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The prequel to Dracula, inspired by notes and texts left behind by the author of the classic novel, Dracul is a supernatural thriller that reveals not only Dracula's true origins but Bram Stoker's - and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them.
It is 1868, and a 21-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 night, 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 parents' Dublin home, tended to by his caretaker, a young woman named Ellen Crone. When a string of strange deaths occur in a nearby town, 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.
A riveting novel of Gothic suspense, Dracul reveals not only Dracula's true origin, but Bram Stoker's - and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them.
Read by a full cast:
- Pete Bradbury, Narrator
- Vikas Adam, as Bram Stoker
- Saskia Maarleveld, as Matilda Stoker
- Raphael Corkhill, as Thornley Stoker
- Alana Kerr Collins, as Ellen
- Allan Corduner, as Arminius Vambéry
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|Listening Length||16 hours and 25 minutes|
|Author||Dacre Stoker, J.D. Barker|
|Narrator||Pete Bradbury, Vikas Adam, Saskia Maarleveld, Raphael Corkhill, Alana Kerr Collins, Allan Corduner|
|Audible.ca Release Date||October 02 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #56,206 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#145 in Gothic Horror Fiction
#237 in Occult Horror Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#799 in Dark Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
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Cracking way to begin a new year of reading. This prequel to the classic is about as meta as it gets. Written by Stoker’s great-grandnephew & well known author J.D. Barker (The Fourth Monkey), it draws heavily from Bram Stoker’s childhood, journals & notes he scribbled while writing the original.
Bram, his family & real life acquaintances are the main characters. Also worth mentioning is some tall, thin, icky guy going by the name of Dracul who manages to steal a few scenes.
This is a proper horror story. The writing team has done a bang-up job of creating an original tale but in a style reminiscent of classics such as Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde & of course, Dracula. It’s gothic creepiness at its best, a story that engages all your senses as it drags you kicking & screaming from Ireland to Germany & back again. (Be careful if you read this in public…you may find yourself drawing some strange looks as you mutter things like “Do NOT touch that”.)
Be sure to read the author’s note written by Dacre Stoker at the end. It’s full of fascinating tidbits of how the original manuscript was written then carefully edited to reflect the times. It was purchased at auction some years ago by Paul Allen (cofounder of Microsoft) & he granted access to the Stoker foundation but only after they signed a non-disclosure agreement. What is known is that the first 100 pages are missing.
It’s a gripping & skeery read that seamlessly combines fact, fiction & folklore. A must-read for fans of the original or Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s “Cemetery of Forgotten Books” series & Lauren Owen’s “The Quick”.
Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on November 27, 2021
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Firstly, it is better than 'The Undead', which was a relief (one could argue that if I disliked it that much then why read this - what can I say, I'm a Dracula fan!)
However, it never reaches the heights of Bram Stoker's original tale. Dacre Stoker may be well versed in Dracula lore and history, but it doesn't lend itself to being a good writer.
The original novel dripped with atmosphere, and was so clever with its subtle suggestion of violence rather than graphic descriptions. This is sadly lacking in 'Dracul', which doesn't conjure up any atmosphere. There are some rather dramatic scenes of snakes appearing out of nowhere, but these seem out of place in a book of this nature - the big draw of the original was that a lot of it was suggested rather than described.
The vocabulary is extremely jarring - the story is (mostly) set in 19th century Ireland, but uses modern words and Americanisms such as 'okay', 'guys' and 'right?'. It is not an articulate book, and very basic with its language. One of the features of the original 'Dracula' novel was that it had a repression that was expressed through formal language - this is severely lacking in this version, which is why the atmosphere is not as it should be.
The 'twist' that other reviews have mentioned didn't seem that dramatic to me. There are some points of merit, however, - the bond between the Stoker siblings is done well, and without wishing to give away too much there is a nice tie to the excised chapter of 'Dracula'.
That said, if one is a fan of Dracula and the surrounding mythology, then this is an interesting addition. It is not written well, but shows a lot of promise and give pause for thought in several instances. As with 'The Undead', this seems more to be written with the idea of a film in mind rather than written word, and that is detrimental to the engagement of the reader.
I doubt I would re-read this, but there is enough for anybody who is curious about a tale endorsed by the Stoker family and who wants a continuation of the original story. Just.
As at least one of the other reviews mentions, this is a very poorly written book, with both normal words and phrases being used out of context, making many sentences nonsensical. It is also full of anachronistic language, both in the narrative and the dialogue; examples would include jarringly modern words, phrases or idioms, and obvious Americanisms.
It is painfully obvious that the authors have no real understanding or knowledge of the time period in which they have set their story, and their attempt to emulate the period detail and match the atmosphere of the original is reminiscent of a troupe of schoolchildren trying to write and perform a play in the style of Shakespeare, and unfortunately this is sometimes laughable.
