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3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,688 Ratings  ·  140 Reviews
Stoker was bedridden with an unknown illness until he started school at the age of seven, when he made a complete recovery. Of this time, Stoker wrote, "I was naturally thoughtful, and the leisure of long illness gave opportunity for many thoughts which were fruitful according to their kind in later years." Nine tales of heart-rending tales of terror from the celebrated ma ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by Wildside Press (first published 1914)
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Charlene
I thought this collection was just okay. I enjoyed the story The Judge's House the most. A good rat story is always fun.
I was a bit disappointed in this collection. I'm a big fan of Dracula and I guess I just expected more.
Dan
Jul 11, 2013 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not actually a sequel to Dracula but a collection of short stories by Stoker. I've written a couple of lines about each of them.

Dracula’s Guest: This is part of the original Dracula which was cut to reduce the length. It has very little to do with Dracula (the character and the book) and is a bit of an odd story really. That being said they are so very creepy moments in it.

The Judge’s House: A haunted house story which is absolutely fantastic. It’s chilling.

The Squaw: A particularly gr
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Kristen
Sep 20, 2008 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, classics
I had never heard of this book before, but when I ran across it and saw who the author was, I snatched it up and started reading. What we have here is a series of short stories published by Mrs. Stoker after the passing of her husband. The stories range from the disturbing supernatural tale of “The Judge” to the vampiric title tale of “Dracula’s Guest” some versions of this book include the “Lair of the White Worm” which although it is not one of my favorite of Mr. Stoker’s Cannon, it is still a ...more
Shaun
This is a collection of short stories published by Stoker's wife after his death.

Though a prolific writer in his own right, Stoker really only had one commercially successful book, his revered classic Dracula. So it's no surprise that the first story in this collection, Dracula's Guest, was also chosen as the anthology's title. Note however, that the other stories, while in the horror/Gothic tale genre, are not Dracula/vampire stories.

As is the case with many short story collections, there are s
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Pamellia
Sep 25, 2014 Pamellia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Classics and/or Horror
Recommended to Pamellia by: Horror Readers
Shelves: 2014
Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker
Published posthumously by his wife
Began September 15, Completed September 25
Did not read all the stories
Horror Readers, September 22, 2014, Discussion

This book consists of unpublished stories written prior to Bram Stoker's death. After he passed to eternal life, his wife decided to publish these stories. I'm not sure why this was done, but in general I tend to think that if an writer wanted something published he would have done it. Apparently most of these stories
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Amina
May 04, 2016 Amina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anything refereing to Dracula freezes the blood in my vains, this wasn't really creepy but when he starts describing the atmosphere in the cemetery and the telegram recieved at the hotel, bad souvenirs from Dracula rose and this alone scared the hell outta me
Lindsey
I have always loved the book Dracula (although there are parts of it that drag...) In my opinion Bram Stoker was made to write short stories like the ones in Dracula's Guest. The first one is a piece that was taken from the original manuscript of Dracula for the time constraints of the novel. The others are just pieces from Bram Stoker's mind. They are rather macabre but extremely enjoyable if you have a darker side :) Read this, Edgar Allan Poe, and Ray Bradbury for the best October of your lif ...more
Holli
3.5 stars

Overall, I only really liked two stories from this collection: Dracula's Guest and The Gypsy Prophecy.

Dracula's Guest - 5 stars

This one was actually quite good, and downright creepy. Made all the more so by the dramatic reading audio I listened to as it had sound effects to add to the atmosphere of the reading and a very good narrator. I kind of wish the "real" Dracula book had been written this way. I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more than I did. Rather than it being in letter/j
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Shayantani Das
Wha…how???Wait, who…when?

Okay, I am confused.

Is this a prologue of Dracula or an extended story? The narrator surely isn’t Jonathan Harker, right?

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Thomas Strömquist
When you say 'Bram Stoker' you hear 'Dracula'. It is a bit surprising then, that the earlier short stories by Stoker show only little of the defining works superb qualities. Far from poor, it is not really whole-heartedly recommended either. The title story was apparently excised from the novel Dracula. It's a great mood-setter tale, but does not stand up so well on it's own and considering the length of 'Dracula', one wonders what was the point in cutting these few pages?

