stoker says he didn’t kill anyone. He goes onto say he has a condition and it makes him anaemic. He says he found that drinking cow’s blood provides relief. He says after being confined to that hotel room he had grown desperate. Doyle asks about his teeth, saying they are like fangs and he has never noticed it before. Bram says he had always had bad teeth and they have grown worst with age. He says he tries to hide them by not smiling or engaging in conversation. He says he has many peculiarities but being a vampire is not one. He tells Doyle to fetch garlic or a crucifix if he wishes to test him. Stoker stands by the window. He says he is sensitive to sunlight but he hasn’t turned to dust. He also says he casts a shadow, has a reflection and he cannot summon an army of rats. He goes on to say all those vampire traits are fiction. He says it was an ill deed to breathe life into Dracula, saying it is an albatross that hangs heavily upon his neck.
At the police station, Doyle says the truth has been staring him in the face. It is tertiary syphilis and Stoker is into the final stage of the disease. He goes on to say that some of the symptoms are anaemia, trembling, sensitivity to sunlight and erosion of teeth. Houdini says he is the only one that Stoker wouldn’t touch but Doyle says how he contracted it is irrelevant. Stratton says they now know what his maid was blackmailing him about.
In Stoker’s jail cell we see smoke entering his room from the outside.
In Merring’s office he asks if they believe the vampire hunter is the man who killed the maid. Doyle says he does and then the vampires killed him in revenge. Houdini say they’re not real vampires and they are just crazy people waging a gothic feud. Merring asks if Stratton believes it as well. She says she is not willing to dismiss him as a suspect as he still has motives for killing the maid and McBride. Doyle, upset, says he has tried to protect him for years, defending him when others were quick to marginalise him from “polite” society. He says he is not a murderer. At that moment Gudgett arrives saying Stoker has escaped.
Houdini is inspecting the door and says he broke out of that exact cell two years ago. Doyle asks how he done it and Houdini says flawlessly. He goes on to say the point is, is that it can be done. Gudgett says Merring’s reprimanding the guard on duty. Stratton says the guard has a history of falling asleep but swears he did not this time. Doyle says perhaps he was drugged or hypnotized. Gudgett suggests they join the search party of constables. Doyle says he doesn’t want to know how Houdini done it but wonders if Stoker could have done it without assistance. Houdini says no. Doyle reminds them that the vampires said “Only we know how to protect our own” and they should be searching the cemetery.
At the cemetery Houdini whispers, asking Stratton is she brought a gun. She says no, and he asks what about a crucifix. Doyle tells them to shush. Houdini says they should split up and Doyle says it’s a terrible idea. After some bickering between Houdini and Doyle, Stratton says Stoker is out, and he didn’t go willingly. She says his life may be in danger at this very moment. Doyle agrees to split up saying if they find Bram or the vampires, give a sharp whistle. Houdini mumbles and says he don’t know how to whistle. Doyle says Houdini is American and he thought that was the first thing they taught him. He tries to teach Houdini but he only blows out air. After trying many times, Stratton tells him just to shout out if he finds anyone. After sometime Houdini finds a girl laying on the ground and someone hits his head with a shovel, knocking him out.
Walking by a mausoleum Doyle hears shouting for help coming from the inside. He asks if its Bram and finally gets the door open. Doyle whistles and asks Stoker what happened. He says that a woman took him from the jail and claimed to be a vampire. She brought him to the cemetery and sealed the door. Doyle looks suspicious but Stoker swears its true. Stratton joins them and Doyle asks where the woman is now. He says he don’t know; she went off into the night. There was nobody else with her. He says she spoke of other vampires but said they’d fled London when they heard that McBride had been killed. They feared they would be accused of the murder. Doyle wonders if they didn’t do it, then who did. Suddenly there is a rustling from the bushes. Doyle tells Stoker to go back inside and stay there. From the darkness comes the vampire expert, Professor Havensglin. Doyle asks what he is doing there and he says he came to kill Mr. Stoker. Doyle asks if he is a vanator and Havensglin says he is a protector of the innocent. He says the Strigoi have terrorized this world for hundreds of years. Stratton asks about the maid, saying she wasn’t a vampire. Havensglin says he didn’t kill her but Mr. McBride did. He says he was an overzealous follower who disgraced himself by killing that maid. Doyle catches on, saying Havensglin killed McBride and drained his blood to make it look like vampires did it. Havensglin says he needed to be punished as does Stoker. He says Stoker’s book emboldened the Strigoi, attracting more into the fold, spreading filth among the virtuous. He demands to be told where he is. Stratton says Havensglin is under arrest. Havensglin says tell him where Stoker is or he won’t tell them where Houdini is.
