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Dracula (original 1897; edition 2004)

by Bram Stoker, Brooke Allen (Introduction)

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Member:KingRat
Title:Dracula
Authors:Bram Stoker (Author)
Other authors:Brooke Allen (Introduction)
Info:Barnes & Noble Classics (2004), Paperback, 448 pages
Collections:Digital copies, To read
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Tags:fiction, horror, Barnes and Noble Classics Series

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Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897)

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    Carmilla: a Vampyre Tale by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (chrisharpe)
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    Salem's Lot by Stephen King (JGKC, sturlington)
    sturlington: Stephen King's homage to Dracula.
  3. 170
    Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (MarcusBrutus)
  4. 227
    Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (becca58203, Morteana)
  5. 121
    In a Glass Darkly by Sheridan Le Fanu (daisycat)
    daisycat: 'Carmilla' is meant to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker's story.
  6. 100
    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (Hollerama, Hollerama)
  7. 100
    Renfield: Slave of Dracula by Barbara Hambly (Ape)
    Ape: Renfield's point of view.
  8. 70
    The Vampyre by John William Polidori (Andibook)
    Andibook: Polidori's The Vampyre is one of, if not the, oldest vampire novel. His ‘gentleman vampire,’ diverging from the more zombie-like vampire of folklore, influenced the entire genre – including the famous vampire Dracula.
  9. 92
    The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (cammykitty)
  10. 70
    Dracula; A Biography of Vlad the Impaler 1431-1476) by Radu Florescu (myshelves)
  11. 60
    Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Tales by Bram Stoker (Sylak)
    Sylak: Contains the deleted first chapter removed before publication.
  12. 83
    The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (SandSing7)
  13. 40
    Anno Dracula by Kim Newman (wertygol)
  14. 40
    In Search of Dracula: The History of Dracula and Vampires by Raymond T. McNally (Booksloth)
  15. 40
    The Beetle by Richard Marsh (jonathankws)
    jonathankws: So much better than Dracula, this Gothic horror novel was published in the same year and was initially far more successful.
  16. 63
    Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist (mcenroeucsb)
  17. 31
    Winterwood by Patrick McCabe (edwinbcn)
  18. 31
    The Dracula Tape by Fred Saberhagen (myshelves)
  19. 31
    The Insidious Doctor Fu-Manchu by Sax Rohmer (leigonj)
    leigonj: Both are adventure/ detective stories in which the heroes must battle to stop mysterious, evil, foreign antagonists striking at the heart of the British Empire.
  20. 32
    The Mouse on the Mile by Stephen King (dakobstah)
    dakobstah: This is a modernized, Americanized version of "Dracula." It is not told in the same first-hand account fashion as the original but provides a deeper, more psychologically driven plot. It at once wields a fascinating story with obvious parallels (most of the characters in "Dracula" appear in "Salem's Lot" under different guises) as well as poignant social commentary about life in small-town America. Highly recommended for those who liked, and even those who didn't like, the original "Dracula."… (more)

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Reread on audio. The best part is the first section, when Jonathan Harker is in Dracula's castle. The horror imagery is fantastic: Dracula climbing head-first down the sheer side of his castle; the three women gathered around the sack that contains a child; the wolves howling. Stoker maybe should have stopped here, because after Dracula moves to London, the novel really bogs down. The prose acquires a decidedly purplish tint, and Van Helsing is oftentimes nothing less than ridiculous. The genteel Victorian sexism starts to grate, and really, it is just too long to wait before the final hunt, which feels a little anticlimactic after all the build-up.

I'm still rating this 5* because Dracula is a book that spawned a thousand imitators and really helped create modern horror. It is worthwhile going back and reading these novels that spawned the tropes, even with their now-apparent flaws.

I listened to an ensemble cast version with Tim Curry as Van Helsing, which was nicely done. Curry didn't have a big enough part. He was the only reader who didn't make Van Helsing's accent sound ridiculous. ( )
  sturlington | Feb 6, 2016 |
This is a very good rendition of Dracula for the young adult. It's not the full version. It has been adapted for the young reader. I remember getting this book as a kid and I remember it putting terror into me.

