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Dracula (Penguin Classics) by Bram Stoker
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Dracula (Penguin Classics) (original 1897; edition 2003)

by Bram Stoker

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Title:Dracula (Penguin Classics)
Authors:Bram Stoker
Info:Penguin Classics (2003), Paperback, 560 pages
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Dracula by Bram Stoker (Author) (1897)

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    Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (chrisharpe)
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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. 132
    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 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. 90
    Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Tales by Bram Stoker (Sylak)
    Sylak: Contains the deleted first chapter removed before publication.
  9. 101
    Renfield: Slave of Dracula by Barbara Hambly (Ape)
    Ape: Renfield's point of view.
  10. 102
    The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (cammykitty)
  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. 31
    Winterwood by Patrick McCabe (edwinbcn)
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    The Dracula Tape by Fred Saberhagen (myshelves)
  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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There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.
Why am I always so surprised that classics are seriously fantastic?

I loved everything about this! Even knowing the general story, having absorbed it via osmosis most of my life and having once watched a terribly adapted play put on by my high school peers, I was still pulled in by the tension, the terror, and the themes. I loved every character and found the plot to be very climactic and engaging.

The writing style was superb! Each narrator had a consistent voice that defined them and made their perspective all the more interesting. My personal favorite was Dr. John Seward. He had a very lyrical way of viewing the world and it made his sections beautiful to read. The opening part with Jonathan Harker's imprisonment in Dracula's Castle was palpably tense and drew me in immediately. All in all, the entire thing was excellent!

For life be, after all, only a waitin' for somethin' else than what we're doin'; and death be all that we can rightly depend on. ( )
  Faith_Murri | Jan 5, 2019 |
Jonathan Harker is traveling to Transylvania, representing an English law firm to close a real estate deal with a mysterious client. A few days after arriving, however, he begins to have serious misgivings about Count Dracula's creepy behavior, his feelings becoming particularly more dire when he realizes he is trapped inside the castle and unable to return home. So begins the horror story of one of the most well-known villains in all of western literature.

I quite enjoyed finally getting a chance to read the original story of the monster who has inspired a veritable avalanche of films and books in pop culture. It's interesting to reflect on how much vampire lore originates directly in this novel (not casting reflections, repelled by garlic), as well as the ways in which it differs starkly (this Dracula is white-haired and bushy-moustached). ( )
  ryner | Dec 26, 2018 |
Quite good, and surprisingly funny in spots. It really was a "technothriller" of sorts in its time. ( )
  wordsampersand | Dec 6, 2018 |
By turns melodramatic, contrived and repetitive it is, nonetheless, a spine-tingling tale - a classic. ( )
  heggiep | Dec 2, 2018 |
First you read how Jonathan Harker first meets Dracula and how that Jonathan is supposed to sell a mansion to Dracula in London. Jonathan then realizes how much of a monster Dracula is when he sees his hairy knuckles, sharp teeth, and his control over wolves. But he truly notices when Dracula lunged for his neck and how as soon as Dracula touched his crucifix Dracula stopped.
As soon as he gets home everyone thinks he has head trauma. But then Arthur's wife Lucy starts getting pale and losing blood until she eventually dies. She later turns into a vampire so Van Helsing proves it to Arthur and kills Lucy. Then Van Helsing's student claims that his mental patient keeps visiting a stranger and wants to become his servant. Later the patient realizes that Dracula is weakening Mina (Jonathan Harker's wife) so he tries to stop Dracula and dies doing so. Later on Dracula realizes that Abraham Van Helsing and the others are getting close to killing him so he tries to moves back to Transylvania in a package on a carriage drove by gypsies. Abraham and his men cornered the gypsies (who had no idea that Dracula was in the box so they fought for their lives) then opened the crate and killed Dracula during the day when Dracula was weakest. Sadly one man (a lover of Mina's) died fighting the gypsies. Finally it ends in a happy ending, Lucy is back to normal, and Lucy doesn't turn into a vampire. ( )
  AlexanderL.B4 | Oct 24, 2018 |
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Adams, SusanNarratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Allen, BrookeIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ó Cuirrín, SeánTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Banville, JohnIntroductionsecondary 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.
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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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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)
Dracula could teach
Edward not to sparkle so.
He hates those books too.
(hillaryrose7)

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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