We see Houdini inside a buried coffin, pleading for help.
Havensglin tells Doyle that Houdini is buried in one of the graves but even with his skills he won’t escape. He says he will tell him where the grave is when he knows where Bram is. Bram runs from the mausoleum and Havensglin runs after him. Doyle tells Stratton to search the graves, to look for fresh soil as Houdini won’t last long. He runs after Havensglin and Stoker.
Inside Houdini’s coffin, sand is pouring in and he is struggling. He is running out of breath. He tries whistling but it doesn’t work. He keeps trying and finally gets it, alerting Stratton from above. She waits for him to do it again to try and pinpoint the grave.
Meanwhile, Havensglin, Doyle and Stoker run into a crematorium. There is a fire going inside and Doyle yells for Bram.
Stratton, outside, is yelling for Houdini. Below Houdini takes out a wad of cash and removes the clip. He begins sticking it between the boards, digging his way out.
Back in the crematorium Doyle is hit over the head by Havensglin and he puts an arm around Doyle’s neck, holding a knife as well. He yells for Bram, and says he knows he is in there. He says to show himself or he will cut Doyle’s throat.
Houdini still digging out removes a board and sand pours in faster. Stratton is still looking for him above.
Havensglin is still yelling for Stoker and Doyle yells for him not to do it and to save himself. As he does, he hits Havensglin and they wrestle. Doyle gets the knife out of his hands and Stoker comes out of the shadows helping him.
Stratton finally notices the caved in grave and beings to dig.
In the crematorium, Havensglin grabs Stoker and says he will toss him into the flames. He says he can burn with the other paupers. Doyle turns to see someone burning inside the fire, screeching for help.
Outside, Stratton yells for Doyle and he joins her. She says he heard Houdini whistle. Doyle grabs a shovel and they begin digging. Finally, they see his hand and Doyle pulls him up. Houdini begins coughing and says he has to put it in his act. Stratton asks where Stoker is and he says he is dead. Both him and Havensglin fell into the furnace. As he finishes, Stoker walks towards them. He says as you can see I am still very much alive. He continues saying only Havensglin went in while Stoker fell to the side, unconscious behind one of the crates. Houdini tells him his fans are crazy.
Back at Stoker’s place, Doyle says he just noticed Van Helsing, an anagram of Havensglin. Stoker says he chose it as an homage to the professor. He goes on to say its quite ironic he turned out to be an actual vanator. Doyle sees a box of books, Stoker’s paperbacks of Dracula. Stoker says they are for friends and Doyle asks him to inscribe it. Stoker says if he must. Stoker begins to write. Stoker says Doyle knows his secret and Doyle says he is a doctor. Stoker asks how long before he loses his mind. Or if his final years will be spent in madness? Doyle says at least his book will live on, and through it, so will Stoker. Doyle says to let them embrace the albatross around their necks. Stoker says most people are forgetful. Doyle looks inside the front cover and it says “Forever, Bram Stoker.” He smiles.
Conclusion: A Sad Goodbye
Houdini and Stratton are walking down the street. She says he doesn’t need to escort her all the way home. Houdini says he wants to make sure there are no anarchists waiting for her. Stratton tells him she found a telegram sent from her husband to a Mr Walbridge of Buffalo, New York. He was inquiring about firearms sold at Mr Walbridge’s hardware store. Houdini says firearms can’t be good. Stratton notices her gate has been open. Houdini pushes her door open, telling her to wait. Her apartment has been ransacked. Inside she notices that someone has taken Benjamin’s things. All of them. Stratton says it was about him. Houdini says that they will go to Buffalo. He is taking his mother back to New York anyway. No big deal. Stratton thanks him.
Back at the hotel, Houdini enters his room and his mother is laying on the couch sleeping with her book on her chest. He tires to wake her but realizes she is dead. A candle blows out and Houdini is left crying.