El invitado de Drácula y otros relatos
In the preface to the anthology, Florence Bram Stocker, the widow ...more
As I ventured to end my sojourn into literature that bore tales of the supernatural and with a presage of dread, in an effort to diversify my reading habits, I tread not farther than the writers who had earlier bought me great joy with their superior penmanship. And with the end of Halloween for the year was drawing to a close, I chose this collection of stories written by the writer who had romanced me with the gothic allure of Dracula.
Published posthumously by his wife, the primary in the col...more
Η συγκεκριμένη συλλογή διηγημάτων είναι η δεύτερη επαφή μου με το έργο του Μπραμ Στόουκερ, μετά το κλασικό και πολύ καλό "Ντράκουλα" που διάβασα τον Οκτώβριο του 2014. Έτυχε να την βρω πέρυσι τέτοια εποχή σε παλαιοβιβλιοπωλείο με ένα τάλιρο, αν και ήταν από τα βιβλία που θα τσίμπαγα έτσι και αλλιώς από κανονικό βιβλιοπωλείο. Τέλος πάντων, χρειάζεται και λίγη τύχη.
Λοιπόν, έχουμε να κάνουμε με εννιά διηγήματα που ανήκουν ...more
Gotta say, I had a fun time with this one. The title story is literally an outtake from Dracula, and, to be honest, likely the weakest of the lot. Stoker breaks out all the classic horror tropes here: rats, unsavoury characters, drafty old houses, all of it.
None of the stories are truly terrifying. The intervening 120 years between its publish date and now have seen to that, but the stories are absolutely well-written and enjoyable. Stoker shows he has a deft touch with characters at times, tho ...more
My favorite was Dracula's Guest
You just can't compete with the aristocratic vampire.
I found some short stories more interesting than others.
They had elements of the supernatural , physical terror and always an unsettling
Since Bram Stoker wrote a number of novels and many short stories, I'll search for more.
5 AUDIO DISCS ...more
Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Stories
The problem with reviewing any collection of short stories is that, by it's very nature, the volume will have definite ups and downs. While this is still present in Dracula's Guest..., the lesser stories are simply adequate. The three best tales are are all grouped together at the very beginning, but the others all have their worthwhile ...more
I don't want to rate this book because it would be so hard for me. Bram Stoker didn't get chance to edit these and make them ready for publishing, so they could be different - maybe better, maybe worse. I didn't find any of these very ...more
This is an excellent collection of short stories, with some really creepy and disturbing ones. Stoker clearly didn't have a one-off hit with Dracula - he's got a lot more good stuff in him. I've read Dracula's Guest, the titular story, a number of times before, and while it's still fun, it's definitely one of the weaker ones. It lacks the terror and cleverness of the first ...more
My favourites were "A Dream of Red Hands" and "The Chain of Destiny".
"The Crystal Cup" was a very different type of story from the rest of the collection; haunting, tragic, and so well described I could picture each scene.
I list them here, my favorites first:
"Dracula's Guest" is a great story about an Englishman who doesn't heed warnings about an abandoned German village full of vampires.
"The Judge's House" is another great story, a classic haunted house tale full of cozy, yet creepy atmosphere about a student ...more
The book consists of a series of (mostly) Gothic short stories and the novella, The Lair of the White Worm.
This edition also includes the last novel in Stoker's canon THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM, which has some pretty interesting themes and images, but the writing flails about into meandering or sometimes incoherent prose. Worth a look for Stoker completists, ...more
Kirjan ensimmäinen tarina oli mielenkiintoinen ja odotin, että olisi ollut hieman pidempi, mutta päätös tuli yllättäen. Kuin olisi jäänyt kesken, mutta ilmeisesti se on tarkoituskin.
Jotkut tarinoista eivät olleet kovin viehättäviä, ja minä odotin enemmän vampyrismia, ihmissusia yms. taruolentoja.
Kirja oli luettava, ihastuin Stokerin kirjoitustyylin ja siihen, kuinka hän oli osannut ku ...more
Each story has a fantastic and definitely creepy ending which has left the gothic fan girl in me very satisfied.
I recommend this to everyone, but especially fans of Dracula as it is great to experience Stokers other stories!