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Dracula by Bram Stoker
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Dracula (1897)

by Bram Stoker

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    Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (MarcusBrutus)
  3. 232
    Salem's Lot by Stephen King (JGKC, sturlington)
    sturlington: Stephen King's homage to Dracula.
  4. 248
    Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (becca58203, Morteana)
  5. 130
    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (HollyMS, HollyMS)
  6. 131
    In a Glass Darkly by Sheridan Le Fanu (daisycat)
    daisycat: 'Carmilla' is meant to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker's story.
  7. 110
    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.
  8. 100
    Renfield: Slave of Dracula by Barbara Hambly (Ape)
    Ape: Renfield's point of view.
  9. 102
    The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (cammykitty)
  10. 80
    Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Tales by Bram Stoker (Sylak)
    Sylak: Contains the deleted first chapter removed before publication.
  11. 70
    Dracula: Biography of Vlad the Impaler by Radu Florescu (myshelves)
  12. 60
    Varney the Vampyre or The Feast of Blood by James Malcolm Rymer (Sylak)
  13. 93
    The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (SandSing7)
  14. 50
    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.
  15. 50
    In Search of Dracula: The History of Dracula and Vampires by Raymond T. McNally (Booksloth)
  16. 40
    Anno Dracula by Kim Newman (wertygol)
  17. 41
    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.
  18. 63
    Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist (mcenroeucsb)
  19. 31
    Winterwood by Patrick McCabe (edwinbcn)
  20. 31
    The Dracula Tape by Fred Saberhagen (myshelves)

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- Too Sensual to Ignore -

“Dracula” by Bram Stoker relays the tales of an up-and-coming realtor, Jonathan Harker, who travels from England to Transylvania to meet a client; Count Dracula. In the classic interpretation of good versus evil, Jonathan and several of his acquaintances seek out the monster that killed one of their beloved companions. Their journey is filled with superstition, which is seen within the very first chapter of Jonathan’s diary during his journey to the Count’s home; many community members warn him of the dangers that awaits, and some even beg that he returns to his home. The book fashioned a new era within the literary field alongside such works as “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley and “The strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson. It is a collection of reminiscences, transposed in diary entries, victrola recordings, and recounts of events throughout the time period. It dives into the parasitic indulgence so deftly hidden within Victorian London. There is a certain theme found in each of the novels I mentioned; the human form, when molested, may unleash a creature reeking with God’s defamation.
I would recommend this book to readers with an interest in folklore/urban legends, gothic fiction, classics, horror novels, and the victorian perception of evil. It is definitely worth picking up if you are curious about the beginnings of these kinds of books, as well. It is an excellent subject to use for a case study of the genre. ( )
  Bronwyn1334 | Jul 6, 2018 |
[b: Dracula|17245|Dracula|Bram Stoker|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1387151694s/17245.jpg|3165724] is an interesting novel, and a difficult one to fully pin down. Yes, the whole of the vampire myth seems to stem from it - in spite of it not being the first vampire novel. Yes, it can be a bit slow at times, and the characters are conventional at best. A lot of the novel now seems a cliche, but it seems so with good reason. This book was one of the firsts, if not the first. It's resounding science fiction - always at the forefront of technology for its time. It's overtly religious, pitting the good Christians against Dracula - whose very name means 'Dragon' or 'Devil.' It's blood, sex, and violence all wrapped up in an adventure detective story fitting of Stoker's contemporary [a: Arthur Conan Doyle|2448|Arthur Conan Doyle|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1495008883p2/2448.jpg]. There's a reason it has lasted so long, even if it might be a bit tired by today's standards.

Dracula is a novel full of parallels, full of symbolism, and tongue in cheek commentary about Victorian mores. It's a fascinatingly layered novel, and far more accessible than [b: Frankenstein|18490|Frankenstein|Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1381512375s/18490.jpg|4836639] due to its faster pace. I loved [b: Dracula|17245|Dracula|Bram Stoker|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1387151694s/17245.jpg|3165724] from the start for how eagerly the characters sprung into action. There was pity for the monsters, yes, and a realization that there was yet something human beneath the infection in them. Nevertheless, the characters do what needs to be done, and do it gladly. They are going to hunt, to pursue, to puzzle out what clues they can. It's a far cry from Frankenstein, who was paralyzed against his own creation due to fear and guilt. Indeed, it's even a far cry from Dr. Jekyll, who can't help but succumb to the addiction that is Hyde within himself.

[b: Dracula|17245|Dracula|Bram Stoker|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1387151694s/17245.jpg|3165724], while not necessarily a great book compared to more contemporary vampire novels of today, is still where it all begins. It's a much loved book for me, and one I've yet to grow tired of. If ever you want to give it a try but find it a bit dry... try listening to it. Dracula is arguably at its best when read aloud. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
While I liked this book, I felt like the last half of it really dragged as Van Helsing and his group of willing accomplices made arrangements to travel to finally find and rid the world of Count Dracula. The pace really bored me at some points and I think that is the reason I could put this book down over a six-week period in favor of something else. ( )
  dariazeoli | Mar 21, 2018 |
I did it, I did it! I finally read DRACULA!!! ( )
  capriciousreader | Mar 20, 2018 |
Although I am a big horror fiction reader and devour everything I can find about Vampires and Werewolves, I had never actually gotten around to reading Dracula. I am happy that I can now say I have read it, although I don't think I would read it again. I did enjoy the story and how it was written as a collection of journals and news entries.
"If ever a face meant death - if looks could kill - we saw it at that moment." ( )
  ChelleBearss | Mar 9, 2018 |
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Stoker, BramAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, SusanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Allen, BrookeIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ó Cuirrín, SeánTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Banville, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bickford-Smith, CoralieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bing, JonAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carling, BjørnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Corbett, ClareNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Duerden, SusanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ellmann, MaudEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Valente, JosephIntroductionsecondary 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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This is the main work for Dracula. It should not be combined with any adaptation, children's version, abridgment, etc. If this is your book but you have an abridged or adapted version, please update your title and/or ISBN, so that your copy can be combined with the correct abridgment or adaptation.

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A rich selection of background and source materials is provided in three areas: Contexts includes probable inspirations for Dracula in the earlier works of James Malcolm Rymer and Emily Gerard. Also included are a discussion of Stoker's working notes for the novel and "Dracula's Guest," the original opening chapter to Dracula. Reviews and Reactions reprints five early reviews of the novel. "Dramatic and Film Variations" focuses on theater and film adaptations of Dracula, two indications of the novel's unwavering appeal. David J. Skal, Gregory A. Waller, and Nina Auerbach offer their varied perspectives. Checklists of both dramatic and film adaptations are included.

Criticism collects seven theoretical interpretations of Dracula by Phyllis A. Roth, Carol A. Senf, Franco Moretti, Christopher Craft, Bram Dijsktra, Stephen D. Arata, and Talia Schaffer.
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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8 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 014143984X, 0141024976, 0451530667, 0141325666, 0141045221, 0451228685, 0143106163, 0141199334

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