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The Lair of the White Worm

2.92 of 5 stars 2.92  ·  rating details  ·  1,618 ratings  ·  160 reviews
Adam Salter is newly returned from Australia to inherit his uncle's estate in the Peak District of Derbyshire. He marries Mimi, the dauther of a neighbouring farmer, who has to face alone the evil Edgar Caswall. And then there is the Lady Arabella March, of reptilian beauty and viprous nature... A novel of horror from the author of Dracula!
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published February 26th 2009 by Wildside Press (first published 1911)
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Sep 20, 2013 Robert rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Misogynist racists with no literary discernment.
You might like this book if you believe in the intrinsic superiority of the white peoples over other races, particularly black folks. Since I really don't feel that way I found myself getting more and more irate until the "savage", intrinsically "primitive" "nigger" got killed off whilst attempting murder. One might of course, think that this was the view of the other characters only and it should not be infered that Stoker believed it. Unfortunately, Oolanga is a "nigger" to the narrator, too a ...more
Written one year before Stoker's death and soon after one of his strokes, this one is a weird novel. With a strange set of characters that get involved in hair-rising adventures and afterwords talk about them like nothing out of the ordinary happened. Edgar Caswall develops a maddening obsession for a kite meant to scare the pigeons in their annual migration from Africa, Adam Salton has a passion for snake-killing mongooses, Mimi Watford and her cousin Lilla, delicate young ladies are endowed wi ...more
When I started to read this I thought it was a parody of gothic books but I soon realised it's just badly conceived. After I read it I found out that Bram Stoker was really ill when he wrote it and I think that explains a lot. The mystery of the white worm was solved because characters accepted crazy theories as true based on no evidence at all and just about all of the characters did some bizarre things for no apparent reason. There were also some places where I don't think the plot really made ...more
This is indeed one strange little book, but I agree with no less a critic than H.P.Lovecraft when he says that the central idea--that of an ancient serpent who survives into the "modern" 19th century and exerts a malign influence on the living--is a good one. But the execution IS rather poorly done. This is not the masterpiece that is "Dracula," nor even the well-put-together read of "Jewel of Seven Stars." Stoker could have used a good copy editor on this book. For example, in one scene, Mimi, ...more
Christmas gift from my boyfriend

The Lair Of The White Worm was a confusing and flawed book that begins in dull conversation, features an entire town going insane because of birds and a kite, and ends in a giant explosion.

It was the written form of an Ed Wood movie -- trite dialogue, scenes randomly abutting each other in what I view to be the written form of stock footage usage, and a giant explosion at the end. Because really, how else were they going to end it?
*Warning may contain spoilers but really you shouldn't care...

I hated this book. With a quarter left I cracked it and gave into the ridiculousness of the writing, the characters, and the dialogue. I think Bram Stoker was drunk writing this one and I certainly wanted to be to get me through the end. Being the last book that Bram ever wrote, which was published a year before he died (of possible syphilis related causes), I thought that it would be one of his better ones. It wasn’t.

The story is dra
(This review was originally published in 2008 as "the assiest book I have ever read" on the short-lived livejournal community "thisbookisass." Follow the link for an illustration and nicer formatting!)

After reporting to you on Dracula I decided that it might be fun to dig a little deeper into the respectable Victorian male id by reading Stoker's last novel, The Lair of the White Worm, in which an evil sexy woman who is really an enormous ancient snake lives in a moist, smelly, dark hole and MUST
Terrible. Confused and baffling. Truly racist, with absolutely no justification for the usual argument that is trotted out that things where different when Stoker was writing.

The only reason to read this book would be as an example of:- racism, convoluted plot, melodramatic nonsense passed off as drama.

I had associated this book with the Ken Russel movie. I haven't seen the movie, but knowing it's Ken Russel I assumed it would be crazy. But probably not, in some ways, as crazy as the book! A young man comes to England from Australia and helps his great uncle uncover a monster living in the neighborhood.

I was unprepared for how racist the book was. One of two villains has a black companion usually referred to by slurs. Also his terrible qualities are always described as being typical of his rac
Poor written and hopelessly racist, Stoker's Lair of the White Worm is still worth reading if you have an interest in end-of-the-century fears over the degeneration of the British nation.
Darth Fierce
Eventually I'll pick this book up once I find a cover edition I like.

For now, I think this one's a hoot but I can't figure what the cover has to do with the story!


...and I love this one! :)

Bram Stoker will always be remembered for Dracula, a horror classic which continues to enjoy enduring popularity. The Lair of the White Worm, arguably his second most famous novel, was published the year before Stoker's death, and written at a time when the author's health was failing. His waning abilities are sadly apparent in the latter, which despite an intriguing premise, is a rather silly and preposterous book. The writing itself is not bad, or at least no worse than the typical middle-brow ...more
Présentation de l'éditeur :

Arthur Severn, jeune Anglais qui vient d hériter de la fortune de sa tante, découvre le Connemara, s éprend de Norah Joyce, dont le père est honteusement spolié par Murtagh Murdock, l odieux « Gombeen Man », usurier rural détesté par toute la communauté paysanne. Il aide son ami Dick Sutherland, géologue, à sonder la « tourbière mouvante » qui, à en croire des récits divers, serait à la fois le repaire ultime du Roi des Serpents (St Patrick n ayant pas réussi à le chas
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But the worm got fat an' grewed an' grewed, An' grewed an aaful size; He'd greet big teeth, a greet big gob, An greet big goggly eyes. - C M Leumane, The Lambton Worm (1867)

