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Title:Dracula by Bram Stoker: Original 1897 Edition [Illustrated]
Authors:Bram Stoker
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Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897)

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    Carmilla: a Vampyre Tale by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (chrisharpe)
  2. 212
    Salem's Lot by Stephen King (JGKC, sturlington)
    sturlington: Stephen King's homage to Dracula.
  3. 225
    Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (becca58203)
  4. 170
    Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (MarcusBrutus)
  5. 131
    In a Glass Darkly by Sheridan Le Fanu (daisycat)
    daisycat: 'Carmilla' is meant to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker's story.
  6. 90
    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (Hollerama, Hollerama)
  7. 101
    Renfield: Slave of Dracula by Barbara Hambly (Ape)
    Ape: Renfield's point of view.
  8. 70
    Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Tales by Bram Stoker (Sylak)
    Sylak: Contains the deleted first chapter removed before publication.
  9. 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.
  10. 92
    The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (cammykitty)
  11. 70
    Dracula; A Biography of Vlad the Impaler 1431-1476) by Radu Florescu (myshelves)
  12. 82
    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 Me 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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I LOVE this book! Bram Stoker wrote the most perfect horror story ever. I know I read this book many years ago and that I liked it, and it sure kept me turning the pages this time! Written in the Victorian era, when many people began seeing ‘mediums’ and ‘spiritualists’ to seek messages from the dead, Stoker places us in amongst a dark, chilling story of the Undead.

In a way, this book is about superstitions. There are many incidents of superstitious people crossing themselves and pointing two fingers at Jonathan Harker in Transylvania, as a “charm or guard against the evil eye”. The landlord of the hotel where he stays begs him not to leave because, “tonight, when the clock strikes midnight, all the evil things in the world will have full sway.”

The story is told as passages of journals and letters of the main characters. We of course have Jonathan Harker, the young lawyer’s clerk sent to Transylvania to settle some paperwork with Count Dracula. Then we have his fiancé Mina Murray, her friend Lucy Westenia, Dr. John Seward, the head of a lunatic asylum, and his friend Professor Van Helsing of Amsterdam. Van Helsing, above all others, believes they need to have faith instead of superstition in dealing with the vampires.

From Jonathan Harker’s travels to the eerie castle of Count Dracula, then back to England and encounters with the Undead, and once again to Transylvania for the final bloody encounter, the atmosphere rarely lightens. Everywhere along the journey we are wrapped in a sense of foreboding and around every corner is an unknown fright.

There is nothing in this book that I didn’t like. Its strengths are its haunting descriptions and the real horror that’s felt as you follow the story.

This is to me the most classic of all horror stories. ( )
  BooksOn23rd | Nov 25, 2015 |
On hold for now.
22% done.
After Jonathan Harker's journal entries, I found there to be too many POVs and stopped caring. I am sure it all comes together, but I have too many other books on my tbr to be stuck with this.
May return to later.
  Kristymk18 | Nov 12, 2015 |
Great beginning, but shortly after events switch to London the writing descends into tedious and poorly written melodrama and just plain bad dialogue (especially Van Helsing's). The Virtue of Manliness! The horror of female carnality! The constant weeping! The expressive nostrils! The latter half of the book is like one long cornpone homily intermixed with, dear my friends, an absurd amount of regurgitation, the manly weeping, and the nostrils of deep feeling. Terrible. ( )
  Michael.Xolotl | Nov 11, 2015 |
This book is not only tedious it is also nauseatingly Christian to the point of anti-semitism. It also adheres blindly to sexual stereotypes. I can see why people in the Victorian era would have found it exciting, but I can't understand why anyone now shares that opinion. Granted, it is a delight not to be awash in sparking, sexy vampires, but the ultra pure, self sacrificing female characters remain the same. ( )
  Citizenjoyce | Oct 28, 2015 |
Dracula by Bram Stoker

Solicitor, Jonathan Harker, travels to Castle Dracula, in the wilds of Transylvania (Romania), to meet with his client, the Count, who is purchasing property in London. After being compelled to stay at the Castle, and later learning that he is actually being held prisoner there, Mr. Harker begins to see disturbing and frightening things.

There is one passage of the book in particular that is my favorite as far as the suspense surrounding it. Looking out a castle window, trying to find a means to escape, and looking down at the 1000-foot drop, Harker sees Dracula exiting a lower window face-down, scaling the castle wall using his hands and feet. The way it is described gave me chills.

Yes, Dracula can transform himself into a bat. He can also use mind-control over his victims. There is no reflection of his image in mirrors. And then there's that whole drinking your blood thing.

After escaping the castle, Mr. Harker returns to London to recover. While he was away, a close friend of his fiancee' has an encounter with the Count. The end result of that encounter starts the ball rolling to eliminate the monster. A team is assembled.

Dr. Seward--who oversees an insane asylum which houses a very interesting character, Renfield, who is diagnosed with zoophagia (he's obsessed with eating creatures to absorb their life force). Somehow Renfield's odd behavior interjects a little humor into the story as he tries to barter with the doctor to bring him creatures to eat or things that will attract them to his cell. Through most of the story, he has an affinity for flies and spiders. Seward contacts his former professor and friend, Dr. Abraham Van Helsing--who was the first to understand what the Count was. Then there is the American adventurer, Quincey Morris, a friend of Arthur Holmwood (Lord Godalming), and Mina Murray (Harker's bride).

We learn about the motives behind the Count's actions along with the characters in the book, following their journal entries, conversations regarding people they have interviewed, some newspaper clippings, etc., which they are keeping a record of for posterity in case they are unsuccessful.

In their efforts to track down the location of the Count, they slowly piece together every move he has made so far, how he made the journey to London considering his limitations of needing to go to ground during the day, etc., eventually following him back to his native Transylvania, in desperation of saving not only the rest of humanity, but more personally, one of their own. ( )
  AddictedToMorphemes | Oct 27, 2015 |
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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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Adams, SusanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
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.
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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Estate agent gets
It in the neck. Should avoid
Dinner at the Count's.
Should be fun. No, don't bother
to bring any wine.


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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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