- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (April 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425269795
- ISBN-13: 978-0425269794
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 125 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #943,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Royce Prouty is a CPA and business consultant. He and his wife live in Southern California. Stoker’s Manuscript is his first novel.
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There were many echoes of Dracula all throughout Stoker's Manuscript without it feeling like a knock off. It truly felt like Mr. Prouty was paying homage to Stoker's original novel by including small details like how the vampire's fingernails were filed and (my personal favorite) the quote, "The dead travel fast." Like Mr. Harker, Mr. Barkeley is kept at Bran Castle on the pretense of business, well... at first that is. Even the smell was almost the same. Mr. Prouty's vampires smelt worse, but even a detail like that was kept. There were even some things I noticed that I'm not sure were intentional or not but were very interesting. When Dracula drives Mr. Harker up to the castle, he placed plum brandy under the seat for him; and, at the end of Stoker's Manuscript, Mr. Barkeley is given plum brandy.
Stoker's Manuscript definitely carried a feel to it that reminded me a lot of when I read Dracula. The writing felt very precise, much like the characters. The mix of historical fact and fiction was fantastically done! As for the dialogue, I actually found myself reading it aloud just so I could get the full of effect of what the characters were saying and how they said it. Or, rather, how I imagined them saying it. It was definitely awesome trying (and failing) to mimic the Romanian accents.
One thing that really struck me was the explanation behind vampires. It was unexpected but the concept was very interesting and intellectually stimulating for me. And it was written in a way that made it easy to understand. Loved it.
Mr. Barkeley's past was very interesting. I really enjoyed the preludes in the beginning of some of the chapters. They gave you more information about Mr. Barkeley and really painted a picture of him (and whatever else they were about). I was always secretly worried that they were going to be boring but they never were. I found them very interesting.
Mr. Prouty did an excellent job creating the setting. I could perfectly see the mud-caked, dirty streets as the rain poured or after it had finished.
As a fan of Bram Stoker's Dracula, I felt Royce Prouty paid homage to this amazing novel while still making Stoker's Manuscript his own story. I was a little worried it might in some way be a kind of rip off and disgrace to Dracula but I was pleasantly surprised and pleased. All in all, this is a novel I would recommend to anyone whose read Dracula or who is just looking for a good old-fashioned vampire novel. The vampires we were able to get to know, were both different but sinister in their own way.
While delivering the manuscript, Joseph avails himself of the opportunity to go back to the village where his mother is buried. this side trip down memory lane unleashes forces that Joseph has only read about in legend. There are just too many spoiler alerts I would have to show to tell you more about the story and its outcome. Suffice it to say this book will drag you in and won't let go until you finish it.
For reading in a well lit room only!
If you have not read Stoker's original book you should either before or after reading this one.