Dracul

Dracul

by Dacre Stoker, J.D. Barker

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ISBN-13: 9780735219342
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 22,433
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Dacre Stoker is the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker and the international bestselling co-author of Dracula: The Un-Dead, the official Stoker family-endorsed sequel to Dracula. He is also the co-editor of The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker: The Dublin Years. He currently lives with his wife, Jenne, in Aiken, South Carolina, where he manages the Bram Stoker Estate.

J.D. Barker is the internationally bestselling author of Forsaken, The Fourth Monkey, and The Fifth to Die. He was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel, and winner of the New Apple Medalist Award. His works have been translated into numerous languages and optioned for both film and television. Barker currently resides in Pennsylvania with his wife, Dayna, and daughter, Ember.

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Dracul 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
16796797 3 days ago
Outstanding! The readers were spectacular and the story was told coming from journal entries leaving the reader to feel the story is a firsthand account of truth. Really well done!
Anonymous 18 days ago
I loved this book... One of the best Vampire novels I've ever read
AngelaJM 21 days ago
I was really excited to read this book, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. It is a good book, but I found the pacing to be too slow, for the most part. Also the switching between present and past for most of the book didn't really work that well for me, and the switching of viewpoints at other stages sometimes interrupted the flow. It's a story that would have been better presented if it were shorter. It took me a long time to read, mostly because the slow pace stopped me from feeling compelled to keep going for more than half an hour at a time. I also found the ending to be somewhat flat after a final escalation of action. In terms of content, it does very much feel appropriate for the period in which it's set. It is worth reading if you like vampire stories, nicely atmospheric and Gothic. Some readers will absolutely love this, but it just didn't manage, sadly, to hook me. I received my copy through NetGalley. My review is my honest opinion.
Anonymous 25 days ago
I definitely didn't know what to expect when I picked up Dracul but I'm so glad I did. It starts off with a young Bram Stoker and his siblings trying to solve a mystery of strange deaths that have occurred in a nearby town. The events that transpire will ultimately come full circle and give the Stoker family answers they have been trying to solve for years. Highly recommend for fans of Dracula or gothic horror. This is one creepy scary read and at 500 pages I still didn't want it to end.
TheReadingDesk 3 months ago
The comparisons and connections between Dracul and Bram Stoker’s Dracula are inevitable and unavoidable. After all, this is the story of Bram Stoker’s early life, his family and what may have been the catalyst for his classic vampire story. Dracula has become the most popular monster figure ever, spawning a ubiquitous vampire theme across multiple genres. In Bram’s life, the second half of the 19th century, vampires were seen as pure monsters, whereas nowadays, we have them appearing as charismatic, powerful, intelligent, loyal and talented exemplars of human desire. We also see them as portrayed as pure ruthless and destructive evil. Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker treat us to a wonderful dramatic spine-chilling account of Bram Stoker’s early life, which is packed full of suspense and horror to rival the Dracula story itself, and considered a prequel. The story structure is very similar to Dracula, using an epistolary form, but over 2 time periods, the now of Bram at 21 years of age, and the past accounts of the Stoker siblings laid out in letters and journals from Bram and others including his sister Matilda and brother Thornley. The story combines factual details with fictional creativity in such a seamless manner that we cannot tell which elements are which. It all blends to accomplish a plot that adds unique elements and has us living a nightmare where our imagination challenges our fundamental beliefs. Our frail grip on reality slips as the unimaginable seems possible. The control in the writing to hold together the various threads and narrative elements is brilliant. Sometimes the pace slacks and this is especially frustrating during the transition from one journal account to another. The Bram of now sits in a room where we can feel the palpable fear and fatigue as he struggles to get through a night with a powerful monster that has multiple nefarious tricks and deceptions, locked behind a reinforced door. A door that is reinforced with locks, bolts, holy water, roses, and Holy Communion wafer paste. Reconstructing Bram’s history from his journals and letters from Matilda, tell of the nanny, Ellen Crone. A mysterious and miraculous saviour of Bram on a number of occasions. “It is clear he was meant to die as a child, yet his alliance with this unholy creature has garnered him more years; a deal with the Devil, possibly worse, if such a thing is imaginable.” When Bram and Matilda investigate her room and follow her into the countryside, they confirm her to be a preternatural being (in Irish folklore called a Dearg-Due). Even with the supernatural threat she