The rest are older shor
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Carolin
I did enjoy the book in general, some of the stories were even really good to read. However, a big part of the book was a little too obvious and trashy. And maybe Bram Stoker needs to be a little trashy but thinking about Dracula, I was rather disappointed with these stories. The writing style in here is far from his masterpiece. I should mention though, that the author unfortunately wasn't able to revise these stories as they could not have been published during his life time.
 (shan) Littlebookcove
I honestly hold my hands up and say I've never heard of this book before, so when I saw it, I thought "Mr stoker did a sequel to Dracula?!" I wasn't sure? But it was free on my Kindle so I read it. Thinking Dracula's come back! But in fact it's a collection of really good well written stories That was written by him and then printed later by his wife. And should go into any Gothic Horror collection.
Shawn Birss
Nov 06, 2015 Shawn Birss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many years ago, I began Dracula, but did not finish it. The degree to which I enjoyed this short story, excised from the main text and published posthumously, encourages me to give the full book a second try. It is beautiful in language and atmosphere, enough so that I feel I can forgive the simplistic Dracula-ex-machina conclusion.
Dane Cobain
Apr 26, 2016 Dane Cobain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dracula’s Guest is just a short story, with an interesting history – I believe that it’s a sort of missing chapter, which was originally supposed to be part of the original manuscript and which helps to set the scene for Stoker’s notorious novel. Here, it’s the titular story of a collection, but there’s much, much more on offer than just a bonus scene from Dracula, which is, after all, a masterpiece in its own right.

I’m not going to go into depth about each of the short stories, but I will tell
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Heba Maher
Sep 23, 2014 Heba Maher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most interesting books I`ve ever read...

I had read Bram Stoker`s Dracula before. so when I found this book, I was kinda hesitant actually: I had known that Dracula was Stoker`s most famous novel, so i thought maybe this book wasn`t all that great... but I bought it anyway because I thought it was a kind of continuation to the novel.

Only, It`s not. It`s a collection of 9 (my version- called Wordsworth Edition- has 13) macabre short stories, ranging, to be honest, between amazing to way
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Red Heaven
I spent years searching for this book and finally found it, but the typeface was way too small to seriously expect people to read 200 pages of, so Kindle to the rescue.

I had read the first few stories years ago and don't really remember much about the title one. The Judge's House is probably the best of the collection, and I seem to remember being a little disappointed by The Squaw.

I was reasonably entertained by most of the rest, but they were often in need of a good editor, particularly Crooke
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Grace Harwood
Feb 12, 2014 Grace Harwood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great collection of supernatural stories plus the title story "Dracula's Guest" which is not so much a stand alone story as an episode originally intended to be included in Stoker's Masterpiece and most famous work, "Dracula" but was excised from it due to lack of space/editorial reasons. It was probably right that it was cut out, although it is a lovely little episode in which the Englishman (probably supposed to be Jonathan Harker, although he is not named in the piece) acts more bra ...more
Michael Nutt

This is not a sequel to Bram Stoker's classic Gothic horror story, but a collection of short stories that his widow had published in 1914, two years after the author's death. The opening story is the one that gives its name to the collection, which was originally called 'Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Stories'.

The Preface tells us that 'Dracula's Guest' originated from a chapter of the novel 'Dracula' that was cut during editing. If this is so, then it appears it was later reworked by the aut
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Jamie
Jun 06, 2013 Jamie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Very much a fan of Stoker's Dracula, but 'The Judge's House' aside, I found this collection to be consistently drab; flooded with long descriptive passages and sluggish exposition. Had the author not been responsible for a book I look upon fondly, I am certain that I would have given up long before the end. On reflection, I should have done so regardless.
Andrea Ika
Jan 04, 2014 Andrea Ika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Stories is a collection of short stories by Bram Stoker, first published in 1914, two years after Stoker's death. Dracula's Guest follows an Englishman (whose name is never mentioned) as he wanders around Munich before leaving for Transylvania. It is Walpurgis Night, and in spite of the coachman's warnings, the young man foolishly leaves his hotel and wanders through a dense forest alone.

My thought
Bram Stoker was Dublin born but is best known for his fictional cre
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Edwina Hall Callan
Aug 22, 2014 Edwina Hall Callan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, 2014
I really enjoyed these short stories that Bram Stoker's wife found in his desk drawer and published after his death.
Kathrin
Just for the sake of reading a short story accompanying Bram Stoker’s Dracula I had to read this collection. I definitely wasn’t disappointed. There are 9 stories in the collection – a few great, some not but worth the read. I love the writing style and atmosphere although there are up’s and down’s between the stories.

