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El invitado de Drácula y otros relatos

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,580 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
El invitado de Drácula, relato que da título a este libro, fue escrito por Bram Stoker (Clonfarf, Irlanda, 1847 - Londres, Inglaterra, 1912) como primer capítulo de su novela Drácula (1897), cima de la literatura gótica de terror y que ha pasado a ser el mayor de los clásicos del género. Oscar Wilde dijo que era "la novela más hermosa jamás escrita" y su mítico personaje p ...more
Paperback, Colección Maestros del Terror, 111 pages
Published 2009 by El País (first published 1914)
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Pramod Nair
Jul 10, 2015 Pramod Nair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection of nine outlandish and macabre short stories from Bram Stocker was originally published in 1914 with the title Dracula's Guest & Other Supernatural Tales. It was published as an anthology after Stocker's death by his widow and contained some of his previously published short stories along with an unpublished tale named Dracula's Guest - which was discovered in manuscript form from Bram Stocker's papers in 1912.

In the preface to the anthology, Florence Bram Stocker, the widow
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Sean Gibson
Jul 13, 2015 Sean Gibson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not really a review, but a brief discussion about a cool experience reading this book in a spooky old library can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog...
Annie

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

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George
Dec 15, 2015 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
"Ο προσκεκλημένος του Δράκουλα και άλλες παράξενες ιστορίες", εκδόσεις Αίολος.

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
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Alexander
These (more or less) short stories, some of which are not bad, vary in quality. All of them, however, stay well below the example set by Stokers widely known "Dracula" novel. By far the longest of them, "The Lair of the White Worm" suffers from quite a number of plot holes, poorly conveyed parts of the story and unnecessary repititions. It felt like the first version you'd hand to your editor, and he'd say: 'Well, dear Bram, this could be a splendid story. If we cut at least one third of the tex ...more
Tobin Elliott
Jun 14, 2014 Tobin Elliott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

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
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PennsyLady (Bev)
Jan 27, 2016 PennsyLady (Bev) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5

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
aura.
Since Bram Stoker wrote a number of novels and many short stories, I'll search for more.

5 AUDIO DISCS
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Cat Tobin
Some great stories in this; the one about the kitten ("The Squaw") is eye-squeezingly and shoulder-tensingly horrific, "The Judge's House" left me nervous about being alone in the house, and "A Gipsy Prophecy" and "A Crystal cup" were no less horrific for highly tragic. Others, like "The Red Stockade", left me more confused than scared, but overall this is a good read.
Trina
Wow. While everyone was busy reading Poe and Lovecraft these short stories have been gathering dust. Who knew Stoker had a wealth of twisted little short stories in addition to his genre-spawning novel? I certainly didn't but I am glad I discovered them. I already plan to revisit these stories from time to time. Read these!
Anne
May 26, 2015 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this short story by Bram Stoker. A very tense, scary story that is well-written with a twist I should have seen coming.
Rachel
Oct 05, 2015 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hate to rate Stoker so low since I LOVED Dracula however, some of these stories were just gruesome. I don't really enjoy that sort of dark stuff. I didn't care to finish the book.
Bruce
Jul 28, 2014 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bram Stoker fans, Fans of Gothic Horror
Shelves: gothic-horror, horror
Since this volume actually consists of two books published together, I'm going to write two brief reviews for both of them.

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
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wjeera
I read the finnish version of Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Tales. Maybe I should do a short review. I liked this but sometimes I also found this book quite boring. My favorites were The Judge's House and A Dream of Red Hands but I can say I enjoyed most of them.
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
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Arlian
Jan 17, 2016 Arlian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection was very hit or miss. Some of the stories (like "The Squaw") fall into the category of "better forgotten" rather than "best remembered". While sometimes people freak out about how certain things are just a "product of their time", it's very, very, VERY rare for me to give a book a pass for sketchy things just because it's old. However, this book is interesting because of its ties to Edgar Allen Poe and HP Lovecraft. While I disliked "The Squaw*" for a number of reasons, it's impo ...more
M
Oct 22, 2015 M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, gothic
(Note: this rating and review is only about the short stories. To read my review of Lair of the White Worm go to that page.)

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
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Lisa
Nov 03, 2009 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oooooh! Some eerie stories in here.

