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Dracula's Guest

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  4,531 ratings  ·  178 reviews
Nine tales of heart-rending tales of terror from the celebrated master of the macabre, Bram Stoker. (This jacketless hardcover edition is intended for the library trade.)
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by Wildside Press (first published 1914)
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Pramod Nair
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anthology after Stocker's death by his widow and contained some of his previously published short stories along with an unpublished tale named Dracula's Guest - which was discovered in manuscript form from Bram Stocker's papers in 1912.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
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...
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.
Kristen
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
Dan
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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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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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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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
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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Tobin Elliott

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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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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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.
Anne
Loved this short story by Bram Stoker. A very tense, scary story that is well-written with a twist I should have seen coming.
Heba Maher
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
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
Bruce
Jul 28, 2014 Bruce rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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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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
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.
Lisa
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.
Andrea Ika
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
I really enjoyed these short stories that Bram Stoker's wife found in his desk drawer and published after his death.
Lukeus Peterson
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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Jessica
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
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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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
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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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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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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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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“She told me that she did not like the idea of your being in that house all by yourself, and that she thought you took too much strong tea. In fact she wants me to advise you if possible to give up the tea and the very late hours.” 7 likes
“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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