Bram Stoker, creator of Dracula, is one of the most enduring and masterful influences on the literature of terror.
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About the Author
Abraham (Bram) Stoker (1847-1912) is the author of one of the English language’s best-known books of mystery and horror, Dracula. Written in epistolary form, Dracula chronicles a vampire’s journey from Transylvania to the nighttime streets of London and is a virtual textbook of Victorian-era fears and anxieties. Stoker also wrote several other horror novels, including The Jewel of Seven Stars and The Lair of the White Worm.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I quite enjoyed Dracula, so I had every expectation of liking this as well, but I was sadly mistaken; something somewhere went horribly wrong between the two. The plot is a mismash of threads that are either completely nonsensical or simply dropped after having added nothing to the story, and the characters speak in such a stilted manner that it crosses the line into unintentional humor. The characterization is more or less nonexistent (Mimi, earlier so fiercely protective of Lilla, proceeds to essentially abandon her to her fate), and their actions seem to have no basis in reason whatsoever. Even having finished it, I still have absolutely no idea what was going on the vast majority of the time. While I am usually fairly understanding of the fact that older books are rather less PC than anything that would get published today, it's also worth noting that this book is painfully racist, to the point that it's difficult to overlook. Absolutely not recommended by any means.
I loved Dracula, and liked The Jewel of Seven Stars, and since this is supposed to be Stoker's third most highly regarded book, I decided to give it a read...It is rather disappointing. Besides the embarrassingly racist descriptions of the African servant, the ending is quite a letdown. It is somewhat strange, as well as anti-climactic. I'll just leave it at that, in case anyone else is still interested in reading it. Also, while there is some decent build up in the early and middle parts of this book which borrows from English folk tales, the dialogue between Adam Salton and Nathaniel de Salis can be a bit long winded at times.
If you loved Dracula and expect something similar good... forget it. The Lair of the White Worm is a chaotic, illogical, predictable and disappointingly boring book. And, as the others said, harshly racist even considering the era it was written. It has few (very few) good moments but on the whole... crap.
Um, wow. As someone who really loved Dracula, I was expecting this book to be a tad better than the colossal disappointment it turned out to be. I realize that racism was the norm back in the Olden Days, but this goes above and beyond the standard 19th century phobia of minorities. The plot was a strange mix of predictability and confusing nonsense. As someone who has the deductive abilities of a potato,I realized that Lady March was the "White Worm" around two seconds after her character was introduced. Was it supposed to be suspenseful? It also introduces and promptly abandons characters. It had potential, but Bram Stoker must have been having the worst case of writer's block ever or something. Pity.