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Dracula (original 1897; edition 2011)

by Bram Stoker

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Title:Dracula
Authors:Bram Stoker
Info:SoHo Books (2011), Paperback, 364 pages
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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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    sturlington: Stephen King's homage to Dracula.
  4. 228
    Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (becca58203, Morteana)
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    In a Glass Darkly by Sheridan Le Fanu (daisycat)
    daisycat: 'Carmilla' is meant to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker's story.
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    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (Hollerama, Hollerama)
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    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.
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    Ape: Renfield's point of view.
  9. 102
    The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (cammykitty)
  10. 80
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    Sylak: Contains the deleted first chapter removed before publication.
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    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.
  14. 40
    Varney the Vampyre or The Feast of Blood by James Malcolm Rymer (Sylak)
  15. 40
    In Search of Dracula: The History of Dracula and Vampires by Raymond T. McNally (Booksloth)
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    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.
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If you've only seen Dracula movies, you really have no idea who and what Dracula is. Read the book. Stoker has a deft hand at creepy atmospheres and surreal description. The journal format is compelling even today. Since it was written in the 19th century, I can't say this is an edge-of-your-seat page-turner. That just wasn't the way they rolled back then. But it's a beautifully written book full of pathos and claustrophobic fear. You won't forget this book and it'll ruin vampire movies for you forever. ( )
  StephanLoy | Nov 25, 2016 |
Too much of the book is devoted to Bram Stoker rambling on. How many times can Mina Harker sing her praises to the brave men who are protecting her? How many times must Van Helsing refer to Mina as "poor dear Madam Mina"? And why would a highly intelligent vampire commandeer a ship to travel to Yorkshire if he wants to go to London?

Still, it's not a bad story! Three and a half stars, rounded up because of the weight of expectations. ( )
  davidmp | Nov 25, 2016 |
Few today have never heard about the Dracula legend as first introduced by Bram Stoker. Although not the first novel about vampires, this novel is the most famous as evidenced by its impact on the American culture. This epistolary novel, told through letters, journals and recordings, is the story about a member of Transylvanian royalty who seeks a new hunting ground in London only to be hunted by a small group of men led by the physician Dr. Abraham Van Helsing. I found the first half of the novel much more suspenseful; the last half less so and more plodding. ( )
  John_Warner | Nov 24, 2016 |
This is a re-read, prompted by having watched some of a spoof Dracula film on Halloween night. It's a great novel, with a dark brooding atmosphere, and the scenes where first Lucy, then Mina, fall under the vampire's spell, with intervening periods of normality, are genuinely chilling. On the slightly negative side, it is probably slightly too long, and the mechanism of the whole story being told through the journal entries of the main characters gets a little unrealistic at times. Also Van Helsing's entries, told in his imperfect English, sometimes become tiresome through having to pause to work out exactly what he is saying. These are minor points in what is deservedly a classic fantasy horror novel, though between this and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, I think the latter is a tauter and superior piece of writing. (references in Dracula to pocket cameras, recording a journal on a phonograph and travelling on the London underground remind the reader how much more modern it is). ( )
  john257hopper | Nov 9, 2016 |
The true original, where it all started and a phenomenon that spawned a generation and more of copy cat stories and movies. Yes of course it is off its age, and the descriptive prose/language can take a short time and a little concentration to adjust to....but persevere and you will be rewarded with an exciting introduction to Nosferatu, the Un-Dead, and in particular the evil of Count Dracula.

Not only did Bram Stoker write an exciting adventure full of horror but the characters were colourful/strong and the descriptive eerie atmosphere added a wonderful mood and sense of doom to a highly charged story.....

"How sweet it was to see the clouds race by, and the passing gleams of the moonlight between the scudding clouds crossing and passing-like the gladness and sorrow of a man's life; how sweet it was to breathe the fresh air, that had no taint of death and decay."

"Never did tombs look so ghastly white; never did cypress, or yew, or juniper so seem the embodiment of funereal gloom; never did tree or grass wave or rustle so ominously; never did bough creak so mysteriously; and never did the far-away howling of dogs send such a woeful presage through the night."

"The mist grew thicker and I could see now how it came in, for I could see it like smoke-or with the white energy of boiling water-pouring in, not through the window, but through the joinings of the door."

In particular the characters of Mina and Van Helsing proved a joy for the reader to encounter and behold. Jonathan Harker's beautiful and intelligent bride Mina with her delicate pale femininity and the almost swash buckling elder professor and Vampire Hunter Van Helsing who positively jumps out of the pages with his vitality and passion as he searches out and races against time to rid the world of the evil Dracula. The excitement and action traverse the UK and Europe culminating in a classic showdown at the Counts evil lair....Castle Dracula. So forget True Blood and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and just try to understand how it all started and what a great debt we owe to the creator of this pure evil! ( )
  runner56 | Oct 29, 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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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.
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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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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)

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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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