The Crypt of Dracula

The Crypt of Dracula

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by Kane Gilmour

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For too long, evil has slumbered. But now, the prince of darkness has arisen...and he thirsts.


In 1899, master stone craftsman Andreas Wagner takes a job restoring an old castle in the rural mountains of Hungary. He and his mute young wife are hoping to find a new life, after the traumatic death of their infant daughter from a


For too long, evil has slumbered. But now, the prince of darkness has arisen...and he thirsts.


In 1899, master stone craftsman Andreas Wagner takes a job restoring an old castle in the rural mountains of Hungary. He and his mute young wife are hoping to find a new life, after the traumatic death of their infant daughter from a strange wasting disease in Munich. The eccentric Count who owns the castle, a suave but distant man, keeps strange hours. Still, Wagner settles in to the work nicely.

But then strange things start to happen in the remote castle on the cliff. The Count's manservant is alternately elusive or confrontational. The locals are secretive and suspicious. Wagner is nearly killed by inexplicable falling masonry. A giant bat attacks his companions. Ghostly apparitions of women with claws and fangs prowl the halls of the gloomy castle late at night. When his friend falls ill from the same disease his daughter died of, Wagner decides it's time to leave and look for a doctor, even if it means abandoning gainful employment.

But Count Dracula and his minions have other plans. For Wagner, what began as a simple job, soon becomes a frantic battle for survival and a race against the setting sun to rescue his wife and stop the spread of an ancient evil.

"All the hallmarks of a great 1970s classic creature flick are here: spooky castle, the gentleman creature of the night, and harried villagers poised to grab pitchforks and torches. Gilmour brings Dracula back, with a dash of 21st century adventure and a twist you won't see coming." —Jeremy Bishop, #1 bestselling horror author of Torment and The Sentinel

"THE CRYPT OF DRACULA is how a vampire novel should be written. It's suspenseful, frightening, dark, and realistic. It harkens back to the day when 'monster' movies played at Saturday matinees and at midnight showings. Somewhere, Bram Stoker is smiling. He's beaming from ear to ear because someone finally got it right, and that someone is Kane Gilmour." —Mark Adduci, Suspense Magazine

"If you are a fan of the old-style Dracula stories, you will definitely enjoy reading THE CRYPT OF DRACULA by Kane Gilmour. Kane did an amazing job recreating the feel of Stoker while adding his own style. Travel to a magnificent castle perched dangerously on a cliff in Romania, with a very dark and dangerous secret. Within the walls hide your worst nightmares, blood-thirsty and evil. Finally, a vampire that makes you weak in the knees and afraid of the dark. There are definitely no emo, glittering vampires in this book! Be prepared to sleep with the lights on." —Carol 'Pixie' Brearley, author of RISE OF THE DARK ANGEL

"Experience the Count again...for the first time! Gilmour's version of Dracula is both homage to the classic Hammer films and a re-imagining that will have you peeking out your covers at night, while at the same time giggling like Renfield with each turn of the page. Don't let the sun go down before getting this awesome book!" —J. Kent Holloway, author of DEVIL'S CHILD and THE CURSE OF ONE-EYED JACK

"Kane Gilmour's THE CRYPT OF DRACULA is a guiltless guilty pleasure, every bit as irresistible as finding a favorite Hammer Film on TV—you simply have to sit down, tuck in, and enjoy the chills. There are no skin-sparkly vampires here; no cross-species romances, no genre-tweaking dalliances—though there are seductive sirens hungry for flesh. This is old school, red-blooded horror. Gilmour has done his homework, and his hands are confident on the reins of the horses that hurtle your black coach up perilous cliff-top tracks to the castle of the undead 'man' himself. THE CRYPT OF DRACULA goes back to the roots of the legend, reminding exactly why the Count is as potent, virile, and cunning a villain as ever darkly graced page or screen." —Stephen M. Irwin, award-winning author of THE BROKEN ONES and THE DEAD PATH

230 pages in print.

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Meet the Author

Kane Gilmour is the #1 Amazon Science Fiction and Action/Adventure bestselling co-author with thriller author Jeremy Robinson of RAGNAROK, the fourth novel in the Jack Sigler/Chess Team series. He is also the author of RESURRECT, CALLSIGN: DEEP BLUE, and THE CRYPT OF DRACULA.

In addition to his work in novels, Kane works with artist and creator Scott P. Vaughn on the sci-fi noir webcomic, Warbirds of Mars.

He lives with his family in Vermont. Follow him at

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The Crypt of Dracula 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
smanke More than 1 year ago
Every once in a while I come across a book that is pure genre fun.  Being a big fan of classic monster movies, I've been disappointed at the way vampire fiction has devolved in recent years.  The target audience appears to have shifted and with it the content and quality of the fiction has degraded.  Whatever happened to classic vampire fiction?  I want the really old school stuff like Bram Stoker's original novel, Dracula— or the low budget Hammer Horror films.  The current trend in vampire fiction is enough to turn me off the topic altogether. If you've been feeling like I have, there's great news!  Kane Gilmour's, The Crypt of Dracula, is a novela that is just what we've been waiting for.  It's the tried and true vampire story that gets your heart pounding and once again brings life to the things that go bump in the night.  This is the kind of story Bram Stoker would write if he were still alive and kicking.  Very much in the same vein (sorry, it had to be done) as Stoker's original Dracula tale, this is a period story which takes place in Transylvania.  A grieving stone mason is hired by a mysterious Count to repair his damaged and neglected castle located outside a remote village populated by troubled, xenophobic farmers who have come to fear the night. I think you can see where this is headed.  The story is true to vampire lore in the classic sense.  It goes back to a time when vampires were evil and horrifying; when the concept of a vampire wasn't commonly understood by all who farmed the land.  A time when people were superstitious and fearful, suspicious and vengeful. In short, this is a classic vampire story that does the lore justice just as it does Bram's Stoker's original vision proud.  Can Kane Gilmour fix everything that's wrong with vampire fiction in its current form?  Sadly, no.  But with more books like this, old school vampire fans like myself might yet live to see another sunrise.
Rianrenee More than 1 year ago
Until this book I had never read a book about Dracula.  I have to say Kane did a great job of keeping me on the edge of my seat.  Did I know what was going to happen, of course, but it still wound me up in anticipation.  A good book affects your body and moods and this one sure got my heart pounding.  Was a fun read, gruesome at times, but I really enjoyed it.  
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MikeP16 More than 1 year ago
After being completely impressed with Gilmour's first novel, Resurrect, I had to try this one. I have read a few other Dracula novels, and this one is a fantastic interpretation! I really enjoyed the point of view of the story, and the characters are average people, not superheros, which lends something to the story that I can relate to. There are many twists and turns in the story that kept me on my toes. If there are further adventures of Dracula, I'll be sure to take part!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This holds true to the old Dracula legends, no sparkly vampiers here. The drawings included were a nice surprise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a pleasure to read a story that is true to the legend. Dracula is as evil as he should be. Read it in one sitting. Only bad thing i can think of is that it isnt longer. A+.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Definitely a classic dracula story.