Dracula by Bram Stoker
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Since its publication in 1897, Dracula has enthralled generation after generation of readers with the same spellbinding power with which Count Dracula enthralls his victims. Though Bram Stoker did not invent vampires, and in fact based his character’s life-in-death on extensive research in European folklore, his novel elevated the nocturnal creature to iconic stature, spawning a genre of stories and movies that flourishes to this day. But a century of imitations has done nothing to diminish the power of Stoker’s tale. As his chilling, suave monster stalks his prey from a crumbling castle in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania to an insane asylum in England to the bedrooms of his swooning female victims, the drama is infused with a more and more exquisite measure of sensuality and suspense.

Dracula is a classic of Gothic horror, an undying wellspring of modern mythology, and an irresistible entertainment.


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About Bram Stoker

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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.
 
Published December 1, 2010 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 96 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Oddly, Stoker was obsessive about making sure his facts were correct, right down to the landscape of Yorkshire, tides and London train schedules, but he never visited the Carpathians, where the novel takes place.

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The Guardian

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From the Shadow of Dracula: A Life of Bram Stoker by Paul MurrayJonathan Cape £18.99, pp340.

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Publishers Weekly

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Dracula scholar Wolf (The Essential Dracula) brings intellectual curiosity and an easygoing style to this entertaining compendium of Dracula lore, which will appeal equally to devotees and the uninitiated.

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BC Books

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I just finished reading The Romance of Dracula: a Personal Journey of the Count on Celluloid and now I've really got my work cut out for me.

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BC Books

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The great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker, Dacre Stoker, with the help of Ian Holt, offers Dracula the Un-Dead: The Sequel to the Original Classic.

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BC Books

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I can remember reading Bram Stoker’s original Dracula.

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Written by the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker (Dacre Stoker), the book finds our intrepid band of heroes 25 years later.

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Examiner

So it is a surprising turn of events to learn that Dracula's affections are actually captured by Mina.

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Examiner

After reading The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova - a modern day re-telling of the Dracula legend, I just had to follow it with the Bram Stoker original.

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Entertainment Weekly

She applies her brand of decoding and, lo and behold, finds Dracula (and thus Stoker) teeming with ''seduction, rape, gang rape, group sex, necrophilia, pedophilia, incest, adultery, oral sex, venereal disease, and voyeurism.'' Belford gives lively form to the world she thinks Stoker lived i...

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The Washington Post

Dacre Stoker, Bram Stoker's great-grandnephew, and Ian Holt, a screenwriter and Dracula fanatic, have co-authored "Dracula the Un-Dead."

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USA Today

Count Dracula, the grand-daddy of all vampires, is back, vengeance coursing through his veins, in a frighteningly good novel written by Bram Stoker's great-grandnephew.

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Pajiba

Hopefully I can force my way through some lighter books and have an easier time digesting them throughout the rest of Cannonball Read than I did here.

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Tor

Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula has inspired countless iterations, inspirations, and parodies of vampires.

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SF Site

Editor Stephen Jones, who has by now edited over 100 titles wondered if it was necessary to produce another bunch of vampire stories as the bookshelves were already teeming with them already.

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SF Site

It is more possible that The Theology of Dracula: Reading the Book of Stoker as Sacred Text could have been made up, as anyone can take a particular novel and find out how the author might have used bits from several myths, etc.

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Deseret News

The count's postmodern, postmortem return was engineered by Stoker's great-grandnephew Dacre Stoker — coauthor, with Dracula expert and screenwriter Ian Holt, of "Dracula the Un-Dead," a terrific and terrifically bloody sequel to Bram's book, set in London 20 years after the first book closes.

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Seattle PI

I just finished reading The Romance of Dracula: a Personal Journey of the Count on Celluloid and now I've really got my work cut out for me.

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Love Vampires

Although actually it doesn’t… As something of a Dracula “purist”, Dracula The Un-dead was not the novel I expected it to be.

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Portland Book Review

presents a Victorian Who’s Who like suspects in a court case, and after his summation describes how theater and movies changed Dracula from Stoker’s ugly, snarling old monster to the handsome, seductive heartthrob that is the pattern of the modern vampire.

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Geeks of Doom

With ebooks becoming more popular and decreasing the amount of physical space needed to store your books, this new illustrated hardcover edition of Dracula will compel you to add a new printed book to your collection.

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Geeks of Doom

In doing so, she evokes pathos for Mina by establishing that she doesn’t know that Dracula and Mr. Wagner are the same creature, and she’s actually not that into Jonathan Harker — she respects him and is grateful for his kindness, but she doesn’t really have the hots for him the way that she does...

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ForeWord Reviews

Dracula is not the first story about a vampire, but it is arguably the most famous and it is certainly the foundation for the popularity of vampires today.

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Alternative Magazine Online

The official sequel to Bram Stoker’s classic horror novel Dracula, co-written by a direct descendant of Stoker himself (whom we interviewed in 2009 here), Dracula: The Un-Dead is wonderfully executed.

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