I highly recommend this book for the young reader. The print is a decent size. It has the correct mixture of pictures and words to keep the young reader interested.

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  DVerdecia | Jan 29, 2016 |
The grandfather of all modern vampire fiction - what more can you say ( )
  WonderlandGrrl | Jan 29, 2016 |
It took seven years but I did it. I finished it. ( )
  babydogfish | Jan 29, 2016 |
My measure of a great book of suspense is whether or not it reads well out loud, and if that's a good criteria, I think this book succeeds admirably. ((I grew up with folks telling ghost stories around campfires, trying to scare each other.)) Folks might argue that _Frankenstein_ is the more thought-provoking book, but this one scares me on a primal level. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
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The Illustrated Dracula: This book fails the flip test. If something’s title includes the word “Illustrated”, you ought to see pictures when you flip through it. I didn’t.
 

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Bram Stokerprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, SusanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Allen, BrookeIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ó Cuirrín, SeánTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Banville, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Bing, JonAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Ellmann, MaudEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
How these papers have been placed in sequence will be made manifest in the reading of them. All needless matters have been eliminated, so that a history almost at variance with the possibilities of latter-day belief may stand forth as simple fact. There is throughout no statement of past things wherein memory may err, for all the records chosen are exactly contemporary, given from the standpoints and within the range of knowledge of those who made them.
Dedication
To my dear friend Hommy-Beg
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3 May. Bistritz.—Left Munich at 8:35 P.M., on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, but train was an hour late.
Quotations
I have learned not to think little of any one's belief, no matter how strange it may be. I have tried to keep an open mind, and it is not the ordinary things of life that could close it, but the strange things, the extraordinary things, the things that make one doubt if they be mad or sane.
No man knows till he has suffered from the night how sweet and dear to his heart and eye the morning can be.
Ah, it is the fault of our science that it wants to explain all; and if it explain not, then it says there is nothing to explain.
I heard once of an American who so defined faith: ‘that faculty which enables us to believe things which we know to be untrue.
Denin die Todtem reiten schnell. For the dead travel fast.
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From back: Told in journal fragments that cannot provide any single reliable perspective, Dracula (1897) is at the same time intensely Romantic and very modern. It unfolds the story of a Transylvanian Don Juan, the aristocratic vampire Count Dracula who preys on desirous damsels, and of the mission launched to destroy him from the perplexingly appropriate setting of a lunatic asylum.

Dracula, perhaps the ultimate terror myth, probes deeply into the question of human identity and sanity, sexual power versus sexual desire, and what Freud was to call 'the return of the repressed'. Bram Stoker's masterpiece embodies a struggle which, as Maurice Hindle remarks, is the struggle to recover 'an embattled male's deepest sense of himself as male'.

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Haiku summary
Estate agent gets
It in the neck. Should avoid
Transylvania.
(abbottthomas)
Dinner at the Count's.
Should be fun. No, don't bother
to bring any wine.

(Carnophile)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743477367, Mass Market Paperback)

A true masterwork of storytelling, Dracula has transcended generation, language, and culture to become one of the most popular novels ever written. It is a quintessential tale of suspense and horror, boasting one of the most terrifying characters ever born in literature: Count Dracula, a tragic, night-dwelling specter who feeds upon the blood of the living, and whose diabolical passions prey upon the innocent, the helpless, and the beautiful. But Dracula also stands as a bleak allegorical saga of an eternally cursed being whose nocturnal atrocities reflect the dark underside of the supremely moralistic age in which it was originally written -- and the corrupt desires that continue to plague the modern human condition.

Pocket Books Enriched Classics present the great works of world literature enhanced for the contemporary reader. This edition of Dracula was prepared by Joseph Valente, Professor of English at the University of Illinois and the author of Dracula's Crypt: Bram Stoker, Irishness, and the Question of Blood, who provides insight into the racial connotations of this enduring masterpiece.

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An evil count in Transylvania leads an army of human vampires that prey on people.

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