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Dracula (1897)

by Bram Stoker

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36,00761468 (3.96)6 / 1797
Having deduced the double identity of Count Dracula, a wealthy Transylvanian nobleman, a small group of people vow to rid the world of the evil vampire.
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    Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (MarcusBrutus)
  2. 271
    Carmilla: A Vampyre Tale by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (chrisharpe)
  3. 272
    Salem's Lot by Stephen King (JGKC, sturlington)
    sturlington: Stephen King's homage to Dracula.
  4. 220
    The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (HollyMS, HollyMS)
  5. 278
    Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (becca58203, Morteana)
  6. 141
    In a Glass Darkly by Sheridan Le Fanu (daisycat)
    daisycat: 'Carmilla' is meant to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker's story.
  7. 120
    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. 110
    Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Tales by Bram Stoker (Sylak)
    Sylak: Contains the deleted first chapter removed before publication.
  9. 110
    Renfield: Slave of Dracula by Barbara Hambly (Ape)
    Ape: Renfield's point of view.
  10. 113
    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. 60
    Varney the Vampyre or The Feast of Blood by James Malcolm Rymer (Sylak)
  13. 60
    In Search of Dracula: The History of Dracula and Vampires by Raymond T. McNally (Booksloth)
  14. 60
    Anno Dracula by Kim Newman (wertygol)
  15. 93
    The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (SandSing7)
  16. 41
    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.
  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
    The Dracula Tape by Fred Saberhagen (myshelves)
  20. 21
    Winterwood by Patrick McCabe (edwinbcn)

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This had ben sitting on my shelf for years and I wanted to read a classic. So I beat through this. The beginning and the end were entertaining but the middle was filled with 19th century writing full of fluff and labored prose. Glad I read it though. I now know who Van Helsing. I can see the hundreds of offshoots of the book in art, movies, and theatre. ( )
  JBreedlove | Jul 10, 2024 |
Plot:
Jonathan Harker is a young lawyer, sent to Transylvania to help local nobleman Count Dracula with some business dealings in the United Kingdom. But strange things are happening at Dracula's castle and Jonathan finds himself trapped there, unable to prevent the Count's departure to England.

Given how much I like vampire stories, it is almost shameful to admit that I never read Dracula until now. I thought that it would be rather stuffy, and that I knew it too well from its many adaptations, and have therefore avoided it a little. But I was pleasantly surprised - Dracula is a breezy read that is actually campy.

Read more on my blog: https://kalafudra.com/2024/07/09/dracula-bram-stoker/ ( )
  kalafudra | Jul 9, 2024 |
Engrossing from the start, though the initial suspense build in Mr. Harker's first chapters is never equaled. Lively characters and eerie events kept me engaged throughout, though I had little visual sense of the setting. ( )
  LaPhenix | Jul 8, 2024 |
I wish I didn't know so much about vampires already as it would have made this book even better. Even though I knew what was going to happen I was still entertained by the beautiful wording used throughout the book. I still genuinely enjoyed the part about Jonathan meeting Dracula. ( )
  chip1o1 | May 23, 2024 |
Was soll man zu diesem Buch noch sagen? Es ist einfach KLASSE.
Sicher, es ist schwer zu lesen, aufgrund der "alten" Sprach- und Schreibweise. Doch den Kampf kann man gewinnen. :) ( )
  RoXXieSiXX | May 20, 2024 |
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Stoker, Bramprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Abreu Baptista, Maria Olívia deTranslatorsecondary authorsome 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
Bischoff, UlrikeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carling, BjørnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Claypole, JontyAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cloonan, BeckyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Corbett, ClareNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Crossley, StevenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cumming, AlanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Curry, TimNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Duerden, SusanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ellmann, MaudEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Faini, PaolaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fletcher-Watson, JoEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foley, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frayling, ChristopherPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Glassman, PeterAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gorey, EdwardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hagemann, MichaelCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hildebrandt, GregIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hindle, MauriceEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Horovitch, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Humphries, TudorIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Judge, PhoebeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kaye, MarvinIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kellgren, KatherineNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kloska, JosephNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kull, StasiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Laine, JarkkoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, JaeIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Luckhurst, RogerEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Malcolm, GraemeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moser, BarryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Myers, Walter DeanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oliver, Francisco TorresTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parker, JamieNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pettitt, AlisonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pilo, GianniEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reim, RiccardoContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rogers, DavidEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rorer, AbigailIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schwinger, LarryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shallenberg, KaraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Spencer, AlexanderNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stade, GeorgeIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Straub, PeterIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thorpe, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Toman, RolfHerausgebersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Valente, JosephIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vance, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vietor, MarcNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wheatley, DennisIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whitfield, RobertNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wolf, LeonardIntroductionsecondary 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.
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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'.
Denn die Todten 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.

6305078181 is for the 1979 movie directed by John Badham.

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Having deduced the double identity of Count Dracula, a wealthy Transylvanian nobleman, a small group of people vow to rid the world of the evil vampire.

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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)
Dracula could teach
Edward not to sparkle so.
He hates those books too.
(hillaryrose7)

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