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Dracula : Asylum (Dracula (Dh Press))

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  45 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Since Bram Stoker first penned Dracula in 1897, this horror classic has been endlessly reinterpreted on stage, screen and print. Drawing on Universal Pictures' 1930s rendition of Count Dracula during the Golden Age of horror films, Dracula: Asylum is a bold new turn on a story that has remained a consistent favorite for over 100 years. The book follows the activities at Dr ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by DH Press (first published February 22nd 2006)
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Quentin Wallace
Mar 04, 2016 Quentin Wallace rated it really liked it
This one had the potential to be 5 stars, but a few things made it slip for me, which I will explain later.

First, this novel is set during WWI at Carfax Hospital, which is on the same grounds as the famous Carfax Abbey from the original Dracula novel. This is 20 years after the end of Stoker's Dracula. The biggest difference between the original novel and this loose sequel is this: in the original, they pursued Dracula to Europe and then cut his throat and stabbed him in the heart with a bowie k
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Teawench
May 14, 2013 Teawench rated it it was ok
Shelves: done, fiction, vampire
I seem to be in the minority on this one. It was ok but it didn't really grab me. I had a real problem getting around the name of the FMC. I just don't buy her as a 'Lisa'. It doesn't fit the era. Half the book was more about Lisa trying to cure her fiance of his delusion that he is Sherlock Holmes. But not THAT Holmes. It was rather ridiculous, really. The blurb on the back says something about death claiming victim after victim and Dracula reaching out to the minds of the weak and insane. It m ...more
Jason Fella
Aug 09, 2013 Jason Fella rated it liked it
Before my review, I'd like to preface this by saying I'm a huge Dracula fan, both the movie and original novel, as well as all the old Universal monster movies. The fact that someone is attempting to follow up a legend like Dracula, unfortunately already has one strike against them, but I was eager to check it out and planned to like it.

First, the good points of the book. The parts with Dracula in it are very well done. He has the same charm and creepiness that Bela Lugosi portrayed in the movie
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Julia
Feb 25, 2009 Julia rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires
This turned out to be much better than I expected considering how dismal the vast majority of vampire lit is. Set towards the end of WWI in England, the female protagonist is a likeable American psychiatrist (Dr. Watson) who pulls some familial strings to obtain a position treating shell-shocked vets in sanitorium-turned-asylum outside London. One of her patients is actually her fiancé - but he's suffering from severe amnesia and believes himself to be Sherlock Holmes (and yes, the phrase 'Eleme ...more
Elizabeth
Jan 20, 2010 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
I likely never would have picked this book up because the movie tie-in would have discouraged me. Lucky for me, then, that my sister recommended it or I would have missed out on one of the surprise literary pleasures of my routine summer-reading binge.

I finished it on just three day's subway rides and missed my stop on one of them because I was too deep inside to realize I'd blown past Flatbush. Then I ended up letting another train go by to make sure I'd finish the last few pages I had left, st
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Ray
Feb 21, 2011 Ray rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, swapped
During WWI, psychiatrist Lisa Watson tries to cure her fiance of shell shock and neurotic paralysis. Unfortunately, the mental hospital where she works is right across from Carfax Abbey, where the undead spirit of Dracula lies dreaming, and when Dracula awakens, he comes after Watson. This book was far better than I expected. Witcover's writing, especially in his scenes describing the horrors of trench warfare, was excellent. Witcover also gets high marks for sustaining excitement over the long ...more
Kathryn
Jan 30, 2010 Kathryn rated it liked it
Entertaining. Really it rates a 3.5 but not up to the standard of 4.
Chip
Feb 19, 2016 Chip rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Better than it had any right to be.
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The author of Waking Beauty, Paul Witcover has also written a biography of Zora Neale Hurston and numerous short stories. He is the co-creator, with Elizabeth Hand, of the cult comic book series Anima and has served as the curator of the New York Review of Science Fiction reading series. His work has also appeared on HBO. He lives and writes in New York City.
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“The war was a factory that cranked out casualties with all the frightful efficiency of the modern assembly line. That had become its real purpose, she knew, regardless of all the patriotic blather about duty, honor, and country or putting paid to the depradations of the Hun. Those were excuses, delusions, lies. Men had begun the war, but it had long since escaped them, acquiring its own implacable momentum. And as long as fresh recruits kept coming, as long as hospitals like this one patched up the wounded and sent them back, it seemed likely to go on producing its horrors. The very scale of the slaughter ensured its continuance, for to stop in the face of such appalling losses would be to acknowledge that the dead had perished in vain. The war was its own thing now, a machine for grinding up people's lives. Or no, she thought, not a machine at all: it was alive, a bloated creature as red and raw as a shell wound, a battlefield birth of splintered bone, hot shrapnel, and glutinous mud, suckled on blood, with a hunger that increased the more it was fed.” 3 likes
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