Bram Stoker, Irish author of the immortal classic Dracula, wrote The Lair of the White Worm a year before his death in 1912. also known as The Garden of Evil, it was published in 1911 by Rider and Son in the United Kingdom.
this novel is certainly one of the strangest and weirdest books i have ever read. most of the characters
Greg Heaney
Lovers of Dracula beware! If you were attracted to Stoker's famous novel of vampire hunting, and loved his eloquent speech, wonderful interweaving of plot lines and his revolutionary approach to horror, you should probably avoid this book. It reads like a novel written more for practice than anything. There is a lot of sneaking around, stealing of mongooses and generally wondering what the hell is going on. While the general plot is easy to follow, the specific actions that characters are taking ...more
Id Davidovich
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This was a terrible, terrible book. I don't normally enjoy bad books, not like I do movies, but I had a hard time putting this down.
The prose read like a fever dream. I understand that the publishers removed close to a 1/3 of the original MS. That *might* explain some of the clumsy, choppy quality of the narrative, but the story is dizzy with silliness: numerous staring matches wherein the villains attempt to take psychic control of the female protagonists, characters simply walking into one an
Levi Timson
I'm half way through this book, reading it in e-book format on my Blackberry as I have a few moments here and there. I like his writing style; he really is more "Sherlock Holmes" mystery than horror. I liked Dracula because it was writen from a different angle (reading varying diary excerpts)and the good charicters all truly believed they were doing the work of God in trying to hunt and destroy Dracula. I found interesting metaphors of the christian struggle against evil in the world. Nothing li ...more

I'm not sure how I feel about this book. There were dramatic psychic battles of mesmeric power, an antediluvian monster, marriage calculations worthy of Jane Austen, a love story, a strange kite (you read that right), a mysterious chest, and a secret well in a basement filled with "hell broth."

There were also lovely quotes such as this.
I never thought this fighting an antediluvian monster would be such a complicated job. This one is a woman, with all a woman's wit, combined with the heartlessn
I can’t remember why I had this sitting around on my ereader (apart from it being public domain and therefore free). I think it might be because it was supposedly an influence in Stephen King’s short story “Jerusalem’s Lot” in Night Shift, which I quite liked, but since then I’ve read Stoker’s Dracula and really didn’t like it. Compared to The Lair of the White Worm, though, Dracula is a beautiful masterpiece. This is a really, really, really bad book. Even amongst Gothic scholars, Stoker’s die- ...more
Stuart Hill
I read this one out of curiosity. I didn't know a lot about it apart from it being generally regarded as mediocre but was interested to see what another book written by the author of Dracula was like. I was surprised by how much weaker it was as a novel. Unlike Dracula which had themes of power, sexuality and immigration which were treated with an element of ambiguity and so open to interpretation, The Lair Of The White Worm is dominated by a crudely racist and misogynistic approach.

The plot rev
Grace Harwood
This is okay and an interesting enough read, although there is enough in it for modern readers to be offended by (I know I was, although I tried to read it in the context of the times when such bigoted views were more prevalent, if not acceptable).

The story is not as coherent and well constructed as Dracula although there are some good moments and it features some good description. It seems to me that the key factors about the book are an issue with race and fears about invasion seem to be being
Except that this book is very very politically incorrect (kinda like James Watson the Nobel winner - I was reading this book when his comments hit the fan and caused such an uproar, it made me feel like I was a bad person for reading this book even though I don't espouse the same feelings in any way shape or form. That being said, it was nice to read a scary book to usher in Halloween and I was tired of Dracula stories (although if you haven't read Bram Stoker's Dracula then do it immediately.
The lesson we learn from this book is: If, every time a certain gentleman calls, and you invite him in for tea, he engages you in a hypnotic battle, otherwise known as a staring contest of evil. STOP INVITING HIM IN FOR TEA.

Also I'm fairly sure the recent Netflix series "Hemlock Grove" is at least loosely based on this book. Fun to read, but kind of ridiculous in its characters' insistence on propriety, even when their lives are obviously at stake.
رواية لأديب الرعب برام ستوكر يتجلى فيها الرعب القوطي. ويظهر على حواشي الرواية بعض القضايا التي كان ستوكر عاكسا لها في الرواية والتي كانت تعبر عن روح عصره مثل الموقف من الزنوج مثلا
Frankly, not a very good book by any standards. Unrelated note: modern readers will probably be shocked by the racism.
Aaron Hollingsworth
I am not sure Bram Stoker was in a healthy frame of mind when he wrote this book. This is, by far and without a doubt, the single worst piece of published fiction I've ever read. It's as if the author had once been a creative genius who commanded fine British prose at one time (see Dracula) but had somehow degenerated into an infantile, absurd, contriving, racist with a few good ideas and no way to string them together into a coherent story. The characters are all idiots, the plot has clunky pac ...more
Uh that was a big worm... OK Mr Stoker one more chance and I'm done with you, I'm afraid.
Gillian Kevern
This is proof if ever proof was needed that no one is so good a writer that they can do without an editor. Plot holes, repetition, flat characterisation and a lack of explanation for a great deal of character motivation ... It took me two attempts to make my way through it.

Then there was the absolutely appalling racism. It was so hostile, blatant and crude that it was impossible to look past it and see the story as a product of the prejudices and mindset of its time. I really can't recommend th
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Classics for Begi...: Lair fo the White Worm - Bram Stoker 9 35 Jun 01, 2014 11:11AM  
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  • The Beetle
  • Lois the Witch
  • Carnacki, the Ghost Finder
  • The Collected Ghost Stories of E.F. Benson
  • The Phantom Rickshaw and Other Ghost Stories
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  • The Masque Of The Red Death
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  • كتب الدم
  • Varney the Vampire
  • Melmoth the Wanderer
  • The Dunwich Horror
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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