- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 6, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1503261387
- ISBN-13: 978-1503261389
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.5 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,538 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Those who cannot find their own reflection in Bram Stoker's still-living creation are surely the undead ."
New York Times Review of Books
"An exercise in masculine anxiety and nationalist paranoia, Stoker's novel is filled with scenes that are staggeringly lurid and perverse.... The one in Highgate cemetery, where Arthur and Van Helsing drive a stake through the writhing body of the vampirised Lucy Westenra, is my favourite."
Sarah Waters, author of The Little Stranger
"It is splendid. No book since Mrs. Shelley's Frankenstein or indeed any other at all has come near yours in originality, or terror."
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About the Author
Abraham (Bram) Stoker was an Irish writer, best known for his Gothic classic Dracula, which continues to influence horror writers and fans more than 100 years after it was first published. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, in science, mathematics, oratory, history, and composition, Stoker' s writing was greatly influenced by his father' s interest in theatre and his mother' s gruesome stories about her childhood during the cholera epidemic in 1832. Although a published author of the novels Dracula, The Lady of the Shroud, and The Lair of the White Worm, and his work as part of the literary staff of The London Daily Telegraph, Stoker made his living as the personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and the business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London. Stoker died in 1912, leaving behind one of the most memorable horror characters ever created.
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So, I went to the basics and realized that I should read Bram Stoker's original material and, to my astonishment, the narrative is a bit tedious... The story is great indeed! The mysterious Count in Transylvania buys a property in London and move there to feed its blood and love desires. His skills and peculiarities are revealed in a a bit-by-bit basis which keep the reader's interest. As most of the plot was already known, the part that comes up as a new thing is Reinfeld,who is a lunatic that is kept in an institution and provides well elaborated dialogues.
Despite not that entertainment, it was worth reading it to know the origin of a story that generated so many "spin-offs".
Today vampires are misunderstood heroes but Dracula is a cunning, intelligent and determined predator. Dracula is no friend of humans and uses his charm to manipulate and control humans. There are no 'daylight rings' and 'glittering exteriors' as seen in Vampire Diaries and Twilight. There are only garlic necklaces, crucifixes and stakes and because of this Dracula is authentic and actually scary.
Stoker's novel is also about friendship and how a group of varied characters band together to destroy Dracula and save the world from further terror. It is ultimately about the battle between good and evil. The diarised format of the novel came as a surprise and at times I found myself wondering how a character could remember everything another character said so accurately. The book does tend to drag in parts because some of the entries are repetitive but if you are interested in learning more about the vampire myth I strongly recommend this book.