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The Book of Renfield: A Gospel of Dracula

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  94 ratings  ·  17 reviews
When we first meet Renfield in Dracula, he is a tortured soul in decline, a fly-gobbling, Scripture-quoting lunatic who acts as a haunted harbinger of Dracula's arrival in England. At the novel's climax, readers discover that Renfield, under restraint in the asylum of Dr. John Seward, has been in psychic communication with Dracula all along, acting as his eyes and ears in ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 2nd 2005 by Touchstone (first published 2005)
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Rachel
By all rights, I should have hated this book. Dracula fan fiction giving the character of R.M. Renfield a backstory, it could so easily have lapsed into absurdity, especially as writing Renfield and Dr. Seward - the two characters from the original novel who are most featured in this book - is a fragile task, one that I myself have difficulty accomplishing to my own satisfaction. But I didn't. The book obviously benefited from closing reading of the original novel on the author's part, and stric ...more
Nick Miranda
One of the great things about this book is the style in which Lucas tells the story. Voiced in the narrative of Dr. Jack Seward, this book fills in the gaps in his and Renfield's tale omitted by Stoker. Another key element to this novel is that Lucas does a wonderful job of copying the Victorian dialect and mannerisms used by Stoker so that it reads like missing chapters of the original novel instead of a mere companion.
Oogmar
This is a book I would recommend to anybody who even sort-of enjoyed Dracula. The style is a bit brisker, smarter, but holds to the same patina of dread that makes the first book so suspenseful.

I finished it during a four hour tattoo session. I had no problem keeping my attention on the book. If that's not interesting, I don't know what is.
Elizabeth
Interesting book from Renfield's point of view. Edgy, and well written.
Jolene
IF YOU LOVE BRAM STOKER'S "DRACULA", YOU'LL LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!

RENFIELD HAS BEEN INSTITUTIONALIZED IN THE CARFAX ASYLUM BEING TREATED BY DR. JOHN SEWARD. IN THIS BOOK YOU READ RENFIELD, VAN HELSING, & SEWARD'S CONVERSATIONS IN THE BEGINNING, AS IF YOU ARE READING A LONG LOST INTERVIEW OR SOMETHING. THERE IS A LETTER (AFTER THIS LOST INTERVIEW OR SOMETHING ) WRITTEN BY DR. JOHN SEWARD FOR THE READERS TO READ, THEN AS THE BOOK GOES ON YOU ARE READING DR. JOHN SEWARD'S DIARY.THEN THERE ARE SOME
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Nancy Oakes
I truly wish I could give this the glowing review that those people on Amazon gave the book. Yes, it was a welcome addition to my vampire-books library, but there were times when I thought I'd just chuck it.

The author, Tim Lucas, sets his story to tell the story of Renfield, you know, the guy who ate flies and small animals who eventually made it into Carfax Asylum and was Dracula's henchman in England. Most of the story is Renfield's narrative of his own life from the time he was abandoned as a
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Rachel
I couldn't finish this book. I started it, didn't care for it, put it aside and read two other books thinking I'd come back to it, but I lost interest altogether. I had no compulsion to find out what happened. I made it one-quarter of the way through. It was just strange. The book focuses on Renfield's history all the way from his childhood. His childhood memories as related by Renfield himself seem highly unrealistic. Like he was putting his own spin on interpreting his childhood as he went. Ov ...more
Susan
When I started this book, I was interested in a backstory tale that would give some accessibility to the crazed charter in Stoker's book. Unfortunately, what I got was a story so convoluted and loaded with arcane mysticism that I eventually gave up. I never did care about this character; I felt no empathy for him and found the continual barrage of weirdness for weirdness' sake to be tiring. The imagery is good, but the filling in of every crevice in every character with whatever ill struck the w ...more
Eomicheli
Great follow-up to Bram Stoker's Dracula. We see deeply into Renfield's life and as a bonus, come to know Jack Seward much better. I liked this as an adddendum to Dracula, and have given it 4 stars. In retrospect, I wish I could give Dracula 4.5 stars as I liked the variety of characters and locations that were developed by Stoker.
Dan
Excellent novel, I couldn't put it down. Any fan of Bram Stoker's Dracula will appreciate and enjoy this book. Tim Lucas does a masterful job of conveying his interpretation of Stoker's Renfield; essentially "filling in the blanks" in the life of the oddest and least understood character in Dracula.
Angela Render
I just couldn't get into it. The writing is in that pompous style of the late 1800's (the setting of Bram Stoker's Dracula). In that, it was extremely well written. Just not for me. I couldn't finish it.
Sue
Excellent book hat focuses on two of the characters in Bram Stoker's Dracula. The reader learns more about Renfield and also about Dr. Seward. Renfield's past is fascinating and knowing how it fits in to the Dracula storyline makes it all that much more interesting.
A. E. S.
Only read this if you're a die-hard fan of Renfield and want to know about his tragic past. Although "Our Holy Bewhiskered Mother of Patchwork" to describe Jolly under a blanket was the cutest, funniest part in the entire novel!
Nightraine
This was good for the most part, but it kind of left me a little perplexed at the end. If you like Dracula, you will be interested in the life of Renfield. He was acutally one of my favorite characters in Dracula.
Patti
It was interesting. You got to learn more about the man Renfield, and how he got involved with Dracula. Interesting read, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the Vampire genre or the story of Dracula.
Linsey
Dracula from the most interesting character's point of view ;)
Adrian
ODD beyond odd.
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