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Midnight Tales

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Edited and with an Introduction by Peter Haining. Foreword by Christopher Lee. The success of Bram Stoker's Dracula (over 200 films, and translations into forty-four languages) has obscured Stoker's other works, his short stories, in particular. A number of the stories he sold to magazines during his lifetime comprise the major part of this collection, which is a
Paperback, 186 pages
Published April 7th 1996 by Peter Owen Publishers (first published April 17th 1992)
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Apr 20, 2013 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie, Wanda, Carey
From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
Tales from the mind behind Dracula, Bram Stoker.

Tim Pendry
Do not bother to read this book until you have read both of Bram Stoker's horror masterpieces, 'Dracula' and 'The Jewel of the Seven Stars'. To an extent, it is the literary equivalent to the 'special features and deleted scenes' disc that burdens purchases of favourite films but which are only ever watched by true nerds, film students or people who have far too much time on their hands. Count me as one of the first two (for 'film' read 'genre literature') since I certainly do not fall into the ...more
Feb 28, 2014 Jenny rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed most of these tales. There were a few that were too sentimental for me or that did not have much of a plot, but for the most part, the stories were entertaining, suspenseful, and gruesome: exactly what one would expect from the author of Dracula!
What stood out to me the most in the stories, especially in the ones using the Irish dialect ("The Gombeen Man" and "the Man from Shorrox'"), is Stoker's gift for voice. The characters are distinct from each other, and the dialogue is di
Eve Kay
After reading Dracula I was looking, hoping, anticipating...
Please please please let there be a Stoker's collection of Draculas somewhere. I enjoyed reading about the author's life itself and how he spent his time and more importantly, who with.
Unfortunately the stories did not hold the same kind of air, mood, darkness as Dracula and felt to me a little forced. Or I was forcing myself to read them. Either way, it was nothing compared to Poe, that's for sure.
Paul McAlduff
The stories were for the most part pretty good but the annotation by Peter Haining was rubbish. Some of what Haining says is true but when he runs out of facts he just starts making things up.

The Dream in the Dead House (aka Dracula's Guest)
The Spectre of Doom (1880) (aka The Invisible Giant) (from Under the Sunset)
The Dualitists (1887)
Death in the Wings (1888) (aka A Star Trap) (from Snowbound)
The Gombeen Man (1890) (from The Snake's Pass)
The Squaw (1893)
A Deed of Vengeance? (1892) (ak
Paulette Folmer
These stories are great little scares, some of them a bit too chilling, but I had a terrible time reading a few of them because of the language used - quite literally old English with an accent from specific dialects - which made such a short book (182 pages) take a long time to read.
As with any collection of stories, not all are equal. I did enjoy the book overall.

Although Stoker can be credited with scaring the pants off his contemporaries, I think we in the 21st century require more heinous actions to cause us to drop trou.

I found the preface to each story, describing its origin much more interesting.
Dec 12, 2013 Jason rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
I could take it or leave it. These stories never really grabbed me, yet I respect Stoker's gift for writing.
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He was born Abraham Stoker in 1847 at 15 Marino Crescent – then as now called "The Crescent" – in Fairview, a coastal suburb of Dublin, Ireland. His parents were Abraham Stoker and the feminist Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornely. Stoker was the third of seven children. Abraham and Charlotte were members of the Clontarf Church of Ireland parish and attended the parish church (St. John the Baptist lo ...more
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