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.
Kristy
I enjoyed this book; the only reason I didn't give it a higher rating was because one or two of the stores were just kinda blah. But the majority were very interesting and freaky: personal favorite is The Judge's House.
Jessica
Jan 29, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Dracula's Guest is a collection of short stories by Bram Stoker which includes: Dracula's Guest The Judge's House The Gipsy Prophecy The Coming of Abel Behenna The Burial of the Rats A Dream of Red Hands Crooken Sands and The Secret of Growing Old. In Dracula's guest you follow a young Englishman who is in a town and on Walpurgis Night leaves his carriage to wander off and see an abandoned village. The village was deemed unholy which sparked his interest to begin with. While there he sees a tomb ...more
Andy
Jan 23, 2015 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The variety of this collection is it's real strength, there's nothing here I would term an absolute masterpiece, but the stories are consistently good, and for that alone the collection is worthy of praise.

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
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Бранимир Събев
Сборник с девет разказа от бащата на "Дракула", издаден с подкрепата на Ирландската организация за литературен обмен. Първият разказ, на който е кръстен сборника, е леко намигане към почитателите на най-известния вампир в изкуството - един английски джентълмен се изгубва в зимната гора, съвсем сам, какво ли го очаква... Обичам да чета разкази на ужаса от XIX в. - Стокър, Джеймс, Конан Дойл, По и др. Особено пък ако са писани от британци по времето на Кралица Виктория - този на места чуден, леко ...more
Shawn Fairweather
What is fascinating to me are the literary differences and evolution of the horror genre over the years. In the glory days of Hollywood of the 40's and 50's horror films were often campy and in a sense non-risky. There were some underground films that were buried for many years such as 2000 Maniacs or Dementia 13 that emerged in the 60's that took some real risks in terms of gore and terror, but for the most part, the genre was timid. After reading Stokers collective work here, his usage of terr ...more
Alexander
Oct 11, 2011 Alexander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of "Dracula" and other vampire legends, Fans of the macabre
Bram Stoker's collection of short stories is overall a good read, though it gets quite tedious in spots because of his love of going into descriptions of settings and moods and whatnot for page upon page upon page. One can argue that this is just a product of the age that it was written in (take into consideration their thought processes and speaking styles, etc.) Because of this, conversations that, by today's standards, would be confined to few paragraphs stretch on for the span of an entire c ...more
Laura Morrigan
I would definitely recommend getting a lightly annotated or footnoted edition of this book, such as this one. Stoker makes reference to many interesting scientific and historical facts and studies such as mesmerism, the Hellgate explosion, the Philosopher's Stone, genus and species, Voodoo, etc. and it is good to have an explanation and reference for those you may not be familiar with.

The book consists of a series of (mostly) Gothic short stories and the novella, The Lair of the White Worm.

The
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Eric
Feb 18, 2016 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mixed bag, like most story collections are. Published following the death to Stoker, the stories that were complete and that appeared before his death are clearly more polished and interesting. Works appearing for the first time, not quite so.

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,
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Jeni
Oct 27, 2015 Jeni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Voisin antaa kirjalle 3.5 tähteä, mutta valitettavasti ei voi antaa puolikasta, joten täytyy tyytyä kolmoseen.
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
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Siobhan
Apr 18, 2016 Siobhan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Firstly the 'deleted scene' from Dracula was absolutely fantastic and I would have loved to see it in the novel. But I am glad it was published alongside these short stories because it actually works very well.

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!
International Cat Lady
I was incredibly disappointed by this collection of short stories, written by Bram Stoker and published by his wife after his death. Dracula is one of my favorite books, and has been for years. The story 'Dracula's Guest' was interesting (I enjoyed seeing what had been chopped from Dracula by Stoker's publisher), but I really couldn't get into any of the other stories at all. Some just seemed too shallow (they would've made decent stories had they been fleshed out a little more), while others we ...more
marc santini
I really enjoyed some of the stories in this book some more than others but i didn't find any of them to be bad. This book is what i would call a great public transport book you will finish one of the stories on a short bus trip which i find great being you don't need to wait until the bus ride home to find out what happens next.
Debbie Jarrell
Nov 22, 2015 Debbie Jarrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Dracula I wanted to read more from Bram Stoker, so I chose this book of short stories. Although I enjoyed it, I much preferred Dracula. The characters weren't as well developed, and these were more "weird tales" than horror.
Melissa
May 10, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, gothic
Despite what the title may suggest, Dracula (and no vampires for that matter) does not appear. It is a collection of short stories along with a deleted chapter from the novel Dracula. They were all quite good and sufficiently creepy.
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