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An Old Friend of the Family Mass Market Paperback – November 15, 1992


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (November 15, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812523857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812523850
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,819,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Vampires with a difference! And the difference is Fred Saberhagen. His writing mesmerizes." --Brian Lumley

About the Author

In addition to the popular Dracula Series, Fred Saberhagen is the author of the popular Berserker (tm) Series and the bestselling Lost Swords and Book of Lost Swords. Fred Saberhagen lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

More About the Author

Fred Saberhagen (1930-2007) is widely published in many areas of speculative fiction. He is best known for his Berserker, Swords, and Dracula series. Less known are the myth-based fantasies Books of the Gods. Fred also authored a number of non-series fantasy and science fiction novels and a great number of short stories. For more information on Fred, visit his website: www.fredsaberhagen.com.

Customer Reviews

A very good read or re-read!
Daniel R. KilloranPhD
This book was the first of the Dracula seried by Fred Saberhagen that I read.
John R. Schill
Definately recommend to vampire readers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
In Chicago, the wealthy Southerland family struggles to persuade Police Detective Franzen that something bad has happened to their beloved Kate Southerland. He agrees with them once her corpse is found. Unbeknownst to the family though they descend from Wilhelmina Hacker she is not just dead.

At the same time, someone abducts Kate's younger brother Johnny leaving a bloody finger behind as evidence of foul play. Since CPD failed them with Kate, the family matriarch Clarissa turns to a long time family friend Dr. Emile Corday for assistance. He investigates the murder and the turning of Kate as well as the kidnapping on the assumption they are linked beyond sibling coincidence. He soon concludes that the assailants are using the Harker descendents as pawns in a deadly blood feud over a century old and a continent away with the ultimate target being Dr. Emile Corday.

This is a reprint of Fred Saberhagen's fine first vampire tale with 1980's references like the Pointer Sisters. The story line is action-packed starting off as a mystery that turns into much more especially when Dracula arrives on the scene to protect the Harker brood from an evil sorceress only to realize that there is much more on the agenda. Fans of Mr. Saberhagen's vampire thrillers will appreciate AN OLD FRIEND OF THE FAMILY, which readers know lives up to its title.

Harriet Klausner
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Steve Herr on January 26, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dracula comes to modern-day Chicago to rescue the descendants of Mina Harker. The characters are three-dimensional and the story is gripping right up to the end. This is one of my all-time favorite books.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daniel R. KilloranPhD on September 11, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The difficulty of dealing with vampires in fiction is caused by the problem of balancing their near-supernatural powers with the limited ability of humans to deal with them. Saberhagen short-circuits this by changing sides! His favorite vampire uses his abilities to help humans, frequently at his own peril. This book illustrates this without pushing it to extremes, and he allows the poor humans to intervene decisively at critical points. A very good read or re-read!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
An Old Friend of the Family was the first of Saberhagen's Dracula I read (many years ago) and it is still one of the best. While not as long or as meaty as some of his later books in the series, it is an excellent read with just the right combination of mystery and danger.
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By JeffA on November 13, 2014
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I mean both Dr. Corday and Fred Saberhagen.

I mean both Dr. Corday and the author.

I know that Fred Saberhagen is gone now but part of him remains in his works. I think I started reading him near the beginning of his career and over decades everything I've ever read of his was worth reading once and again.

From vampire to sci-fi a master storyteller.

From vampire to sci-fi I recommended all. Absolute top storytelling.
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By Armando Sanchez on June 4, 2014
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this is a good story that continues to follow Dr. Corday aka Count Dracula. I will also read the other books in this series.
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I had this book years ago, but somehow I LOST IT! But getting this copy was a pleasure to enjoy once again. And Saberhagen has continued to write a Dracula that is a pleasure to read.
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By John R. Schill on November 14, 2013
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This book was the first of the Dracula seried by Fred Saberhagen that I read. I have a copy on my bookshelf but wanted to have it on my kindle as well. It is the third in the series, preceded by The Dracula Tapes and The Holmes Dracula File. Saberhagen did a great job in the first book retelling the Dracula story of Bram Stoker but from Dracula's point of view and then telling you that he had never died and instead had carried on a life long love affair with Mina Harker. Now in the third volume we find him nearly a century later, summoned to Chicago to avenge a wrong done to Mina's descendants. It is a fast paced, fun read and one of over a half dozen volumes where we find Dracula living in Chicago as the Protagonist, if not the hero of the tale.
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