carries, they have developed a caring relationship with her, especially Bram who has a deep extrasensory connection. The authors have decidedly followed the modern acceptance that not all monsters should be totally evil and perhaps there is a watchful connection with her. The birth and sickly youth of Bram, an early precarious climb up a castle tower, several isolated engagements, and the monster behind the door, convey an ever-present atmosphere of impending trauma. The sense of a precipice are prevailing themes throughout the story and are used masterfully to maintain a chilling suspense. The tone gets darker and more frightening in the second half of the book when more is revealed. This is a standalone book made all the more captivating with its connections to the author of Dracula. It does not feel like Dacre took advantage of his ancestral connection but rather added a
Anonymous 3 months ago
Review by Lou J, Reviewer Last updated on 04 Sep 2018 I Recommend This Book Strongly Remember …. don't trust anyone whose reflection can't be seen in a mirror .. or doesn't cast a shadow... or unexpectedly when observed in the daylight doesn't seem to be as powerful or formidable as in the cloak of darkness!! What we have here is a "guilty pleasure" … a fun read, analogous to devouring a hot fudge sundae. A tale that continuously is permeated with a sense of dread and foreboding... that was gobbled up in two sittings (unfortunately I had to go to work in between). Although billed as a prequel to the classic "Dracula" novel of Bram Stoker … it actually is much more and can certainly stand on it's own as a supernatural thriller. It successfully adds to the Vampire lore and provides valuable insights into the history of the origin of the novel and Bram Stoker's actual life. Bram is a pivotable character along with his sister Matilda and brother Thornley along with their mysterious caretaker - "Nana" Ellen (Crone). The story shifts back and forth utilizing passages in journals and letters penned by many , but especially Bram and Matilda, to advance the narrative. In the present we find Bram in a locked tower attempting to fend off multiple sources of horror behind a massive oak door … armed with only Holy water, paste from communion wafers and a special shot gun. We learn that much of Bram's life was spent bedridden with eminent expectation of his demise . At age seven his health acutely deteriorates with expectation of his death … only to have his Nana "intervene" with his unexpectant recovery to full health (and somehow his healing powers are even accelerated!). Matilda and Bram follow their "Nana" to a creepy forest and observe her disappearance as she submerges herself in a bog. The quest to shed light on her disappearance eventually leads to formation of a band of virtual vampire hunters … led by Bram, Matilda, Thornley and the Van Helsing-like figure: Arminius Vambery .. who is steeped in the ways of the Undead and possesses knowledge in their ways and weaknesses. Tension ratchets up as they journey to a remote village outside of Munich … to face off against the ultimate forces of evil. In an afterword by Dacre Stoker... he suggests that in fact the Dracula novel as we know it, is missing the first 100 pages and which Bram Stoker had to cut to achieve publication in England . But, Stoker submitted the original manuscript to other countries which published his definitive version? (the question mark is my own). He adds that the later published short story: "Dracula's Guest" was derived somewhat from these missing pages. Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Group / Putnam books for providing this Uncorrected Advance copy of this gem in exchange for an honest review. (
TeeP2 4 months ago
Dacre Stoker (Bram's great-grandnephew) & J.D. Barker (of The Fourth Monkey) write this epistolary origin story (of sorts) detailing Bram Stoker's eerie experiences with his family's nanny, Ellen Crone, which eventually lead to his first encounter with a spectre, who would, in fact, turn out to be Count Dracula himself. The story is fiercely personal, told through the letters and journals of Bram, his sister and brother, and a colleague who helps them pursue the fearsome Count. It is a new story told about an ancient horror and I thirstily devoured every page! Dracul reads like a movie playing in your head with vivid imagery and precise (but not exhaustive) mood-setting. I recommend this book to fans of the original book, Dracula, by Bram Stoker. Even if you've only ever seen the movie, this book's descriptive prose will instantly transport your imagination back to the 1800s with stuttering lanterns, rolling fog, and things that go bump in the night!
Sunshine1006 4 months ago
This story is told from the Bram Stokes prospective. Sick as a child with Nanna Ellen caring for him. Dreams that he had that were maybe caused by a fever. Bram, His siater, Matilda and brother Thornley all remember her differently. Does she get younger every year or older at times? Is this their imagination? Then one night she leaves with the bed of dirt that was under her regular bed. Before she left, Bram and Matilda had seen her do some very strange things. Once they are adults, they see her in many different places, but she is never there when they reach the place she was. Many characters appear, many situations. What is the truth and will anyone find out? Great story that is well written. If you like vampires, you will love those a story from a point of view not often used. I received this book from Net Galley for an honest review and no compensation otherwise.