Dracul

3.33
Thi requel to racula, nspired by notes and texts left behind by the write of the classic ovel, Dracul is a supernatural horro that reveals not only Dracula 's true origins but Bram Stoker 's -- and he ale of the enigmatic oman who connects them.

It is 1868, and a twenty-one-year-old Bram Stoker waits in a desolate tower to face an indescribable evil. Armed only with crucifixes, holy water, and a rifle, he prays to survive a single ight, the longest of his life. Desperate to record what he has witnessed, Bram scribbles down the events that led him here ...

A sickly child, Bram spent his early days bedridden in his grandparent' Dublin home, tended to by his caretaker, a young oman named Ellen Crone. When a string of mysteriou deaths occur in a nearby own, Bram and his sister Matilda detect a pattern of bizarre behavior by Ellen -- a mystery that deepens chillingly until Ellen vanishes suddenly from their lives. Years later, Matilda returns from studying in Paris to tell Bram the news that she has seen Ellen -- and that the nightmare they 've thought long ended is only beginning.
Year of the Publication
Available Languages
Isbn 13
9780735219366
Number of Pages
512
Original Title of the Book
Dracul
Publication Date
Published October 2nd 2018 by Putnam

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An intriguing gothic horror ook, told from the point of view of everal members of the Stoker family, including Bram, as ofte as his sister and daughte.

Bram had a nanny named Ellen when he ha th gir, she fel a bit of a creepy character, disappearing for days at a time, and sleeping in a box of dirt.

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ot to be scare, we also portray them as ruthless and pure destructive evil.Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker treat us to wonderful dramatic spine-chilling account of Bram Stoker ’ s early life, which is packed full of uspense and horror to rival the Dracula story itself, and positioned as a seque.

he story structure is very different to Dracula, using an epistolary form, but over 2 time periods, the now of Bram at 21 years of age, and he past accounts of the Stoker siblings laid out in letters and ournals from Bram and others including his sister Matilda and brother Thornley.

Sometimes the pace slacks and this is especially frustrating following the transition from one journal account to another.The Bram of, now, sits in a bedroo with a Bowie knife and Enfield rifle, where we can feel the palpable fear and fatigue as he struggles to get through th night without sleeping, keeping a powerful monster that has multiple nefarious tricks and deceptions, locked behind a reinforced door.

It does not loo like Dacre took advantage of his ancestral connection but rather added authenticity to th story that expertly weaves fact with fiction, to add a boo that is thoroughly engrossing, and full of suspens, evil, ear and trepidation.

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Dacre Stoker knows a thing or two about vampires, Dracula in particular, given that his great-grand-uncle was none other than Bram Stoker.

Dacre has had non-literary careers of his own, but for a while now has picked up the family business and been writing, not actuall about his illustrious ancestor, but ( with some assistance from writing partners) fiction relating to you know who.

Bram- image from GotIreland.comWe spend time with Bram Stoker at age seven, a sickly child since birth.

( as was the real Bram), but with a ver interesting nanny, one Ellen Crone.

Young Bram and his aun, Matilda, sink their teeth into this mystery and engage in a bit of field research.Dacre Stoker and friends- Image from ValeOfGlamorgan.comPart of the stuf of his autobiograph is eeing the usually pretty clear lines between the real Bram ’ s novel and Dacre ’ s requel.

( or were they maybe enjoying themselves a bit too much for Victorian mores?) Dacre has a lot of original material from which to draw, Bram ’ s, at least what has ot been lost to the sands of time ( or maybe preserved in a coffin somewhere for safe keeping).

Dacre has also written non-fiction books about his esteemed ancestor, and wer a bit of a road-show, Stoker on Stoker, in which he lectured about Bram and his book.Another fun element, for me nyway, was the opportunity looking into this book offered to dig up some dirt on the real Bram.

Another one piece of intel that I found most amazing was that when Bram first submitted his manuscript, it was as a work of non-fiction.

I have put some fun materials in EXTRA STUFF if you are irresistibly drawn to diving down those rabbit holes.The 1922 German Nosferatu – image from Smithsonian MagazineSo, the tory of Dracul, sick boy and sis try to make out what the real deal is with the beloved, if decidedly odd, nanny.

Anothe contemporary ( 1868) piece includes the ale of Bram, his family, and others, ( including a pre-Van Helsing) trying to track down people, follow clues, and do justice against dark foes.

Thi other line is Bram and his mother, Matilda, as young sibs, with scant understanding of what they have seen, attempting to figure it out.

Bela Lugosi defined Dracula for a generation- Image from Smithsonian MagazineIn keeping with great-grand-uncle ’ s form, Dacre tells the story through several sources.

But some might not enjoy what seems a bit of lightness in what is believed to e horror tal.

PS- It was my intention to have a articular bit of un with this review.

There are a lot of ascinating material and useful links.Items of Interest -- -- -Northern Life MagazineDacre Stoker on the mysteries behind the writing of Dracula- by Mark Davis – 18 July 2017 -- --- Dacre Stoker, author of " Dracula: The Un-Dead "- Interview with Don Smith – definitely worthwhile -- -- -Irish Faerie Folk of Yore and Yesterday: The Dearg-Due- by Kim -- -- -The Guardian- The Icelandic Dracula: Bram Stoker 's vampire takes a second bite- by Colin Fleming – April 19, 2017 -- -- -Smithsonian- Why Does Dracula Wear a Tuxedo?

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Dracul starts off with Bram Stoker 's childhood years, when he as a sick boy confined mostly to his bedroo, until one night on the cusp of death, he omehow makes a miraculous recovery at the hands of his beloved nanny Ellen.

Until one day, Matilda sees Ellen on the treets of Paris, and the parents are immediately pulled back into this mystery.Dracul is the requel to the classic vampire novel Dracula.

I found it completely fascinating that it 's presented as a true story, one detailing Bram Stoker 's early dealings with the vil that eventually led him to write Dracula.

Dracul is written by his great-grandnephew Dacre Stoker, who claims he put the story together after meticulous research from Bram 's personal notes and Stoker family journals.This book hits all the right notes.

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Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker is a 2018 Putman publication.

Of all the genres to choose from, horror is at the bottom of my list, and has been for man year, with the exceptions of ghost stories or the classics, like Dracula- an all -time favorite, and like many other people, I do have a weakness for Stephen King- although I rarely succumb to temptation.

In the meanwhil, I discovered J.D. Barker and was extremel intrigued by his writing.

After Dracul was officially published I noticed he book was generating a little buzz.

It was nearing Halloween and I was on the hunt for a good reepy tale, so I after months of avoiding the book, I clicked on the title for more information.

As Bram matures and grows out of his childhood maladies, he and his iblings begin to piece together a terribly troubling and sinister mystery, involving the puzzling deaths of people in a neighboring town, and he reaso they are more nvolved than they would like to dmit.

The siblings unravel a lurid and chilling tale, one that pits good against evil, with all those psychological shades of gre, that occasionally leaves the reader with a eeling of understanding in some places, and also, sympathy, even where none should seep through.

Initially, there is ye a force out there- a formidable opponent – one Bram must eventually face-And so, it begins…Wow, the eerie suggestion that Bram ’ s masterpiece was not all the ‘ vulgar fictions of a demented Irishman ’ is enough to leave one sleeping with a cross under your pillow, and obviously a little garlic over your door for good measure.

Another ook was worth the wait- most definitely.

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I said to compare Dracula with Dracul.

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