Dracula's Guest
The story the collection was named after. I loved the atmosphere and foreshadowing but I guess the whole thing only makes sense if you’ve read Dracula first. Or at
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Lukeus Peterson
Apr 24, 2015 Lukeus Peterson rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
The only thing worse than an American author trying too hard to write a British accent is a British author trying way, way too damn hard to write an American dialect. I can't recall the last time in reading that I wanted a character to die so badly, for the pure sake of not having to read the excruciating lines of the "'Murican", Elias P. Hutchinson.

Because of course that's his name.

Another annoyance; somewhere along the line, apparently, people thought women were as fragile and fluffy as a clou
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Maria João Fernandes
"Os mortos deslocam-se depressa."

"O Hóspede de Drácula" antecede a história do "Drácula", que apesar de ainda não ter lido, conheço através da adaptação cinematográfica do Francis Ford Coppola. O nosso narrador é o futuro hóspede do Drácula, e é a caminho do seu castelo que estes acontecimentos têm lugar. Na noite de Santa Valpurga, quando, segundo a crença, o Mal é livre e envolve a noite, o nosso narrador decide passear sozinho, expondo-se à obscuridade do mistério da noite e à ferocidade dos
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This is a collection of various tales, being Dracula's guest only one of them.

As for the tales themselves, my absolute favourite would definitely be the Judge's House, followed by the Dracula's Guest (which is a snippet that had been removed from Dracula).

Other noteworthy tales would also include The Squaw (extremely predictable, but with creepy imagery), The Burial of Rats (the reason for the title is pretty creepy, but lots of plus points for being the most action packed, since it features a
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Jennifer
Aug 22, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: horror
...It was cut off from the original story and made into a short by the publishers. But in my opinion this was the FINEST Dracula tale I have read. I was not so big on the full length one. I thought it lacked plenty of the suspense and horror that the short story had.The tale is about an Englishman on a visit to Munich before leaving to Transylvania. It is Walpurgis Night, and in spite of the hotelier's warning to not return so late, the Englishman who I can only assume as Jonathan Harker (the ta ...more
L.M. Smith
I must begin this review by illustrating two points which will give my audience a better understanding of what will follow. The first of these is that I am not an avid fan of classical literature. I enjoy it, from time to time, when the occasion strikes and even then, and only then, if the story is something exceptional. The second point to bear is that I am not, nor have I ever been, a fan of short stories and compilations. I am an immersible reader who enjoys spending days on end with a single ...more
Laura Greenwood
Review posted July 29th on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...

This review is just for Bram Stoker's short story, Dracula's Guest and not the other 'weird stories'. Also this review will be shorter than my normal reviews as the book is only 20 pages long (and I wouldn't want to risk the review being longer than that!)

Dracula's Guest follows the night time adventures of a man revealed to be the guest of Dracula, and protected by him. After abandoning his coach, he stumbles across a cursed vil
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TheBookAddictedGirl
Jun 25, 2011 TheBookAddictedGirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror-Addicts
This book is made up of a variety of short stories and one chapter that was left of out Dracula as the final book was too long. Most of the stories and brilliantly gruesome, and full of terror – all kinds: psychological, fear of death or just the good-old fashioned supernatural kind – but all are of different characters and places, who all face different horrors.
I liked the stories a lot, but I really preferred Bram Stoker’s original, Dracula, probably because I like to know more about the chara
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Joanne Moyer
A collection of stories published after Bram Stoker's death that may
have been better with some editing or revisions, but overall a good read.
My favorite in the bunch was The Judge's House, a good old creepy haunted house kind of story with rats .... lots of rats .... and rats always make things creepy. The title story, Dracula's Guest, is a chapter that was removed from the original book. It's interesting enough, but the book didn't suffer from it's omission. Worth reading for some good old ti
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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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“Walpurgis Night, when, according to the belief of millions of people, the devil was abroad - when the graves were opened and the dead came forth and walked. When all evil things of earth and air and water held revel. This very place the driver had specially shunned. This was the depopulated village of centuries ago. This was where the suicide lay; and this was the place where I was, alone - unmanned, shivering with cold in a shroud of snow with a wild storm gathering again upon me! It took all my philosophy, all the religion I had been taught, all my courage, not to collapse in a paroxysm of fright.

(Dracula's Guest)”
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“Plötzlich hob er seinen Blick und spürte in der Luft dieses unheimliche Etwas kurz vor Morgengrauen, das den Menschen ein Gruseln einflößt.” 1 likes
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