The attempt to present the story through the medium of diaries, journals and correspondence - like the original novel - is also unsuccessful. Each entry is basically a first-person narration of the story in progress, rather than a measured retelling, and all the characters speak with the same, mostly unconvincing voice. Unlike another reviewer, I do not find the relationships drawn between the Stoker family members to be well-written, and many of their actions/reactions are clumsy and difficult to accept .
The worst elements of this book are that it is over-long for such a slight story, and this makes it surprisingly boring. There are so many jarring mistakes in tone and detail that on almost every page one is jolted out of the 'willing suspension of belief'. And worst of all, instead of making Dracula an even more interesting character, by revealing previously unknown details, it actually diminishes him to a boogie man with all the depth of a Scooby Doo villain.
Sadly, I can not recommend this book in any way.
Despite being a modern novel, part of what I loved about "Dracul" was the language. It feels as though it was written in the 1800s. It is also incredibly atmospheric - right from the very beginning, this book sucked me in and did not let go; I read it whenever I was able to. It is creepy as well, as it should be. Just like the classic, "Dracul" is told in a variety of ways. Bram is one of our narrators, but through journal entries, and transcripts of letters, we are also able to 'hear' from other major characters within this tale. This technique adds to the feeling of authenticity, as it echoes Dracula's previous story.
I would also encourage you to read the afterword, as it provides details regarding Stoker and the notes that he left behind/ context of this novel. It really is fascinating, and in some ways, it does make you stop and think... As mentioned in the novel itself, all myths have some nugget of truth in them. It is for us individually to decide where that nugget may lie with this iconic legend.
Dracul is the most haunting story narrated through the journals and letters of Bram, his brother and sister, and as a prequel to the legend that is Dracula it doesn’t disappoint in creating a story of love, loss, pain, sacrifice, and horror.
Bram was a child of poor constitution and from the age of seven is isolated from life and living as a recluse in fear of his prevailing health. Devoted to his sister, but cared for by Nanny Ellen, Ellen Crone, Bram makes the most unexpected and miraculous recovery from his longstanding illness, after treatment from Nanny Ellen. The only ailment is an ever-present itch on his wrist and two small pinpricks an inch apart just below the wrist bone over the vein. His fate is sealed.
After several mysterious deaths and the disappearance of Nanny Ellen, we find Bram at 21 locked inside a tower with darkness looming outside. However, it was ugly blackness and the sounds of evil that engulfed him amidst the worst of fears night after night, alone with his holy water, mirrors and crucifixes as the only means of protection and his journal to keep him sane. The force of evil was closing in.
“I felt the forces of nature in the night air, the delicate balance of life and death.” He says
I have not read a book that creates such suspense on every page, there is an endless expectation that something is about to happen, and it does. The drama was intense, the writing dark, lingering, and haunting. I think Dacre Stoker did an amazing job (in conjunction with the co author J.D Barker) of picking up this golden thread from his great uncle Bram Stoker and spun it into the black haunting and ghoulish tale that is Dracul and the birth of Dracula.
It is believed that Bram Stoker, told some publishers that the book was not a work of fiction, to stoke up interest, which generated a cult following that lasts to this day and piqued the interest of many people then and over the years, and because the tale of Dracula has been around for so many years, some forget it is only a work of fiction or is it?
“Some would say it was chance she found me now, as I am about to take my leave and begin work on a new novel a new novel about something very old – an evil amongst us, a truth of the most incomprehensible sort. Coincidence others would say.
I would disagree with both, for I believe in neither”.
Ah honest tip of this one. I know a lot about Dracula, as my favourite horror character I have read the books and watched every film I think available. I believe this enhanced my overall reading experience here, and when some of the chapters lingered I was able to conjure up images that helped when the content was lacking. I would suggest maybe watch a film so you know what the book is creating - a monster, with or without a soul?
A fantastic and timeless book just like the sequel.
In terms of ghosts, ghouls, and indeed, vampires, I am sadly, unlike Bram, a sceptic, I never used to be, the blandness of life made me so in this age of instant google explanations, I wish I wasn’t because it is far less interesting. As I say, in an age of Facebook and science it is hard not to be sceptical and dismiss the shadows and bumps in the night. However, we have all had those moments when we have felt eyes on us, turned, and no one has been there, followed by a slight uneasiness we can’t quite put our finger on, yes, we can dismiss and walk on, but it still happened.
This book is truly frightening and gripping, I loved it, it put a lump in my throat a times, made me shudder at others, and took me back to a few bumps in the night.
A beautiful, beautiful story, of life, unconditional love, pain and death, which happens to involve vampires.